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I bought this phone when it first came out about 18 months ago now. It has done me proud ever since.
*It has a great 5mp integrated camera which is very handy as i don't like to carry a full sized camera with me wherever i go. It is great quality and I'm very pleased with it. Only downside is that it doesnt have an optical zoom, but this is normal with mobile phone cameras.
*The screen is very vibrant and high resolution.
*It has a very handy (and very bright) light that can be turned on on the rear of the phone which works as a very good torch.
*The battery lasts around 6 days which is very handy. It also charges fully in under an hour.
Only downside i would give this phone is that I have heard that the screen does break rather easily. I've personally not had a problem.
A few months ago I was in search of a new mobile phone after my Sony Ericsson K800i gave up after two years of strong service. I was interested in getting another Sony Ericsson as I find them to be very easy to use and also very good phones. My search led me to a choice between a few phones and after some deliberating I eventually went for the Sony Ericsson C903 which I found at a superb price of £64.99 for a Refurbished handset which was an unwanted return. Originally on 3 I bought the Phone unlocked and I am using the Orange sim card from my old K800i. So did I make a good decision with the C903 or should I ditch and think again?.
I was very impressed with the look of this phone, I don't usually like flip phones but the design of the c903 was perfect for me. It is quite a bulky flip model compared to most similar phones but that doesn't hinder it in any way. The Phone is well laid out and is easy to use thanks to the clear marking of all the important buttons. You can buy the phone in different colours, You can choose from Lacquer Black, Techno White, Glamour Red, Metal Pink or Warm Silver. I bought the Black model which features silver dial buttons. This phone is available on both pay as you go and contract. Although not as sturdy and smart looking as it's more expensive sibling the C905 it is still a solid well designed model. You can find a new c903 for around £100 from most phone stores that sell several networks.
Sony Ericsson are well known for their Camera Phones thanks to the use of Sony's Cybershot Technology which also appears in their digital cameras. This is a major advantage of this Phone over similarly priced rivals. The C903 has a brilliant 5 megapixel camera which has all the features you will need including an excellent 16x digital zoom. The Camera is easily accessed thanks to a flip of the shutter on the back of the phone. One flip of the shutter will activate the cameras view. One of the most important things for me when I was searching for a new phone was upgrading to a better camera phone than the decent 3.2mp of the K800i and this certainly does that and produces excellent photos especially for a mobile phone.
This Phone is packed with excellent features. Although it does not have Wifi it does have an excellent HSDPA connection which allows fast access to wap and you can also connect it to your pc or laptop via usb and connect to the Internet that way. This is a great feature if your home or mobile broadband isn't working too well or you are waiting a new package. You can also listen to the FM Radio and fit an M2 Memory Card up to 16GB for all your photos and music files. If you have the ITC-60 Cable then you will be able to connect the phone to a TV and view your photos and videos on screen although some networks don't support video playback via this connection. You can also listen to Music through the TV or hook up via your HiFi.
The c903 has a very decent battery life although this obviously will depend on how much you use the phone and also what you are using on the phone. for instance things like Bluetooth, applications and Internet will obviously lower the battery life as will watching videos via the Youtube Application. However for general or normal use this is an excellent phone for battery life and will at a maximum get you Up to 400 h (2G) / Up to 350 h (3G) & Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 4 h (3G). It should take about two and a half hours for a full charge of the battery. This is another part of the phone that passes my test.
Every decent phone nowadays has the ability to connect to the pc via a usb cable. The c903 has an excellent program called a PC Companion which allows you to transfer and manage your files quickly and easily. You can back up your data via this program, ideal if you have important contact information. You can view your phones files via your PC and drag and drop and transfer music and videos. It also offers you updates every so often which will add to your PC Companion. This is where you can connect to the Internet from and this will run off your sim card so make sure you are aware of how many mbs you have left on your contract or pay as you go sim otherwise you will use them up. This will either come in a cd rom or will automatically download when you connect the phone to your pc.
This is a really excellent phone, It's easy to use despite having a very solid wealth of applications and features. The Camera is certainly an excellent addition to the overall package and all in all this is a fine Mobile Phone which is available for a very reasonable price compared to more expensive phones which don't offer as much in the way of features and overall quality as this c903 does. This phone has been available since June of 2009 and is certainly a very popular phone. So in summary, this phone offers a lot in a neat package which will appeal to Sony Ericsson veterans as well as newcomers. This really is an excellent phone and I certainly don't regret my choice. If you feel you must have wifi then the c903s sibling the c905 is the way to go.
