Sony Ericsson K750 review: Get excited!
A standard view in the phonebook only shows the first number which you can call outright by pressing the corresponding button. Using the arrows, however, you can browse horizontally through all numbers and addresses. When you enter or edit a name the phone allows you to choose out of 5 types of numbers. Each contact, however, can be assigned each type of number only once: for example, it is not possible to save two mobile numbers in one contact. In addition, each number can be assigned a different melody for voice dialing.
Six tabs in one contact entry
Inside the phonebook there is also space for other details like email address, ID for instant messaging, web address, title, company, street address, note and birth date. Contact details can be copied and pasted into the calendar. Each contact person can be assigned a picture, which appears on the display when the person calls you, as well as an individual ringing melody.
You may want to pay more attention to synchronizing. When you set up the phonebook you can choose which name should be placed first - the first or the last one. Make sure, however, you do so in advance. The phone does not offer a second choice, or - to be more exact - it does, but to use it you will have to synchronize the phone once again. You should also be aware of the fact that certain entries in the phone are quite short, so some details from your Outlook phonebook may be shortened - a typical title or text note, for example.
Sorting while synchronizing
Names from the phonebook can be sorted into groups, which help you to both filter the incoming calls and send bulk messages. People, who are not included into the approved group, are automatically sent a busy signal.
Ringing melodies are set centrally. They receive no influence from the ringing profiles. An important element here is the loudness and the type of ringing as well as other sounds. You can also set up certain profiles to be redirected. To quickly switch to silent mode press and hold the hash key.
Messages and T9
Sony Ericsson K750 offers the following types of messages: SMS, EMS, MMS, independent sound MMS, email and instant messages.
Messages; main menu • a new message menu
K750 uses a different, bigger font for SMS writing than the previous Sony Ericsson models. The display takes in a maximum of 4 lines. Far from space-saving and thus a bit inconvenient is the way words are transferred to the next line when they do not fit into the current one. The incoming messages however are displayed in an extremely small and thin font. The memory is said to take in 100 SMS, but we cannot confirm this information, because the phone does not have a counter.
Writing SMS • word help
The phone is equipped with a T9 dictionary, which helps you write faster. Even though T9 can be fully switched off, do not do it for it is very intelligent and can significantly ease your work. When it offers you words, it follows the ones you use most frequently by moving them to a first position.
View at incoming messages • reading SMS
Sony Ericsson has kept the old method of writing, in which you can reach the other characters on the key by pressing the top or the bottom part of the volume control button. The latter has been moved to the right side of the phone and has therefore become almost inaccessible for those who are right-handed.
As usual, the text editor counts down the messages when the final characters are written. At every jump into another message a short alert appears on the display. The process of writing is fast. The speed remains unchanged even if a very long message is on the way. Addressees are selected by searching their name in the phonebook or by direct dialing of their phone number. The names or the numbers of the last few people you have sent a message to appear in a quick list, from which they can be easily picked up.
A new option: you can assign your own melodies to the text messages. The option is somewhat hidden. At first sight the menu seems to consist of standard familiar sounds only. At the end of the list, however, you will see an entry, which will directly take you to the MP3 files in the memory.
Hidden on the last position is the option for choosing one's own message sounds
The MMS editor is very well organized. Each MMS can take in pictures, videos, sounds and a text. It can be up to 300 KB big. Yet, a 2 megapixel photo will not fit in it; all the pictures I took were bigger. You cannot be 100% sure that such a big message will be successfully delivered either, because not all mobile operators support MMS of such a big size.
Inside the main menu there is an independent entry called Voice Message. In fact, it is a sound MMS. Once again, Sony Ericsson offers the My friends service for sending instant messages. To activate it your provider must support it.
Email: 2 MP photos can be attached
Now let us have a special look at the email client. If you still remember how poor work with attachments used to be in older Sony Ericsson models, forget about it. It is no more true. The email client knows how to work with them and is capable of managing the service of up to 10 accounts on the POP3 or IMAP4 servers. In contrast to the other applications in the phone the email client is not very fast. It showed significant delays when I was browsing through the received emails.
List of emails
Inside the setup options you can choose whether the client should outright download the whole messages or it should stick to their headers only. If you go for the headers, you will be able to download only the emails that interest you - either one by one, or as a group. You can also set intervals in the range of 5 min to 12 hours, in which your mailbox will be periodically checked. Messages are transferred in blocks. It is not possible to download the whole content of a mailbox at once. If you delete an email from the memory of the phone, the next time you get connected to the net, the same message is removed from the mailbox in the server as well.