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  P800 in short
P800 is equipped with GPRS, HSCSD and Bluetooth enabled Symbian 7.0 operating system (UIQ user interface) and 32-bit RISC CPU based on ARM-9 series, clocked at 156 MHz. 12 MB of internal Flash memory serves as storage medium for 3rd party applications, user data, photos and messages. 16 MByte Memory Stick Duo card further expands storage space and can be later replaced with bigger (up to 128 MB) cards, if needed. P800 features a built-in digital camera (640x480, 24-bit), loudspeaker, large touch-sensitive, graphical color display (208x320 pixels, 40x62 mm), jog dial navigation and is a world tri-band phone (900/1800/1900 MHz) with MMS capabilities. P800 can be operated in three modes: FC (flip closed - similiar to 'traditional' phones), FO (flip open - provides access to full screen) and FR (flip removed - PDA mode with virtual keyboard). P800 generates high quality, stereo sound and supports MP3 audio and MPEG-4 video playback.
  What is P802
P802 is a Chinese version of the P800 phone. It provides full localization, Chinese handwriting recognition, Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionary, both solar and lunar calendar and Five Stone Chess game. There are several separate versions of the P800 and P802 available for Traditional and Simplified Chinese (China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan). As Chinese UI and input methods require more storage space when compared to Latin character set, internal storage memory in Chinese versions is reduced to 9 MB (compared to 12 MB in the P800).

Sony Ericsson P800 - First impressions

Announced on March 2002, the P800 already has a long history before entering the market. It took Sony Ericsson 9 months to give birth to it, but it seems that it was all worth it as the child is mature. It also got one additional, highly useful feature (not present in the initial version): support for memory cards.

The Sony Ericsson P800 uses the latest version of Symbian's operating system for mobile phones - Symbian OS v7.0 along with the UIQ user interface. It supports HSCSD (2+1, up to 28,8 kbps + 14,4 kbps), GPRS (4+1, upto 85,6 kbps + 21,4 kbps in networks supporting CS-4 coding scheme), Bluetooth (including headset profile) and Infrared (SIR, up to 115,2 kbps).

P800 supports all messaging types: SMS, EMS, email and MMS. E-mail client (finally!) supports both POP3 and SMTP authentification. Inbuilt Internet browser is among the best available with its support for HTML 3.2 (WWW), WML 1.3 (WAP 2.0), WBXML, xHTML, cHTML, TLS/SSL, style sheets and more. Such multibrowser provides ease of use and convenience: no matter if the page you are looking for is WAP or WWW - just type the URL and go!

The size and weight of the P800 is almost exactly the same as of Nokia 7650. Another similiar feature is the built in digital camera - 640x480 (VGA), 24-bit (plus two other resolutions: 320x240, 160x120 and three quality levels: high, medium and low). You can adjust brightness, contrast and lighting and take advantage of the built-in delay timer.

P800 is equipped with a jog dial. You can not only rotate it and press it down, but also push it towards and away. This provides a 5-way control. There are also two other keys: camera shutter release button and Internet button, which can be used to launch the built-in WWW/WAP browser. Jog dial and both buttons are useful in "phone" (flip closed) mode. When keypad is open or removed, all operations can be made using the stylus by tapping the corresponding icons displayed on screen - just like in case of any other PDAs. P800 supports handwriting recognition. Recognition works in a letter-by-letter way (as you write) and is probably the best I have ever seen! It leaves PocketPC and PalmOS engines way behind.

Sony Ericsson P800 is a true multimedia device. Built-in audio and video players support MP3, WAV, AMR, AU, MIDI, RMF, iMelody songs and MPEG-4 movies (both streaming and local playback). MP3 playback is of very high quality and the system performance is more than enough to play MP3 files in the background while working with any other application. As P800 features handsfree (loudspeaker) mode, you can listen to your favorite recordings either via built-in speaker or using stereo headphones.

