AT&T launches 8.1 megapixel Sony Ericsson C905a Cyber-shot camera phone
Sony Ericsson and AT&T announced the availability of the C905a Cyber-shot for AT&T’s customers.
The phone, which is armed with a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT display with scratch-resistant mineral glass cover, is the first Sony Ericsson feature phone to feature Wi-Fi support – and there’s even more. The Wi-Fi feature supports DLNA, which is basically a wireless media sharing protocol that runs on top of Wi-Fi (Nokia N96 has it too by the way).
Measuring 104mm x 49mm x 18mm, the phone weighs in at an arguably hefty 136 grams (4.8 oz), and is compatible with GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and UMTS 2100/HSDPA networks.
Moreover, the phone comes with a slide-out keypad with standard T9 input that is common on most other Sony Ericsson phones. The phone features a crisp 262k color display, which doubles up as your camera preview window. The Sony Ericsson C905 also comes with a shortcut button that lets you see new phone events (text messages, call alerts), switch between multiple running applications (yes – there is multitasking support), a list of quick shortcuts for the most commonly used applications, WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity and so on, and finally for web access.
Furthermore, the camera seems to borrow every interesting feature from their lineup of leading digital cameras. Like the rest of the Cyber-shots with a camera lid, sliding open the cover activates the shooter. A conscious effort is required to push the lid away from the catch, but the advantage is that it prevents the cover from accidentally opening when the phone is in a bag or pocket. The lid slides down effortlessly and at the same time pushes the lower section inward, so there are no awkward protrusions. The phone has been configured for AT&T’s 3G network and once the lens open, it is a full featured camera with zoom, capture and selector switches and some in camera features like Face detection, red eye reduction, built-in image stabilizer, geo-tagging, Best Pic (which takes nine shots one after another with the press of a button and saves only the best one) etc. The Xenon Flash is as good as a decent digcam to light the dark background.
In addition to the built-in camera, the C905 features a bright QVGA resolution display and a Sony Memory STick Micro (M2) card slot for expanded storage (16GB maximum). Like most AT&T phones, the C905 supports a wide variety of AT&T applications, including the AT&T Navigator turn-by-turn navigation system. AT&T Mobile Banking, Mobile Email, and the MobiTV service are also available on the phone.
However, this phone has its bads too. Although the buttons are generously sized, they are unfortunately also the C905’s biggest problem. The buttons are too stiff and have uneven tactility. The top row of the numeric keypad is also too close to the lower edge of the slider, which inevitably leads to thumbs hitting the edge when typing fast.
The Sony Ericsson C905a Cyber-shot is available since yesterday from AT&T for US$179.99, after rebates, when purchased with a new two-year agreement. The phone is a little bit expensive, but it is a worthwhile investment.
Sony Ericsson C905 Demo Video and Video Review