The Write-Up part 1 of i don't know how many
Well, I am bored with nothing better to do so figure I'd give you nice folks a part of the write-up. No pictures included here, but I will post some on part #2 or 3 as I see fit, but don't worry, you WILL GET PICS!
Here are just some things for you:
Model: Sony Ericsson V800 Unlocked (branded Vodaphone)
Price: $375 on ebay, almost $500 in a store w/o contract
Features: color screen, G3, BT, 1.3MP cam
LOOK AND FEEL:
What Can i say, its a big phone (see pics that i will post soon). If you know what the Motorola V330 looks like, this phone is the same width, a little bit thicker, and about 1cm longer. On the bright side, the antenna is internal so there is nothing sticking out. However, statistically speaking internals get you worse signal strenghts. The phone front and back plates are BLACK, but not just any black, its a polished black plastic of OK quality (not the best, but doesn't suck). So, that means that fingerprints and smudges appear. Its good practice to wipe it down once in a while, or perhaps even get a leather case for it. On the front with the lid down you have the 2ndary screen which displays the time when not in a call, the name/number of person calling if you have an in-comming call, and displays the length of yuor chat when you close the phone to end a convo. Under the screen you have a speaker with a silver, what appears to be metal grille. The screen is surrounded in silver plastic so it matches very well. And finally on the bottom we have the "Vodaphone" logo.
The hinge is quite large, but it contains a camera which rotates up and down so you can rotate it in to protect the lense when the cam is not in use, you can have it face inwards if you are in a video call, or outwards if you are taking picutres (just as i had in the samples below). On the right side you have 2 bottons. Cammera and flashlight, yep, you heard me, FLASHLIGHT. The flash for the cammera also doubles as a handy flashlight. I got a chance to use it last night in the middle of a forrest. At close range the flashlight is very intense, WARNING: dont shine in eyes, you'll be temoporarily blinded. It lights up the road before your feet quite well, also useful for finding a keyhole on the lock at night and stuff like that. Not a very effective long-distance light though. On the left we have the + and - buttons (volume). On the back there is nothing but a battery cover, and finally on the bottom you have a USB port and the proprietary sony-ericsson port.
Time to flip this motha open. On the inside we have a LARGE (for a cell phone) color screen showing 264k colors, quite impressive. Remember i said this phone was big? Well, there is no wasted real estate, There are almost no empty areas on the inside, its all filled up, the buttons are pretty big, the screen is big, so the real estate went to good use.
The buttons. There are your usual 12 buttons (0-9 # and *), and yuo also have a delete button, an exit (menu) button, yes and no buttons, and a 4-way D-pad with the center button. And under the keypad you have a smallish powerbutton (right next to the microphone). There are also buttons for: video call, web access, and media (mp3/video) player. This phone is loaded.
The weight of this thing is around 120 grams, so a bit on the chunky side for a cell phone.
Under the battery cover you have ports for 3 things: a battery, a sim card, and a MemoryStick DUO card up to 1gb (you get a 32mb with the phone).
You pop in the sim card and turn on the power. First it will ask you to choose a language, then it will ask you if you want to import numbers from sim, and then you are welcomed to the world of sony ericsson. The config is pretty simple.
Once you press the menu button (center button on d-pad), the menu pops up in an animation (icons pop up from the center and slide to take their place on the screen). From here you do your stuff. The options are typical. you have your Settings, Camera, Phonebook, Messages, Media Player, Games (java), Sony Ericsson Web, Internet Services, File Manager, Video Call, Organizer, and Calls. The icons are birght colored and animate when you select them. The signal meter is on the upper left corner, the battery status is on the upper right corner of the screen.
The stock selection is quite poor. Luckily you can make your own and use the USB cable (or BT) to move it to the phone. I made PPK-Resurection. You can use Audacity to do that (err.edit the song). however the speaker is just not very loud, even at MAX VOLUME. If its downstairs and you are upstairs with some degree of noise, you will not hear it ringing probably.
So now since I had it for 2 days, what do i think overall:
Sure its a bit large, and a bit heafty in price, this phone is packin' heat. So far I am pretty happy about buying it. Sure it takes getting used to, but it has that l33t factor to it that no other phone has. Owning this phone is like driving a Porshe, just can't beat the l33t.
(to be continued later....)
Actual Pics Taken with cam (in my room @ night w/ light on):
charger @ hand
Please post anything else you'd like to know. Like i said I'll be posting pics of the phone itself in a day or 2. I will also be posting pics taken with this phone in the daytime outside, which should hopefuly be higher quality.