The first time i saw this phone, i was attracted by its appearance and its fascinating red color. Its design is a flip-and-open phone and at the back, there is also a secret lid, if you flip it down, it will change into a camera. You will see the camera lens of the phone and phone's mode changes automatically to camera mode in order for you to take pictures.
Although the features and graphics may not be as good as smart phones, it has all you need to use it as a phone, a camera (5 Mega pixel), a music player, a recorder, a GPS, radio, map, an alarm clock etc. The bluetooth feature also allows you and your friends to send music, videos, games to each other. It has internet access and it's directly linked to facebook.
I have been using it for over a year and a half, the battery is still very long lasting. After it is fully charged up, it can last for 2 weeks with ordinary daily use. One time i dropped it in the snow overnight and the temperature was minus 5 degree Celsius, i tried to look for it in the day after and asked a friend to dial my number. Eventually, i heard my ring tone from a lump of snow, so i dig it out with my hands, and most importantly the phone still works perfectly, God Bless!
Maybe next time i should try to put it in the oven and see what will happen :p
More or less, it is a worth buying phone and i love it!
I got rid of this phone a week ago after finally sorting out the contract with my HTC Hero.
The phone is a good and cheap however its lack of features really do let it down as a 'smart phone' as it is called by some people. It lacks WiFi which is the first real disappointment this is made up however by its '5 mega-pixel camera with an LED flash' to summarise this in English, the photos are great and they are well lit. The photos have a very warm effective and the camera options give you slight amounts of change to some of the key settings.
Back to its lack of features, 3G is very hard to attain as you travel around I have only ever got 3G once with this phone compared to the HTC's on the same network.
The phone feels solid and does not have a tacky feel to it that other Sony Ericssons have been famed for in the past.
If I was to make one recommendation as to the ownership of this phone it would be for people that do not require mobile internet or any other fancy features, maybe a teenager or older person as it will still allow you to take great photo's. The buttons are quite big and are able to be pressed by older people who may have difficulty for whatever reason.
Navigation through the menu's is fast as it runs sony's own operating system and not android (although it would not support android)
I got this phone as a gift, it costed £300 (without contract, unlocked) in August 2009. I wanted a stylish phone with GPS and a good camera for photos and videos; this phone is pretty good in this aspect.
Mine is glamour red and it has a glossy sleek design which I am very pleased with. The 5MP camera is good quality and is supported by many features: BestPic takes 9 photos in 1 sec so you can pick the best one afterwards, geotaggging function is awesome for travel enthusiast like me (flickr supports geotagging), the automatic photofix optimises the white balance and exposure of the image after it's taken... and the general stabiliser of course. More than adequate for facebook.
It's also a good phone for outdoor activities. You can count the step you walked with the Walkmate function and hence calculate the calories you burnt with ease. The GPS is helpful whether I am driving or hiking.With MegaBass and a good earphones (I use Shure) it's an excellent music player, great if you like to jog with music on. It also has a function called TrackID, which you record a fragment of a song and it will search its database and find what song it is for you! I often come across nice songs when I'm out shopping so this is a very handy function! Good database too, it can even recognise old '70s songs!
I'm not very tech savy so I'm quite pleased with this phone. Good LCD display for videos, user interface is friendly like other SE phones, good connection most of the time. One thing to be fuzzy about is the keypad - doesn't feel very good and you could get muscle fatigue from texting too much.
In January this year, I had to rather unexpectedly replace my mobile phone after the speaker died on my old Samsung. I only wanted a phone, not an all-singing all-dancing mini computer, so after much deliberation in the O2 shop, I chose the Sony Ericsson C903. My reasons for choosing were that I had heard nothing but good things about the brand from someone who has sworn by them for years, it has a 5MP camera, and I liked the style.
The C903 is a slider phone, which is not to everyone's preference, but I do like them. I like that the keypad is hidden away and protected while the phone is rattling around in my handbag. It is a slightly chunky phone, about 1.5cm deep, which at first I wasn't too keen on as my Samsung had been very slim. However, I soon got used to the size and heavier weight, and now I like it as it feels secure and solid.