It is hard to mention all great P800's features in this short introduction, but we can't skip its voice funtions. P800 supports voice calling, accepting and rejecting incoming calls with voice commands, and also "magic word". Magic word is what really makes P800 a voice operated device. Instead of pressing buttons (like in other phones) you just say your magic word followed by voice tag recorded for the contact you want to call. P800 lets you assign pictures to your contacts stored in the phone book. But unlike other phones, which only show small thumbnail pictures, P800 can be set to display large, fullscreen image of the calling party.

Sony Ericsson P800, like all other Symbian OS devices, is an open system, which means that you can install and run 3rd party applications. Besides native C++ programs, P800 also supports Personal Java and Java MIDP (midlets). Following screenshots show P800 running a Personal Java and Java MIDP application.

P800 allows detaching the phone keypad. This depends on how you are going to use your device. If you want to use it as a normal phone but still to have access to all PDA functions, leave the flip attached. It is enough to just open it to have all palmtop features at your disposal. However, if you prefer the PDA style, you can remove the keypad and attach the flip replacement bundled with the device. You won't miss anything - virtual phone keypad can be displayed just by tapping the corresponding icon. The following screenshots show phone screen with flip attached and closed.


P800 - PROs AND CONs


ADVANTAGES:
  • high resolution, illuminated color TTF display (208x320 pixels, 4096 colors)
  • touch-sensitive screen, fantastic handwriting recognition
  • Symbian OS v7.0, with support for both Personal Java and Java MIDP
  • multitasking
  • 32-bit RISC CPU based on ARM-9, very fast
  • tri-band 900/1800/1900 MHz phone
  • long standby time - up to 400 hrs, Lithium Polymer battery
  • HSCSD 2+1 and GPRS 4+1 connectivity - up to 85,6 + 21,4 kbps in CS-4 enabled networks
  • Bluetooth connectivity, both data and audio profiles
  • built-in digital still camera (VGA - 640x480, 24-bit)
  • full phone and PDA functionality
  • open platform - possibility of installing third party applications - C++, Personal Java, Java MIDP
  • synchronization, conversion and data exchange with PC
  • support for multimedia
  • modern design - removable keypad, 5-way jog dial
  • support for memory cards (up to 128 MB) - 16 MB card included
  • fast multimode browser: HTML 3.2 (WWW) / WAP 2.0
  • MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) support
  • Voice dialing, voice commands, magic word
  • Voice recorder
  • Integrated handsfree speaker
  • E-mail over CSD, HSCSD and GPRS (SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4)
  • support for Bluetooth headsets and car kits
  • good email client with long awaited support for SMTP authentification
  • high quality stereo sound
  • MP3 and MPEG-4 playback
  • USB connectivity
  • Flight mode - full PDA functionality with radio and Bluetooth turned off - good for aircraft, hospitals etc.
  • personalisation: background picture in FC (flip closed) mode, screensaver, rintones, alerts
  • SyncStation/desktop stand, stereo headphones, flip replacement and 4 styli bundled with the phone
  • nice look
DISADVANTAGES:
  • Memory Stick Duo - why not SDIO?!
  • small memory card (16 MB) - bigger cards not available yet
  • no quick access to Audio Player in FC (flip closed) mode
  • no T9 predictive text input in FC mode
  • no profiles (normal and silent only)
  • when displaying large contact picture of calling party is enabled, there is only "Incoming call" message without any other details. If the contact has more than one phone number (eg. home, work, mobile etc), you never know where he's calling from.
  • no wallpaper / color palette personalisation in FO (flip open) mode.

Sony Ericsson P800 is the most advanced Symbian OS device available on the market. Packed with latest features offers high speed and great ease of use. P800 is not only a competitor to Nokia's Series 60 phones, but also to Microsoft PocketPC Phone Edition devices, which lack MMS support, built-in camera, Bluetooth and serious integration of phone and Internet functions with other applications and entire operating system. Like other Symbian OS based devices, the P800 provides true "GRPS always on" function, while all Pocket PC Phone Edition and MS Smartphone 2002 devices close the connection as soon as they enter the standby mode.


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