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Sony Ericsson C905 review

9/10 AVG.
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9/10
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The Sony Ericsson C905 currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.4"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Well, there's a beast of a Cyber-shot at large, so you'd better watch out. Sony Ericsson C905 is already in the hands of the first users and for all we know they should be quite happy.The nice camera-centric styling and solid interface are the right place to start exploring and enjoying a wealth of...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
CNET

The good: The Sony Ericsson C905a has a good 8.1-megapixel camera, 3G/HSDPA speeds, quad-band support, a music player that supports audiobooks and podcasts, and it has good call quality, too.The bad: The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a doesn't have a 3.5-millimeter headset jack.The bottom line: If yo...

- Nicole Lee, CNET
Mobile Syrup

There’s nothing better than relaxing with a few choice beverages and reviewing a bang on device that’s meant for capturing the great Canadian cottage scene. In testing the Sony Ericsson C905 we wanted to really test out the 8.1 megapixel camera and see what it’s capable of. First,...

- Ian Hardy, Mobile Syrup
Softpedia

For the first time, I have been really impressed by a Sony Ericsson mobile phone, starting with its design and features. Thanks to the new form factor imprinted, C905 is not just another Cyber-shot phone, but one of the best of this series. I'm pretty sure that this is the best camera handset manufa...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
MobileBurn

The design is classy and cohesive, and plenty of functionality has been crammed in to ensure it has some punch to go with its handsome exterior.

- Russell Jefferies, MobileBurn


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Sony released the Ericsson C905 on June 17, 2008.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Ericsson C905 user manual here.


Sony backs up the Ericsson C905 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.4"

The Sony Ericsson C905's screen size is 2.4 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
160 MB

Internal memory is 160 MB. An external, Memory Stick Micro (M2) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
950mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 950 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 16 days standby time.

Ericsson C905 Specs

Overview
Release date June 17, 2008
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 160 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.77 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 950 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.4 x 4.9 x 1.8 cm (4.1 x 1.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight 136 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Micro (M2)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Xenon)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Image stabilization, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Ericsson Shiho

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

Remembered as the first announced 8 megapixel GSM phone

Well, there's a beast of a Cyber-shot at large, so you'd better watch out. Sony Ericsson C905 is already in the hands of the first users and for all we know they should be quite happy.

The nice camera-centric styling and solid interface are the right place to start exploring and enjoying a wealth of talent. Indeed, it's a feature set that built-in GPS and Wi-Fi make really hard to resist...

More

Well, there's a beast of a Cyber-shot at large, so you'd better watch out. Sony Ericsson C905 is already in the hands of the first users and for all we know they should be quite happy.

The nice camera-centric styling and solid interface are the right place to start exploring and enjoying a wealth of talent. Indeed, it's a feature set that built-in GPS and Wi-Fi make really hard to resist.

The outstanding camera performance gives the C905 all the reasons to hope for a meaningful and rewarding run. Some minor built quality concerns and inadequate video recording seem easily outweighed.

Now, all of that is more than reassuring if you look at the latest Cyber-shot on its own. But it may get well painful in that small but steep 8-megapixel food chain.

At this point we know the C905 as more affordable than the INNOV8 but that's more or less offset by storage, the larger display and the Symbian blood. With LG KC910 Renoir and Samsung M8800 Pixon poised to take off, it soon won't matter that INNOV8 and C905 drew first blood.

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CNET

A high-quality camera phone from AT&T

from CNET

The good: The Sony Ericsson C905a has a good 8.1-megapixel camera, 3G/HSDPA speeds, quad-band support, a music player that supports audiobooks and podcasts, and it has good call quality, too.

The bad: The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a doesn't have a 3.5-millimeter headset jack.

The bottom line: If you want a high-quality camera phone from AT&T, you can't go wrong with the Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a....

More

The good: The Sony Ericsson C905a has a good 8.1-megapixel camera, 3G/HSDPA speeds, quad-band support, a music player that supports audiobooks and podcasts, and it has good call quality, too.

The bad: The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a doesn't have a 3.5-millimeter headset jack.

The bottom line: If you want a high-quality camera phone from AT&T, you can't go wrong with the Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a.

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Mobile Syrup

Wanted to really test out the 8.1 megapixel camera and see what it’s capable of

from Mobile Syrup

There’s nothing better than relaxing with a few choice beverages and reviewing a bang on device that’s meant for capturing the great Canadian cottage scene. In testing the Sony Ericsson C905 we wanted to really test out the 8.1 megapixel camera and see what it’s capable of.

