Sony Ericsson K660i

Sony Ericsson K660i

Experiencing the user interface was a joy for us as it’s as simple as adding two and two. It hits the nail right on the head with its target audience, as it employs a direct, simple interface.

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Our Rating: 65%

Our Sony Ericsson K660i Review

Sony Ericsson K660i

Design

The Sony Ericsson K660i is a curious handset. We got our hands over the silver/black handset knowing that while we are much older than the target audience, we can still make a parent’s day by reviewing the handset and providing proper feedback. Starting with the design, you’ll notice that the candybar handset is quite simple and energetic. It bubbles with energy with its small circular keys, screen, and colour combination.

While we initially thought Sony Ericsson will opt for an ultra-slim K660i, we found the handset to be quite thick – especially for your pocket. It truly gives off the vibe of a ‘first phone’ for any teenager, as it’s quite simple and old-fashioned.

Screen

At two inches, the Sony Ericsson K660i’s screen isn’t what we expected. The tiny screen sports a 240 x 320 TFT resolution with 256,000 colours. The contrast is quite impressive and the pixel density is powerful for a handset with such a price tag. We would’ve loved to see a 2.6in screen, as the younger market is drifting towards Apple’s iPhone and other handsets with wide LCD touch screens. The screen occasionally froze when overloading the system with different tasks, which crossed out a good point out of the K660’s book.

User Interface

Experiencing the user interface was a joy for us as it’s as simple as adding two and two. It hits the nail right on the head with its target audience, as it employs a direct, simple interface. You navigate through the icons with ease, and feel comfortable with the features available – nothing too complex or in need of an external documentation cram session.

The Sony Ericsson K660i’s user interface is definitely one of the friendliest we’ve used in the Sony Ericsson handset line.

K660i Landscape

Keypad

We couldn’t help but feel the keypad is a bit too much. It seemed that Sony Ericsson was tailoring this phone to the young generation down to the very last details. The keypad buttons are quite small – smaller than tiny skittles. Though they don’t look fancy, they are still easy to handle and use.

Camera and Multimedia

Since the Sony Ericsson K660i is a handset built for the younger generation, we couldn’t help but instantly jump to the camera and multimedia features packed. Sony Ericsson hit bull’s eye with their embedded music player that you can barely tell apart from its cousin Walkman handset’s player. The earphones included in the package are not as powerful, but provide decent quality.

For a minute, we felt we had an iPod in our hands full with ready categories such as: albums, tracks, playlists, podcasts, etc. The media sync software comes with a USB 2.0 cable for PC syncing of your files.

The Sony Ericsson K660i’s 2.0 Megapixel camera is an average performer excluding the added features available in Cybershot handsets. With no flash, autofocus, or after effects, the 2.0 Megapixel camera belongs to the day, as we could hardly produce any clear photos at night.

Video shooting is no different in the K660i; we could end up shooting a video looking like the Blair Witch Project at 15 frames per second.

Connectivity and Battery Life

The Sony Ericsson K660i’s connectivity is a breath of fresh air – given it does not particularly excel in the multimedia department. With 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, GPRS, and EDGE, the K660i’s browsing experience is a hidden jewel. The screen does a fair job loading pages with great zoom controls and landscape mode.

Battery life is designed with the youth in mind. A user should be able to go for 3-4 days before recharging the handset – quite awesome for a handset with 3G HSDPA integration.

What We Liked

We liked the Sony Ericsson K660i for its featherweight attractive design, affordable price range, and connectivity options.

What We Disliked

We disliked the Sony Ericsson’s K660i screen performance and size and lack of laundry list features.

Our Final Verdict

The Sony Ericsson K660i is a great handset for the younger generation. It eliminates the excess features they don’t need, and keeps the handset’s performance at an optimal level save for the occasional screen freezing. The price tag makes this handset a great, affordable handset in the mid-low range.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 104 x 47 x 15 (mm)
Talk Time 540 mins
Standby Time 330 hours
Weight 95 g

Photo and Video

Camera 2.00 megapixels

Screen

Screen Resolution 240 x 320
Screen Colour Depth 256k colours

Sony Ericsson K660i Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 104 x 47 x 15 (mm)
Talk Time 540 mins
Standby Time 330 hours
Weight 95 g

Photo and Video

Camera 2.00 megapixels

Screen

Screen Resolution 240 x 320
Screen Colour Depth 256k colours

User Comments

I agree with Cassidy, the K660i is super light, which is great for anyone looking for a slim mobile phone. The colours aren't that bad, on the contrary, they suit a young a person's modern taste.

corrieOo submitted on 13 September 2009

My daughter loves her mobile… got one for her birthday and she's absolutely smitten. It has great features for a neat price - which is great for any parent with a budget

Presley L. submitted on 8 September 2009

This mobile is really TOO light. You'll forget it's even there. I'm not a huge fan of the colour selection, but the features are worth the sacrifice.

Cassidy P submitted on 21 August 2009
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