Sony Ericsson K610i in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Sony Ericsson K610i is a candybar handset with a classic design that could appeal to business users. It's a light and compact 3G phone but still feels solid and substantial in the hand.

Features

Many of the features depend upon which operator model you plump for. However, the Sony Ericsson K610i does pack 3G , a two-megapixel camera, video calling and streaming, and a music player. A MemoryStick M2 card slot allows for expandable storage.

Ease of Use

The Sony Ericsson K610i's five-way joypad is easy to use and dedicated front keys give instant access to internet or music. The camera, music and video functions are straightforward enough.

Performance

The Sony Ericsson K610i's camera doesn't give the best results, and the screen doesn't help. Video calling is relatively clear. Streamed footage is watchable, but can be subject to freezing and pixelation. Those 3G speeds make accessing the mobile web quick and easy.

Battery Life

The Sony Ericsson K610i offers 420 minutes' worth of talktime - pretty impressive for a compact 3G phone with so much to cram in.

 Sony Ericsson K610i Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:59 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

The K610i displays great all-round 3G, photographic and internet-browsing abilities.

Cons:

Sony Ericsson's constant shifting from one MemoryStick format to another could become an expensive business.

Sony Ericsson's K600i and its operator offshoots (Vodafone's V600i and 3's K608i) was the first 3G phones to shed the elephantine form and show that next-generation handsets could easily stand alongside their compact 2.5G counterparts.

Expandable memory

But the handset had a real lack of storage space. With all that multimedia clobber ready to download to the K600i, we were severely hampered by having only 33MB of internal memory at our disposal. The Sony Ericsson K610i, then, thankfully includes a MemoryStick Micro M2 card slot.
Vodafone has its own version, the V630i, which sports a different design, while O2 has wired its K610m model with its i-mode service. All the operators' own models will promote their own portals services, so soft keys, feature buttons and user interfaces may be tailored differently. Our review model was from 3 so we were limited to browsing the 3 Today portal and selected outside websites, plus downloading music from its music store.

Candybar handset

The Sony Ericsson K610i is a candybar handset with a classic design, which is bound to extend its appeal to business users. It's also a tad trimmer and considerably lighter than its predecessor, but still a very solid handset and great to handle.
Depending on your model, you will find dedicated front keys for accessing either the internet or 3's music player, and the activity menu that gives shortcuts to favourite features, web page bookmarks, running apps and new events. The central five-way joypad is also straightforward to use and reminiscent of the Sony Ericsson W810i.
The 76x220-pixel resolution display is not the most stunning of screens, but holds up very well.

Two-megapixel camera

The Sony Ericsson K610i has a two-megapixel camera, but performance doesn't match up to the likes of the K750i, W810i and W900i. Auto-focus is missing and the resolution is just 1600x1200 pixels, although picture quality is respectable. Elsewhere, video recording quality is crude.
A front-loaded VGA camera lets you dabble in two-way video calling. We made a phone call to a Sony Ericsson K800i and the conversation was relatively clear. Digital noise and blocking did appear but overall the mugshots were quite distinct while the audio over the built-in speakers was impressive and pronounced.
The K610i handles video streaming efficiently. It's highly watchable, but the small screen can restrict the clarity of action. In football clips, for example, we kept losing the ball.

Music player

If you buy the K610i on 3 you get its proprietary music player built-in with a dedicated key that sends you straight to its portal store to encourage you to download its full-track tunes. The player is quite rudimentary, lacking any Equalizer function and sounding a bit one-dimensional. The music player on the regular K610i is far more capable, mirroring the Walkman set-up and sounding a little more dynamic.

Mobile internet

Browsing the 3 Today portal was pretty seamless, while accessing the internet was relatively easy, with full HTML web pages adapted to fit the mobile space. The network-free K610i has a NetFront full web browser that formats the pages for vertical scrolling and works well, but of course you will always be restricted by the screen size.
As with all new Sony Ericsson phones, there is a blogging facility that lets you upload photos to your blog.
If you're upgrading from the K600i then the decision is a no-brainer - the K610i has a lot more to offer. However, if you're moving on from other Sony Ericsson handsets that don't support the new MemoryStick Micro M2 format, you will have to fork out around £45 for a 1GB card. But whatever your situation, the K610i is a cracking compact 3G handset.