Back in the Market for a New Cellphone With Good Night Photography

, posted: 16-Apr-2009 17:02

On New Year's Eve my old Sony Ericsson's K800i's battery EXPLODED! Having
no idea how this happened, other than what I found the next morning in
my pockets (this was NYE after all, not much of that night is crystal
clear...)

Thinking perhaps the reason for this was a faulty battery I bought a
new one of Trademe, before I even switched the phone on the battery
started to get VERY hot and I could smell a smokey smell. Oops, I
quickly took it out.

Well, turns out I later find out that my phone had water damage (how
did that happen?!) so basically it is wrecked to an extent it is not
worthwhile repairing. Sad, as it means I've lost all the data on my
phone.

Hasn't been good being without an 021 phone, means I've been going WAY
OVER my 500 txts I get on my 027. Recently I've been given a Vodafone
226, and since last weekend I've been using it. Is great to be back
using txt2000, but many is this phone getting to be very annoying
compared to ANY of my previous phones!


Some basic features it is lacking:
1) no camera AT ALL (flash or no flash)
2) not able to send a txt to more than one person at a time
3) no ability to copy and paste within a message

So I think I'll hurry up and once again start looking for another
phone, as before the photography abilities of the phone will be very
important to me. As this is the massive weakness my other phones has,
the Okta Touch.

I've just taken a quick skim over the offerings but it looks like the
K800i is still the best bang for the buck?! Even thought it hasn't gone
down in price at all, I would have thought after a whole year since
last time I looked there would have been a bigger shake up in the
market. Hmmm... time to take a deeper look. So the journey begins! :-D

Other related posts:
Cell Phone for Night Photos








Author's note by dman, on 16-Apr-2009 19:28

so far my impressions:
K800i is now so old only one seller is listed on pricespy
Perhaps get K810i? But doesn't really seem worth it for the $50? (cost $399)

The latest K series is the K770, is fairly cheap at only $299 but it has actually taken a step BACKWARDS as it is doesn't have a xenon flash. (for the first time a K series hasn't had one in a very long time, as the K800, K810, and K850 all had this)

Looks like the only alternative I've found so far is the C series, but they are fairly pricey. The cheapest is the C902 at $561, but that doesn't even have a xenon flash either. For that I'll need the C905 at over $800! Hmmm.... perhaps I'll have to look beyond the SE range.

I suspect getting the oldest Nokia N series with a xenon flash would be the way to go, the N82 is $600 and has a xenon flash. Or the Nokia 6220 at about $500 would be another cheaper option. THe Motorola ZN5 also at $500 would be another consideration.

This has preserved the deleted article from wikipedia with all the xenon flash phones:
http://www.wikigrain.org/?req=List+of+Mobile+Phones+with+Xenon+Flash&sort=rel

Also this search here:
http://www.gsmarena.com/results.php3?sName=&idMaker=0&idAvailability=0&nPriceLow=0&nPriceHigh=0&idCurrency=0&idFormFactor=0&idQwerty=0&HeightMax=0&WidthMax=0&ThicknessMax=0&WeightMax=0&idAntenna=0&idOS=0&idDisplay=0&idDisplayRes=0&fDisplaySize=0&idTouchscreen=0&idCamera=0&idCameraFlash=0&idVideoRecorder=0&idExpansionCard=0&idGPS=0&bWLAN=0&bEDGE=0&bGPRS=0&idBluetooth=0&bIR=0&bEmail=0&bWAP=0&bJava=0&idRadio=0&bMMS=0&idRingtones=0&bGames=0&sColor=&StandBy=0&TalkTime=0&sFreeText=xenon

This here has a good recent list of all(?) the current phones with a xenon flash:

http://asia.cnet.com/reviews/mobilephones/0,39050603,62047512,00.htm


Author's note by dman, on 16-Apr-2009 19:37

http://www.mobile-phones-uk.org.uk/sony-ericsson-c902.htm

The user comments in that really turned me off this phone now for good, I was wondering perhaps with the stronger LED it is meant to have then just perhaps it might work out? But no, a multitude of comments were made about how it is nowhere near as strong as the user's previous K800i (and have to carry a separate camera now in to night clubs etc).

Look at these two pictures:
K800i: http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a193/timmyb12345/DSC00060.jpg
C905: http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a193/timmyb12345/DSC00006.jpg

Shocking!!


Author's note by dman, on 16-Apr-2009 20:02

http://www.mobile-phones-uk.org.uk/sony-ericsson-c902.htm

The user comments in that really turned me off this phone now for good, I was wondering perhaps with the stronger LED it is meant to have then just perhaps it might work out? But no, a multitude of comments were made about how it is nowhere near as strong as the user's previous K800i (and have to carry a separate camera now in to night clubs etc).


Comment by ironharry, on 17-Apr-2009 02:17

Interesting and thourogh research. Sorry try to learn about your phone explosion.

The price for the K800i has been relatively stable in NZ over the last year (Sony Ericsson K800i price history). I had a K800i and was more than satisfied with it. I guess the different upgrade options depend on your budget, the features that you really value as well as personal preferences. Good luck with your decision.

 


Author's note by dman, on 21-Apr-2009 16:46

thanks for pointing out that priceme website, I've only used pricespy in the past. Handy feature listing the history (pity about the stable price, this might be why I'll buy it 2ndhand instead), wish pricespy did that. I see also lists numbers of retailers, as I've noticed since back when I purchased my last K800i there has been a huge drop off. Almost starting to make it rather hard to find a new one.

I try to be through in my search as I love phones so I enjoy the hunt, plus phones for me are both quite expensive and something I'm going to be using a LOT

unfortunately I got my phone on the 027 network stolen/lost, the Okta Touch. Which once I've thought about it may adjust what I'm looking for in a phone on the 021 network, as in the past my 027 phone has been my phone phone with the 021 phone "filling in the gaps". Perhaps might be time to switch it around the other way, will see what happens with the insurance.

I've also checked out my bank account since I wrote up this blog entry. Ouch! Might need to put on hold plans for a new phone due to the loss of my 027

funny news that makes me smile instead: priceme got confused and included this review of the Nokia 6220 http://asia.cnet.com/reviews/mobilephones/0,39051199,39012980p,00.htm? on the Nokia 6220 Classic priceme page, even though these are two very very different phones :-P


Author's note by dman, on 22-Apr-2009 19:33

this post goes in a lot of details about why I'm so much for a getting a Xenon flash:
http://thenokiablog.com/2009/01/06/why-is-xenon-flash-missing-on-nokia-n97/


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