Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Sony Ericsson C902
Member Name: Ri0TTs
Sony Ericsson C902
Advantages: Quality Built, Excellent Camera, Good Media Player
Disadvantages: Small Screen, No support for MicroSD
Sony Ericsson C902
The Producer of the Product
The Target Audience
Suitable for anybody who is after a basic phone, with some good features and a decent mobile camera.
Is the product for you?
If you are after a phone which has an excellent Cyber-Shot Camera, is built solidly so which with stand many hits, is capable of video calls, great media player and all the basics of a mobile phone then this is the product for you.
If you are after a more hi-tech phone then I would recommend something like a HTC or an IPhone.
The product in one
Opening the box to this Cyber shot phone you will find that this is a classic styled Sony Ericsson, except at its best compared with other models. The keypad is a traditional one which has good size rectangle keys and great for fast text messaging. Picking it up and holding it in your hand you can just tell you are holding a quality handset, well built, it even feels solid yet at a great weight in the hand or pocket. The housing to the phone is a good combination of plastic and metal, which has a great elegant finish and is probably why it feels solid when holding it in your hand. The screen looks great when turned on, has a high quality look and sense to it and isn't too glary on the eyes. There are touch-sensitive shortcuts added to both sides of the screen. These are used to activate the camera and switch between still and video. They can also change the autofocus mode, flash and other camera settings.
As this is a Cyber-shot phone it is expected to have a top quality camera... and it does. It meets the expectations and more, the camera is hidden by a sliding cover, which when pulled up triggers the camera off. The camera is a whopping 5 megapixel, with auto focus, image stabiliser and flash. The auto focus feature is one that will use face detection software which means that it automatically detects the features of a face in the picture and target it for you so you can find the centre. The image stabiliser feature is one which helps avoid any photo blur when taking pictures in low lit rooms or when outside in the dark. The flash simply lights up any room that you are in so that you will have a better quality of photo. The camera also has another great feature called the BestPic feature. These is where if you choose it, it will take 9 photos in a single second and you can then go through and choose which one you want to keep. The phone is able to detect which way it is being held using an accelerometer, and the phone will automatically rotate your pictures into portrait or landscape mode.
Older Cyber shot phones weren't to good when it come to music and media, but this phone, although been a Cyber shot has excellent music capabilities too. The media player built in to the phone is fully featured and has added support for album art whilst playing your music. Sony's Mega Bass feature ensures that you get rich, quality sounds out of the small speaker on the phone. You can personalise this phone by downloading MP3 ringtones which are MP3 and AAC Supported using the Play Now feature. TrackID can identify a song from a few seconds recording. An FM radio with RDS is also included. You can plug in a stereo headphone, or use an optional Bluetooth stereo headset. The memory is average by modern standards at 160 Mbytes but the phone supports Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards up to 4 GB, which is enough to store 1,000 music tracks. For some reason though, there's no support for microSD cards.
There is support Bluetooth and USB. The USB connection enables the phone to act as a USB mass storage device, so moving music and images between phone and PC is drag-and-drop simplicity itself, plus if you ever have any complications with the phone you can always sort it out through the USB by connecting it to a PC and re-installing the operating system onto the phone. This is a 3G phone, with HSDPA support enabling an "always-on" internet connection with download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps - comparable with a home broadband connection. As well as being 3G, it's a quadband GSM phone, so should be usable anywhere in the world.
Battery life is adequate, but ultraslim phones tend to have shorter battery lives than conventional phones, which isn't surprising. The smaller screen size does help to reduce power consumption, and I don't think that the battery life will be an issue for most users.
How does it compare to other Products?
Compared to other mobile phones and other Cyber shots this is a great phone. Not only does it have a brilliant camera and software to go with it, but it also offers a brilliant music and media system on the phone. It is solid built and looks fantastic been a mix between metal and plastic.
Does the Product Achieve its Purpose?
This phone achieves its purpose in providing a fully featured phone, which is well built, has a great camera and support for media
Breaking it down
* 3G video calling
* 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus, 16x digital zoom and lens cover
* Video camera
* Display: TFT, 262,144-colour, 240 x 320 pixels
* Media player
* FM radio with RDS
* MP3/AAC ringtones
* Voice recorder
* Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
* 3D Java games
* Animated wallpaper
* Web browser, RSS feeds, blogging
* HSDPA (3.6 Mbps)
* Personal organiser functions
* Flight mode
* Vibration alert
* Memory: 160 Mbytes plus support for Memory Stick MicroTM (M2TM) (up to 4 GB)
* Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, modem
* Quadband (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) plus 3G (UMTS 2100)
* Size: 108 x 49 x 10.5 mm
* Weight: 107g
How to Improve
To improve this phone I would probably make the screen larger and add support for microSD cards instead of M2 cards.
Product Rating 4/5
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Summary: Strong, fully featured, quality built mobile phone with a great camera.
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