Apr 23, 2008

Nokia N82 or Sony Ericsson K850i ?

The Nokia N82 is currently available for $350 with a T-Mobile contract, but is the $500 Sony Ericsson's K850i with AT&T HSDPA support a better choice?

Reader's question:

I can't decide between Nokia's N82 and Sony Ericsson's K850i. Which one is the better of those two? Naresh K.

Editor's answer:

Compared to the Sony Ericsson K850i, we think the Nokia N82 is overall a better choice, even if it doesn't support AT&T's HSDPA network (compare specifications). Along with a top-performing 5-megapixel camera, the N82 also comes with Nokia's Mini Map browser, Wi-Fi connectivity and broad file format support for music and video (2GB memory card included). The Nokia N82 also boasts a GPS radio and Nokia Maps. An unlocked Nokia N82 is currently selling for $450 ($350 with a two-year T-Mobile contract).

The Sony Ericsson K850i on the other hand, could be a perfect match for those who require AT&T HSDPA support. Additionally, it's got a top-performing 5-megapixel camera with convenient auto-settings, and a straightforward interface for features such as calling, text messaging and music player (256MB memory card included). The K850i also supports the Opera Mini browser (optional via download), which will provide a decent experience for light mobile Internet browsing (news etc.). An unlocked Sony Ericsson K850i is an expensive feature phone though, costing $470 with U.S. warranty.


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