In a nutshell: A slimmed-down version of Sony Ericsson's hugely successful K800i, the K810i shares the amazing 3.2 megapixel Cyber-Shot™ camera with autofocus and bright xenon flash that made the K800i arguably the best camera phone so far. Also comes with a music player, 3G video calling, expandable memory and wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The K810i can be your digital camera and MP3 player as well as a mobile phone. It costs a little more than the K800i but is slimmer and lighter.
Best buy: *Free* with a free XBOX 360 and free memory card from Dialaphone; or £149.95 on Pay as you Go from the Carphone Warehouse.
The Sony Ericsson K810i Cyber-shot™ is virtually the same as the hugely successful and best-selling K800i. The two key differences are that the K810i is slimmer - 17mm instead of 22mm - and that the buttons have a new design. It's good to see that the phone is smaller and lighter, since that was one of the main complaints about the K800i. However, the new keypad has small circular buttons that are quite widely separated and are not obviously an improvement over the old keypad design. Perversely, Sony Ericsson have kept the fiddly joystick that really should have been changed.
Apart from these cosmetic modifications, not much has changed in the year since the launch of the K800i. Nevertheless, we award the K810i 5 stars, since it still beats the competition hands down! Its photographic capabilities are the same as the K800i. In other words it's the best camera phone currently available (excluding the bulky Nokia N93 and possibly the N95 smartphone - both very different kinds of handsets). The camera is 3.2 megapixels with autofocus (to enable your images to be sharper), a powerful xenon flash (better than the weak LCD flashes used on most phones), high quality optics (as you'd expect from Sony, one of the leading makers of digital cameras) and a 16x digital zoom. One new feature is something that Sony Ericsson call "Photo fix", which adjusts the light balance, brightness and contrast of the image - a useful feature if you don't have access to image-editing software on a PC. The camera also has Sony Ericsson's BestPic™ feature which lets you automatically take nine photos in a second, so that you can choose the best one to keep - handy for moving subjects. There's also a picture stabiliser, which helps to reduce camera shake. One design improvement is that the camera cover is now recessed, avoiding the problem that the K800i had with the lens cover sliding off. The video camera is also of excellent quality, recording at QVGA resolution. A video editor is included, so that you can edit videos on the phone.
The screen resolution is the same as the K800i, and is standard for high-end phones at 320 x 240 pixels and 262k colours. It's an excellent display.
In addition to the photographic capabilities, the K810i is also an excellent performer in other areas. It has a built-in music player that supports MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ and WMA formats, and also a stereo RDS FM radio. Audio quality is good, especially using the supplied headphones or an optional Bluetooth wireless stereo headset. It's also possible to buy an adaptor to plug in standard 3.5mm headphones.
The K810i is a 3G phone, and supports video calling as well as high speed downloads at up to up to 384 kbps. In common with the K800i, there's no EDGE capability, so 2G data transfer speeds are slow. Internal memory is a reasonable 64 Mbytes (enough for around 16 music tracks), so you'll want to buy a Memory Stick Micro™ card, which are available in sizes up to 2 Gbytes. Battery life is excellent for a 3G phone.
In conclusion, the K810i is an outstanding phone, and offers a lighter, slimmer alternative to the K800i. Both are outstanding camera phones, with near identical functionality, but cosmetic differences. The K810i is retailing at slightly higher prices than the K800i initially, so if cost is an issue choose the K800i. If you want to stand out from the crowd with a newer thinner phone, choose the K810i.
You can get the K810i free with a free XBOX 360 and free memory card from Dialaphone.
Features of the Sony Ericsson K810i include:
3G video calling
3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, xenon flash and 16x digital zoom
Video recorder (164 x 144 pixels, 30 frames per second)
Second camera for video calling
Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
Music player (MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ and WMA formats)
MP3 & AAC ringtones (72-voice polyphonic)
MusicDJ (polyphonic ringtones composer)
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
3D Java games
Web browser with RSS feeds & picture blogging
Personal organiser, File Manager, Phonebook
Memory: 64 Mbytes plus Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) support
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, Fastport, Infrared
GPRS, 3G data transfer (up to 384 kbps download)
Triband plus 3G
Size: 106 x 48 x 17 mm
Talktime: 2.5 hours (3G) - 7.5 hours (2G)
Battery standby: 350 hours
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you cannot use a xenon camera flash as a torch / lamp. Xenon flash are intense beams of light in short micro second bursts to aid photography. LEDs can be used as torches... look at the lower range of mobiles for that feature.
n73 video is said to be better but I ain't into video hence not important to me. Photos on K810i are the most superior on the market at minute leaving n73 sitting in the dust.
i,v come to know that the video quality of n73 is better then k810i but what about the picture quality?
Do anybody know if you can use the flash as a pocket lamp also??
Hey where's the Xenon flash
It's on the back beside the camera lens. That's a silly question.
Bored with it?
No, not ever. Does everything and more. Keyboard takes a bit of getting used to. Get free stuff at Zedge to excite your phone up. I did, memory is loaded I know need more memory.
Great phone Sony it rocks!!!!!!!! Joystick, sounds, games and quality is the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've had: 6230i, D600, D900, 6233 and I can say that THIS is the best phone. Thanks SE !!!
I juz bought the phone and i'm totally amazed with it. i've used for like 10 minutes and everything seems perfect & the PLUS point is i bought it at a very reasonable price. i juz can't wait to get back home and hopefully i won't be sending bad comment after i fully explored it.
Sheer Elegance. Gonna work on it to sud blue sapphires on the keypad hope it would work out awesome phone sony erricsons designers creat some of the world elegant designs
SE r the best! I have k700, k750 now I have k810 it is awesome. The Cyber Shot is amaizing, radio, mp3s u got everything. Nokia N73 is much more down that this model of SE. What about K850!! Great stuff, whit 5MP cyber shot.
It has DELIVER REPORT as i just turned it on.
My question: How do I set off the shutter tone? I don't wanna hear anything when I'm taking a pic..
Great phone, just got it to replace my k800i. No major technical changes but much thinner and much lighter, and the blue backlighting is awesome. Also the joypad button is a lot more solid than on the K800. Superb, now I can't wait for the 5mp K850. Other phone makers might as well give up, SE do it all and better than anyone else.
I've got this phone. Everything is same as k800 except the TrackID. The bad thing is WHERE IS THE DELIVER REPORT REPLY ? it doesnt have the function to enable. Would there be firmware update for this function? my current firmware is R1KG001. The sound, it is softer than k800. K800 sound are sharper and clearer. The k810 shutter button is small while the k800 is bigger. I thought it would be better then my friends k800i but instead of that, the sound is worser.
I have this phone and it rocks!!!!! screen quality on sony e's are exelent nothing tops them. camera is awsome and flash is awsome for night shots!!!! no complaints here by me, I definitly recommend this phone!!!!!!