Having never used a Sony Ericsson phone before, the menu and functions were all new to me. I found however that it was very accessible, and it didn't take long to figure everything out, with the occasional help of the user manual. The menu is a picture layout, with icons for messages, contacts, internet, and all the other sections available. As you highlight an option in the menu with the arrows keys, the name pops up at the top of the screen so you can check you've chosen the right picture!
The keypad itself is, in my opinion, really good. On the upper section of the slider there are a number of buttons including arrow keys for moving around menus, call and end call (which is also the end call button) and some shortcut buttons. I worked out the use of most of these simply from general use of the phone, they are fairly self explanatory and similar to the buttons I had on my Samsung - so I would expect they are similar to other brands too. The main keypad is on the lower section of the slider, so is hidden when the phone is closed. The buttons are what I think you might call "soft touch" - that is, the keypad is almost flat and the keys are not buttons in the traditional sense. One thing I really like about this keypad in comparison to the one on my Samsung is that there is a gentle click when you press a key, so you know you have pressed it properly. This was not the case on the Samsung, and led to lots of typing errors in texts when I was a few letters along before realising I hadn't pressed a button fully and so had misspelt something.
As a result of the keypad, I find texting very easy. You can use predictive text, which I do, and if the phone does not recognise the word you are typing, you can spell it and save it to the dictionary. The phone also remembers the words you use most often and will bring them up as the first option in the predictive text.
Now, this is a phone so you'll need to know about the actual phone function of it. Making calls is very easy - you can dial the number, choose it from your contacts or choose from recently dialled/received calls by pressing the call button. If you start to dial a number the phone brings up a list of the numbers in your contacts which it corresponds to. I find that call quality is very good on the C903, and have had no problems with quality or volume. I have had phones which have a low top volume which can be a nuisance if you're outside, but the C903 has a wide volume range so I can adjust it as suits where I am. The volume key is located on the side of the phone, exactly where my fingers are as I hold it to my ear, so I can very easily alter the volume without interrupting my conversation.
In addition to the traditional phone function, the C903 does of course offer other functions. As I mentioned, one reason I chose it was for the 5MP camera (the best available on the contract level that I wanted). I'm really pleased with the camera on the whole, which also works as a video camera, but I do have some issues with quality when using the zoom. It tends to go very fuzzy, but I think I'm starting to figure that out - I need to change the type of photo from auto to landscape or other options. Similarly, I found when taking landscape photos on auto it was out of focus, but this is remedied by changing to landscape in the camera menu. The camera is really easy to use, and you don't have to open the phone - just open the lens cover on the back of the phone. The controls are really easy to use, and very responsive. The phone does not have much built in memory so a memory card is advisable if you're going to use the camera a lot.
I try not to use the internet too much on my phone as I don't have a contract which includes data so it costs me extra, but it is handy to have it if I need to look something up. It's easy to use but not as good as the internet browsers that I've used on smartphones, particularly if you need to type in information. The screen is a reasonable size to allow you to view websites.
The phone does not come with any games on it (at least not with O2), although it looks like it does - the games menu has a list of five games, but I think they're just there as suggestions as you still have to pay to download them.
There are also the other little applications you would expect - calculator, alarms, calendar, task list, notes, etc. These are all easy to use and handy to have, even if you don't use them regularly - for example I don't use the notes option very much but it's useful if I don't have a pen and I read about a book in the newspaper that I want to read. I will however comment on the alarms - I use these every morning, and I set three. I'm rubbish at getting up. What I like is that you can set the alarm (there are five available) to go off at the appropriate time every day, or every weekday as I do. This is something that my Samsung didn't have, only one alarm on it had the option of setting as recurrence and I had to fully set the others every night, including choosing the alarm tone. On the negative side, on the rare occasion I need to set an alarm for the weekend, I need to remember to change the days from Mon-Fri to include Sat/Sun. I recently slept in on a Saturday when I had a flat viewing arranged because having confidently thought I had set my alarm for 8am, I hadn't changed the days to include Saturday.
In terms of durability, the C903 is surviving as well as any other phone. I've dropped it a few times, and there's a scratch on the screen. I recently fell on it when I tripped over the kerb, and it emerged intact and with only a very slight scratch on the back to show what had happened.
I'm really happy I chose the C903, and I think I may now be a Sony Ericsson convert. Easy to use, good menu layout, good functions and a user friendly keypad make this the ideal phone for me, and for anyone else who wants a phone to be a phone (with a few extra functions).
Incidentally, my C903 is black, not red as pictured here.
