Sony Ericsson P1i review

by Satish Suggala on August 9, 2007

Sony Ericsson’s hugely popular P series has been an evolving line of phones on the Symbian platform. With every passing product, Sony have continuously taken it to the next level. So, welcome the latest addition to the P series, the P1i.

Looks and Build Quality
Out of the confines of the boxy shape of the earlier P series (I’ll bet that you could take one, throw it on the forehead of your most hated celebrity and they would be dead on the spot. Headshot!!), we move on to something more svelte. The P1i is a hybrid of the P990i and an M600i, but then, who’s complaining. If you’re asking me, this is THE ideal shape for a PDA. It has a beautiful aluminum/matte black finish. It weighs a light (well, light enough for a PDA anyway) 124g.

On the outside, its got a jog wheel and a return button at the left.On the right we have a shortcut key, the memory stick slot and the camera button. On the front, there’s a tinny VGA camera for video calls, and on the back, a 3.2MP camera.

Input and Output

The touchscreen is the primary interface. The one on this unit is a 2.6-inch transreflective unit with a resolution of 240×320 displaying 262k colours. It’s beautiful to say the very least and is quite readable in bright sunlight as well.

While you can use your fingers for the larger icons, some are a tad too small and will require dual handed operation by means of the stylus. Handwriting recognition is also quite good and I so wish this phone could check my answer papers, it always seems to understand my garish handwriting. Stick to the stylus, thats my advice, you just cant go wrong.

It’s also got a full QWERTY keyboard which is slightly weird if you are new to the format. Its got 2 letters on the same key. To get, for e.g. ‘Q’, rock the key to the left and for ‘W’ rock the key to the right. A bit confusing at first, but simple once you get used to it. You’ll appreciate the fact that it saves some space and makes the phone smaller,keys larger and hence easier to type. Very much unlike the P990i which required you to have fingers as small as those of a little baby to avoid touching the other keys. The feedback is also good.

Performance

The phone features a 208MHz processor with 128MB of RAM alongwith 256MB of ROM and 160MB of internal memory, which give it enough juice to power the applications. One thing I noticed on the phone was that, despite opening loads of applications in the background, the one which was in use showed little or no performance dip. Do this on a Nokia, and it’ll choke, splutter and eventually hang its boots up in no time at all. Goes to show that the phone is an effortless multi-tasker and also the fact that clock frequency isn’t the last word.

The battery is a Li-Ion 1120 mAh unit and is rated for up to 10 hours of talk time and 440hours of stand by time. In the real world, the battery would last a good 2 days if your usage is like one hour of talking, an hour of music playing, a few shots on the camera and some file transfer on the bluetooth. I’d say a third day too, but usage patterns may vary.

Business and Connectivity

The P serie have always been known for their seamless business productivity applications and this one continues the tradition.

Quickoffice, as always, works like a charm. You can create a QuickWord and a QuickSheet file (which are stored in the universal .doc and .xls format). You can also view (not create, mind) Powerpoint slides with the option to transfer the output to a projector. You also have a PDF reader, a note making application, a to-do application, a wonderful and effective business card scanner and the option to use BlackBerry Connect. What more could even a CEO need? And they can spare their real assistants with some work or better still, fire them. Who needs a live one who eats, gets sick and shows inconsistency, when you can get the P1i to organize your life for a tenth of the cost.

On the connectivity front, the phone offers GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11b, 3G, USB 2.0 , Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and IR. And this also happens to be the first SE phone to support iSync to connect with Macs.

I would have liked the phone to have quad-bands, PTT, GPS and 802.11g as well. That would have made the phone the best connected phone on the planet. But sadly, that isnt the case.

Entertainment and Multimedia

The phone is supposed to be a business phone but renders all multimedia applications with impeccable ease. It will play your video’s, music files with that Walkman-ish interface. It also has an FM player with a really neat looking interface.

To the back is also the speaker which delivers a pretty crisp output. If you’re playing high bitrate media, there is little or almost no distortion even at the highest volume. But, the provided earphones suck with a capital ‘S’. Your ears will hurt in no time and their sound quality is abbysymal. I’m disappointed with SE. They should have rather provided the HPM 75 in-earphones. At this price point who gives a damn to a few hundred rupees.

The phone also features TrackID. What this does is sample a portion of the music, send it back to the main database and gives you complete track info.

Coming to the camera, the 3.2MP unit is one of the best cell phone cameras around. The images produced are clear and crisp. But the camera interface needs to be tweaked a bit, it’s slightly confusing at times. I would have liked a Xenon flash though, the camera deserves it.

Here are some pics (Pics taken in Auto mode. No change in default settings.)

My TVS Apache in the college parking lot. A portion of my college
Thats a scale model of the Porsche Carrera GT. Thanks Vivek.

The video capture is nothing to write home about. It takes videos at 320×240 @ 15fps. Unimpressive.

And for killing your time, the phone offers 2 games, Quadra Pop and Vijay Singh golf. While the former is a brick game rip off, the latter is a really sweet looking golf game which shows off the processors true strength.

Hot!

  • Slim and Sleek
  • Large screen
  • Good camera
  • Good multimedia support
  • FAST!
  • Excellent multi-tasking
  • Choice of input options (wheel, stylus, keypad, touch screen)
  • Bang for the buck

Not!

  • No EDGE, PTT or GPS
  • Not Quad Band
  • Tacky camera interface
  • Awkward keyboard takes time getting used to
  • Horrid ear phones

What’s in the box? Docking stand, extra stylus, charger, P1-choice.com software voucher, USB cable, manual, SE PC suite CD, HPM-62 handsfree kit and a carrying case.

P1i latest price (as of 27/04/2009)

  • India Rs. 16000/-
  • USA $440

Conclusion : Mixing business and pleasure isnt exactly an easy job to do, but the P1i manages both with amazing alacrity. It takes both these tasks quite seriously, and I think it’s the best phone in this category because its strengths easily outshine its weaknesses.

{ 267 comments… read them below or add one }

Dark Star August 10, 2007 at 11:11 pm

Awesome write up! :) and a gr8 blog :D

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ulhas August 11, 2007 at 4:39 am

p990i roxx0r!!

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ulhas August 10, 2007 at 11:39 pm

p990i roxx0r!!

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sanjax August 11, 2007 at 9:32 pm

nice review satish,but u should eva dded flash plugin support on it as its most painful when my p990i cant open flash web pages and a new matter of research for u.

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sanjax August 11, 2007 at 4:32 pm

nice review satish,but u should eva dded flash plugin support on it as its most painful when my p990i cant open flash web pages and a new matter of research for u.

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Angad Sodhi August 12, 2007 at 9:31 am

Nice review!!

Each key must be like a see-saw!!!
Innovative stuff, ehh.

But I’m not sure how it will be persieved in India. From what I see everyday, businessmen have biz phones but don’t use to it’s full potential and teens are forever playing ‘solitare’ on it!!!!

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Angad Sodhi August 12, 2007 at 4:31 am

Nice review!!

Each key must be like a see-saw!!!
Innovative stuff, ehh.

But I’m not sure how it will be persieved in India. From what I see everyday, businessmen have biz phones but don’t use to it’s full potential and teens are forever playing ‘solitare’ on it!!!!

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Vivek Singh August 13, 2007 at 7:49 am

Nice review mate! I think the P1i is a good phone but I’m not happy with the lack of EDGE and quad-band support. Pity that the WiFi is b only.

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Vivek Singh August 13, 2007 at 2:49 am

Nice review mate! I think the P1i is a good phone but I’m not happy with the lack of EDGE and quad-band support. Pity that the WiFi is b only.

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swami August 14, 2007 at 4:48 pm

well the review has every thing one wants to know
though a summary of looked after features at the beginning would have made it easier for a potential buyer think less
once you have read this review u just want to grab this one

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swami August 14, 2007 at 11:48 am

well the review has every thing one wants to know
though a summary of looked after features at the beginning would have made it easier for a potential buyer think less
once you have read this review u just want to grab this one

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Rohit August 15, 2007 at 5:20 am

Nice review mate!

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Rohit August 15, 2007 at 12:20 am

Nice review mate!

