Specs summary

Screen
No

The Sony Ericsson p800's screen is Unknown with 208 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Symbian operating system (OS).

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, Memory Stick Duo expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sony's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 780 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).


Reviews summary

7.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 18 reviews

A phone-PDA hybrid that has attracted a loyal following of users and Java application developers, and runs a version of the Symbian OS using a stylus for input. No other wireless device can compare to the Sony-Ericsson P800 in one respect: those who buy one seem to fall head-over-heels in love with it, just the same way Mac users do with their computers, or iPod users do with their player. With its blue-and-white casing and pale, translucent keypad, the P800 even looks a little like an iMac. What is it about the P800 that inspires such loyalty? Does this loyalty make sense when more and more wireless manufacturers are coming out with third-generation smartphones that match or exceed the P800's list of features?

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When it first appeared in 2002, the P800 was hands-down the most advanced PDA-phone available. More than a year later, the battle has been joined by newer competitors like the Palm Treo 600 and Samsung's i700, and opting for the P800 is no longer a no-brainer. Potential users now have to ask themselves a few key questions. First, do you prefer a built-in keypad for typing with your thumbs or fingers, or are you happy using a stylus on a touch-sensitive screen? The P800 requires a stylus, but on the other hand, it gives you a bigger screen area in exchange. With the stylus, the P800 is very responsive -- you won't notice any delay while you tap out messages letter by letter -- and the handwriting recognition is effective and easy to use.

The screen itself is a 4,096-color, 208 x 320 pixel LCD which is good but not outstanding by contemporary standards. Unfortunately, the P800's screen doesn't have external brightness or contrast controls, making it less than ideal for shifting light conditions. The built-in camera is typical for camphones, and comes with a group of useful additional features. There is no flash, but camera operations are very simple and quick.

This is one of the keys to understanding why users like their P800s so much: thoughtful, user-friendly operation. The second question to ask yourself is whether or not you value user-friendly operation in general over specific capablities and maxed-out performance -- if the answer is yes, the P800 will satisfy you. Unlike some complex wireless devices, the P800 doesn't make you learn new tricks or re-wire your brain to get things done. By-and-large, buttons are where you expect them to be, and shortcuts of various kinds are included everywhere. For example, your phone book Contacts list includes one-touch "Hot Links" that work much the same way as speed dial -- saving second or two here and there with features like these really seems to add up in your favor. One fact that may or may not be a turn-off for potential users: no predictive text-entry. If you depend on this feature, this might be a real annoyance.

The other secret to the P800's enduring appeal is that its Symbian OS enjoys a large and ever-growing library of freeware Java applications, distributed quickly and painlessly by a network of official and unofficial websites. When it comes to judging the P800 as a portable computing device, its popularity with third-party developers sets it head-and-shoulders above the competition.

In other respects, its computing features are average or above-average for its class. One glaring weakness is Sony's proprietary DUO memory stick format: these are are less convenient to buy or replace than generic Flash sticks, and will cost more for the equivalent capacity. Also, Sybian OS does not support multiple user profiles, so if you plan on sharing your device, this may pose a problem. The P800 supports Bluetooth and MMS, and comes with an IR port for fast data exchange between devices. USB is provided for synchronization and charging but not for peripherals like an external keyboard. Support for multimedia is not outstanding: popular movie formats and some sound formats are not available for playback, and you won't be able to use MP3s as ringtones.


Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)


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Amazon

Do not waste your money

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Hi, I bought this phone about 1 1/2 years ago but I have sveral problems: 1) reception in remote areas is poor 2) The PDA function is not great---cant open PDF files properly 3) The camera isnt great if you want good pics--nokia camera phones much better 4) The internet wa...More
Hi, I bought this phone about 1 1/2 years ago but I have sveral problems: 1) reception in remote areas is poor 2) The PDA function is not great---cant open PDF files properly 3) The camera isnt great if you want good pics--nokia camera phones much better 4) The internet was only useful for checking and replying to emails but not all attachments would open and was too slow for much else. Less
Amazon

Do not waste your money

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Hi, I bought this phone about 1 1/2 years ago but I have sveral problems: 1) reception in remote areas is poor 2) The PDA function is not great---cant open PDF files properly 3) The camera isnt great if you want good pics--nokia camera phones much better 4) The internet wa...More
Hi, I bought this phone about 1 1/2 years ago but I have sveral problems: 1) reception in remote areas is poor 2) The PDA function is not great---cant open PDF files properly 3) The camera isnt great if you want good pics--nokia camera phones much better 4) The internet was only useful for checking and replying to emails but not all attachments would open and was too slow for much else. Less
Amazon

Terrible Battery Life

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I have a few words for Sony. They made a great product with a lot of features that are really useful. This phone makes your life easier if you are a techno addict like I am. One big major flaw is the battery. You have to charge this phone every night . No exceptions. If you try to use the internet then...More
I have a few words for Sony. They made a great product with a lot of features that are really useful. This phone makes your life easier if you are a techno addict like I am. One big major flaw is the battery. You have to charge this phone every night . No exceptions. If you try to use the internet then you are really lucky if the phone makes it to the evening. And obviously no matter how good the phone is, it is no good to me if the battery dies halfday. I heard p900s have the same problem too. Less
Amazon