I love this phone, me and my partner have the black one and I must say its one the best phones I have had. The 5 mega pixel camera is excellent, i prefer to use the camera on this phone than my 10 megal pixel camera. Once you have taken a picture you have the option to upload it straight to facebook if you wish and the same with videos, you can upload them to youtube It has a favorites menu for quick access to facebook, twitter etc and can have updates when on standby. The only bad point to this phone i can think of is i have found is that the software needs updating regular otherwise the phone does not work. I have had the phone 8 months and have had to update the phone software twice so nothing major. Updates can be downloaded from the sony ericsson website free of charge and take about 20 to install and be using your phone again. Overall though a very good phone, easy to use and reliable.
I got this phone on an upgrade on my contract, having previously had the C902 i thought this would be a good phone to upgrade to.
The phone itself is very easy to use and looks quite good, and the features on it are also pretty good. The camera is 5 mega pixel and is really good quality, and there are lots of effects you can add to photo's to make them more fun.
The menu is set out in a simple to use way and it is really easy to navigate your way around. There are plenty of applications on the phone although some you seem to have to pay for. The battery seems to last really well - even though i spend half my time on facebook on it - and can usually get a couple of days out of the battery which is great.
The only downside with this phone that i have found is the memory and i would say a memory card is essential with this but other than that it is a really good phone which i would recommend to anyone.
** INTRODUCTION **
For almost 5 years now I have had a Sony Ericsson mobile phone and two months ago I was due for an upgrade from my phone company and decided I would try something different this time and headed for a Samsung branded phone. I was torn between this new Sony Ericsson and the Samsung. I went for the Samsung and... then decided to give that to my mum and headed for the Sony Ericsson.
I guess I am in sync with how their phones work now and as all the settings are the same I can work it with my eyes closed! But, nonetheless it was still a new phone and therefore needs its own review. After using it for a couple of months I have got to know it pretty well and think it is about time I gave my opinion on it.
** LOOK AND DESIGN **
Compared to the design before the C903 (the C902) this phone looks slightly on the chunkier side. Being a slide phone it is a bit thicker but still manages to keep its sexy and stylish edge and at only 96g in weight it somehow manages to stay lightweight too! The size is 3.8 x 1.9 x 0.6 inches which really does make the phone quite compact and makes the phone small enough to fit in your pocket without being noticed. My model is a very clean and crisp black and silver. But the phone is available in glamour red and techno white for the slightly more adventurous!
The top layer has a large screen with the main button for answering and cancelling calls as well as scrolling. Once you slide this up the bottom layer is a crisp silver plate that has the keypad on. I have noticed with that with a lot of Sony Ericsson phones, including this one is that to make space for the large screens the buttons are always slightly squashed. The buttons have little grooves on so you don't always press the wrong button but nonetheless small fingers may be needed for this one!
The phone from the front looks just like a simple but fashionable phone. No mini computers or all in one housekeeper. Just a nice phone. But the creative people at Sony Ericsson had to make the phone unique in some way and in my opinion that is when you look at the back of the phone. Sold on the basis that this phone has an amazing picture capture quality, looking at the phone from the back, it could easily pass itself off as a brand new up-to-the-minute digital camera. It really does look that convincing. Anyway, more on that later.
** BASICS **
At the end of the day, no matter what you look for in a phone the basics have to work well. The Sony Ericsson C903 works great as a phone. I find that the clarity of the sound is not as good as I would expect which is a shame. But I do find that this phone is great at picking up a good signal. Compared to the Samsung model I tested out, the Sony Ericsson C903 gave me at least 1 bar more on my signal strength in places where my signal is usually really bad.
Although the buttons are small, the texting is easy and exactly as you would expect. The ringtones are not too bad actually. Quite bearable but with this phone I still prefer to put it on silent. The vibrating alert is fantastic. Because the small is small but stocky it gives an excellent strong vibrate that you don't miss. I hate phones with a soft vibrate because I have my phone on silent at work so this is perfect for me! The battery life seems to have improved slightly on this Sony Ericsson. With up to 400 hours on standby I think this is pretty good. However, it disappoints slightly with the 10 hour talk time battery life. In my opinion, although the battery life has improved it still leaves a bit to be desired! Plus I find it doesn't give you enough warning when the battery actually dies. I am used to an hour of beeps and warnings before the phone actually dies. But this gives you 2 warnings and ready or not its lights out!