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Balaji Iyengar August 15, 2007 at 2:50 pm

Thanx for such a gr88 review…i’ve been pestering my frends to find out about this phone… my search just completed..thanx a ton & keep up the gud work…Also i’ll be grateful if you cud suggest wht kind of bluetooth headset wud you suggest for the P1i. If possible please mail me. or post it i’ll be waiting for your review

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Balaji Iyengar August 15, 2007 at 9:50 am

Thanx for such a gr88 review…i’ve been pestering my frends to find out about this phone… my search just completed..thanx a ton & keep up the gud work…Also i’ll be grateful if you cud suggest wht kind of bluetooth headset wud you suggest for the P1i. If possible please mail me. or post it i’ll be waiting for your review

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Vignesh August 15, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Nice review…great work…keep it going….EDGE would have made this phone better..as in India there are no 3G services yet

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Vignesh August 15, 2007 at 9:57 am

Nice review…great work…keep it going….EDGE would have made this phone better..as in India there are no 3G services yet

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Anand Bhadkamkar August 16, 2007 at 4:12 am

You have covered the features very well. This one does have all the requisite features one would want in a pda with decent looks

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Anand Bhadkamkar August 15, 2007 at 11:12 pm

You have covered the features very well. This one does have all the requisite features one would want in a pda with decent looks

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Sajid Q August 22, 2007 at 10:21 am

excellent information of the product…very nicely written.thanks a lot..i am planning to buy one after reading the review.Thanks

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Sajid Q August 22, 2007 at 5:21 am

excellent information of the product…very nicely written.thanks a lot..i am planning to buy one after reading the review.Thanks

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kartik August 23, 2007 at 6:59 pm

wayfinder navigator is the GPS service which can b used in this fone. OK

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kartik August 23, 2007 at 1:59 pm

wayfinder navigator is the GPS service which can b used in this fone. OK

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kartik August 23, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Hve u heard these headsets with SE W810i fone. awesome sound and u r saying tht sound quality is bad.

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kartik August 23, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Hve u heard these headsets with SE W810i fone. awesome sound and u r saying tht sound quality is bad.

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Satish August 24, 2007 at 1:49 am

I said sound quality with the provided headphones is bad.. i myself am using HPM 70 to listen to my music. Please read properly.

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Satish August 23, 2007 at 8:49 pm

I said sound quality with the provided headphones is bad.. i myself am using HPM 70 to listen to my music. Please read properly.

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Biju Prabhakar August 28, 2007 at 5:13 am

Can you inform me whether I could transfer the backed up data of my P900 to this P1i from the computer and using the new or old software?

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Biju Prabhakar August 28, 2007 at 12:13 am

Can you inform me whether I could transfer the backed up data of my P900 to this P1i from the computer and using the new or old software?

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raj1676 August 28, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Great review, could u suggest me good nokia business phone with camera and business phone with almost same features as nokia. you can also mail me at the emailid provided

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raj1676 August 28, 2007 at 7:49 am

Great review, could u suggest me good nokia business phone with camera and business phone with almost same features as nokia. you can also mail me at the emailid provided

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Balaji Iyengar September 7, 2007 at 11:37 am

Hi… its me once again..can u tell me how can i use the p1i in landscape mode?? thanx

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Balaji Iyengar September 7, 2007 at 6:37 am

Hi… its me once again..can u tell me how can i use the p1i in landscape mode?? thanx

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Satish September 7, 2007 at 3:41 pm

Only a few applications support the landscape mode.
1) Picture Viewer
2) Opera

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Satish September 7, 2007 at 10:41 am

Only a few applications support the landscape mode.
1) Picture Viewer
2) Opera

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Sarix September 12, 2007 at 9:56 am

Great review Satish!
….power packed phone from SE once again! I’ve upgraded from each previous ‘P’ generation and will upgrade again today. SE makes phones near perfection!

I wish users would read their manuals and really explore their phones to get maximum enjoyment adn use. Afterall they are expensive equipment!

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Sarix September 12, 2007 at 4:56 am

Great review Satish!
….power packed phone from SE once again! I’ve upgraded from each previous ‘P’ generation and will upgrade again today. SE makes phones near perfection!

I wish users would read their manuals and really explore their phones to get maximum enjoyment adn use. Afterall they are expensive equipment!

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Sarix September 12, 2007 at 10:08 am

Satish.. by the way, any idea why Sony Ericsson got rid of the 5-way jog dial? Ithink it ended with the P900. With the 5-way jog dial there was no need for a back key!

I’ll continue to wonder till SE give me an answer or you? :)

Sari-Nigeria

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Sarix September 12, 2007 at 5:08 am

Satish.. by the way, any idea why Sony Ericsson got rid of the 5-way jog dial? Ithink it ended with the P900. With the 5-way jog dial there was no need for a back key!

I’ll continue to wonder till SE give me an answer or you? :)

Sari-Nigeria

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pauldany September 27, 2007 at 7:22 am

hi..is p1i produces a good quality sount via headphones? like walkman phones…please tell me.. i used p990i totally worst phone i ever had..low volume, thru headphones (if calls or messages come while listening to music or radio a beep sound only is coming…is there any problem in p1i..please clarify…Regards

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pauldany September 27, 2007 at 2:22 am

hi..is p1i produces a good quality sount via headphones? like walkman phones…please tell me.. i used p990i totally worst phone i ever had..low volume, thru headphones (if calls or messages come while listening to music or radio a beep sound only is coming…is there any problem in p1i..please clarify…Regards

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Satish September 28, 2007 at 2:20 am

My observations tell me, that the volume is slightly lower than the Walkman series phones, but its more crisp. Which matters more to me, atleast.
The P1i rox bro. Go for it.

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Satish September 27, 2007 at 9:20 pm

My observations tell me, that the volume is slightly lower than the Walkman series phones, but its more crisp. Which matters more to me, atleast.
The P1i rox bro. Go for it.

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ADITYA October 6, 2007 at 3:06 pm

hi nice review really that was and i m planning to go for this handset asap.
1-can you plz tell me like windows mobile OS phones like O2 atom ,can i install power mobile to creat power point presentation,as u told P1i has Power point viewer only.
2-in my O2 atom I have to Use Isilo Software to download & use online books.can i load online books and use them on P1i,if Yes will i need to download Isilo or any other software.
3-and last yhing i want to know that which softwares are SE giving in form of vouchers.
Pleasereply my Queries Asap as i want to buy this soon.
Answer me on this blog or on the mail id..
thanks

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ADITYA October 6, 2007 at 10:06 am

hi nice review really that was and i m planning to go for this handset asap.
1-can you plz tell me like windows mobile OS phones like O2 atom ,can i install power mobile to creat power point presentation,as u told P1i has Power point viewer only.
2-in my O2 atom I have to Use Isilo Software to download & use online books.can i load online books and use them on P1i,if Yes will i need to download Isilo or any other software.
3-and last yhing i want to know that which softwares are SE giving in form of vouchers.
Pleasereply my Queries Asap as i want to buy this soon.
Answer me on this blog or on the mail id..
thanks

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Annu October 6, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Hi Satish,im really fan of ur blog, i m planning to buy a mobile Little bit confused for Nokia Sony P1i & Htc 620 I want to Use all MS Office Application as it should be a sturdy Phone & Good Camera I am also new to windows mobiles asap, Pl Reply Thanks

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Annu October 6, 2007 at 10:25 am

Hi Satish,im really fan of ur blog, i m planning to buy a mobile Little bit confused for Nokia Sony P1i & Htc 620 I want to Use all MS Office Application as it should be a sturdy Phone & Good Camera I am also new to windows mobiles asap, Pl Reply Thanks

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Annu October 7, 2007 at 3:46 am

hi please can u reply my query
thanks

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Annu October 6, 2007 at 10:46 pm

hi please can u reply my query
thanks

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Ashish October 9, 2007 at 12:47 pm

hi,

plz can anyone tell me when i use head phone,i dont get good volume compare to another sony mobile. is it problem only with my mobile or for all sony P1i.
reply as soon as possible.

Ashish

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Ashish October 9, 2007 at 7:47 am

hi,

plz can anyone tell me when i use head phone,i dont get good volume compare to another sony mobile. is it problem only with my mobile or for all sony P1i.
reply as soon as possible.

Ashish

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Satish October 10, 2007 at 6:12 am

I am extremely sorry for replying so late. My PC display konked off and hence i couldnt reply to anybody.

Lets tackle everybody’s problem one bye one.

@Aditya
1) You can only view PPT presentations, not create. But there must be some 3rd party tools which allow you to do that.
2)If you are reading PDF, it works fine. If there is some proprietary format, then there must be a 3rd party utility, Google hai na!! Search it. You can use Google search on my site as well.
3) See all the utiilities @ P1-choice.com

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@Annu
Go for the P1i, it fulfills all your requirements. Cheers.

