Sony Ericsson C903 Review

Inspired by the Sony T-series point-and-shoot digcams, the Sony Ericsson C903 is a compact and attractive cameraphone. The official announcement was made at this year’s Mobile World Congress. No match for the Idou and Hikaru, the C903 simply completes the Cyber-shot lineup with features you’d expect of a high-end phone and it behaves like one as well. A GPS-enabled 5 MP slider with a nice large display, nifty feature-phone interface and friendly size is a welcome addition to the company portfolio. Besides, the Glamour Red version will definitely be a favorite with the ladies.

Key features:
– Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSDPA/ tri-band HSDPA in US version
– 5 MP AF camera with dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, active lens cover
– Built-in GPS with A-GPS support, Wayfinder 7 Navigator software, geotagging
– Dedicated camera mode switch and gallery keys
– Scratch resistant 2.4″ 256K-color TFT display
– Backlit D-pad shortcuts in camera mode
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Bluetooth (with A2DP), USB v2.0
– FM radio with RDS and enhanced TrackID, YouTube client
– Threaded conversations in messaging
– Smart dialing

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sony ericsson c903 back view

The Sony Ericsson C903 measures 97 x 49 x 16 mm and weighs 96 grams and it is made entirely of glossy plastic which looks and feels good. The only downside of this kind of surface is its ability to attract fingerprints. The front panel design features a D-pad and navigation keys that are very comfortable to use and have nice tactility. A 2.4″ QVGA display dominates the front panel. Above it, an ambient light sensor and an earpiece share the topmost section of the front.
Moreover, the manufacturer claims the battery should provide up to 400 hours of standby and up to 10 hours of talk time in a GSM-only network. But, in reality, battery life ranged over two to five days on a single charge, depending mainly on GPS and multimedia usage.
The phonebook has space for 1000 contacts and 7000 numbers. You can choose to view contacts in the phone memory or on SIM, but not both. Either way you can set up the phone to autosave to SIM all contacts that are being saved to the phone memory. You can also back up your contacts list on the memory card and restore it from there.
Additionally, Sony Ericsson C903 runs the flash-based Media Center. Its menu lists the Photo, Music, Video, YouTube, Games, RSS feeds and Settings icons. The settings menu is simple – you may opt for portrait, landscape or auto-rotate modes.

The Music Player to be found in C903 is version 3.0 – a slightly abridged edition of Walkman player 3.0. Across the Media Center menus, you can enjoy screen auto-rotation. The player supports numerous file formats, including the regularly used MP3, WAV, WMA, M4A and E-AAC plus the MegaBass equalizer preset and Stereo widening. The player can naturally be set to run in the background.
However, just like any other mobile phone, the C903 has its disadvantages: the video recording is limited to QVGA resolution at 15fps, the M2 card slot under the battery cover, the camera key has almost no feedback at full press, the glossy surface is a fingerprint nightmare, there’s no cover for the USB port and no office document viewer.

The C903 competition consists of several phones all of them sharing the the major specifications with the C903 – a slider form factor, quad-band GSM and HSDPA support, GPS and A-GPS support, 5 megapixel camera, and a 2.4″ or bigger display.

Sony Ericsson C903 demo Video


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