Sep 24, 2009
It’s been quite some time since I was last wowed by the design of a Sony Ericsson phone. You just can’t help but wondering how Sony Ericsson can keep launching such mediocre designs, until I see the new addition to the Cyber-shot lineup C903. It’s a stunner. It’s a bundle with standard content: the C903 phone, a battery, a charger, a data cable, a stereo handsfree, a CD-ROM and a user’s guide. Like I said in the introduction, C903 is an eye-candy. The lustrous plastic finish is a definitely pleasing (especially the Glamor Red) to the eyes and to the hand as well. The front is dominated by the 2.4” TFT Display which I would love to see bigger. However, I would say it is still a beauty. The number keypad is nicely separated by metal ridges that enhance tactility. Typing on the highly tangible keys with distinct clicks is quick and effortless. The D-pad and the soft keys are also pleasant.
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I like the fact that the call and end call keys are slightly butted out for better orientation. Last but not least, the backlight is beyond cool! On the right side lays the camera control keys, the shutter key and the volume rocker. The connection portal is placed on the left side which can be a little awkward for me, but it’s not a big deal. You will find the Memory Stick Micro slot hidden away under the battery cover. Memory can be expanded up to 16GB. The back is really the highlight here. The lens is covered by a slide which is apparently inspired by the Sony Cybershot T-series. Not only is the protective slide pragmatic, but also fabulous looking. I adore the silver plate with the engraved brand name, a perfect example to blend commercialize and elegance. I even like the layout of the flash, how it stretches horizontally.
A classic Sony Ericsson menu. We have got HSDPA, GPS with Wayfinder, accelerator that allows auto-rotation in C903. However, its biggest competition Nokia 6260 Slide’s WiFi support is missing here. The camera is a 5MP one with loads of commendable features such as BestPic (which allows you to take 9 pics and pick the best), smile shot, face detection, autofocus and geo-taggin, just to name a few. I am lovin’ C905 for it is definitely one of the handsomest devices out there right now. Although there’s no WiFi support nor a super wide screen (it’s not a touchscreen phone anyway!), it still offers you some of the most sought-after features such as GPS, HSDPA connection, a drag and drop media organizer, PicBridge for direct printing. It’s clearly an all-rounder.