@Ashish
Yes the volume is a bit low. But its crisp!!

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Satish October 10, 2007 at 1:12 am

I am extremely sorry for replying so late. My PC display konked off and hence i couldnt reply to anybody.

Lets tackle everybody’s problem one bye one.

@Aditya
1) You can only view PPT presentations, not create. But there must be some 3rd party tools which allow you to do that.
2)If you are reading PDF, it works fine. If there is some proprietary format, then there must be a 3rd party utility, Google hai na!! Search it. You can use Google search on my site as well.
3) See all the utiilities @ P1-choice.com

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@Annu
Go for the P1i, it fulfills all your requirements. Cheers.

@Ashish
Yes the volume is a bit low. But its crisp!!

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Sudheer October 12, 2007 at 3:49 pm

i bought the phone last week. its really gr8

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Sudheer October 12, 2007 at 10:49 am

i bought the phone last week. its really gr8

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ritesh October 27, 2007 at 3:53 pm

I am looking for some good phone with very good camera. SE 810i I dont like bcoz screen size is very small. N73 ME hangs. N95 out of budget and moreover dont like it. P1i could be an option?

Everyone whoever is owning please tell me frank observations about this phone.

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ritesh October 27, 2007 at 10:23 am

I am looking for some good phone with very good camera. SE 810i I dont like bcoz screen size is very small. N73 ME hangs. N95 out of budget and moreover dont like it. P1i could be an option?

Everyone whoever is owning please tell me frank observations about this phone.

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Dominic October 29, 2007 at 4:32 pm

Satish,
Please tell me how a call can be made with out using the touch screen. Is it possible by entering the number from keypad and pressing the OK key or pressing the jog dial? Please reply soon so that I can buy it on 31 Oct 2007. Thank u…Dominic

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Dominic October 29, 2007 at 11:02 am

Satish,
Please tell me how a call can be made with out using the touch screen. Is it possible by entering the number from keypad and pressing the OK key or pressing the jog dial? Please reply soon so that I can buy it on 31 Oct 2007. Thank u…Dominic

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Ulhas October 30, 2007 at 1:06 pm

yes :)..

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Ulhas October 30, 2007 at 7:36 am

yes :)..

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Ulhas October 30, 2007 at 1:07 pm

dominic it is possible to make calls that way :)

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Ulhas October 30, 2007 at 7:37 am

dominic it is possible to make calls that way :)

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Dominic November 1, 2007 at 4:43 pm

ULHAS Which way by OK key?
Thanks!

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Dominic November 1, 2007 at 11:13 am

ULHAS Which way by OK key?
Thanks!

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Dominic November 1, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Please tell me how a call can be made with out using the touch screen. Is it possible by entering the number from keypad and pressing the OK key or enter key on the keypad or any other key on the keypad:::? Please reply soon Thank u…Dominic

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Dominic November 1, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Please tell me how a call can be made with out using the touch screen. Is it possible by entering the number from keypad and pressing the OK key or enter key on the keypad or any other key on the keypad:::? Please reply soon Thank u…Dominic

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chinmay November 4, 2007 at 8:04 am

hi satish..vi u plz tel me frm whr shud i get free softwares f p1i….??? and let me knw d links f sites whr i cn get d softwares????

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chinmay November 4, 2007 at 2:34 am

hi satish..vi u plz tel me frm whr shud i get free softwares f p1i….??? and let me knw d links f sites whr i cn get d softwares????

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Satish November 8, 2007 at 1:30 am

Not many out there… i downloaded some but i didnt quite like them. Best get it from P1-choice.com

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Satish November 7, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Not many out there… i downloaded some but i didnt quite like them. Best get it from P1-choice.com

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domsmatrix November 13, 2007 at 5:05 pm

Hello Sir,
I hope u r a P1i user. I got ur email id from tracy blogg site.I have few doubts. Please clear so that I can buy it soon.

1.Will the flash on the P1i works in the video recording mode.ie. Can I use it as a torch light in the night?.
2.How is the display quality? Is it equal to the Nokia models N-73ME or 6233?
3.Is the screen a soft screen? or a hard one like crt screen?
4.Is there any screen cover to protect it from say a piercing drawing pin?
5.Single speaker or double speaker like Nokia 6233/N-73? and how is the volume?
6.can the equaliser be adjusted by the user other than the presets? ie manual adj?
7.How is the overall speed during power on and restart and GPRSinternet navigation?
8.can Video recording be done in MP4 format/ 30 fps? by third party software?
9.Can I make and receive a call with out using the touch screen.ie.By only keypad?

Advance Thank u for ur awaited reply. Domsmatrix. my email:[email protected]

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domsmatrix November 13, 2007 at 11:35 am

Hello Sir,
I hope u r a P1i user. I got ur email id from tracy blogg site.I have few doubts. Please clear so that I can buy it soon.

1.Will the flash on the P1i works in the video recording mode.ie. Can I use it as a torch light in the night?.
2.How is the display quality? Is it equal to the Nokia models N-73ME or 6233?
3.Is the screen a soft screen? or a hard one like crt screen?
4.Is there any screen cover to protect it from say a piercing drawing pin?
5.Single speaker or double speaker like Nokia 6233/N-73? and how is the volume?
6.can the equaliser be adjusted by the user other than the presets? ie manual adj?
7.How is the overall speed during power on and restart and GPRSinternet navigation?
8.can Video recording be done in MP4 format/ 30 fps? by third party software?
9.Can I make and receive a call with out using the touch screen.ie.By only keypad?

Advance Thank u for ur awaited reply. Domsmatrix. my email:[email protected]

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Satish November 13, 2007 at 5:37 pm

1) No
2) Better than most run of the mill phones. Trust me.
3) Its a TFT screen.
4) Screen covers are available
5) It has one big speaker at the back. I like its output.
6) No manual adjustments.
7) Power on is slightly faster than a P990i and good enough for a PDA. 3G surfing is fast.
8) Video can be recorded only in .3gp. I do not know of any 3rd party camera apps.
9) Yes

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Satish November 13, 2007 at 12:07 pm

1) No
2) Better than most run of the mill phones. Trust me.
3) Its a TFT screen.
4) Screen covers are available
5) It has one big speaker at the back. I like its output.
6) No manual adjustments.
7) Power on is slightly faster than a P990i and good enough for a PDA. 3G surfing is fast.
8) Video can be recorded only in .3gp. I do not know of any 3rd party camera apps.
9) Yes

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Niraj November 14, 2007 at 6:46 am

Hi satish,

The blog was extremely impressive and full of P1i-info. gr8 work.

I want to buy the phone and like all have some doubts:

How is the speed of internet? as most of site in other SE mobiles take apprx 30 secs to open…

Also I am a music freak .. so hw is the music quality ?
I heard earfones tht come in the box are horrible…

Also while reading blogs i found that I could not use the torch while recording video and also as a night torch ! is that so?

Also does phone support all applications that i download e.g symbian and java applications?

Thanks in advance.. :-)
KR
Niraj

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Niraj November 14, 2007 at 1:16 am

Hi satish,

The blog was extremely impressive and full of P1i-info. gr8 work.

I want to buy the phone and like all have some doubts:

How is the speed of internet? as most of site in other SE mobiles take apprx 30 secs to open…

Also I am a music freak .. so hw is the music quality ?
I heard earfones tht come in the box are horrible…

Also while reading blogs i found that I could not use the torch while recording video and also as a night torch ! is that so?

Also does phone support all applications that i download e.g symbian and java applications?

Thanks in advance.. :-)
KR
Niraj

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Niraj November 14, 2007 at 7:33 am

Hi Satish,

Also could you please let me know as what kb files can be downloaded max from wapsites.. like in some fones like k750i only files of size apprx 300 kb can be downloaded .anything above that cannot be downloaded in mobile. so in P1i what kb files can be downloaded maximum?
Also does the phone support Wma musicc files

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Niraj November 14, 2007 at 2:03 am

Hi Satish,

Also could you please let me know as what kb files can be downloaded max from wapsites.. like in some fones like k750i only files of size apprx 300 kb can be downloaded .anything above that cannot be downloaded in mobile. so in P1i what kb files can be downloaded maximum?
Also does the phone support Wma musicc files

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Satish November 14, 2007 at 1:51 pm

@Niraj
All your questions have been answered in the article itself or in the comments.
And yes, you can install Java and Symbian apps. This is a smartphone bro!

There is no limit to the size of the files to be downloaded from WAP, except the internal memory of the phone.

