Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Sony Ericsson C902
Member Name: TheWiseMan
Sony Ericsson C902
Date: 31/12/10, updated on 04/01/11 (14 review reads)
Advantages: Sleek design
Disadvantages: Bugs ahoy
When I walked into the O2 store in order to upgrade my old phone, I was dazed by the whiteness of it all. I showed 'Ryan' my old phone and he quickly called over a fellow worker - they were shocked I still had such a phone (and the original box) and before I understood what was happening to me, a Sony Ericsson C902 'cybershot' had been handed to me by 'Ryan' and it was now my phone.
The sleekness of the device, the mystical blackness of the thing, drew me closer. It seemed too thin for a start and I questioned whether or not a working mobile phone could operate within such a small housing. I was assured by 'Ryan' that this C902 was the phone for me as I had mentioned to him I enjoyed taking photographs. Like a magicians wand being extended, the phone was suddenly slide across and became longer. This simple motion had activated a camera / film mode. The large display allowed me to see what I was filming. At the top and bottom were beautiful blue lights, which allowed features to be accessed. A quick touch on one blue icon switched the phone to video mode, another icon activated the camera flash. It all looked good, but could it take a decent photo?
Back home, I was following Ryan's instructions and was getting it all charged-up. Once ready, I snapped away with the 5 mega pixel camera. I had no intention of making this phone my primary camera, so wasn't disappointed with the 5 mega pixels. For me, this was a massive leap anyway, having previously owned a mobile phone invented by Alexander Graham Bell.
I noticed quite a lot of dust build up in the area which slides open when the camera is activated and I am always having to wipe it down. Despite having it for a year the scratches on the phone are minimal. It seems relatively sturdy. The charger slots in easily and has never let me down. It seems to go a long time without needing a charge.
I have never come close to filling the phone memory and an additional option would be to buy a memory card if required. Transferring material to and from the phone to a computer is easy, thanks to a separate wire which comes with it.
The phone display can be customised with a variety of themes - there aren't too many to choose from. It came defaulted to a James Bond theme which I swiftly deleted. Ryan had tried to tell me he was giving me James Bond's phone. I had smiled and nodded and considered Ryan had been drinking too much dry Martini.
Now we come to my gripes. When the phone is not locked, it is too easy for the internet button to be pressed. Before you know it you've been surfing the web for 2 hours. I'm not John Paul Getty - that sort of thing could bankrupt me. As for the internet option, browsing is as slow as a week in the jail. It's very Acorn Electron when trying to badmouth people on Facebook or outbid someone for a Westlife calendar on E-bay.
Also, 2 months after I received this phone, it began to act up and stopped switching on. It had to be sent away to the manufacturer and staff at the store claimed it was a software fault. When I got the phone back it worked for about 6 months and the same thing happened. My faith in this phone was gone. Staff at the store explained on this occasion it was not a software fault, rather the software was ready to be upgraded. They helpfully explained this can be done via the Sony website. I followed the instructions and was able to download software into the phone by plugging it into my laptop and it worked straight away. I believe 'upgraded' is salesman speak for 'error'. If it happens again, this phone is history. Numbers lost twice, messages evaporated. A mobile phone needs to be reliable. So much for it being the phone James Bond uses. The defence of the realm thrown into jeopardy due to a 'software error'.
Summary: Attractive phone with possible software issues
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