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Sony Ericsson C905

 Sony Ericsson C905 Discontinued
17th June 2008

The Sony Ericsson C905 is (as far as we know) the first 8.1 megapixel phone to hit Europe and the general world market, and it promises to bring a new round of the megapixel wars as other manufacturers try to catch up.

The camera is clearly the main selling point with the C905, but Sony Ericsson haven't skimped on other features. The C905 has GPS, WiFi, HSDPA high-speed data, stereo Bluetooth and an FM radio.

The display is a 2.4" 240 x 320 pixel panel, and tucked behind it is a slide-out numeric keypad. There's also a version of the Access Netfront web browser, push email support, instant messaging and of course a multimedia player.

Because it bears the Cyber-shot name, the Sony Ericsson C905 is obviously going to be very capable when it comes to digital imaging. Yes, the 8.1 megapixel sensor is the best in its class, but the C905 also has a bright Xenon flash, autofocus, face detection, red-eye reduction and an image stabilizer. The C905 also features Sony Ericsson multishot "BestPic" functionality and supports photo blogging.

 SE C905 Back The camera integrates with the inbuilt GPS to allow geotagging of photos. For video capture, the C905 again has an image stabilizer plus a video light, and an optional TV out cable (ITC-60) allows video clips to be played back on a standard television. There's no mention of the C905's video capture resolution and frame rate though. On top of that, there's a secondary video calling camera too. There's also a tripod kit (IPK-100) which is something we think may come in very useful.

The C905's GPS can be used with Google Maps or Wayfinder, but it's not clear what sort of satellite navigation options might be available as standard. As the C905 isn't a smartphone, then the GPS functionality might be a little limited.

Internal memory is 160MB, and the C905 comes with a 2GB Memory Stick Micro M2 card in the standard sales package. Talktime on 3G is up to 4 hours, with a maximum of 9 hours on GSM. Standby time is a maximum of 15 days, and the C905 also has a flight mode so that you can turn the cellular radio off completely.

 Sony Ericsson C905 Camera It's certainly a nice phone, but there are a couple of drawbacks. The biggest one is the screen size - at just 2.4" the C905 doesn't compete well with the rival Nokia N95 8GB or upcoming N96. It would be nice to see a touchscreen, particularly when you consider the built-in GPS. The other issue we have is with the camera.. yes, 8.1 megapixels and all of those other clever features are very nice to have, but we would have hoped to see a decent optical zoom - after all, Sharp were offering optical zoom on the Sharp 902 back in 2004.

Coming in at 136 grams, the Sony Ericsson C905 is hardly lightweight and is actually heavier than the Nokia N95 8GB and N96 despite having a much smaller screen. On the other hand, the C905 does have a pretty good battery life, so perhaps that accounts for some of the increase in mass.

Despite some quibbles, the C905 looks to be a very good camera phone. Sony Ericsson say that the C905 will be out sometime during the early fourth quarter of this year in Night Black, Ice Silver and Copper Gold colour schemes.

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Sony Ericsson C905 at a glance


Q4 2008


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 2100 (C905)
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 (C905a) or
No UMTS (C905c - China)




240 x 320 pixels, 262k colours


8.1 megapixels (main)


Medium-large slider
104 x 49 x 18mm / 136 grams



Memory card:

Memory Stick Micro








Yes, aGPS

Battery life:

4 hours talk / 15 days standby (3G)
9 hours talk / 16 days standby (GSM)


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