Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
Newest Review: ... on this phone has autofocus with face detection, image stabiliser, red-eye reduction and it also contains Smart Contrast, which automati... more
Swings and Roundabouts
Sony Ericsson C905
Member Name: ady85
Sony Ericsson C905
Advantages: Fantastic camera, nice size and weight
Disadvantages: Poor build quility - especially number pad
I first owned this phone several years ago upon it's initial release and loved it from the moment I received it....until it broke!....
My first impressions were that it's a nice size, 104 X49 X 18 mm to be exact - which is a nice size for a mobile -not too big that it won't fit into your pocket and not so small that you'll misplace it everytime you lay it down somewhere. It doesn't weigh too much neither - weighing in at 136g it's not a pain to carry around with you.
The look is stylish, with a sleek black and silver colour scheme being the most popular version and the screen being a nice and visible 2.4 inches with a smooth 240 X 320 pixel display.
On the front are numerous button which act for various different features (don't miss the two little buttons either side of the ear-piece!) - all of which glow with a mellow white/purple backlight. All the buttons (on the closed mode) function perfectly well and are a nice size to use, although you do sometimes find yourself using your nail to press them as opposed to your finger to avoid 'multi-button-tapping!'
Upon opening the phone with its slide-up front you are presented with the number keys and a few problems to boot.
These buttons are very poorly produced and I know that this is a common problem with this phone as this is the reason why I had to send my original phone back and also why my current second C905 frustrates me!
None of the number buttons work on a completely solo basis and the entire number pad is covered with one singleactivation area, which in turn causes problems if one area becomes weak, this affects the surrounding numbers also, so in time you are likely to have to push very sensitively or very hard on certain numbers to make them work, which becomes extremely frustrating when texting - especially if you are a speed-texter.
Turn the phone on it's sides and on the left you have the power supply area (which I will mention is very quick to charge in full) and also the memory card slot. (Memory Stick Micro)
On the flip-side is the camera controls (which works in turn with the slide cover on the back to reveal the camera lens and flash). These buttons and designed to make this feel like a normal camera as opposed to a mobile - and the buttons are positioned perfectly for this, allowing the user to take fantastic pictures with the outstanding 8.1 megapixel camera with a xenon flash and 16X digital zoon along with plenty of camera features including face detection and various shooting modes to satisfy the keen camera user.
Although when you view your images you may not feel overwhelmed with delight, when you upload these to a computer you will be suprised at the great quility that this camera produces pictures at.
The camera on this phone is without a doubt the stand-out feature and most likely the key selling point and with good reason - although it is let down by the video recording mode - only allowing 23 seconds of recording time at once and a quite poor quility in return.
In terms of using this as a phone, the sound is clear and loud enough for almost anyone and the speakerphone is reasonable.
The menus are reasonably easy to find your way through and there a the standard features you expect such as 'notes', calculator etc etc...
All in all this is a very good phone - but it could have been so much better if a little more time was spent producing better components for the general build.
I think Sony relied on the camera to sell this product and that probably worked - but I have heard way too many sob stories about how this phone lets people down so I hope Sony learn from this in the future.
I would suggest people buy this phone but I would also suggest you to not expect it to last year after year as it seems this phone WILL let you down at some point.
Here are some key product points:
8.1 megapixel camera with xenon flash, face detection autofocus, smart contrast, image stabiliser, red-eye reduction and 16x digital zoom
Video camera (30 frames / second) with video stabiliser, video light and video calling
Display: TFT, 262,144-colour, 240 x 320 pixels (2.4 inches)
FM radio with RDS
Assisted GPS with Google Maps
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
3D Java games
Personal organiser functions
Memory: 160 Mbytes plus support for Memory Stick MicroTM (M2TM) (up to 8GB)
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, WiFi, DLNA support, modem
Internet: Web browser, RSS feeds, blogging, HSDPA (3.6 Mbps)
Quadband (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) plus 3G (UMTS 2100) HSDPA
Size: 104 x 49 x 18 mm
Talktime: 4 hours (3G) - 9 hours (2G)
Battery standby: 360 - 380 hours
Hope this review has helped you all.
Summary: Could have been fantastic
|Ease of use:|
|Variety of features:|