Flash: the Sony Ericsson K800 had to be as versatile as James Bond, and they are the first Cyber-shot phone


The Sony Ericsson K800 is a phone with many features. From one angle it looked like a Cyber-shot digital camera, from another person, such as a phone, look to the left and you will see a button for the music player, it was a capable graphics chip for 3D gaming.

It was released in mid-2006, and it was the first Sony Ericsson phone to officially sport the Cyber-shot logo on it. He deserved it, too, as is the 3.2 MP camera on the back, it is one of the best mobile shooters on the market. It was covered with a sliding lens cover, the camera will automatically set itself to start when it is opened.

The phone will really look and feel like a new digital camera. It was a two-stage shutter key, the volume rocker controlled zoom lens. The handset is quite thick, but it also meant that there was plenty of room for a xenon flash.

The BestPic function is very impressive for its time. It’s about 9 full resolution images, which included pictures from before the shutter-release button is pressed and the shot after. You can use one or several of the following photos.

Two-stage shutter key and a volume /zoom rocker on the rightTwo-stage shutter key and a volume /zoom rocker is on the right

What should you do with your photos? Well, you could copy them to your computer using a USB cable, Bluetooth or infrared. You can send them in an MMS message, of course, but in this way, they can only be reached by people in your life.

If you click on the Blog option in the menu, the photos will be uploaded to the Blogger.com where do you think they will be available for the whole world to see. Facebook was new and exclusive to college students, Instagram wasn’t a thing, how else would you share photos of your food, or your cat? On a more serious note, this is a feature far ahead of its time.

The Sony Ericsson K800 was very good at it, if you have read the instructions for use. For example, there are two buttons at the top of the screen in addition to the soft keys just below it. In the camera, they will be able to switch between the modes (e.g. BestPic, Panorama, or scene modes. These buttons are also helped to navigate through the image gallery.

Flash: the Sony Ericsson K800 had to be as versatile as James Bond

On the left-hand side of the phone, with a Play/Pause button and a long press of the volume rocker on the right side, was able to skip tracks. This was not, however, a Walkman mobile phone, but it was a fully capable music player. The ports that will be used to create a pair of headphones wasn’t great, mind you.

But you know what? With the A2DP bluetooth support, allowing it to play music via Bluetooth in stereo. Of course, the Bluetooth headset is not as common in 2006 as they are now, but it’s still very impressive.

The K800 came with only 64 MB of internal memory. You could fit 100’s, but you can’t have more than a handful of songs. This is where a ” Memory Stick Micro, was all that was needed to insert cards up to 16 GB (it also is not compatible with the use of microSD cards, however).

The play/pause button on the music player and M2 are the end, on the The play/pause button on the music player and the M2 slot is on the left

On the front, just below the left soft-key, it was the Internet button. The K800 is one of Sony Ericsson’s first 3G phone, and it has a web browser (Access NetFront), as well as a built-in RSS feed reader on your computer, in addition to an e-mail client.

There was also the K790 variant, which supports only 2G connection and up-to-the-EDGE, but you lose the MMS functionality and the front-facing camera. That is, it could not be used for taking selfies, all, 2006 was a simpler time.

However, on the other hand, the Activity menu key. It is a cross between an app switcher and a notification area. You can switch back and forth between open apps, from here, to check for missed calls and new messages, as well as access to the shortcuts for applications and bookmarks on the web.

And yes, the K800 is a feature phone, but it can multi-task. And being able to run on a mobile incarnation of a number of classic PC gaming, Age of Empires and Counter-Strike, for example.

Sony Ericsson K800
Sony Ericsson K800
Sony Ericsson K800

Sony Ericsson K800

The phone has also appeared in the first of the Daniel Craig James Bond movies Casino Royale (also note that the M600). Sony Ericsson (and later Sony’s) are a key component of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the era of the Bond franchise, although to a lesser degree than the Aston Martin. Of course, every now and then, then you would have to be a BMW Z3 or Nokia-8.3 instead.

The Sony Ericsson K800 was able to do everything a mobile phone from 2006 could do about it. And what’s more, it could be a number of things that are better than most of them. This was when it was at its peak, before the market started to move in the direction of a smart phone, a transition that proved to be a challenge for the Japanese-Swedish company.


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