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Reviewed: Sony Ericsson K608i

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It's been several years since i have changed phones, but the deterioration of my T610 has led to the inevitable. I liked the candy bar shape of the T610 and so I decided to stick with that. The K608i is SonyEricsson's newest 3G phone and it is also the smallest 3G phone to date. The light weight and function packed phone was the most likely candidate. I checked out the K600 but was turned off by the black plastic strip on the side. Luckily, Three network came out with a special edition of the K600 and changed some of basic feel but functionally identical.
The phone handles well and very pocketable. Its functions include a dual camera, one for the video conference and the other 1.3MP for taking higher quality photos. It also has a radio, speaker phone, plays MP3's, videos and photos. there is a built in photo editing feature which i have not been successful in using. the best function is the Bluetooth. Like many newer phones, it supports Bluetooth, but it has included a computer remote program. This allows me to control my Mac OS X or and of the programs. In fact, it synced up perfectly and i was able to start controlling Keynote 2.0 and Powerpoint right away!
Video conferencing: it's blurry, and the noise level is high. it can not really distinguish noise from user's speech, but i suppose it's the same for most video phones. I only have an hour worth of minutes for the video, so i don't expect to use that much. Secondly, very few people actually have this service, so there's no one to really talk to. The main focus is still the triband GSM capability along with the 3G (UTMS), making it a truly world phone and compatible in places like japan.
The other gripe i have would be the low ring tone volume, but i'm not sure if it's the noisy streets which is making it difficult to hear. Luckily, i rarely ever use the ring because i have to keep it on silent for most of the day anyway.
Now, the main difference between the older SE phones would be the menu layout. For the 3G phone, SE has made several quick links for accessing the menu. secondly, the speed of the phone is much faster. I no longer have to wait for the contact names to come up, it's virtually instant and i have over 500 contacts.
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The exterior looks a bit plain, with square buttons and an all silver shell. perhaps they will come out with different colors later on, but for now i will have to settle for the boring look. as for software, the whole theme is customizable and there are many themes to be found online. the background is animated and the screen is sharp. In fact, the screen brightness is adjustable, but it is the brightest screen on any SE phones so far. In the bright outdoor sun, the colors can be a bit faded, but the screen remains sharp and easy to read, unlike my T610. There is a screen saver which activates very quickly and changes the screen from color to black and white, then fade to black with the traditional SE floating clock.
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overall, i am very satisfied with the phone, especially with the price. it is a feature packed phone and most of it i will not be able to use, but with bonuses like the bluetooth remote, i find it will last me many years to come (again). The best bit is the price of service and the phone itself. after trading in, i got about 60USD back, but the new phone was just around 200 USD, so for 140 USD, i was able to purchase the K608i. the Three contract is for 18 months, for 12 USD per month. not bad, not bad. check out this phone, for budget minded and feature minded people, this is the perfect combo. those looking for a eye catching snazzy phone, you'll have to look elsewhere. [equipbug]

You can Sample the phone's software HERE:
Sony Ericsson K608I P00 Sony Ericsson K608I P01
photos courtesy of www.sonyericsson.com and www.infosyncworld.com

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