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Satish November 14, 2007 at 8:21 am

@Niraj
All your questions have been answered in the article itself or in the comments.
And yes, you can install Java and Symbian apps. This is a smartphone bro!

There is no limit to the size of the files to be downloaded from WAP, except the internal memory of the phone.

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Himanshu Singh November 15, 2007 at 10:38 am

i want to buy a pda buy I am confused between se P1i and htc touch. my major requirement is good internet browsing, mobile office, and calander reminders, and yes the phone must be fast enough.

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Himanshu Singh November 15, 2007 at 5:08 am

i want to buy a pda buy I am confused between se P1i and htc touch. my major requirement is good internet browsing, mobile office, and calander reminders, and yes the phone must be fast enough.

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Satish November 15, 2007 at 10:51 am

I have not tried the HTC touch and would like to tell you the P1i fulfils all your requirements and more.

The phone is sufficiently fast.

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Satish November 15, 2007 at 5:21 am

I have not tried the HTC touch and would like to tell you the P1i fulfils all your requirements and more.

The phone is sufficiently fast.

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arun November 16, 2007 at 4:56 pm

could you please tell me how p1i compares with nokia n81?…also any info on current market price for the two in india?

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arun November 16, 2007 at 11:26 am

could you please tell me how p1i compares with nokia n81?…also any info on current market price for the two in india?

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Satish November 16, 2007 at 5:18 pm

P1i is a smartphone bro… no comparison to Nokia.
I hate Nokia, outright. Flawed phones, always.

And the P1i looks a lot more slicker.

P1i currently retails for 20.5 to 21k

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Satish November 16, 2007 at 11:48 am

P1i is a smartphone bro… no comparison to Nokia.
I hate Nokia, outright. Flawed phones, always.

And the P1i looks a lot more slicker.

P1i currently retails for 20.5 to 21k

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gaurav December 2, 2007 at 4:20 am

hey satish really awesome write up there……………..i really needed that kinda wite up so i cud decide for a new phone model……just one thing!!!!!! wats the scene wid expandable memory????? i mean wats the capacity ?????

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gaurav December 2, 2007 at 9:50 am

hey satish really awesome write up there……………..i really needed that kinda wite up so i cud decide for a new phone model……just one thing!!!!!! wats the scene wid expandable memory????? i mean wats the capacity ?????

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Satish December 2, 2007 at 4:44 am

Expandable right upto 4GB. And u get a 1GB card free with the phone in any case.

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Satish December 2, 2007 at 10:14 am

Expandable right upto 4GB. And u get a 1GB card free with the phone in any case.

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jen December 4, 2007 at 2:40 am

Can I install Isilo program in P1i?

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jen December 4, 2007 at 8:10 am

Can I install Isilo program in P1i?

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Satish December 4, 2007 at 8:47 am

Yup!!

Here’s the download page for Isilo for UIQ 3.0 :-)

http://www.isilo.com/download/iSiloUQ3.htm

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Satish December 4, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Yup!!

Here’s the download page for Isilo for UIQ 3.0 :-)

http://www.isilo.com/download/iSiloUQ3.htm

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alpesh December 4, 2007 at 7:34 pm

Satish….great knowledge………..

I just want to know that what are things are available with P1I like memory card and all accessories. Also the main problem is the keypad……any solution…….like any software available which can be used for keypad………..please reply soon ……….also how about second hand market……….is it advisable to buy it from there………what must to be taken care while purchasing from second hand …..thanks

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alpesh December 5, 2007 at 1:04 am

Satish….great knowledge………..

I just want to know that what are things are available with P1I like memory card and all accessories. Also the main problem is the keypad……any solution…….like any software available which can be used for keypad………..please reply soon ……….also how about second hand market……….is it advisable to buy it from there………what must to be taken care while purchasing from second hand …..thanks

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Satish December 5, 2007 at 12:53 am

Please read the review carefully. I’ve given everything you need to know.
Once you get used to the keypad, typing will become pretty fast. The keypad is not so much of an issue.
I wonder if the P1i will be available in the second hand market.

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Satish December 5, 2007 at 6:23 am

Please read the review carefully. I’ve given everything you need to know.
Once you get used to the keypad, typing will become pretty fast. The keypad is not so much of an issue.
I wonder if the P1i will be available in the second hand market.

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Prateek December 17, 2007 at 9:05 am

Hi Satish…

Really good work on the P1i…i just want to know how much the absense of 801.11g affects wifi surfing…..
As you know….India still does not have 3G networks and the P1i does not support EDGE….n the GPRS is pretty shitty in most places…so Wifi is the only option…
How is the P1i performing in the Wifi dept…?? (801.11b is 1/10th of the speed of 801.11g)

Thanks
Prateek

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Prateek December 17, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Hi Satish…

Really good work on the P1i…i just want to know how much the absense of 801.11g affects wifi surfing…..
As you know….India still does not have 3G networks and the P1i does not support EDGE….n the GPRS is pretty shitty in most places…so Wifi is the only option…
How is the P1i performing in the Wifi dept…?? (801.11b is 1/10th of the speed of 801.11g)

Thanks
Prateek

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bhavan December 18, 2007 at 8:47 am

hey dude…….nice review…..im gonna jus grab one soon…..was lookin 4ward 2 such a detaild review…..

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bhavan December 18, 2007 at 2:17 pm

hey dude…….nice review…..im gonna jus grab one soon…..was lookin 4ward 2 such a detaild review…..

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researcher December 20, 2007 at 10:50 pm

great. u just answered all my questions on this review. thanks!

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researcher December 21, 2007 at 4:20 am

great. u just answered all my questions on this review. thanks!

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Himanshu Singh December 21, 2007 at 3:14 am

hi satish
I just want to know a few things more does the P1 video player have scrolling, (reverse-forward) feature ie. the video can be played anywhere from the middle and yes does it supports video in landscape fullscreen mode.
the P1 is not fare with torchlight as my 750i is, its not a good thing.

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Himanshu Singh December 21, 2007 at 8:44 am

hi satish
I just want to know a few things more does the P1 video player have scrolling, (reverse-forward) feature ie. the video can be played anywhere from the middle and yes does it supports video in landscape fullscreen mode.
the P1 is not fare with torchlight as my 750i is, its not a good thing.

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nagraj December 22, 2007 at 7:18 am

plzzzz help…
how to configure wlan…am a resident of blore and using bsnl wireless router….wud appreciate help from u guyz :)

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nagraj December 22, 2007 at 12:48 pm

plzzzz help…
how to configure wlan…am a resident of blore and using bsnl wireless router….wud appreciate help from u guyz :)

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Monty December 26, 2007 at 9:51 am

Can you suggest a good headset for sony p1i

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Monty December 26, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Can you suggest a good headset for sony p1i

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Abdul December 26, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Sony Ericsson has introduced a new GPS enabled P1i now in India. I am confused if I sould go for this one or some Nokia S60 device?

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Abdul December 26, 2007 at 7:08 pm

Sony Ericsson has introduced a new GPS enabled P1i now in India. I am confused if I sould go for this one or some Nokia S60 device?

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ima December 27, 2007 at 7:29 am

Hi satish,

I was wondering if this phone has a locked phone function for security. If it doesnt, do u know any third part software that does? Really to know this quick because I want to get one soon. I dont want anyone to use my phone without my permission so I really need this function.

Thanks

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ima December 27, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Hi satish,

I was wondering if this phone has a locked phone function for security. If it doesnt, do u know any third part software that does? Really to know this quick because I want to get one soon. I dont want anyone to use my phone without my permission so I really need this function.

Thanks

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Dmath1 December 28, 2007 at 1:54 pm

I have recently bought a P1i. have never before connected to internet through a phone. After connecting to my wireless router how do I open an internet browser? Do I have to download the same from a site or is it available in the phone? Please let me know the exact path to do the same.

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Dmath1 December 28, 2007 at 7:24 pm

I have recently bought a P1i. have never before connected to internet through a phone. After connecting to my wireless router how do I open an internet browser? Do I have to download the same from a site or is it available in the phone? Please let me know the exact path to do the same.

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Satish December 29, 2007 at 4:38 pm

@Himanshu
Yes it does support seeking the video. Landscape is supported too. And no there is no flash.

@nagraj
I’ll coming up with a Wi-fi setup guide soon. So stay tuned.

@monty
Check out SE’s website for a list of supporting acessories

@abdul
Any other Nokia S60 device is just that…. Go for the P1i, IMHO.

@ima
Yes the phone has the feature you want.

