Throwback Review 5: Sony Ericsson K750i and S710i

by XB on 6th April 2014

in Featured Content, Reviews, Videos


Sony Ericsson S710iThrowback Review number 5 brings us to late 2004 (Sony Ericsson S710) and 2005 (Sony Ericsson K750). Both of these phones had something special about them: the K750 was the first handset to introduce mechanical autofocus and the S710 was the first Swivel phone.

These two mobile phones also gave us the first hints of what was to come later on i.e. the introduction of existing Sony brands into the joint venture. The Cybershot and Walkman brands were not used at the time, but looking back, the trend was clear. The so called “dual front” design was introduced with the K700 and the K750 took that design language to the next level.

The dual front design referred to mobile phones that also became digital cameras, i.e. a mobile phone on the front and digital camera on the back. Some of the main design elements included a dedicated camera button, an integrated camera light and a lens cover.

Sony Ericsson S710i

As for the S710, this was the first handset from Sony Ericsson that broke with the “traditional” form factors of the time (candybar, clam shell or slider). This experimental design form factor was only used in one or two further phones. Besides the unconventional design, the S710 had an impressive screen (both in terms of number of colors and screen resolution with roughly 170ppi).

Before we head over to the video, as usual a short summary of the main features:

Sony Ericsson K750:

  • Camera: 2MP, Autofocus, LED fash
  • Dimensions: 100 x 46 x 20.5 mm (3.94 x 1.81 x 0.81 in)
  • Weight: 99 g (3.49 oz)
  • Display: TFT, 256k colors, 176 x 220 pixels, 1.8 inches
  • Bluetooth 2.0, GPRS, Infrared, Memory Stick Duo Pro support

Sony Ericsson S710:

  • Camera: 1.3MP, fixed focus, LED fash
  • Dimensions: 107.5 x 49 x 24.5 mm (4.23 x 1.93 x 0.96 in)
  • Weight: 137 g (4.83 oz)
  • Display: TFT, 256k colors, 240 x 320 pixels (~174 ppi), 2.3 inches
  • Bluetooth 1.1, GPRS, Infrared, Memory Stick Duo support

Episode 6 of the Throwback Review series will look at the Cybershot brand being introduced. Stay tuned!

  • Mike Gonzalez

    how far technology has come

  • Stephen

    not far enough, sony invented 4k back in 70’s and its only breaking out last few years

  • MarthaBBelknap

    This experimental design form factor was only used in one or two further phones. Besides the unconventional design, the S710 had an impressive screen (both in terms of number of colors and screen resolution with roughly 170ppi). http://qr.net/stx3

  • giri1in

    K750 my phone in college BEST Camera back then… Currently using a Sony Z1 Compact….among BEST Camera in 2014

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    K700i was the first from Sony Ericsson that stolen my heart. Then K750i K320i W700i W810i W760i T700 And J108i Then Live with Walkman, Xperia S, Acro S and Now Xperia ZR :-) Sony Ericsson and Sony Xperia forever <3

  • Mac

    Man I really loved my W810i a upgraded cousin of the k750i with same camera but lacked the camera cover. But it instead had a Walkman player with dedicated Walkman button and MEGA BASS EQ. I saw some ppl putting the backcover from k750i on the w810i just 2 protection but only problem was the speaker holes. Those days man..

  • Mac

    No sh!t I had the w810i, w760i, neo, acro s and now z1 compact x)

  • Doubleyoupee

    K750… best phone of all times for me..if it weren’t for the joystick and PC/charger connector that would wear out after 1.5-2 years.
    Biggest leap in mobile phone camera to this day.
    Since I replaced my k750i I’ve always been a bit underwhelmed by the difference.

  • GeeksEmpire

    K750i i liked it :D

  • alex

    Sony Ericsson was G R E A T!!!

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  • hyper0926

    k750 that was one superphone

  • Lollylost100

    Is this the same rog, as rog from se-first?!

  • Clamser

    I had three phone for me so far there has been no better. K750, W810 & C 905

  • Rizky Maulana

    K750i K for Kamera :3
    my best phone before it got stolen :'(

  • jj

    I miss the K700

  • Brad Williams

    I had the K750i. Was a nice phone. Forced Optus Australia to give it to me as a free upgrade after a spate of crappy K700i’s.

  • Hamed Azizi

    I would never forget the day I saw a k750i In the market. I still have it. Then moved to k800i, Satio, Arc, Acro S, ZL and now Z Ultra the great.

  • Hamed Azizi

    Wow, MEGA BASS was awesome.

  • Brad Williams

    T610i, K700i. K750i, K800i, K850i, C905 (James Bond) Satio, X10, Arc, and last but not least XZ. Z2 will be my next. Yeah I love my SE/Xperia phones. :)

  • Brad Williams

    I still believe the Satio had the best camera of them all. Yet to try the Z1/Z2 tho.

  • Utsav Shah

    Sony Ericsson java phones are a legacy that will never die !

    I still have my lovely Rika (w705) working !

  • Samuel

    The K750 was my first Sony Ericsson phone. It was amazing and still it is. Great camera and a even better music player with manual equalizer, something even Xperias from 2011 didn’t have.

  • Vignesh Raja

    K750i is my first Sony Ericsson phone. Still works fine and camera quality is best in its range. Music quality through head phones is better than my old Xperia Neo V.

