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Sony Ericsson K770i Review

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Sony Ericsson K770i Specifications:-

  • General:-
    Announced:-2007, August
  • Size:-
    Dimensions:-105 x 47 x 14.5 mm
    Weight:-95 g
  • Display:-
    Type:-TFT, 256K colors
    Size:-240 x 320 pixels, 1.9 inches
    – Wallpapers, screensavers
  • Ringtones:-
    Type:-Polyphonic (72 channels), MP3
    Customization:-Composer, download
  • Memory:-
    Phonebook:-1000 entries, up to 2500 numbers, Photo call
    Call records:-30 received, dialed and missed calls
    Card slot:-Memory Stick Micro (M2), 256 MB card included
    – 16 MB internal memory
  • Data:-
    GPRS:-Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
    3G:-Yes, 384 kbps
    Bluetooth:-Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
    Infrared port:-No
    USB:-Yes, v2.0.
  • Features:-
    Messaging:-SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
    Browser:-WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML(NetFront), RSS feeds
    Games:-Yes + downloadable.
    Colors:-Truffle Brown, Ultra Violet, Sandy Beige
    Camera:-3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, video, LED flash, secondary VGA videocall camera
    – Java MIDP 2.0,- RDS FM radio, – MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player,- TrackID music recognition,- BestPic,- T9,- Image viewer,- Picture editor,- Picture blogging,- Organiser,- Built-in handsfree,- Voice memo/dial,- Stopwatch.
  • Battery:-Standard battery, Li-Po 930 mAh (BST-38)
    Stand-by:-Up to 400 h
    Talk time:-Up to 10 h.
  • Price:-275$ approx Rs 8,000 – 10,000.
  • Cyber-shot branded phones have been keeping us busy lately. Just as we gave you the 5-megapixel K850, the exciting new recruit Sony Ericsson K770 is on hand. Now, if K850 is the new star on the Cyber-shot team, the Sony Ericsson K770 is the right reinforcement in the midfield. New launches are not always about stunning upgrades in functionality. Design and ease of use are equally important, especially if trying to cater to different tastes and budgets. Slick and refined, the K770 easily stands out in the Cyber-shot crowd. The new phone is an attempt to build upon the design of Sony Ericsson T650. Sony Ericsson K770 packs the good old stuff – 3G, TFT display with QVGA resolution, stereo Bluetooth, FM radio, MP3/MPEG4 player, good 3-megapixel camera. All that with the neat elegance of a bar-shaped handset measuring 14.5 mm in thickness.
  • Key features
    Slim and stylish
    TFT display with a QVGA resolution
    3 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
    Memory card slot with hot-swap support
    3G support with video calls
    Multi-tasking support
    Walkman-style music player
    FM radio
    TrackID support
    Bluetooth (with A2DP)
    Dedicated quick camera settings keys.
  • Main disadvantages
    Only 16MB internal memory
    No EDGE
    Records video in the inadequate QCIF (176 x 144 pixels) resolution only
    No Xenon flash.
  • User interface:-
    The user interface in Sony Ericsson K770 is the standard non-smartphone Sony Ericsson UI. It offers great user-friendliness, but new mobiles equipped with it don’t offer any new functionality over previous models. Unlike some of the new Sony Ericsson mobiles launched this year (K850 and W910 for example), the K770 user interface lacks the enhanced multimedia capabilities.
  • Phonebook: nothing new
    The phonebook interface is simple and straightforward. Either the SIM or the phone contacts can be set as default for the phonebook. Both lists cannot be displayed simultaneously. Otherwise, you can choose to use the handy option of duplicating any new contacts that you save in the phone’s memory to the SIM card. The maximum capacity of the phonebook is 1000 entries but you can save
    up to 2500 phone numbers – no change here. Contacts can be ordered by First or Last name.
  • Call management
    The Calls log is divided into four different tabs. They are: All, Answered (Received), Dialed and Missed. The tabs can take up to 30 call records altogether, which are shared between the separate tabs. When there are several calls made to a single contact, only the last call gets displayed.
  • Music and Video: Seen it all
    Sony Ericsson K770 music player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, E-AAC+, WAV, WMA, M4A and MIDI file formats. It is the Walkman player version 1.0, as seen in Sony Ericsson K800 and K810 for example. In fact, most Sony Ericsson W-series handsets feature the same music player with several exceptions. The only difference between theirs and this one is that the one in K770 doesn’t feature the MegaBass equalizer preset. Since Sony Ericsson K770 supports multi-tasking, the player can be set to run in the background. Sound is nice – as long you’re using the player with a good headset.ony Ericsson K770 sounds as good as Walkman branded phone, which is a worthy achievement. A most likely explanation is that a Walkman phone’s audio hardware is used in K770. The latter tangibly outperforms Nokia 7500 Prism but keeps some steps behind Apple iPod.
    The video player of K770 is decent and videos can be watched in landscape mode. Unfortunately you cannot fast-forward, but still you can play the video in slow motion. The player can zoom in on your video up to 32x.The integrated FM radio of the Sony Ericsson K770 has a memory for 20 preset stations and supports RDS. It comes with the proprietary TrackID feature that records several seconds from the track that’s currently playing and gives you information on its name and artist.
