Sony Ericsson K700 review: A winner
Sony Ericsson top-class products regularly achieve the best score in our mobile chart, which our editorial team compiles on the benchmark basis. Starting with the R520 model, over T68, T610 and T630, up to the new Sony Ericsson K700: all these mobiles took first place. But though in the past they had a pretty nice distance from the second mobile in the top-list, nowadays they're quite even. Nokia 6230 (2nd in the top-list) is only by one percent behind Sony Ericsson.
Sony Ericsson K700 is a top-class mobile phone. S700, the higher-class model will come on the market in the autumn, but currently there are only two smarter phones available. The producer introduced K700 this March.
The controversial point is whether K700 is a successor of the contemporary highest model T630 or not. Personally, I am inclined to the first possibility. K700 derives from the Sony Ericsson T630 mobile phone, bringing at the same time new features and functions to life. The starting price is about the early price of T630. Undoubtedly, Sony Ericsson will continue to prepare better phones, but nowadays K700 is the reasonable successor of the previous top-class phones.
The first question from our readers should be raised here. In the review we use only the simplified name K700, though users have maybe seen K700i mobile somewhere and K700c mobile elsewhere… We simplify, but our intentions are good. In Europe you can meet only the international K700 model and the "c" version has been designed specially for China. It has different key printmaking, different fast messaging dictionary and less memory due to the Chinese language support, most likely. So, when we write about the K700 mobile phone in the review, we mean the K700i model.
As appearing from the number of review readers, Sony Ericsson K700 is one of the most expected mobiles this year. We have noticed also a strong interest towards the Nokia 6230 mobile phone and we expect that Siemens S65 will be attractive as well.
Comparing to other mobile phones Sony Ericsson K700 is small (99 x 46 x 19 mm) and lightweight (93g), but we can't say that it is "very small" and "very light". Here you can find a table with the comparison of K700 and other phones of the same class.
|Sony Ericsson K700||99 × 46 × 19 mm||93 cm3||93 g|
|Sony Ericsson T630||102 × 43 × 17 mm||75 cm3||93 g|
|Nokia 6230||103 × 44 × 20 mm||97 cm3||97 g|
|Siemens S65||109 × 48 × 18 mm||94 cm3||98 g|
|Motorola V600||88 × 48 × 24 mm||101 cm3||116 g|
Unlike to the elegant, but not really practical black surface of the previous models, the new Sony Ericsson K700 is a kind of jagged. The components are made of different matte silver plastics and only the middle part is black, so no fingerprints remain on the phone, except the on display surface. Whilst Sony Ericsson preferred European style earlier, their latest pieces are of Japanese angular and technical design, which I like a lot. Personally, I appreciate design changes very much. Of course, you could back up another opinion.
From its front view the phone looks like a rectangle with round edges. But from its sides it is a trapezoid - like a small coffin. Owing to the beveled side part the mobile fits well in hand. Edges of all parts, which put K700 together, are precisely connected.