Sony Ericsson K300i

Sony Ericsson's K300i is an easy to use, inexpensive phone with a modest range of features including a VGA camera, infrared port and a media player. Read our Australian review to find out more.


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Design
The K300i is reminiscent of Sony Ericsson's popular T610 model in terms of design and button layout. In fact, the keypad is almost identical aside from the inclusion of a WAP shortcut key on the more recent K300i.

One thing we liked about the T610 was the blend of aluminium and smooth gloss case, even though it was prone to smudging. We're not as fond of the K300i's cheaper plastic case, yet its simplicity, size, and silver style still exude a graceful quality.

Sony Ericsson has stuck with a tiny thumb joystick for navigation on the K300i, which is surrounded by two shortcut keys, a back key and a clear/delete key. Numerical keys are again slivers in size, which is fine for dainty fingers but large thumbs may struggle.

The main menu is laid out in a grid, with nine icons available: Camera, Internet services, Entertainment, File manager, Messaging, Organiser, Phonebook and Settings.

Features
For a recommended retail price of AU$329, we didn't expect to find many high-end features, such as a megapixel camera or Bluetooth. However, there is a 640 x 480-pixel VGA camera to take still shots or video, and an infrared port to transmit images wirelessly to PCs.

A wide range of cute frames and cut-out faces can be added to images, and the usual effects, like negative, black & white and sepia, can be applied. There is a night mode to assist shooting in the dark but this doesn't work nearly as well as an integrated flash, like the one on Sony Ericsson's 1.3-megapixel camera model, the S700i.

Under the Entertainment menu option are two midly amusing Java games, Darts and a puzzle game called FiveStones. Additional games can be downloaded from Sony Ericsson's Web site using WAP on the K300i.

We also find a voice recorder, a media player that supports MP3, MIDI, WAV and 3GP files, a ring tone creation application called MusicDJ and a download music service PlayNow. MusicDJ allows you to compose a melody by laying out pre-recorded samples across four tracks: drum, bass, keyboard and brass. These can be saved to use as ring tones, alarms or sent to a friend. PlayNow is a Sony Ericsson content service which has a distinct Australian Idol flavour, with tracks by Shannon Noll, Guy Sebastian and Anthony Callea available for download at AU$6.60 per song.

The K300i's file manager is where you can browse pictures, sounds, videos, games, applications and themes. WAP links are included in most of these categories to download additional content, such as ring tones and wallpaper.

Similar to most Sony Ericsson handsets made in the past few years, text and picture messaging is implemented well with T9 dictionary mode included. After you send a message, the recipient is added to a short list of frequently used contacts, which you can scroll through when sending subsequent messages. POP3 and IMAP e-mail accounts can also be set up on the K300i.

Organiser features include an alarm clock, calendar, tasks, notes, stopwatch and a calculator. Aside from GSM/GPRS, connectivity is limited to an infrared port on the top of the K300i, which can be used to send contact details to another phone or photos to a PC, for example.

Performance
Considering the growth in digital music services and third generation mobile networks, we see the potential of Sony Ericsson's PlayNow service, especially with the youth market. However, the slow speed of GPRS combined with a handset with a mere 12MB of memory prohitibs us from taking full advantage of PlayNow. It took over a minute for our review model to download a sample song, which sounded fine, but at AU$6.60 we figure most people will opt instead for an Australian online music service, which charges around AU$1.50 per single.

Up to 510 contacts can be stored in the K300i's phonebook with extra fields such as e-mail, URL, address and a photo. Sony Ericsson makes it simple to import existing contacts from a SIM card to the K300i's memory with a setup wizard that launches automatically the first time the handset is switched on. We found battery life to be adequate with an average of four days usage between charges during our test period.

Sony Ericsson has managed to squeeze a nice range of extras onto the K300i including a camera and a media player. It is an easy to use phone with a relatively modern silver design at a budget price. Other phones in this space include the Nokia 3220, which has lights on its case that can "write" messages at night, Motorola's cheap-as-chips V171, the Sharp GX15 (on Vodafone) and the Sony Ericsson T290i.