@dmath1
Just hit the button to the top right, and the browser will start. Else you can also follow this path

Multimedia > > Web

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Satish December 29, 2007 at 10:08 pm

@Himanshu
Yes it does support seeking the video. Landscape is supported too. And no there is no flash.

@nagraj
I’ll coming up with a Wi-fi setup guide soon. So stay tuned.

@monty
Check out SE’s website for a list of supporting acessories

@abdul
Any other Nokia S60 device is just that…. Go for the P1i, IMHO.

@ima
Yes the phone has the feature you want.

@dmath1
Just hit the button to the top right, and the browser will start. Else you can also follow this path

Multimedia > > Web

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RAJENDRA January 13, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Dear Satish,
I am a non-technical guy but passionate about smart phones. I like the P1i SE. The latest version of P1i is enabled with GPS. I want you to tell me whether the phone is able to support 4GB memory card and is it a good buy for a non-techie guy who loves to explore finctions in the phone.
My main usage would be e-mail/MS-office applications/GPS fucntions a bit/photo-shots/music listening. My choices may not be listed in the order of preference here but these are things that I will definetly do with this gadget.
Please advice me about the after sales service of the SE P1i in Bangalore.
Thanks & regards
Rajendra Tripathi
Bangalore, India

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RAJENDRA January 13, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Dear Satish,
I am a non-technical guy but passionate about smart phones. I like the P1i SE. The latest version of P1i is enabled with GPS. I want you to tell me whether the phone is able to support 4GB memory card and is it a good buy for a non-techie guy who loves to explore finctions in the phone.
My main usage would be e-mail/MS-office applications/GPS fucntions a bit/photo-shots/music listening. My choices may not be listed in the order of preference here but these are things that I will definetly do with this gadget.
Please advice me about the after sales service of the SE P1i in Bangalore.
Thanks & regards
Rajendra Tripathi
Bangalore, India

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Satish January 14, 2008 at 3:20 am

@Rajendra
As the review says, the phone is flawless in all the functionality you need. Sony service should be good in a metro like Bangalore.

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Satish January 14, 2008 at 8:50 am

@Rajendra
As the review says, the phone is flawless in all the functionality you need. Sony service should be good in a metro like Bangalore.

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parvez January 18, 2008 at 1:44 pm

hi satish,

can u plz let u know which software format is support to SEp1i

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parvez January 18, 2008 at 7:14 pm

hi satish,

can u plz let u know which software format is support to SEp1i

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Satish January 18, 2008 at 4:37 pm

@Parvez
SE P1i supports Symbian UIQ 3 and Java

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Satish January 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm

@Parvez
SE P1i supports Symbian UIQ 3 and Java

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Kiran January 25, 2008 at 8:43 am

I bought this phone 4 weeks before. Was working fine when i got it , from the first day i usually restarts saying your phone has been restarted for improving performance, and after two weeks it had its display blank. I took it to Sony erricoson service, they changed almost everything in phone starting from LCD to motherboard, and it took 10 days for the same. For a two week old phone and repair of 10 days, there is no better way to waste your money and efforts buying this phone . Believe me Sony erricson has pathetic service , they dont respond to calls nor replies to email. The products are victim of pathetic quality checks, I heard if you buy outside india, you get the product made in Sweden rather than one you get it from India.

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Kiran January 25, 2008 at 2:13 pm

I bought this phone 4 weeks before. Was working fine when i got it , from the first day i usually restarts saying your phone has been restarted for improving performance, and after two weeks it had its display blank. I took it to Sony erricoson service, they changed almost everything in phone starting from LCD to motherboard, and it took 10 days for the same. For a two week old phone and repair of 10 days, there is no better way to waste your money and efforts buying this phone . Believe me Sony erricson has pathetic service , they dont respond to calls nor replies to email. The products are victim of pathetic quality checks, I heard if you buy outside india, you get the product made in Sweden rather than one you get it from India.

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amar January 29, 2008 at 1:12 pm

any update on the latest price for P1i?? last i checked was 18,700

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amar January 29, 2008 at 7:42 am

any update on the latest price for P1i?? last i checked was 18,700

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anup February 23, 2008 at 8:36 am

i’m not able 2 open all the websites on my p1i.
i’m getting the error msg XML parsing failed
kindly help me

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anup February 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm

i’m not able 2 open all the websites on my p1i.
i’m getting the error msg XML parsing failed
kindly help me

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anup February 23, 2008 at 8:38 am

i’m not able 2 attach photos to my mails on my p1i

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anup February 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm

i’m not able 2 attach photos to my mails on my p1i

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Satish February 24, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Anup, take a backup of the current contents of the phone and upgrade the software. I think it should work.

Also try using a browser like Opera Mini for browsing.
http://www.satishsays.com/2007/11/25/opera-mini-4-review/

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Satish February 25, 2008 at 4:21 am

Anup, take a backup of the current contents of the phone and upgrade the software. I think it should work.

Also try using a browser like Opera Mini for browsing.
http://www.satishsays.com/2007/11/25/opera-mini-4-review/

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SathyaBhat February 26, 2008 at 4:50 am

Nice review. Looking to purchase one in the coming week, your review made it that much easier to go for it. Thanks! :grin:

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Sathya February 26, 2008 at 10:20 am

Nice review. Looking to purchase one in the coming week, your review made it that much easier to go for it. Thanks! :grin:

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Baloo February 26, 2008 at 8:11 pm

With such great package is provided a little awkward pouch referred to as carrying case….. the machine goes in it with lots of struggle..

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Baloo February 27, 2008 at 1:41 am

With such great package is provided a little awkward pouch referred to as carrying case….. the machine goes in it with lots of struggle..

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Tirthankar March 3, 2008 at 1:05 pm

hey
is there some body who cud plz tell me how to connect to this wayfinder navigator7…
i have a sony ericsson p1i with way finder navigator 7….also i have a net connection in the mob…
i access all over the net through the mob only…but wen i press the way finder botton it says unable to cannect to server…some creating a new access point also it talks about which am totally clueless….
so i wud be extremely thankful in case some body cud mail me the HELP….

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Tirthankar March 3, 2008 at 6:35 pm

hey
is there some body who cud plz tell me how to connect to this wayfinder navigator7…
i have a sony ericsson p1i with way finder navigator 7….also i have a net connection in the mob…
i access all over the net through the mob only…but wen i press the way finder botton it says unable to cannect to server…some creating a new access point also it talks about which am totally clueless….
so i wud be extremely thankful in case some body cud mail me the HELP….

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ANAND March 11, 2008 at 11:40 am

hey nice review dude……..even i am going to buy it, but the prices have slashed drastically…………14000 i guess

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ANAND March 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm

hey nice review dude……..even i am going to buy it, but the prices have slashed drastically…………14000 i guess

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Rajiv kumar March 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm

how 2 use front camera of soni erriction P1i (model)

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Rajiv kumar March 23, 2008 at 10:08 pm

how 2 use front camera of soni erriction P1i (model)

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boyabhi123 March 25, 2008 at 4:10 am

I have purchased P1i recently &i would like to say that this phone hasGood features ON PAPER ONLY & Huge problems on PHONE.In simple words Please dont buy this phone. It has been a hell to get the mobile problems fixed from the  service center. I have already wasted 2 weeks without my phone & have to waste 15 more days without it.Summery:PATHETIC phone with more PATHETIC Service & for the first time i think Sony Erission is bullshit…

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boyabhi123 March 25, 2008 at 9:40 am

I have purchased P1i recently &i would like to say that this phone hasGood features ON PAPER ONLY & Huge problems on PHONE.In simple words Please dont buy this phone. It has been a hell to get the mobile problems fixed from the  service center. I have already wasted 2 weeks without my phone & have to waste 15 more days without it.Summery:PATHETIC phone with more PATHETIC Service & for the first time i think Sony Erission is bullshit…

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Satish March 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm

@ Rajiv Kumar
The front cam is only for video calls.

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Satish March 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm

@ Rajiv Kumar

The front cam is only for video calls.

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Jigar April 13, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Hi satish,
Nice review and really a good research…….thanx for making our lives easy atleast 4 me. One question, I have heard that this phone is very delicate and if by chance it falls off ur hand its gone…so is it true that it cannot resist jerks or impacts ?
I wanna gift this to my bro in this week so if possible try to reply me fast.
Thanks,

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Jigar April 13, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Hi satish,
Nice review and really a good research…….thanx for making our lives easy atleast 4 me. One question, I have heard that this phone is very delicate and if by chance it falls off ur hand its gone…so is it true that it cannot resist jerks or impacts ?
I wanna gift this to my bro in this week so if possible try to reply me fast.
Thanks,

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Satish April 14, 2008 at 1:43 am

Hey Jigar,
Thanks for the complements. BTW, the phone is fairly sturdy. I’ve plonked it countless times. Heck, during the rains, it even slipped into a gutter and came out alive!
So, go ahead and get the phone.

