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Sony Ericsson K770i
Here we go with another new phone from Sony Ericsson. The K770i is a tri-band handset with 3G. It has a neat candybar design and is distinctly mid-range. My review sample came with a 3 SIM and was coloured a rather nice ‘exclusive to 3' purple. Sony Ericsson wants the shade called ‘Ultra Violet'. Think Ribena and you'll have the idea.
Other operators have this phone too, and there are other colours available: Black (that'll be ‘Soft Black' according to Sony Ericsson), brown (‘Truffle Brown'), silver (‘Sandy Beige') and orange (‘Henna Bronze'). The phone is available for various prices, including nothing at all, depending on the contract you choose.
This is quite a neat looking mobile. Sony Ericsson has kept things simple on the design front. The number pad on my purple sample was coloured silver and made a nice visual contrast. The keys are fairly narrow, but wide, and I found them responsive.
Above the keys there are no less than six shortcut buttons. The softkeys have beneath them the Sony Ericsson Back and Clear keys. Embedded between the right side pair and butting up to the right edge of the front fascia is a teeny shortcuts button.
Press it and a My Shortcuts menu pops up offering access to key features of the phone such as a switcher between running apps, alerts, the Web browser, and a set of shortcuts for you to configure. This is a familiar feature on Sony Ericsson handsets, and I maintain that it is one of the best methods on any mobile for getting around the handset quickly.
There is another button mirroring this one on the left edge of the phone. It was programmed on my handset to take you to 3's MusicStore. No doubt it is programmed differently when the mobile is bought from other operators.
The navigation key has a couple of hidden gems too. Tap its ‘up' edge and a file viewer opens, while hitting its central select button when you are on the main screen opens up the phone's icon driven main menu.
The screen itself is a little disappointing. It is clear and bright enough, and its 240 x 320 pixels and 262 thousand colours are standard fare. But it is a bit squeezed, measuring just 1.8 inches corner to corner and offering a visible viewing area I measured at 29mm wide and 38mm tall.
The K770i shades under the magic 100g weight mark, coming in at 95g, and it is pocket friendly being just 14mm thick, 105mm tall and 47mm wide.