Got myself a Sony Ericsson k700i mobile phone today, and it’s really rather nice. I only have one gripe with it though (and it would appear that I’m not the only one) – Orange have installed their own “version” of the operating system on it, which replaces the standard Sony Ericsson one. For example, the right hand soft key on my old T610 brought up a menu that let you activate silent mode, switch bluetooth on and off, lock the phone etc etc. But on this new k700i, this button’s functionality has been removed, and instead it activates the camera when you press it. This might seem like a good idea, but there’s already a button on the side of the phone to switch the camera on! They’ve also installed their own “orange-themed” icons on the phone’s main menu.

I’ve scoured the web, but try as I might I can’t find a way to change it back again. Ah well, I guess I’ll just have to put up with it. The phone itself is splendid, and there are a lot of good features on it. I’m looking forward to pairing it up with my new Mac Mini and exploring all the bluetooth features. I’ll keep you posted.

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