BTW, if your brother doesnt really need a business phone, do look for some other alternatives as well. I have had no problems, but my readers have reported some wierd problems and are unhappy with the customer service.

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Satish April 14, 2008 at 7:13 am

Hey Jigar,
Thanks for the complements. BTW, the phone is fairly sturdy. I’ve plonked it countless times. Heck, during the rains, it even slipped into a gutter and came out alive!
So, go ahead and get the phone.

BTW, if your brother doesnt really need a business phone, do look for some other alternatives as well. I have had no problems, but my readers have reported some wierd problems and are unhappy with the customer service.

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Jigar April 14, 2008 at 2:21 am

Thanks a lot Satish, I think I’ll go for it, I am satisfied with your reviews.

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Jigar April 14, 2008 at 7:51 am

Thanks a lot Satish, I think I’ll go for it, I am satisfied with your reviews.

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Jigar April 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Hi Satish,
I know that p1i has 160MB of internal memory. In my mobile I checked in File Manager more–>space available and the phone memory is showing 135MB. I do not understand what is it. I think it should be 160MB. Is there a problem in my handset ?

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Jigar April 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Hi Satish,
I know that p1i has 160MB of internal memory. In my mobile I checked in File Manager more–>space available and the phone memory is showing 135MB. I do not understand what is it. I think it should be 160MB. Is there a problem in my handset ?

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Satish April 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Of course not mate,The rest of the space is taken up by the operating system, Symbian. And some more could have been gobbled up by the wallpapers and ringtones.

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Satish April 24, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Of course not mate,
The rest of the space is taken up by the operating system, Symbian. And some more could have been gobbled up by the wallpapers and ringtones.

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Akshat April 25, 2008 at 5:46 am

great job…bro………
it was a great help.
keep it up n update it regularly.

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Akshat April 25, 2008 at 11:16 am

great job…bro………
it was a great help.
keep it up n update it regularly.

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Jigar April 25, 2008 at 6:04 am

Sorry for not being clear. What I meant to say is my phone shows 35/135 ie 35 used by OS, wallpaper etc out of total 135MB.

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Jigar April 25, 2008 at 11:34 am

Sorry for not being clear. What I meant to say is my phone shows 35/135 ie 35 used by OS, wallpaper etc out of total 135MB.

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Jimmy June 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm

hey buddy! this is the first time am using sony ericsson phone n thats p1i.all i knew abt sony is good sound but the output of this phone in earphones sucks big time. is there any way we can improve it . do let me know . thanks ;)

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Jimmy June 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm
Jimmy June 5, 2008 at 11:58 pm

hey buddy! this is the first time am using sony ericsson phone n thats p1i.all i knew abt sony is good sound but the output of this phone in earphones sucks big time. is there any way we can improve it . do let me know . thanks ;)

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Jimmy June 5, 2008 at 11:58 pm
Satish June 9, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Get a HPM 75 or HPM 77. It should dramatically change the output.

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Satish June 9, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Get a HPM 75 or HPM 77. It should dramatically change the output.

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Mahendra June 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm

hi satish,

Actually i am new to this multimedia phones.
i tried coping a .avi and other formate viedo files in to my p1i. But it is not supporting. Can u let me know is there any s/w which converts file of any formate to p1i supported formate with in the phone or from my PC.

-M-

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Mahendra June 17, 2008 at 5:35 pm

hi satish,

Actually i am new to this multimedia phones.
i tried coping a .avi and other formate viedo files in to my p1i. But it is not supporting. Can u let me know is there any s/w which converts file of any formate to p1i supported formate with in the phone or from my PC.

-M-

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Satish June 18, 2008 at 5:10 am

Please use a mobile video converter and convert your videos into 3GP.
If you got a software voucher from Sony Ericsson, please head to P1-choice.com and download the SE Media Studio.

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Satish June 18, 2008 at 10:40 am

Please use a mobile video converter and convert your videos into 3GP.
If you got a software voucher from Sony Ericsson, please head to P1-choice.com and download the SE Media Studio.

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Mahendra June 18, 2008 at 6:09 am

Hi satish,

I tried hiding a video file. But I am unable to get the file back. I had to go back to my PC and change the properties there. Is there any other option where i can change the property settings from the mobile itself.

-M-

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Mahendra June 18, 2008 at 11:39 am

Hi satish,

I tried hiding a video file. But I am unable to get the file back. I had to go back to my PC and change the properties there. Is there any other option where i can change the property settings from the mobile itself.

-M-

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Ashish June 26, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Good review mate! I am thinking of going for this one and your review was helpful. My N70 conked off suddenly after about 2 yrs of usage. :(

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Ashish June 27, 2008 at 1:06 am

Good review mate! I am thinking of going for this one and your review was helpful. My N70 conked off suddenly after about 2 yrs of usage. :(

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Satish June 29, 2008 at 5:39 am

Aww… everything happens for a good cause. :)

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Satish June 29, 2008 at 11:09 am

Aww… everything happens for a good cause. :)

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Mahendra July 1, 2008 at 11:00 am

guys…!

please clarify me doubt..

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Mahendra July 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm

guys…!

please clarify me doubt..

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Satish July 3, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I have solved your query Mahendra, please look in the comments. Click in ‘Show all’

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Satish July 3, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I have solved your query Mahendra, please look in the comments. Click in ‘Show all’

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Mahendra July 7, 2008 at 8:20 am

Hi Satish,
i want to get back my hidden files with out connecting to PC. Is there any way for this.

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Mahendra July 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Hi Satish,
i want to get back my hidden files with out connecting to PC. Is there any way for this.

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karthodontist July 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm

this is the most versatile phone in the market today.its built like a rock and does all this an pda should do with a lot of ease.very good user interface and once you get used to it becomes difficult to even think of changing phones(i just returned my iphone)

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karthodontist July 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm

this is the most versatile phone in the market today.its built like a rock and does all this an pda should do with a lot of ease.very good user interface and once you get used to it becomes difficult to even think of changing phones(i just returned my iphone)

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Jiten July 17, 2008 at 4:37 pm

You review helped me to buy a fantastic phone. I am now an owner of P1i. Now I need to know the websites from where I can download free games for this phone.

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Jiten July 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm

You review helped me to buy a fantastic phone. I am now an owner of P1i. Now I need to know the websites from where I can download free games for this phone.

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Aditya July 29, 2008 at 10:36 am

I use an Apple Mac (OS X Leopard). The Apple community has long been known to compromise limited compatibility (software / hardware) for trouble-free, efficient productivity.
The P1i is by far the best non-apple phone I’ve use for syncing with my machine. Contacts, tasks, file sharing…. they are all a breeze through bluetooth.

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Aditya July 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I use an Apple Mac (OS X Leopard). The Apple community has long been known to compromise limited compatibility (software / hardware) for trouble-free, efficient productivity.
The P1i is by far the best non-apple phone I’ve use for syncing with my machine. Contacts, tasks, file sharing…. they are all a breeze through bluetooth.

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Willem August 7, 2008 at 9:44 am

Thank you for your site. I have found here much useful information…

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Willem August 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Thank you for your site. I have found here much useful information…

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Aditi August 20, 2008 at 12:44 pm

hi
just gonna get this phone but before that can u clarify if this phones GPRS will work fine for Vodafone connection in Mah.? i mean is the lack of EDGE really a big issue??

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Aditi August 20, 2008 at 6:14 pm

hi
just gonna get this phone but before that can u clarify if this phones GPRS will work fine for Vodafone connection in Mah.? i mean is the lack of EDGE really a big issue??

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Satish August 23, 2008 at 2:06 am

I have been using Vodafone GPRS since the last 4 years and for the past 1 year on this phone. It works fine and as for EDGe, it doesn’t make too much of a difference.

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Satish August 23, 2008 at 7:36 am

I have been using Vodafone GPRS since the last 4 years and for the past 1 year on this phone. It works fine and as for EDGe, it doesn’t make too much of a difference.

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K.Selvakumar August 27, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Hi,
I got this P1i 6 months back and its jog dial started malfunctioning. the dial worked fine when rotated clockwise but behaved erratically. Sent it to the service center in madurai. the guy opened it and said it will not be covered under warranty and would take 15-40 days to get it repaired.
I contacted the sony support center. Those guys are even more helpful???!!!!. terribly disappointed with phone and their service setup is horrible!

