Sony Ericsson K810i in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Sony Ericsson K810i is similar to the K800i. However, it is slimmer and more streamlined, with a glass-effect front fascia that looks great but can attract greasy fingerprints. Circular keys make it stand out from its illustrious predecessor.


That Cyber-shot camera still leads the way, with 3.2 megapixels, auto-focus and Xenon flash, plus handy tools for improving your photos. The music player plays the usual formats, FM radio, and decent memory and Memory Stick connectivity allow for good storage. Gamers will enjoy the 3D functionality on the Sony Ericsson K810i.

Ease of Use

The Sony Ericsson K810i has an intuitive user interfacethat makes navigating its features easy and pleasurable. The circular keypad allows for speedy texting by the most ham-fisted of users.


The Sony Ericsson K810i's Cyber-shot camera doesn't disappoint, with a host of features on hand to make taking, saving, printing and uploading photos a piece of cake. Video calling, should you choose to indulge, is somewhat blurry.

Battery Life

The Sony Ericsson K810i offers a perfectly respectable 420 minutes' talktime, which means you can talk, play music snap music to your heart's content without having to recharge too often.

 Sony Ericsson K810i Review -

Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:55 PM


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Look and feel


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Ease of use


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Battery life


Apart from the great camera, the redesigned keypad and camera shortcuts make it even easier to use.


Some of you may think the K810i hasn't moved on enough to upgrade.

On its launch, Sony Ericsson's 3G-enabled K800i Cyber-shot phone raised the bar for camera phones everywhere. It won Phone of the Year and the Readers' Dream Phone at the Mobile Choice Awards and is still a top performer.
How do you follow success like that? Not a lot. The Sony Ericsson K810i is much like its predecessor, with some slight cosmetic work and better photographic technology.

Speed text keypad

The Sony Ericsson K810i is 11.5g lighter than the Sony Ericsson K800i. The chassis has been streamlined and tidied with softer edges, while a glass panel finish covers the entire front fascia.  
The most notable change is the keypad, replacing the K800i's large rubberised buttons with circular keys. Opinion at Choice Towers is divided (for what it's worth, this reviewer loves it), but the extra space between the raised responsive keys is welcome and and makes it far easier to speed-text.

Cyber-shot camera

One feature of the original K800i that drove users mad was the lens cover, which was prone to opening in your pocket. The Sony Ericsson K810i fixes this for safer carrying.

Music player

The Sony Ericsson K810's built-in music player is very capable and while the experience isn't as polished as the Walkman phones, you can still enjoy a strong sound. Its user interface is a little basic, but you can access your songs through the Artist, Tracks and Playlist (which you can create on the move). You can tinker with the sound via the Equaliser.
64MB of internal memory and a hotswappable microSD means that, if you invest in a 2GB card, you will have ample storage. One neat addition is the TrackID music recognition technology, prevalent in Sony Ericsson's Walkman range. Hold the phone up to a music source for around 20 seconds and it will identify the song via text message.

3D gaming

The Sony Ericsson K810i uses the NetFront internet browser, which neatly renders the full HTML web pages for vertical reading on the phone's two-inch screen. These are downloaded quite briskly over a 3G connection.
If you take your mobile gaming seriously, the K810i is spot on (our resident gaming expert, Stuart Dredge, recommends this handset). The device is 3D enabled, and the embedded Extreme Air Snowboarding 3D provides a good example of its gaming capabilities.