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vb
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vb posted a review   

its joy stick is troublesome after 2 month of extensive use

even its connectivity to computer and handsfree is lost after 2 yr and 10 month(because of degradation of its IC)
and after 3 yr there is malfunction in its keypad.

but its too strong when free fall,
minimizable media player,
good modem

ICEMANN
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ICEMANN posted a review   

my phone actually survived being dropped in a pool, dropped 4 stories and chewed by a dog. so i must say it was good only my cam doesnt work because of the cam but it took gd pictures. pretty satisfied but when i bought it was like 400 so.... but its good

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sony ericsson k200 posted a review   

The Good:Compact design.

The Bad:Camera stills only average in quality.
Camera performs poorly in low light conditions.
Annoying keypad.

Bore package from nokia. This mobile flops. No any features which satisfied us and no any quality. I rank this mobile 0.

james
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james posted a review   

i had a k300i its a very hard fone to break i dropped it from 2 meters and nuthing happend to it

DAVID
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DAVID posted a review   

The Good:phone cost $400.00 usb cabil which was reckamended by shop & on packet dose not work & phone charger only 1% of the time if your luckey

The Bad:phone sold by ALL PHONES in 2005
the phone is a Sony Ericsson k300i

ALL WACE CURSING TRUBLE &THE BATTERY DIES QUICKLEY & THE 3 MAG PICAL CAMERA WITH A VERY POOR PICTURE, SPICKER'S ALL WACE QUIT

Cam S
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Cam S posted a review   

The Good:-Dials Numbers (when in reception)
-Doesn't Break....after several attempts

The Bad:-Doesn't Break....after several attempts
-Camera Is Terrible
-Kept unlocking in pocket and calling people
-Jostick fell off (before i tried to break it)
-Random reception glitches
-Internet glitch's

Would be 1 out of ten but it wont let me rate that low

Had it for 6 months
Wanted to throw it off a cliff... terrible fone....upgraded to a Motorola V3...much better considering its 130 bucks cheaper
-I ended up smashing it with a hammer for a radio show.

iluvgalaxy
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iluvgalaxy posted a review   
United Kingdom

The Good:the joysticks lasted....
internet works well
games to get u thru bordom
very cheap for a camera phone
sometimes takes resonably pictures
easy to read the stuff on the screen

The Bad:camera isnt great
doesnt hav bluetooth
very small amount of space

mines pretty worn out now but iv had it two yrs and its been dropped in water twice... oh yeh and the media player is minimizable...(neel95)

kaaateisagainANGRY
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kaaateisagainANGRY posted a review   

The Good:great battery life.
calls people.

The Bad:everything else;
joystick doesnt work.
buttons tooo little.
camera crap.
cant connect to computer.
internet doesnt work.
no app. locks.

CRAAAAP
not worth a single cent.
annoying. :|

Gilly102
4
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Gilly102 posted a review   

The Good:- Specker.
- Camera.
- Picture and Video Quailtys.

The Bad:- Joystick.
- Charger.
- No Bluetooth.
- Reception.
- Memory Space.

This was a good phone when I first got it but now.
It has good specker. Its cheap for a camera phone but i won it so....bargain.
The joystick is now stuffed, it does not press down, left, and it just goes up and right.
It does not charge propely.
Overall 4, It isnt a very good phone.

Miro
9
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Miro posted a review   

OK very good


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    "its joy stick is troublesome after 2 month of extensive use

    even its connectivity to computer and handsfree is lost after 2 yr and 10 month(because of degradation of its IC)
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  • ICEMANN

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    "my phone actually survived being dropped in a pool, dropped 4 stories and chewed by a dog. so i must say it was good only my cam doesnt work because of the cam but it took gd pictures. pretty satis..."

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