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    Nokia 3650 vs Sony Ericsson P800 Review
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: September 2nd, 2003
    SLRating:Nokia 3650 SLRating: 9.5/10
    SLRating: Sony Ericsson P800 SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: Mobile Phone technology moves on at a fast rate, most come with cameras and some with video, SLCentral compared the latest heavyweights from Nokia and Sony Ericsson. Which one is worth your money, Is it better to go with the cheaper 3650, Or is it wiser to spend the extra cash and grab the P800? Read on to find out in our official review.....

    Nokia 3650: Find the lowest price for this product
    Sony Ericsson P800: Find the lowest price for this product
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    Features (3650)

    Display and User Interface

    • High-resolution, full-color display (4096 colors)
    • 176 x 208 pixels
    • 5-way scroll key
    • Symbian operating system
    • Midi and WAV ringing tones
    • Ringing tone composer
    • Predictive text input

    Integrated Digital Camera

    • Image capture at 640 x 480 resolution
    • Phone display used as a viewfinder
    • Photo album
    • Video capture: H.263 video inside 3GP file format
    • Video playback: RealOne player; formats: H.263 and MPEG-4 video inside 3GP file format; RealAudio and RealVideo inside RealMedia format
    • Streaming and local playback


    • 3.4 MB internal dynamic memory for phone numbers, messages, and photos
    • External memory on 3V MMC memory card

    Wireless Connectivity

    • Infrared
    • Bluetooth
    • Connect phone wirelessly to a compatible phone or a compatible PC
    • Send/receive pictures, video clips, and graphics
    • Play games

    Java™ Technology

    • Support for Java MIDP 1.0
    • Download new Java games and applications


    • Combine picture, video, text, and voice clip and send by MMS or email to compatible phone or PC
    • Email over GSM data, HSCSD, and GPRS
    • Email protocols: SMTP, POP3, IMAP4
    • Concatenated SMS messages, picture messaging

    Data Transfer

    • Up to 43.2 kilobits per second in high-speed circuit switched data networks
    • Up to 40.2 kilobits per second in GPRS networks

    Voice Features

    • Voice dialing
    • Voice recorder
    • Integrated handsfree speaker


    • XHTML browser over GSM data, HSCSD, and GPRS


    • Java and Symbian games
    • Multi-player games over infrared and Bluetooth between compatible phones

    Tri-band Operation

    • GSM 900/1800/1900 networks; automatic switching between bands

    Wow, as you can see, the 3650 has quite a few features. Probably the most noticeable is the camera on the back of the phone, which can take pictures up to a 640x480 resolution. While quality is not great, itís still good for e-mailing to friends and the like.

    Nokia 3650 Screen Shot of Camera Picture

    The 3650, unlike any other US phone at the time, has video recording capabilities. While there is a 15-second limit (which produces a 95K file), and the quality is pretty darn bad, itís a cool feature to have. If your family/friends have the same phone, itís cool to be able to share video (and pictures).

    Nokia 3650 screenshot of video

    Another feature that is pretty noticeable on the 3650 is the big color screen. Unfortunately, itís only a 4096-color screen, even though many other phones feature 65K screens. Despite that, the screen looks great, and works just fine both indoors and out.

    The 3650 has quite a bit of memory, 5MB onboard (3.4MB available to the user), and a 16MB included MMC card. If you need even more space, you can always add a bigger MMC card. The MMC card can be removed by taking the battery out, which can be quite a bit of a hassle if you want to change MMCís, or put the MMC in a device to transfer to your PC (in case you donít have Bluetooth or IR). Besides that, it works great.

    The phone also has itís fair share of connectivity options. You can connect the phone to other devices via Bluetooth very easily. I connected the 3650 to both the P800 and a HP 2210 Pocket PC (look for a review on that very soon), and it worked just fine. It found both devices easily. Of course, the biggest benefit of the Bluetooth technology on cell phones is the ability to use a hands-free device wirelessly. Hands-free devices are getting very important these days, as now itís a law in New York to use one when driving (and this is expanding to other states).

    Other general features are Java, MMS, SMS, e-mail support, polyphonic ringtones, speakerphone, voice dialing, and the XHTML browser.

    Unlike most other phones, the 3650 runs the Symbian 60 OS. There is a Symbian 70 out currently, but in my opinion, the 60 is just fine. Iíll go into more detail about the actual OS later.

    P800 Features Go the the next page
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    1. Introduction
    2. 3650 design
    3. P800 Design
    4. 3650 Features
    5. P800 Features
    6. 3650 Operating System
    7. P800 Operating System
    8. Camera Performance
    9. Conclusions

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