GREAT GLOBAL PHONE

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USED OVERSEAS in Europe & Bosnia. Use US carrier now. Excellent charge on battery. Super as a PDA. A great all in one. Text messages etc. SO MANY FEATURES it is tough to learn them all.
Amazon

Good phone, average PDA

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I have had this phone for about a year and a half. I bought it because I didnt want to carry a phone and pda in my pocket. The phone is good, as good as any other phone. With a handsfree, the volume is excellent but without the handsfree, not so great. Reception wise, its good but not as good as mo...More
I have had this phone for about a year and a half. I bought it because I didnt want to carry a phone and pda in my pocket. The phone is good, as good as any other phone. With a handsfree, the volume is excellent but without the handsfree, not so great. Reception wise, its good but not as good as most Nokia phones. I know a friend who lives in a remote area who has trouble with it but doesnt have trouble with the Nokia phones. The best part about the phone is the ability to write on the screen - better than the Palm pilot series - i have got so used to writing on the phone that i can write almost at normal speed. I just use my fingernails to write in fact. The cover of the phone is problematic - the buttons on the phone numbers are hard and not so easy to press. the cover rests on the sides of the phone by two little knobs that jut out - these have broken off twice - the cover then doesnt work because the buttons are no longer aligned with the touchscreen - i know a friend of mine had the same problem. The camera is easy to use but Im not sure who wants to have a camera with this kind of resolution - its good for kicks and if your somewhere and absolutely have to capture something and dont have a regular camera handy. For the business user, cell phone companies should drop the camera from the phones. The syncing with outlook is a major problem - when i synced it, all 2000 odd email addresses on my outlook loaded here - though i have bought extra storage, the phone takes about 5 minutes to load if its switched off and put on again. I have not figured out the email and Im not sure I want to install it if the address book syncing is any indication - i would love to have a blackberry type facility with new emails coming into the gadget automatically but im worried that if i sync the emails, several thousand emails will land into the phone and jam the thing. I enjoy the writing on the screen bit and the pda functions - i can have a huge address book and can dial or message out from the contacts folder. the sms facility is wonderful - I can store over 5000 messages whereas with most regular cellphones, its about 30 or so. Overall, if (a) you want to have a phone cum PDA; (b) are not interested in accessing email the way it works with blackberry; (c) want to write on the screen rather than use miniscule keypads; then this phone is worth it. I would rather however look at Sony Ericson's later offerings and see if they provide the blackberry facility. Less

simply the best , a gr8 mini computer

this is the best phone i ever seen, specially the mp3 is my fav. feature
Amazon

The phone is great but T-mobile service area is lacking

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I have had this phone for roughly 1 year. I find the phone to be a very good phone and a average PDA. I enjoy many of the phone features such as bluetooth which works well with the jabba bt headset and outlook synchro. The ring associations with contacts I love and I also use it to retrieve smtp email....More
I have had this phone for roughly 1 year. I find the phone to be a very good phone and a average PDA. I enjoy many of the phone features such as bluetooth which works well with the jabba bt headset and outlook synchro. The ring associations with contacts I love and I also use it to retrieve smtp email. All of which work flawlessly if I am in a Tmobile area. I highly recommend this phone or the upgraded P900 Less
Amazon

What a phone!

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It almost has it all. I like the cam, PDA, the browser, MP3 player with the unlimitted storage space thanks to the Duo Stick. When I finish palying with all the toys that this phone has, I simply download more fun things from the different vendors, like a video capturing software, TV remote control, un...More
It almost has it all. I like the cam, PDA, the browser, MP3 player with the unlimitted storage space thanks to the Duo Stick. When I finish palying with all the toys that this phone has, I simply download more fun things from the different vendors, like a video capturing software, TV remote control, unlimitted games, etc. The only 2 weaknesses in this phone are the price and the key pad, but it's detachable. Less

"Back to daddy"

After 14 months using Motorola and Panasonic phones, i bought used P800. I´ve had new one before, sold it, and during this 14 months, i was angry on child illnes of those phones. Now it´s OK, P800 is here. Great, simple, useful. My vote for him!

Still the best yet

This phone never runs out of date! I still hear some people talk about a 4 year old phone although the topic then heads to P900... This phone acts just like any other 'smarties' out in the market that are new.



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 17, 2003
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Symbian

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Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Carrying case, Hand Strap, Headset, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 780 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 5.9 x 2.7 cm (4.6 x 2.3 x 1.1 in)
Weight 158 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 4k
Resolution 208 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display LCD
Graphics -
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Scroll wheel
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Duo
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
-
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Extra large colour screen, digital camera, Integrated Bluetooth, MP3 and video players, MMS-ready an
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