I also have to add that this is the first phone I have had that doesn't come with a USB adapter. So you can't connect it to your computer. Luckily for me I have 3 or 4 hanging around the place because I like to put my favourite pictures on my laptop etc but if means if you are used to sharing data with your laptop then unless you have Bluetooth capability on your computer you will have to buy one. They are only a few pounds from Amazon or EBay but it's still an inconvenience.
Overall a good phone for the basics, calling and texting is nothing special but at the same time it doesn't have any major defects either. It works exactly how I would expect it too and I would anticipate nothing less from a modern phone.
** MAIN FEATURE AND SELLING POINT **
Most phones these days have a main selling point because there is just so much competition. What makes this phone stand out is the camera. As I said before, looking at the back of the phone it really does resemble a camera. The lens is hidden behind a slide. You simply flip the phone horizontally to get he best image, slide the back down and abracadabra a 5 megapixel camera. The 'C' in C903 stands for cyber-shot technology. This is basically the main factors that any good digital camera has. Just the fact it is actually a phone is what makes it special. The 5 megapixel bit is also pretty superior, it basically means that 5 million tiny dots make up one picture, therefore your picture is amazing clear and precise.
So not only does this phone take clear cut pictures, it also has face detection which can find 3 people in the frame at the same time but it also has something called 'smile shutter'. The camera on the phone somehow picks up when people smile and automatically clicks at the right time. Say cheese and the camera does the work for you! It also has a function which lets you take 9 pictures in a run and then you can choose the best one. Great if you are trying to get the perfect angle or trying to get a miserable person to smile, or even when the wind is blowing your hair around! It also has auto focus, digital zoom, video recording, image stabiliser, and photo flash. It definitely has everything a camera could possible need!
Something I haven't used as it sounds slightly too complicated for me, but it does sound like a great way of showing your pictures. The phone has a TV-out function that means you can connect it to your TV and view your images on the big screen. However, the wire isn't included and I wouldn't have a clue how it works! But still worth a mention.
I also find it so easy to use because once the camera is on and being used all the functions you need are on the edge of the phone, right where they are on a normal camera. I think this is what gives it the genuine camera feel, because of where the buttons are placed. Once you slide the lens shut, your camera turns back into the phone you know and love!
** OTHER GREAT FEATURES **
This phone has internet capabilities and can automatically update Facebook on your screen even without you being in the application itself. It has a small box on the screen which floats past every time you get an update. It doesn't disturb you but for Facebook fanatics you will like this!
The phone also comes with an application called Walk-Mate. It works as a step counter / pedometer. If you keep it in your pocket while you walk the shaking motion (as with most pedometers) count the steps. It does work, but I am sure it isn't entirely accurate. But I don't find pedometers to be entirely accurate in general to be honest! But a great application if you are trying to get fit or walk more.
One of the best features on this phone is its built in GPS (Satellite navigation system). You never have to worry about getting lost again and it is great if you are trying to find your way around somewhere new. It also has inbuilt Google maps and Route-finder which lets you track and save routes for future use. It is a great bit of technology and it really does make you feel slightly safer when going out and about.
Before I forget, one extremely useful thing on this phone is its ability to show you a 'conversation'. You can scroll through all the text between you and someone else as it is in speech boxes all on one page. It is great for remembering what you were talking about or to go back and check over what was said. It also means replying to texts are a lot quicker. I wondered how my boyfriend text me back so quickly and now I know! It is almost identical to instant messaging, that quick and that easy.
** TROUBLE SPOTS **
I have only found one or two main trouble spots with the C903. The first is that the shutter button you use to take the picture can be a bit unresponsive and can sometimes take several attempts before it actually takes the picture; I just have to remember to press it quite hard!
The phone doesn't come with a memory stick which can be another expense. However, to be honest I really don't think it is necessary. Most people have IPods etc to keep music on and other gadgets for pictures etc. If you prefer your phone to be an all in one media storage container then you will need to buy (a rather expensive) memory card.
** PRICE **
As I previously said I had this phone free as an upgrade from the phone network 3. You can get the handset for free from 3, T mobile and 02 as long as you get a contract. On pay as you go the cheapest price I have found is £160. Pretty expensive considering it isn't as busy as the Iphone for example. But it is a good phone with some good features and is still pretty new. It will definitely go down in price and I am sure if you shop around you can get a decent deal.
