A modern classic, can still cut it with the best!
Pros: Camera quality still excellent; nice keypad; nice design; call handling great; still a quality phone!
Cons: Now discontinued, only really available secondhand; A couple of design flaws - joystick reliability very suspect; prone to camera ribbon problems.
This is a bit of a retrospective review, I've just bought another of these as a backup phone just because it's still such a good phone, and miss the one I had before! It's camera is still excellent, and better than that on phones like the iPhone despite the design of the K750i now approaching 3 years old. These are now only available secondhand, unless you can find someone selling old stock off. Things to watch for are faulty/'sticking' joysticks, these can fail with use and dust ingress. Later K750is had a rubber protective casing put over the joystick on the mainboard which helps, though still prone to failiure. Despite this, I prefer having a joystick to a D-pad or conventional keys, makes navigating through menus quick and easy. The other thing to watch for is the camera ribbon is prone to splitting, or the little microswitch that activates the camera on opening the lens cover can snap, meaning you can't use the camera. Also there can be keypad problems where keys stop working suddenly.
Despite these flaws, this is still a classic phone, which was a revelation when it came out and helped change Sony Ericsson's fortunes. It has a nice feel to the keypad especially when texting, typing text/navigating menus nice and quick, pictures it takes are near-digital camera quality, and some even argue the pictures are better than later SE's like the K800i/K810i!
Overall, I'd recommend this phone as a perfect phone as a backup phone/budget phone. Just watch for unresponsive joysticks, cameras that don't work and keys that don't work. This is a reliable phone - just not quite as bombproof as phones like the Nokia 6230/6230i. These flaws are why I've had to knock a star off, otherwise this is definately a 5-star phone, despite now being 3 years old.
Sony Ericsson K750i Mobile Phone
The 40-tones polyphony provides with a sound of the Sony Ericsson K700 level or even lower, that also concerns preinstalled midi melodies. The loudspeaker volume has no reserve when on the maximum. It is frequently missed if using not mp3 melody as a call signal. The loudspeaker volume is a weakness of the phone, you should listen to it before buying to determine whether it is enough for you or not. The power of a vibrating alert is average, no peculiarities.
A photo of the caller and the number alternated with the name or a number type icon are shown at the incoming call.
This company leader is more then an interesting offer by Sony Ericsson, but also the strongest model in this class on the market. At least for half a year this model will dominate on the market, other manufacturers will have to attain to its level, determine their price policy from the fact of the Sony Ericsson K750i's existence. Samsung D600 and Nokia 6230i are the main rivals, or more precisely, the models compared with the K750 even today. As for Samsung's product, the functionality is comparable, but the point is another form-factor. In general, they may be put on the same level, since the models are much alike, though Samsung looses in camera possibilities. Nokia 6230i belongs to a lower class with a worse screen, camera and mp3 player. In general the device is evidently intended for another market segment, and only EDGE may be mentioned of possible advantages. The delay of Nokia 6230i's launch won't allow the model to prevail over the Sony Ericsson solution; they should be expected on the market at the same time.
Small body size, a complete set of entertainment possibilities (radio, mp3, 3D Java) and good interface should be mentioned as the K750i's strengths. The model will certainly become a bestseller like Sony Ericsson's T610. Other manufacturers won't manage to integrate a functionally similar camera into a small device in a comparable time period. Nokia propagates using smartphone base for camera implementation, and that prevents them from creating a device of the Sony Ericsson K750i's level today. Nokia's copy of the device may be launched in the end of the year, but it will provide the same functionality for a higher price. In general there is no phone alternative to the Sony Ericsson K750i in a class of functional compact devices today. The model is of maximum saturated functionally; only smartphones may compete with it. Reasoning form the different form-factors of these devices, we can't speak about a straight competitor. Every user can choose a phone to their liking and, above all, to their hand. But similar cameras will remain a rarity even in smartphones till the end of the year.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
One of the best phones, even against modern arrivals
This is one of the best phones ever made in my opinion. To date it has all the "modern" necesseties, a camera, mp3 capability, explandable memory, bluetooth, predictive text, a handly light, and so much more. The speaker is so loud it always wakes me up first time every time.
I had one of these some time ago, until it had a bad introduction to a hotel room wall in tenerife which saw its sticky end (and even then, only the screen cracked!!)... Since then I have owned an SPV SmartPhone, a Sony Ericsson W950i (absolute rot, avoid at all costs) and a C905, which isn't bad, but is seriously under developed and has far too many common faults coming through after only 6 months of use. The "joystick" on the K750i is supposedly meant to freeze, something I can't say I've ever known happen to any K750i I've owned even after years of hard use.
For my previous bad experiences with newer phones I've decided to go back to the K750i, and I'm so glad I did. They're still a brilliant phone, the size is perfect, the navigation through menu's couldn't be easier. Everything about this phone is absolutely spot on, and if I had to find one fault with it it would be the camera, at only 2MP it does lack what most newer phones have (atleast 8MP) but this doesn't bother me in the slighest, because what the phone lacks in photo ability it makes up for in looks, useability, durability, reliability and comfort. If you are looking to buy one of these, stop twiddling your thumbs and crack on!!
I'm so glad I've discovered these phones, and it will take a much better phone than the rushed, unfinished, flimsy/delicate half hearted newer phones on the market to pull me away from ALWAYS owning a K750i.
Mine cost about £30 on eBay, Can't go wrong!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
great camera phone that can be bought cheaply now
I love the Sony Ericsson K750i. I used to own one which was my work phone and it was a sad day for me when I left the job and had to hand back the phone! The camera on the phone is in my opinion excellent and all you could want from a camera phone and one of the main reasons why I bought one for myself. The modern trend for increasing the megapixels on camera phones is in my opinion a bit of a waste of time because you will always be limited by what it is possible to fit in to a phone in terms of the optical side of things. In addition all these extra megapixels use up valuable memory on the phone or on your computer if you download the images. I have taken some great shots with the K750i and although the video is nothing to write home about once it is blown up to a larger format, the stills are pretty good and can tolerate being made bigger. The software provided on the PC suite is very good covering stills and video editing functions, the camera allows you to set up easy panorama shots that join up well and the autofocus and digital zoom are excellent. The camera also has a flash which is great, it doubles up as a torch but also can provide an automatic SOS light signal should you find yourself in an emergency and needing to use one! This was an expensive and quality built phone when it was first introduced and you can now pick up a good condition second hand example for little more than £30.00 all in including all the accessories and postage - you would struggle to get a decent basic phone for this if you bought one new so a secondhand K750i represents excellent value for money and it is the reason I decided to get one of my very own for myself.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
sony ericsson k750i phone
the phone is pack with the latest technology, but you can expect nothing less form sony ericsson! the phone is small and compact, it boasts loads of features such as radio, bluetooth, and media player.
i liked the fact i have the option to listen to music and never get board on the bus,train, tube etc etc. a phone with expandable memory for me is a must. i like my gadgets, and thats what i got! it has a good 2 mega pixel camera and video.
what i did not like was i could not go online to download songs from network sights eg vodafone live, orange. you can not download songs via web, but has to be done via your computer.
other then that if you always in need of amusement, then this is the phone form you.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.