First, the C905 looks stellar and nothing like a mobile phone, in fact it looks more like a digital camera than anything. With it’s sexy curves and sleek silver accents the C905 is something to admire from past Sony Ericsson devices (excluded from that comment is the X1). The C905 only comes in at 136 grams with overall dimensions of4.1 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches. It feels great in the hand and not bulky at all. The 2.4 inch screen is a scratch resistant and has a resolution of 240×320. Viewing your images/videos and web on here was no problem, actually a good size, but with anything these days we would like to see it a bit bigger to make the experience that much better. The only issue with the screen is that it will collect a great deal of dust and debris as it’s embedded under the mount, not flush with the entire device....

More

There’s nothing better than relaxing with a few choice beverages and reviewing a bang on device that’s meant for capturing the great Canadian cottage scene. In testing the Sony Ericsson C905 we wanted to really test out the 8.1 megapixel camera and see what it’s capable of.

First, the C905 looks stellar and nothing like a mobile phone, in fact it looks more like a digital camera than anything. With it’s sexy curves and sleek silver accents the C905 is something to admire from past Sony Ericsson devices (excluded from that comment is the X1). The C905 only comes in at 136 grams with overall dimensions of4.1 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches. It feels great in the hand and not bulky at all. The 2.4 inch screen is a scratch resistant and has a resolution of 240×320. Viewing your images/videos and web on here was no problem, actually a good size, but with anything these days we would like to see it a bit bigger to make the experience that much better. The only issue with the screen is that it will collect a great deal of dust and debris as it’s embedded under the mount, not flush with the entire device.

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Softpedia

The new high standard for future camera phones

from Softpedia

For the first time, I have been really impressed by a Sony Ericsson mobile phone, starting with its design and features. Thanks to the new form factor imprinted, C905 is not just another Cyber-shot phone, but one of the best of this series. I'm pretty sure that this is the best camera handset manufactured by Sony Ericsson, but that won't last as the company has just announced the world's first 12.1 Megapixel camera...

More

For the first time, I have been really impressed by a Sony Ericsson mobile phone, starting with its design and features. Thanks to the new form factor imprinted, C905 is not just another Cyber-shot phone, but one of the best of this series. I'm pretty sure that this is the best camera handset manufactured by Sony Ericsson, but that won't last as the company has just announced the world's first 12.1 Megapixel camera.

The Good

Obviously, the strong point of the phone is the 8.1 Megapixel camera, but also the quality of the pictures taken. Together with the HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivities, the GPS and excellent display turn the C905 into the flagship of the Cyber-shot series.

The Bad

There are a couple of things that should be improved in the future Cyber-shot phones, and those include the low processor, which cannot handle the graphical UI as it should. Also, the fact that you get such a small display might be frustrating for those that want to watch movies or browse the Internet. Other drawbacks of the phone comprise the lack of a secondary camera or a document viewer.

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MobileBurn

A great device for anyone who wants to have a decent camera with them at all times

from MobileBurn

The Sony Ericsson C905 is a great cameraphone, and would be a great device for anyone who wants to have a decent camera with them at all times. There were a few bugs on our handset, but they didn't get in the way too much and could be due to our handset being faulty. Overall, the handset felt very well made indeed, and the materials used have been very intelligently selected....

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The Sony Ericsson C905 is a great cameraphone, and would be a great device for anyone who wants to have a decent camera with them at all times. There were a few bugs on our handset, but they didn't get in the way too much and could be due to our handset being faulty. Overall, the handset felt very well made indeed, and the materials used have been very intelligently selected.

The design is classy and cohesive, and plenty of functionality has been crammed in to ensure it has some punch to go with its handsome exterior. However, I feel that the C905 could've been a bit more powerful, as the email and web browsing experience can be rather slow at times.

Overall, we at MobileBurn are happy to give this handset our "Highly Recommended" rating, as the Sony Ericsson C905 is a great phone to live with. It excels at its primary task - delivering good quality photographs, whilst offering high-end toys like GPS and WiFi as icing on the cake.

Possible alternatives to consider: Motorola Zine ZN5, Samsung i8510 Innov8, and the Nokia N96.

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from Phonedog
Pro: very good phone ever build!!! Con: SonyEricsson no.1 Using experience: 2 weeks Im a SonyEricsson fan since one year.I owned k800I,k810I,k850I c902 and now c905,and that phone is great...Im just waiting for moment when SE release new style phone like omnia,or i-phone,maybe next year???Now i've got c905 and im very happy.
Pro: very good phone ever build!!! Con: SonyEricsson no.1 Using experience: 2 weeks Im a SonyEricsson fan since one year.I owned k800I,k810I,k850I c902 and now c905,and that phone is great...Im just waiting for moment when SE release new style phone like omnia,or i-phone,maybe next year???Now i've got c905 and im very happy. Less

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