** CONCLUSION & RECOMMENDATION **
I am genuinely happy with this phone. I do feel like it lacks an extra spark that some new phones have. But it isn't a phone for showing off. It works well and if you are a picture taker then this is definitely for you. It look good, although not amazing and most of the applications come as standard in a lot of other phones or can be downloaded as application.
If you don't particularly use the camera on your phone then I would recommend you look for something else.
This really is sold on the camera function and if you don't use that then everything else just isn't worth the money. I don't want to be negative on the phone because it really is simplistic and easy to use, as well as having all the basics such as alarms, calculator, calendar etc. I am a Sony Ericsson fan so I could use this almost instantly without having to break myself into the new buttons and settings. It is an easy to use phone and recommended to anyone who wants something not too flashy but enough to keep up to date with the latest technology.
I am still a Sony Ericsson fan although they do need to step up their game in some way!
Thank you for reading!
The past three mobiles I have owned have all been Sony Ericssons. Firstly this is because they simply 'look' better than a lot of the other handsets out, and secondly they are the easiets phone to use!
I decided to upgrade to the C903, as my old handset was 3 years old, and had picked up a slight habit of turning itself off. This I think was a result of damage.
Although a slide ericsson was not my first choice I have been pleasantly surprised at how easy slide phones are to use (having neve owned one before). The C903 has all the features of the previous models, along with the same functionality.
The cybershot function is great as always. The photos have great resolution, and there are plenty effects to keep most people occupied. I no longer take a camera out with me, as this phone captures everything that I have needed.
The only small qualms I have with the phone is that the in built memory is full after abour 40 photos and a few songs. To fully aprieciate this phone you will need to buy a new Sony E memory card. I was also a little put off that the 'torch' function no longer exists on these phones. I seemed to use this function a lot (fumbling for keys after a night out etc...), and I was actually a little sad to see it wasnt carried through to the newer models.
If you are new to Sony Ericssons the format of the phones are so easy to learn, writing messages is very simple, as are the navigation keys. so simple in fact i have problems writing a message on nokias now!
I love this phone, and have had for around 6 months now and have not had any problems with battery life, screen resolution etc...
All my phones that I'd had before had been Sony Ericssons so I was fairly confident when I decided to order this phone as my newest upgrade. And to tell you the truth, I haven't been that disappointed.
One of its best features is the 5.0mp camera it comes with, brilliant for just capturing some photos of you and your friends/families on day out. It's easy to use and a simple button at the side of the phone allows you to freely switch from camera to video.
The battery on the phone lasts quite a long time as well, I think I probably only have to charge it twice a week, which in my opinion isn't too often.
It looks very stylish and is slim enough to slot into your pockets with ease, and no calling people or texting people when it's in your pocket as the keys are hidden. You simply slide up the front of the phone to reveal a swish button pad, soft to touch unlike other models I'd had before.
A final great thing, personally, about this phone is that it doesn't seem to be as flimsy as it looks. I've dropped plenty of phones before and ended up with cracked screens and scratches, but with no covers or socks for this phone, I've had it about 12 months and not a single scratch on it despite being dropped a fair few times.
Overall, a nice looking phone that is durable and suitable for work and play.
Having read a review on this site a couple of months ago on this mobile I have to admit I was bought straightaway. I knew I was having money for christmas and had already decided to buy a new phone and thanks to this review I went and bought this one.
I was initially looking for a phone for a decent camera. I am constantly taking photos of me and my friends and especially my 2 year old twin boys but it's not always practical for me to take my digicam out with me. I already owned a samsung g600 which was stylish enough for me as well as being pink, it also had a 5 mp camera, but it was blurry, took ages to take a shot, the flash distorted the colouring of my pictures and in all honesty I thought it was rubbish, it used to be great when my twins were first born and didn't move lol!
After reading the dooyoo review I decided to look up this phone online, noticing first off that it comes in a few colours including black, red and also white with a purple button section. Very stylish, modern colours that could suit both men and women as well as both the older and younger generation.
The phone is a slide up phone with buttons that are flat rather than buttons which are lifted slightly. The screen is large and impressively clear and the phone itself also boasts a 5mp camera. So I suppose you could ask why I was going for another phone with a 5mp camera if I already had one that I thought was rubbish. Well thanks to the screen on the C903 that is long, wide and large enough to produce clear and precise pictures, just as good as a digicam in some cases I was smitten. Not only this but the camera includes a flash which works on auto, meaning it only flashes when it needs to such as in dim light or in the dark. It also takes a quick few seconds to actually take a photo rather than the minute or so I was waiting with my previous phone. Which as we all probably know those few seconds are precious when trying to capture photo memories.
