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Sony Ericsson C903

 Sony Ericsson C903 Discontinued
10th February 2009

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The Sony Ericsson C903 is a Cyber-shot series slider phone with a 5 megapixel camera, 3.5G support and A-GPS.

As with most Cyber-shot branded handsets, the C903 is going to be a pretty good imaging phone, and it is the only slider Cyber-shot phone except for the high-end C905. It stops short of being a Nokia N95-class device because the C903 lacks WiFi connectivity.

As with quite a lot of recent Sony Ericsson phones, the C903 has the appearance of a "parts bin special". There's nothing really new here, just the same old elements of other Sony Ericsson phones remixed. We're not saying that this is a bad phone, it's just not a very innovative one compared to other phones in the Sony Ericsson range.

What you get with the C903 is a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, plus image stabilisation, geotagging, face and smile detection. Of course, the C903 can also capture video clips, but Sony Ericsson have not said what the quality is. The C903 has a TV-out port, so photos and video clips can be shown on a standard television set, although the ITC-60 cable you would need is an additional cost.

 Sony Ericsson C903 back The 2.4" 240 x 320 pixel display is smaller than we would expect for a 5 megapixel phone, but it should be good enough for most users. Multimedia support is the usual array of formats plus stereo Bluetooth and an FM radio. A pair of stereo wired headsets are included in the standard sales package. The C903 can also download video clips from YouTube and supports photo blogging. There's also a web browser, email client, RSS reader and a host of personal information management tools.

 Sony Ericsson C903 in use The C903's GPS comes with a three month trial of Sony Ericsson's Wayfinder Navigator application, plus Google Maps. The small non-touchscreen display means that the C903 is more of a personal navigation tool rather than an in-car satellite navigation system.

If you are in the market for a 5 megapixel plus slider phone, then there are about a dozen different handsets on the market. We suspect that the C903 might be one of the cheapest in this particular wafer-thin market niche.

Underneath it all, this is a quad-band GSM phone with UMTS 900 / 2100 MHz support plus HSDPA. There is a North American version, the C903a, which supports 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz UMTS instead. At 96 grams, the C903 is relatively lightweight for this class of device. Maximum talktime on 3G is quoted as 4 hours with up to 14 days standby time.

Sony Ericsson say that the C903 should be available during Q2 2009 in red, black and white colour schemes.


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Sony Ericsson C903 at a glance


Q2 2009


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100 (C903) or
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 (C903a)




240 x 320 pixelss, 262K colours


5 megapixels


Medium slider
97 x 49 x 16mm / 96 grams



Memory card:

Memory Stick Micro M2









Battery life:

4 hours talk / 14 days standby (3G)


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