Live From CES – Sony Ericsson P800 Hands On

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The Sony Ericsson is one of the most anticipated and delayed integrated device out there. We now have hard facts that point to a March release on the T-Mobile system. What’s more, I think it’s almost everything we’ve thought it could be.

The target price is $500 to $550, but the carriers have the right to do whatever they want with the pricing. The SE reps also indicated other carriers will have the device a few months after T-Mobile. So how do we know for sure March is really the month? Well, nothing is 100% but T-Mobile has placed the order for the PDAs and SE is fullfilling them at this moment.

A couple other notes. The cradle looks very sweet for the P800, it’s a discus shape that adds a littler personality to the traditionally boring cradle. The P800 can also take advantage of other SE accessories like a wall charger that is cable-less and peripherals like an FM radio clip and headsets.


micro travel charger

The P800 runs on symbian, which might scare some of you. To be honest, I thought it might be a problem for US users to get used to this OS, but after using it for a short time I found it to be quite usable. It relies on a tab system that most PC users will find intuitive. The keypad you see flipped down is removable if you want to drop a little weight.

The P800 also comes with the gimmicky camera, great for taking a spontaneous pictures and sending them off to friends via email.

Like many other devices with cameras, you can take a quick picture and associate it with an address book entry. For the record, Halle Berry’s real contact info was not in the P800…sorry guys.

On the right side of the device, you’ll find the Memory Stick Duo slot underneath a flat stylus. The P800 is supposed to ship with three extra styli in the box. Believe me, you’ll need them. I almost lost the demo one after dropping the translucent thing on the floor.

Overall I really enjoyed using the P800 for a short period of time. I even pocketed it and walked around a bit to test it’s pocket travel-worthiness. It seemed fine to me. The only thing that’s a little troublesome is the color. I’m not a huge fan of the light blue, but will be more than willing to deal with it.

Be sure to check out the Sony Ericsson P800 full specs.

Brian

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