I was a little sceptical about the fact that it's a slide up phone having had experiences with slide phones that seem to freeze constantly or switch off when sliding, but touch wood, so far I have had no problems and I am quite heavy handed.
The buttons are not only flat but they are fairly large to so if you are a texter or if you have chubby fingers, like myself you will have no problems in texting whether you are fast or slow.
The main feature of this phone is the camera and you can access it within seconds without even unlocking your keypad and sliding it open. Instead the casing at the back slides down with a gentle glide and you have access to all the buttons you need to capture your perfect photo within moments along top of the phone so it acts like a proper digital camera, being able to see the picture on the screen in front of you and press the button when ready at the top and even zoom in or zoom out to with the arrow buttons along the top. Pictures are stored in your media files and when playing about with your phone you can even have a little play with your pictures by going onto Photo DJ, meaning you can mess about with your photos and make them funny, sweet entirely up to you and what the photo dj offers. My mum used my phone to mess about with my pictures and had one pictures of one of my boys going fat and thin, it looked absolutely hilarious, so just something you can do when boredom kicks in if you like!
When buying the phone you will be given the phone, a charger and the network booklet. I havn't had a new phone in a while and things obviously change in time because there was no intructions booklet to show you how to use the phone and no usb lead even though you get given these with other models. Knowing I use the computer alot and I am snappy happy I was looking forward to transferring my photos from my phone to my pc with the usb provided - apparently though they dont supply the leads anymore luckily though the style of lead that goes into any sony erricsson phones hasn't changed in roughly 3 years or more and I had one stashed in my room from a phone I owned moons ago, lucky for me but it is something to bear in mind if you are preparing to transfer photos from your phone to a computer. I was told you can actually buy a lead cheap enough from ebay, or in one of those shops that are dotted here and there in your town centres who sell mobile phone accessories and secondhand phones. You are lucky enough to be given headphones though and there is a music player on the phone for you to listen to the tracks you put on there.
This phone, compared to my old samsung was actually quite chunky in size, compact and small but a thick set phone, if you know what I mean? Despite it being quite a chunky phone it wasn't all that weighty and I found it pretty discreet if sitting in my pocket which was a plus.
The battery lasted a good while to, but then I always charge my phone in a night time knowing it will have full battery the next day. Unless I am facebooking on my phone (which is what I'm always doing) or playing on games the battery can last for a week at least before it even turns red warning me it's low, however if I am playing the games and using the internet it lowers pretty quickly. So if you are going to use the phone quite alot be prepared for the battery to go quickly and you needing to charge it alot.
Thinking of music and tracks, you are not actually given a memory card with this phone either so be prepared to spend MORE money to buy one. Bearing in mind if buying this pay as you go you will be paying £130 or more. Once it has a memory card it can store plenty of photos and full songs also.
The phone offers alot of features but none, apart from the photo dj, that I really play with so can't comment but there is alot of information about this phone online if you were interested to know more. The main menu can be accessed with one click of a button making it quick and convenient to use as well as looking good and providing you with all your basic needs to.
There is just one downfall for me with this phone in my opinion and that's the fact that you pay so much for it and you don't even get given the basic leads or memory card, it's a rip off that you have to buy these on top if you don't have them already considering the price of the phone in the first place. Apart from this it's an excellent phone and I'd reccomend it to absolutely anybody!
This is my first review and I thought I would start with my phone since I can speak with authority about it. I have always been a Nokia fan due to the sturdiness of its phones but I was getting a great package (unlimited internet, skype, and texts for 18 pounds per month with 3) and the phone looked quite good too so I gave in (after a fond farewell) and joined the Ericsson family. I have the black and silver model which is quite good looking with its glossy look and sleek exterior. The camera is AMAZING, 5 megapixel and actually way better than my digital. It is not just the picture quality that makes it so awesome (thought it definitely helps) but also the options and features the camera comes with. There is the 'smile shutter' which captures smiles (excellent for taking baby pictures), 'best picture' which takes a series of pictures when you click allowing you to choose the best one. There are also separate options for photography in the sun, under artificial lights, in snow, sports and plenty others. The zoom function is excellent too.
