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Sony Ericsson C903 Preview

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Home screen - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview
Main menu - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview

Home screen

Main menu

A thing we have always been quite fond of when it comes to Sony Ericsson and its phones is its zingy, dynamic interface (say, these animated start-up screens) that is quite easily changeable through different themes and the really good thing is getting them is all beer and skittles. Aside from this, every software generation incorporates new and pleasing improvements that add up to more ease of use, like, for an instance (one that is easy to escape notice), all latest Sony Ericsson models have that message composer enhancement that places a row of icons at the bottom of the screen to help you add pictures, animations, video clips, music, photos or voice recordings to your text message, allowing you to turn it into a multimedia feast epistle.

Naturally, come to the C903, the emphasis cannot but fall on the 5-megapixel autofocus camera with photo flash. Similarly to its easier-on-your-wallet cousin, the C510, C903´s interface offers the full range of options; as a matter of fact, some of these cannot even be found on the C905, non other but the C-series flagship. You have the smile and face recognition technology at your fingertips, tons of predefined settings to help you learn the ropes plus that nice function that allows you to use the built-in A-GPS unit to tag your current geographical location to the pictures being taken.

Camera interface - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview

Camera interface


Sample pictures from the camera - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview
Sample pictures from the camera - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview
Sample pictures from the camera - Sony Ericsson C903 Preview

Sample pictures from the camera


Yes, no doubt, navigation is the other key element here. Aside from what is rather standard navigation software to have on your phone these days, namely Google Maps, the phone comes with a preinstalled copy of Wayfinder Navigator. As we already had the chance to point it out in our C905 review, the program offers quite a nice array of available options that we are, unfortunately, not going to delve deeper into until we have had the chance to snatch up a final presale unit.

Sony Ericsson C903 Preview
Sony Ericsson C903 Preview


All told, we are really pleased with the Sony Ericsson C903. It remains to be seen whether or not it becomes a glut on market. Lacking ground-shaking or unique features, we do believe its fate to ultimately hinge on its end-user price and picture quality, i.e. final camera implementation. Competition in the same 5-megapixel camera phones sector is fierce as a number of similar phones are pretty easy to come by these days. Sony Ericsson is about to try to knock the props from under the other two major contenders, namely the Samsung G600 and the LG KC550. Having been on the market for some time now and given the relatively low price they are obtainable at, these two phones are expected to be the C903´s major rivals.

This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size3.82 x 1.93 x 0.63 inches
(97 x 49 x 16 mm)
3.39 oz  (96 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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