However, when you start entering text for addresses or searches, the input frame slips the screen back into portrait mode to make numberpad letter tapping easier. This is a sensible arrangement given the keypad limitations, but it means you'll be flipping the phone back and forth during extended surfing sessions. The keys are very small and round, which some users may find too titchy - we had no problems, but we'd have preferred more substantial buttons.
Browser shortcuts are integrated into the keypad
This phone is a pocketable 104 x 47 x 15mm and weighs a moderate 95g. The K660i’s design includes striking colour contrasts across the central control button panel, in either wine-on-black or lime-on-white combos. A touch of chrome edging accents the stylish look. The control button arrangement is centred on the navigation pad, which has a web browser icon marked on it. It's other shortcuts can be configured by the user.
The controls follow Sony Ericsson’s most recent, more conventional layout, featuring standard Call and End keys, with soft-menu keys, a clear key plus an 'Activity Menu' button that pulls up a mini-menu of handy apps and functions, including Bluetooth, TrackID and Google Maps.
The main menu seems to have left alone, using its typical grid of icons leading to tabbed sub-menu lists.
It’s unusual to get the browser's launch page immediately in landscape mode, though should you wish to it’s easy to toggle between portrait, landscape and full-screen views by tapping the * key. The launch page layout is the same straightforward presentation as we’ve seen before recently, with a Google search bar on top of an address bar, an RSS feed link, history option, and links to Sony Ericsson download and product information sites.
I *don't* want an all-in-one
Sure, being able to take quick snapshots is fine with a camera phone, but if I want to take quality pics, I'll use a real camera. If you want to regularly take decentish shots, the super-duper Cybershot makes sense, but I don't run around constantly taking arty pics.
I don't want to play music on my phone. The sound reproduction isn't that fantastic (the Walkman phones are ok, but nothing to write home about), and the file support is standard MP3/AAC- I'll stick to my 24GB (with SDHC) iAudio D2 with OGG and FLAC, thanks.
What I do want is an ok browsing experience (I don't mind downloading Opera mobile if the Java is good), good sync capability with whatever PIM I'm using, *good* battery life (I don't care if I run out the battery on my music device - my phone is another matter), Bluetooth, the ability to install my own apps, and I agree that wireless would be handy. But I don't want to pay for features I'm not going to use much.
I like the look of the K770, and I think that'll be my next one.
the K770 does pretty much everything that this does. And more, as it has a 3.2mp camera with autofocus, flash plus very nifty sliding cover.
The only "feature" the K660 introduces is a few different presets and the slimline form factor compared with SE phones from 1 or 2 years ago.
The K770 is a tidy and good-looking slimline. Top phone in it's range (i.e. mid-market: free w/ £15-20pm contract), if you ask me. I got it on '3' for £22.50pm with unlimited data plenty o mins and txts. Only thing missing is WiFi (as per most new mid-range phones coming out). An upgrade from the K770 would take you into N95 territory (and it's associated costs).
STILL no WIFI?
Seemed like my dream come true... but no WiFi?! A phone for the Internet, but still no WiFi?!