Moving on from the camera which I have been ranting about for way too long now, it comes with photo DJ and video DJ allowing you to edit pictures and videos. It has a radio, a music player and a host of other features such as Track ID (identifies music playing on the radio or around you), email, pullface (FUN!) and several others which I don't really use like walkmate and location finder. This phone also came with Skype and youtube which were my main reasons for buying it. This might be irrelevant to most of you people out there but I also love the rock bobblehead in it :)
One problem I have had with it is the memory. Even though I have a memory card, the phone memory runs out really quicky due to the amount of web browsing I do on it. This causes HUGE amounts of trouble sending texts which can be very annoying. This may be a one off fault with my phone or it may be a genuine problem with everybody using it. I have, however, found a way around it. All you need to do is go to the phone settings and then go to 'master reset'. This solves the problem but deletes everything so make sure you save your data on the memory card and take it out before you do this.
I got this phone when I changed my contact over to O2. I got the phone free and a great package with it - 600 minutes and unlimited texts for £25 a month. I absolutely love this phone and it is the best Sony Ericcson I have had.
It has so many great features on it and I love all of them. I have the sliver slider phone which is quite smart and stylish. It has a large clear screen which is great for photo's and videos. I chose this phone because the camera is 5 megapixel which is as good as most normal digital cameras. This feature is the best and it has some great options available on it such as 'Smile Shutter'- this tracks the person or peoples faces and once a smile is detected it takes the picture. This is a great feature for me as I have a 4 month old who doesn't tend to smile on demand so it wont take the picture until he does. The other great option is the 'Best Picture' option, this take 10 shots one after the other and then you choose the best one. I love these options and think that this can be better than using my digital camera.
The phone is really easy to use and is quite self explanatory which is great as I have had phones in the past that you have to go through so many options just to find out how to change the ring tone. The menu is really clear and colourful you can even change the colour and layout of this as there are several options.
I have paid the extra to have unlimited internet on this phone which is £7.50 a month as it is a great phone to use online. In the application options there is a link to Facebook that I love, you can login normally to update your status etc but the difference with the one on your applications is that once you are logged in, a small icon is displayed on the main screen which allows you to view your status, view your friends statuses and view any notifications. I love Facebook so to be able to have this displayed is great for me.
I haven't used the GPS properly yet so I cant really comment but I like having this option on my phone as I have thought about purchasing Sat Nav before but wasn't sure I if would get my moneys worth, at least this way I can find out.
The Track ID is a new thing for me and if like me you hear a song while you are out that you really like and want to know what it is and who its by then you will love this as much as me. It can also be something that you can impress your mates with too!! Basically if you hear a song anywhere i.e. on TV, radio, pub, club etc, you turn this on and it records a 10 second clip of this and then retrieves the information such as the artist, song title and album that this is from, you then have the option of purchasing this. I really love this feature as I love music and like to find out the information of a song so I can download it. I have not found a song yet that the Track ID has not been able to find and I have gone through radio channels to find some really old and strange songs and it finds them every time...amazing!!
The last feature I am going to rave about is the Walkmate, this is a pedometer that when the phone is put into your pocket, it tracks how many steps you have taken and counts down how many you still need to do each day. This is great for me as I am trying to be more healthy and have had pedometers in the past but either loose them or forget to take them out with me, at least this way it will always be to hand.
I am struggling to find anything bad about this phone as I love everything about it, the look, features, applications and capability. The only things I can think of is that if you make video calls then this could be difficult as the camera lens is on the back of the phone and you wouldn't really know where to position this so that your face is on full view. Also I think the screen may get scratched quite easily.
I've had this phone for about four months and am pretty happy with it. It's got lots of different functions but I'll just talk about the ones that I use:
Battery - Talk time lasts good enough for me and charges up incredibly quickly
Camera - Takes very good daylight photos but I've found the nighttime photos aren't as good as my previous Sony Ericsson which was only 3.2 megapixels. I find that the flash doesn't come on when it needs to and when it does it shades everything very green or incredibly white. I find the camera accidentally slides open in my bag sometimes.
Memory - you will need to get an extra memory card as it only saves about 50 photos, it also doesn't come with the attachment to upload photos so you will have to buy it separately (which irritated me a bit as I am very lazy!)
Texts - Great feature (new for me at least) in which texts can appear as conversations between you and the person. This looks like an instant messaging screen. Way more storage room for texts than on the old version of this.