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and for the umpteenth time...
 
Friday, June 15, 2007  
alrite, i finally have the time to sit down and write about my hands-on impressions of the new SE phones

K850i
clearing up the queries first:
1. QVGA 30fps video recording, confirmed, don't argue, i have a picture to prove upon request
2. the camera lens protector is actually BEHIND the piece of glass (a surface you can wipe with your cloth), so you won't be wiping dust directly onto the lens

keypad: the alphanumeric keys work fine, it's easier to type than the N73 or 6300. feels similar to the one on T650. the d-pad is a bit clumsy, but once you get used to the position, it's actually faster than using the joy stick, especially when texting.
the 3 soft keys are NOT backlighted, they are a bit tough to press on (similar to W850's d-pad, if you find that ok, then the k850 is ok as well. CORRECTION: these keys are supposed to be touch sensitive, though I still think they're poorly implemented and not too sensitive, at least on the 2 test models I played with, one green one blue. this might have to do with the tiny size of the key... or it's the models' problem, or it's my problem. anyway, sorry about the confusion.
new media screen: here's to compete with Nokia really, expect a PSP/PS3-esque browsing experience, no problem at all
music player: it's not walkman, so no megabass, minus the full screen visualizations, it's really really close to the w960, so if you don't need megabass, the k850 works just as well as a music device (yes, flight mode, of course)
camera: frame refresh rate, focus speed are all comparable to the k800i, i.e. great. a full 5MP pic takes 2-3 seconds to save, which is pretty alright for a phone. we didnt test the pic quality since it is a proto, it is unfair to do that. you can check other sites for that.
accelrometer, yes, this is especially useful for viewing pictures, if you tilt the phone, the menu (PSP esque cross menu) will also tilt. very handy


W910i
i don't understand the craze about this phone, yes, the 2.4" screen looks great, and it's a thin slider. that's about it, updated walkman screen. *shrugs*

w960i
8Gb flash without ext memory slot. it does have a stylus slot. no 3.5mm earphone jack. start up is uber slow, i hope they can improve on that. the new walkman interface resembles that found on Japanese AU devices, i.e. very very attractive (ok, may be not as attractive and flexible as the ones found on W42S etc) full screen visualizations, and bubbles that follow your selection (viz the old V800/Z800). all in all a great update from W950. 3.2MP cam with AF, QVGA 30fps video recording (i got pics to prove, again)
the interface is slightly modified to make stylus-free access easier, especially when it comes to browsing media files.

K530
not interested

Z320
moto pebl design rip off, not interested

most pics will be up on mobileburn.com in the next few hours

trapped in the maze of time..2:06 AM


 
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