Sony Ericsson C905 review: Cyber shot, cyber hot
High megapixel count is the rage these days and Sony Ericsson C905 is adding fuel to the fire. The first 8 megapixel GSM cameraphone to make headlines is shipping as we speak. On top of geotagging, Smart Contrast, face detection, and xenon flash, the elaborate camera-centric outfit hides the extra sweet Wi-Fi, GPS and turn-by-turn voice guided navigation. Is it us, or are cameraphones and smartphones alike lining up to negotiate a truce with Sony Ericsson C905?
The Cyber-shot squad has its trustworthy captain and its job is to keep spirits high in the face of cut-throat competition by Samsung and LG. Is it just us, or isn't Nokia missing quite some action here?
- 8.1 MP autofocus camera with Xenon flash and active lens cover
- Dedicated camera mode switch, two camera/gaming keys over the display
- Face and Smile detection, smart contrast, image stabilizer, geotagging, red-eye reduction
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSDPA (3.6 Mb) / tri-band HSDPA for US version
- Scratch resistant mineral glass 2.4" TFT 256K-color display
- Built-in GPS with A-GPS function, Wayfinder Navigator software
- Wi-Fi b/g with DLNA and SIP VoIP support, Bluetooth (with A2DP), USB v2.0
- Enhanced user interface with basic multi-tasking
- Media Center, Smart search, Manage Messages, extended TrackID
- FM radio with RDS and TrackID
- 160 MB built-in memory, M2 card support, 2GB included
- Display is relatively small for a high-end device
- Video recording limited to QVGA resolution at 30fps
- No front facing video call camera
- No office document viewer
- Sliding lens cover of questionable durability
- Exposed connectivity port
- Fiddly battery cover
Sony Ericsson C905 is no doubt trying to give it all. Now, finding room for all those goodies is a tough one indeed. Despite its massive thickness we love the C905 design and its imaging-related ergonomics. The impressive girth isn't that striking alongside the Pixon and will only get in your face against a real thin shooter like Sony Ericsson C902. You do get used to this in a while, and it's an enjoyable feature set after all.
Sony Ericsson C905 will be remembered as the first announced 8 megapixel GSM phone. That alone earns it a line in history but it's performance to decide if the line should become a chapter. By the looks of it, the Sony Ericsson team is going for a whole page, putting a great effort to dealing with the skeletons in the Cyber-shot closet. Now, that's about the closest it comes to a spoiler.
Anyway, the C905 is well aware it takes quite a bit to keep a bunch of sharpshooters off its back. Things have been heating up lately at ours, with the cameraphone finest scrambling and tail-wagging for a pat of approval.
Outflanked and outnumbered, Sony Ericsson C905 finds itself right in the middle of the Samsung - LG brawl. Both LG and Samsung are hedging their bets with two 8 MP cameraphones each. The Symbian-powered Samsung i8510 INNOV8 flaunts a formidable spec sheet and already has a head start on the rest, selling for about a month. Samsung M8800 Pixon is the other Samsung offer we just recently reviewed in-depth. LG stake their cameraphone fortunes on KC910 Renoir and LG KC780.
|Comparison||Sony Ericsson C905||Samsung i8510 INNOV8||LG KC910 Renoir||Samsung M8800 Pixon||LG KC780|
|geo-tagging, face detection, smart contrast, xenon flash, QVGA@30fps video||geo-tagging, auto-panorama shot, face/smile/blink detection, flash, VGA@30fps, QVGA@120fps video||geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, xenon flash, VGA@30fps, QVGA@120fps video||geo-tagging, auto-panorama shot, face/smile/blink detection, flash, WVGA@30fps, QVGA@120fps video||face/smile detection, flash, WVGA@30fps video|
OK then, the scene is set and the all-star support cast will be enjoying a day-off. It's the Cyber-shot act and curtains are parting on Sony Ericsson C905.
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