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K.Selvakumar August 27, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Hi,
I got this P1i 6 months back and its jog dial started malfunctioning. the dial worked fine when rotated clockwise but behaved erratically. Sent it to the service center in madurai. the guy opened it and said it will not be covered under warranty and would take 15-40 days to get it repaired.
I contacted the sony support center. Those guys are even more helpful???!!!!. terribly disappointed with phone and their service setup is horrible!

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prasad August 28, 2008 at 7:22 am

satish,, excellent review

I took new p1i three days back. i have few dobts
mainly i took this mobile for using yahoo messenger services
1. how 2 connect yahoo messenger (go mobile2.0 or 3.0 )
2. how can i get ringer sound instead beep sound for incoming call when i am using music player.

replay asap

thanks

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prasad August 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm

satish,, excellent review

I took new p1i three days back. i have few dobts
mainly i took this mobile for using yahoo messenger services
1. how 2 connect yahoo messenger (go mobile2.0 or 3.0 )
2. how can i get ringer sound instead beep sound for incoming call when i am using music player.

replay asap

thanks

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Ganesh October 9, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I have already tried all the options with all the messengers and am tired of it…none of them work on P1i. and “yahoo go” does not work on this phone at all…its very disappointing.

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Ganesh October 9, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I have already tried all the options with all the messengers and am tired of it…none of them work on P1i. and “yahoo go” does not work on this phone at all…its very disappointing.

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Ron October 21, 2008 at 12:02 pm

hey man nice review… good work. can you tell me is there a wifi in this phone.. cause the sony website does not mention it. so a lil confused. and can you make voip call from the cell… voip like 12voip, voip cheap etc… (I’m living outside india) I need to make internet calls to India numbers using Wifi.

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Ron October 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm

hey man nice review… good work. can you tell me is there a wifi in this phone.. cause the sony website does not mention it. so a lil confused. and can you make voip call from the cell… voip like 12voip, voip cheap etc… (I’m living outside india) I need to make internet calls to India numbers using Wifi.

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Satish October 28, 2008 at 12:56 am

Did you read the review, Ron? I have clearly mentioned that it does have Wi-Fi 802.11b.
I dont think there should be too much of a problem making VoIP calls.

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Satish October 28, 2008 at 6:26 am

Did you read the review, Ron? I have clearly mentioned that it does have Wi-Fi 802.11b.
I dont think there should be too much of a problem making VoIP calls.

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Ron October 29, 2008 at 11:35 am

Thanx Satish.. yeah I did read your review. but as I told you the sony web site don’t mention it(wi-fi). Secondly I’m in Italy, havent seen anyone use this phone. I’m getting it online.. and the Phone-language is Italian :( , I hope we have an option to select the language. you have any idea ?

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Ron October 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Thanx Satish.. yeah I did read your review. but as I told you the sony web site don’t mention it(wi-fi). Secondly I’m in Italy, havent seen anyone use this phone. I’m getting it online.. and the Phone-language is Italian :( , I hope we have an option to select the language. you have any idea ?

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poli November 28, 2008 at 8:29 pm

hi..satish recently i purchased p1i, its ok. the picture viewer is ok, but to see next pic everytime i have to go back. can u suggest any new software or else that i can view pics continously( by cliking next/moving jogdail)

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poli November 29, 2008 at 1:59 am

hi..satish recently i purchased p1i, its ok. the picture viewer is ok, but to see next pic everytime i have to go back. can u suggest any new software or else that i can view pics continously( by cliking next/moving jogdail)

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Satish November 29, 2008 at 12:25 am

@poli
I presume you are viewing the image through the file manager.
Open the picture viewer and use the scroll wheel.

Hope this solves your problem!

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Satish November 29, 2008 at 5:55 am

@poli
I presume you are viewing the image through the file manager.
Open the picture viewer and use the scroll wheel.

Hope this solves your problem!

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vinayak December 5, 2008 at 9:58 am

Hi Satish,

After reading your review i completly fall in love with P1i, and i even purchased it yesterday. it’s really nice to hold it. but the thing is in my previous phone (nokia n70) there was faciclty of file manager in which i was able hide my file from uninvited visitors to gallary. but in this i dont think so this option we have. can u suggest me any softwaer can solve my problem. my friend have installed isilo? but i dont know wat’s the purpose of this software? your guidence will be very helpfull for me. and also please let me know if you have any web site address from wer i can download softwares for my p1i.

Thanks And Regards,

Vinayak kanse.

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vinayak December 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Hi Satish,

After reading your review i completly fall in love with P1i, and i even purchased it yesterday. it’s really nice to hold it. but the thing is in my previous phone (nokia n70) there was faciclty of file manager in which i was able hide my file from uninvited visitors to gallary. but in this i dont think so this option we have. can u suggest me any softwaer can solve my problem. my friend have installed isilo? but i dont know wat’s the purpose of this software? your guidence will be very helpfull for me. and also please let me know if you have any web site address from wer i can download softwares for my p1i.

Thanks And Regards,

Vinayak kanse.

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Vishwanathan December 17, 2008 at 11:26 am

The PINE TUM car charger for the Wayfinder GPS machine doesnot fit into my Wagon R or an Indica Turbo 12v cigaretter lighter socket.
the battery of the GPS has died down. How do I use this now ?
Sony Experience store says no accessories like a simple power charger for the GPS machine.

Is mine defective or is it a universal problem ?
Can any lighter adaptor save me the hassle?
Pls.revert. all Readers, all blog contributors including Company employees worldwide….

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Vishwanathan December 17, 2008 at 4:56 pm

The PINE TUM car charger for the Wayfinder GPS machine doesnot fit into my Wagon R or an Indica Turbo 12v cigaretter lighter socket.
the battery of the GPS has died down. How do I use this now ?
Sony Experience store says no accessories like a simple power charger for the GPS machine.

Is mine defective or is it a universal problem ?
Can any lighter adaptor save me the hassle?
Pls.revert. all Readers, all blog contributors including Company employees worldwide….

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Rajesh December 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Hi Satish,
stumbled upon your blog in the course of my search for a retailer in B’lore and its price. Want to buy one before the stocks exhaust. Could you mail me some info, in case u have any…?

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Rajesh December 30, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Hi Satish,
stumbled upon your blog in the course of my search for a retailer in B’lore and its price. Want to buy one before the stocks exhaust. Could you mail me some info, in case u have any…?

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Satish December 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm

I think the phone should be available at all retail mobile stores like The Mobile Store, RPG Cellucom, Subhiksha mobile etc
Price should be around 16k

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Satish December 30, 2008 at 11:41 pm

I think the phone should be available at all retail mobile stores like The Mobile Store, RPG Cellucom, Subhiksha mobile etc

Price should be around 16k

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Pravin December 31, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Hii Satish….Happy New Year 2009..
i liked ur reviews on the phone..and i purchased this phone..
But from the very first day Iam feelin that the phone calls which IAm recieving or dialling have a low volume and i cant hear the conversation properly…What to do?

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Pravin January 1, 2009 at 12:39 am

Hii Satish….Happy New Year 2009..
i liked ur reviews on the phone..and i purchased this phone..
But from the very first day Iam feelin that the phone calls which IAm recieving or dialling have a low volume and i cant hear the conversation properly…What to do?

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Satish January 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

@Pravin
Try asking someone who owns a P1i in your circle and compare with them. If you find it less than their phone, head to nearest Sony Ericsson service centre.

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Satish January 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm

@Pravin

Try asking someone who owns a P1i in your circle and compare with them. If you find it less than their phone, head to nearest Sony Ericsson service centre.

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Ankit January 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm

ayy i jus wanna ask wat is the recent price of P1i?? has it dropped??

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Ankit January 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm

ayy i jus wanna ask wat is the recent price of P1i?? has it dropped??

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junaid February 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

hi satish,
wat abt da gps on p1i.can v use it for 1 year only,and how to extend its validity.will using gps cost us.

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junaid February 8, 2009 at 9:13 pm

hi satish,
wat abt da gps on p1i.can v use it for 1 year only,and how to extend its validity.will using gps cost us.