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  • Adil

    My 2nd phone after K500i, which was also awesome to use and carry. but at that time, the K750i was my crush, the day when i got it was the happiest day for me then. i was so proud to have it. everytime i see it and hold it, i get a little emotional and nostalgic coz some extra special feelings are attached to this phone. :)
    After that i had k770i, k790i too then jumped to Xperia Neo V now using Xperia SP. all were / are fab and yes they are legends in their own respective ways. at that time, Samsung dint even know how to make a camera-phone lol. No one knew Samsung in mobile phones that time, Only Nokia and Sony Ericsson were competing (in Pakistan).
    My soul is associated to this brand, i cant even think to switch to any other brand and i dont even like any other mobile brand. Sony anyday.

  • alex

    The best SE cameraphone it`s K800i Cyber-Shot. Satio was not so good, Samsung Pixon12 was better. And today Xperia`s Z1/Z2 camera are the worst.

  • PowerSonic

    yup

  • sumer

    lol z1’s camera is the worst it seems

  • Ph3nom

    For me, SE w660 it was best phone ever, but i lost him. It would be nice to make a review.(sorry for my bad english)

  • Flexo

    In a few years ours S5, M8, G2 will look to us as old like these ones XD

  • Magnum

    S700i. tat ws a unique design. evryone loved the “swivel”. the gud old dys. :)

  • hush66

    This brings back good old times, so I dusted off my k750i, inserted the battery and behold, it’s still working! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I modded the phone by replacing the centre chasis, white keyboard LED and centre button with those from the w800. :D

  • BALOCH

    sony phones I owned
    T630
    K700i
    K500i
    W810
    W550
    W850
    W910
    W580
    S500i
    K850i
    SonyEricsson Vivaz
    SonyEricsson Live with Walkman
    sonyericsson xperia arc s
    xperia S
    xperia T
    xperia Z
    Currently Xperia Z1
    Next stop Z3

  • Brad Williams

    I had the K800i too. I stand by comment. The Satio was, in my opinion better.

  • onosmajente

    Yes best phone of all time I really love this phone and if I see it again I will buy it please sonyericsson can you bring it back again?

  • Michi Fus

    OMG Sony Ericsson K750 take better pictures than Xperia SP :P

  • Mac

    Indeed!

  • aldopucci

    My first ever SONY phone was the Z5 in the year 2000. Everybody back then had Motorola or Nokia… I had this underdog beauty with “Jog Dial” that should absolutely be reintroduced in a modern way. Remember my friends were stunned as I had eMails on this phone!

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  • imparanoic

    sony phones I owned
    z600
    s700
    w900
    g705
    w715
    aino
    xperia arc
    xperia tx

  • mr.torture

    I stll have the K800i, and actually it’s still in use (by my father) and it’s still in great condition. No joystick wear, and keyboard like new. Only a small crack on battery cover, and that’s it. However, while I also do think it is one of the best phones of all time (not just regarding camera), I thing you are exaggerating a little bit. Yes, K800i had great camera for the time being, if not the best one, but you can’t say that todays Z1/Z2 cameras are worst among competition. Actually, I think it’s the same as it was in K800i era. Judging by many (like, many many) articles and comparisons all over the web, I think that Z1, and especially Z2 cameras are amazing for what they are. Beside Lumia 1020, there is no better camera out there. Yes, there are some post-processing issues with Xperia cameras every since X10, and some bad algorithms for compression, but all in all, I think Xperia cameras are still among the top of what phone market has to offer. For example, Samsungs are doing some heavy post-processing on their photos as well, artificially sharpening object edges, and removing noise on flat surfaces, which results in nice appearing on small phone display, giving the fake sense of amazing picture. However, when you look at it on desktop, in 100% zoom (native resolution), then you can see all the artificial work that is applied to photo. Xperias photos are having more raw quality, and allow for better retouching in professional software (like Photoshop).

  • alex

    Agree K800i great, but today xperia cameras are not great, like k800i in 2008.. Xperia cameras has no sharpness in photos, but samsung with smallest matrix, than on Z1 and Z2 , shows more good results! unfortunately the current camera sony, has not good reputation …. Unfortunately, but is true. Even when conducted blind test, then people can easily determine on 100% crops, photos taken with sony cameras, its -bluring images . On hi-tech, was blind test, between Xperia Z2, SGS5, HTC (m8). Samsung takes first place, Z2 on second place..( Z2 http://i56.fastpic.ru/big/2014/0423/9c/_901d4b2a6f9b5b5a3ee599457503309c.jpg?noht=1

    SGS5 http://i55.fastpic.ru/big/2014/0423/53/_e4e0f45711b4264abaac293892b2b253.jpg?noht=1

  • JonaScouser

    I had a K790, the best camera-phone in that generation.

  • Shubham Mutreja

    sony phones i owned
    sony ericsson t450
    sony ericsson walkman w350i
    sony ericcson mini pro
    too less..huh?
    i cant help they are very durable long lasting sexy badass phones!!!!!!!

  • Shubham Mutreja

    yeah u talking abt GDM???
    today chinese and korean companies boasting their 4k displays as FIRST $K TV
    huh shit!!!did they know that sony did this in crt trinitron in 1970s but for prosumers!!!

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