  • Memory:-There is nothing new in the file browser department as well. It allows you to mark files (single or multiple), copy them, move them, and also create and delete folders as you please. There are three tabs of file lists – one for the phone memory files, one for the memory stick files and one shared for all files. By selecting a given tab you can filter the files shown. The integrated memory of the K770 is 16MB. There is also a Memory Stick Micro M2 memory card slot.The interesting thing about the picture browsing is the Timeline view, which allows you to filter the pictures according to the month they have been taken in. After you specify the month, you could even choose the exact date. That sort of image filtering is offered by computer picture browsers and digital cameras.
  • 3 Megapixel:-The Sony Ericsson K770 comes with a 3 megapixel autofocus camera with a LED flash. The camera user interface is the same as the one we already saw in Sony Ericsson K550, W880, K810 and T650. The camera is quoted at 3.2 megapixel resolution but, as with other Sony Ericsson devices, its effective megapixel count is exactly 3.15 megapixels.The camera offers night mode, self-timer, panorama, frames, and burst shooting modes. It also features white balance control and several scene-specific presets. Some color effects are available, too. The BestPic shoot mode is not present here. The fellow Cyber-shot K550 didn’t have it either. However, the Burst shot mode almost makes up for that. The leftmost and rightmost column of the alphanumeric keys serve a double purpose: in Camera mode they’re used for changing the shooting mode, focus, scenes, turn on/off light, zoom in and out and self-timer. Icons with blue backlighting explain the function of each key.
  • Browsing
    Besides 3G and GPRS for fast data transfers, video calls and content-streaming support, the handset offers the usual connectivity capabilities such as USB, Bluetooth but there is no Infrared port.As our test proved, the integrated HTML Access NetFront Internet browser is good enough and offers a passable performance. It has plenty of options – you can view the pages fullscreen with no menus showing and you can even browse your Web pages in landscape mode. It has WAP and picture modes. It supports content created for HTML 4.01, xHTML 1.0, CSS and Java script, WAP 2.0. The supported security protocols are SSL/TLS.The Sony Ericsson K770 supports Bluetooth 2.0 with the Human Interface Device (HID) profile, which allows the phone to be used as a remote control for PC and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Furthermore, the phone could be used as a Bluetooth modem for accessing the Internet on a PC or notebook computer.
    Bluetooth support also includes the A2DP profile, allowing listening to music on a stereo Bluetooth headset.
    The K770 supports local and remote synchronization of contacts and calendar events. The local one is with Outlook and a PC, while the remote synchronization works with remote servers. The USB connectivity of the phone has two modes – one for file transfers and one for USB Internet – to put it simply, the second one is for using the phone as a modem.
  • Applications: the usual suspects
    The Sony Ericsson K770 offers many time-management features. There is an Organizer icon in the main menu and it contains several applications: Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Calculator, Synchronization, Timer, Stopwatch, and Light. The Calendar offers monthly, weekly and daily views. As mentioned before, when you add a birth date in the phonebook, the phone prompts adding it to the calendar. Tasks can be two types: simple Tasks and Phone calls. Notes are written as simple as messages; T9 dictionary can be used here as well. The Light application let’s you control the LED flash and use it as a torch.
  • Games on average
    There are two games preinstalled in the Sony Ericsson K770: the FotoQuestFishing and Solitaire 4 Pack. The amusing FotoQuestFishing takes you underwater. A scuba photographer, you get assignments capturing rare and beautiful marine species on film. Unfortunately, the game is rather easy to complete. If you’re fond of solitaire, you will certainly like the fixed-up version of the Solitaire 4 Pack game.
  • Conclusion:-
    The Cyber-shot line is astir. Following the K810, the 5 megapixel monster K850 took a bow. Having recently given you the leader of the Cyber-shot pack, we had our hands on the sleek and thin 3 megapixel K770. We liked this Cyber-shot for its design and friendly handling. A bit of a disappointment is the stale user interface. The other serious drawback is the low video capturing resolution. The photo quality couldn’t impress us either, as it wasn’t near the one of its Cyber-shot elder brothers. The camera performance was further beaten down by the lack of a xenon flash and the lack of the BestPic shooting mode. So in all honesty, the new Sony Ericsson K770 seems pretty much as a Cyber-shot-branded replica of the T650. Fair enough, there’s nothing wrong with trying to build on a successful design. Without much effort, Sony Ericsson adds a stylish mid-range handset to its Cyber-shot lineup.

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