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junaid February 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

and one more questiion,is der a application for locking da touchscreen on p1i.and plzzzzz do xplain abt da gps usage  soooooooooon.is it advisory to buy dis fone for gps

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junaid February 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm

and one more questiion,is der a application for locking da touchscreen on p1i.and plzzzzz do xplain abt da gps usage  soooooooooon.is it advisory to buy dis fone for gps

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Satish February 9, 2009 at 10:41 am

@junaid
The P1i does not have GPS built in. Wayfinder GPS or Google Maps for that matter will use tower triangulation to approximate your location. Precisely why it is called A-GPS.
You can chuck Wayfinder and use Google Maps. It works very well. Its free but I am sure GPRS usage will rob you of the fun.

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Satish February 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

@junaid
The P1i does not have GPS built in. Wayfinder GPS or Google Maps for that matter will use tower triangulation to approximate your location. Precisely why it is called A-GPS.
You can chuck Wayfinder and use Google Maps. It works very well. Its free but I am sure GPRS usage will rob you of the fun.

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Vatan February 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

hi satish,
I bought this phone last month. its a great phone.
but one thing that annoys me is that I can not use my menu option while on a call.
like if one of my friend wants a number of another friend, I have to end the call, open contact, note it on a pad, again call my friend and tell him.
is there any setting to solve this or it is permanent probs?
please let me know,
thnx,

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Vatan February 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm

hi satish,
I bought this phone last month. its a great phone.
but one thing that annoys me is that I can not use my menu option while on a call.
like if one of my friend wants a number of another friend, I have to end the call, open contact, note it on a pad, again call my friend and tell him.
is there any setting to solve this or it is permanent probs?
please let me know,
thnx,

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Satish February 25, 2009 at 1:32 pm

@Vatan
You can very well use the complete phone features while on a call.
All you need to do is click on the Task Manager icon to the top right of the phone and choose the application you want to run.

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Satish February 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

@Vatan

You can very well use the complete phone features while on a call.
All you need to do is click on the Task Manager icon to the top right of the phone and choose the application you want to run.

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Mohammed April 16, 2009 at 4:32 am

Hi,
Could you please tell in detail how to format Internal disk(Phone memory) of P1i? like by using keypad,jog dial etc.,

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Mohammed April 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

Hi,
Could you please tell in detail how to format Internal disk(Phone memory) of P1i? like by using keypad,jog dial etc.,

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Tonmoy June 12, 2009 at 10:20 am

thanks,but i want to know 1 thing.how to open Menu and select an option with the keypad.

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Tonmoy June 12, 2009 at 4:50 am

thanks,but i want to know 1 thing.how to open Menu and select an option with the keypad.

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Tonmoy June 12, 2009 at 4:54 am

thanks for the riview,but i want to know 1 thing:how to open Menu and select an option from menu with the keypad,bcoz the keypad doesn’t have any up,down,laft,right and select button.

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Tonmoy June 12, 2009 at 10:24 am

thanks for the riview,but i want to know 1 thing:how to open Menu and select an option from menu with the keypad,bcoz the keypad doesn’t have any up,down,laft,right and select button.

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Satish June 13, 2009 at 4:54 am

@Tonmoy
Just use the click wheel. That’ll take you left, right and everywhere else. :)

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Satish June 13, 2009 at 10:24 am

@Tonmoy
Just use the click wheel. That’ll take you left, right and everywhere else. :)

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Tonmoy June 14, 2009 at 3:01 am

i) While playing a game how to move up,down,left,right.
ii) How to select an option with keypad,there is no select button in the keypad.pls reply fast,i have more query about this phone.

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Tonmoy June 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

i) While playing a game how to move up,down,left,right.
ii) How to select an option with keypad,there is no select button in the keypad.pls reply fast,i have more query about this phone.

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Satish June 16, 2009 at 2:52 am

If the game supports the touch screen, use it. And to select using keypad, press the Click Wheel.

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Satish June 16, 2009 at 8:22 am

If the game supports the touch screen, use it. And to select using keypad, press the Click Wheel.

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sandeep June 27, 2009 at 6:04 am

Hiiiiiiiiiiii…….

when we are listening to FM radio in P1i at that time if we receive any incoming call and after talking when we end the call, the phone is not again resuming the FM radio we need on it from the main menu.

I s there any option for resuming the FM after ending the incoming call directly.

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sandeep June 27, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hiiiiiiiiiiii…….

when we are listening to FM radio in P1i at that time if we receive any incoming call and after talking when we end the call, the phone is not again resuming the FM radio we need on it from the main menu.

I s there any option for resuming the FM after ending the incoming call directly.

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JKHAN November 8, 2009 at 11:20 am

Hi, I am using P1i from past 2 years and I have encountered following problems:
1. If using Airtel cannot make out going calls.
2. some places the area info dose not work.
3. some times scroll works in opp direction.
4. cannot receive a call unless the unlock keywords are typed in.
5. now a days I cannot make outgoing calls from certain areas only incomming and SMS.

Would appriciate if any solution for these problems. Thanks & Regards.

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JKHAN November 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Hi, I am using P1i from past 2 years and I have encountered following problems:
1. If using Airtel cannot make out going calls.
2. some places the area info dose not work.
3. some times scroll works in opp direction.
4. cannot receive a call unless the unlock keywords are typed in.
5. now a days I cannot make outgoing calls from certain areas only incomming and SMS.

Would appriciate if any solution for these problems. Thanks & Regards.

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Prasad Nambiar November 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I appreciate your review . I had been using P1i for quite a long period before I purchased an HTC. P1i is an awesome phone in terms of design and performance. Symbian OS enables users to download Symbian based applications. Camera is a star performer although video recording is sluggish and substandard. If you weigh the pros and cons, you will see that pros are more. It has become obsolete. You may better go for Nokia X6. It is gonna rock, I guess.

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Prasad Nambiar November 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I appreciate your review . I had been using P1i for quite a long period before I purchased an HTC. P1i is an awesome phone in terms of design and performance. Symbian OS enables users to download Symbian based applications. Camera is a star performer although video recording is sluggish and substandard. If you weigh the pros and cons, you will see that pros are more. It has become obsolete. You may better go for Nokia X6. It is gonna rock, I guess.

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Satish November 14, 2009 at 1:39 am

@Prasad
I think as a good productive phone, the P1i is still a very good handset. I agree video was never its strength, but I couldn’t care less. The fact that I’m not tempted to upgrade stands as a testimony to the phone’s workhorse capabilities.

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Satish November 14, 2009 at 7:09 am

@Prasad
I think as a good productive phone, the P1i is still a very good handset. I agree video was never its strength, but I couldn’t care less. The fact that I’m not tempted to upgrade stands as a testimony to the phone’s workhorse capabilities.

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Shaibal November 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Good review Satish.

I am an avid user of P990i (April 2006 model) but lately I have started experiencing problems in charging i.e. the phone shows charging in progress but actually it is not getting charged. No fault in battery, but SE engineers say motherboard needs to be changed, thus decreasing a good Rs. 20K or so from my pocket, that too for a 3.5 yr. old phone.

I was looking for some replacement of my old P990i and your blog has shown me the way out. Just wanted to ask you whether this P1i is still available in market ??? Some stores were not knowing about it and even SE showroom salesmen were trying hard to convince me that it is an outdated phone.

Thanks and regards…

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Satish December 3, 2009 at 4:10 am

Yes, the P1i may be outdated to the SE showroom, but it isn’t to me. I can still handle all my work very deftly and even after all these years I am not tempted to upgrade. Takes the odd photograph well and even doubles as my jukebox.
You could take a look at some BlackBerry’s if you wish, but the P1i still rocks my boat!

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Shaibal November 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Good review Satish.

I am an avid user of P990i (April 2006 model) but lately I have started experiencing problems in charging i.e. the phone shows charging in progress but actually it is not getting charged. No fault in battery, but SE engineers say motherboard needs to be changed, thus decreasing a good Rs. 20K or so from my pocket, that too for a 3.5 yr. old phone.

I was looking for some replacement of my old P990i and your blog has shown me the way out. Just wanted to ask you whether this P1i is still available in market ??? Some stores were not knowing about it and even SE showroom salesmen were trying hard to convince me that it is an outdated phone.

Thanks and regards…

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Satish December 3, 2009 at 9:40 am

Yes, the P1i may be outdated to the SE showroom, but it isn’t to me. I can still handle all my work very deftly and even after all these years I am not tempted to upgrade. Takes the odd photograph well and even doubles as my jukebox.
You could take a look at some BlackBerry’s if you wish, but the P1i still rocks my boat!

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Dark Star January 10, 2010 at 2:36 am

Awesome write up! :) and a gr8 blog :D

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khaire April 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

How can i change the base language from arabic to english?

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