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Sony Ericsson C905a User Reviews

8.5 Based on 4 Reviews

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Build quality7/10
Text input9/10
Everyday usage10/10
UI speed10/10
Call quality10/10

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posted on 01 Mar 2010, 06:08 (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)


It's now been available close to a year on AT&T, and nearly 2 years abroad - but still there is nothing out there that matches this phone for what it is.Obviously the camera is the main feature.  The idiotic fetishism that most people have with megapixels does unfortunately mean that the count is a bit too high in this phone too -- ideally it should be around 3 or so for its optics.  That said, the optics are better than on any other cell phone on the market: The 5.91mm focal length translates into an image sensor size of 1/2.5" at a fairly standard viewing angle -- same as in most digital compact cameras.  (In contrast, the Nokia N95 had a 5.6mm focal length, the N97 has 5.4, and ironically, the N86 8MP has a 4.6mm focal length, which it compensates for in part by a wider viewing angle.  For reference, the iPhone's focal length is about 3.8mm).    Add the Xenon flash - and you have by far the best camera phone on the US market today.(The Satio also has a 5.91mm focal length, but unfortunately has increased the megapixel count to 12, and so the dynamic range/color reproduction will be flatter, it will be more susceptible to noise, blooming and other artifacts, etc).Other than that this phone is quite a powerhouse, though most of these requires debranding the AT&T firmware back to original Sony Ericsson firmware.    Once you do,  you will find that it has more features than most other phones out there, including...  

Design 9/10
Features 9/10
Performance 10/10


  • - Best camera on US market
  • - Excellent media player
  • - Excellent Bluetooth support
  • - Excellent multitasking
  • - Smooth, userfriendly UI


  • - Proprietary SonyEricsson "FastPort" connector for charging and wired sound
  • - Proprietary Sony M2 media card (currently limited to 16GB)
  • - A bit fat (thanks to camera optics and Xenon flash)
  • - Mediocre video recording capabilities
  • - Mediocre video playback capabilities
  • - MS Exchange support is limited
  • - No PDF or MS Office document support
  • - No quick "Flight Mode"/Offline mode toggle; need to restart phone to get prompt.
  • - SE's Repair/Warranty service is dismal

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posted on 04 Aug 2011, 18:05


Ahead of it's time

maikeru has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

There are only 2 short comings to this phone. The first is that it's not a smartphone so your internet browsing is limited to mobile sites. No pandora, etc. The plus side of that is that on AT&T where you can't get unlimited data plans on smartphones and the minimum plan they offer is $25, the unlimited data for a non-smartphone is only $10 a month. You can go on facebook and youtube all day so that's pretty good. The other drawback is the charge port. The connector for the charger is so awkward. It feels like you're breaking it everytime you use it. And worst of all there is no 3.5mm headphone jack. What you can do is buy an adapter for it which is bulky and fragile but by doing so that means you can't listen to music and charge your phone at the same time since it's the same port. Such a terrible design. That said, the speaker on the phone itself is incredible for a cellphone. To date I've never heard anything clearer or louder. Also, there are some metal trimmings around the lense cover that got caught on my pocket and bent. The pieces are very sharp. The only fix is to rip them off completely. As far as I can tell they serve no function. It had a few great apps too. Music ID ahead of it's time, email, needforspeed, a garage band clone, etc. 8.1 mp camera, best I've ever seen. Never froze. MicroSD means good storage. Battery life could have been better but I charge my phone every night so it was good enough for me.

Build quality 7/10 That piece of lense cover trim was really bad. I can't believe that made it past the prototype.
Reception 10/10 Never had a problem.
Call quality 10/10
Internet 9/10 As good as 3G on a non-smartphone can be.
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 9/10 I really like the classic number pad but I can't give it a 10 because my new phone has Swype which is basically the best thing ever.
Display 8/10 The screen is pretty tiny and if the display is too bright your battery won't even last a day so you'll have to keep it turned down.
Battery 7/10 Tolerable.


  • Multimedia
  • Camera
  • Speaker
  • $10 unlimited data plan
  • Neautiful design


  • Charger jack
  • lack of headphone jack
  • not a smartphone
  • small screen
  • sharp pieces could cause harm

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Harry Yee
posted on 03 Dec 2009, 11:06


pros and cons

I would recommend this phone if you some extra discretionary spending money you don't know what to do with.  Makes for a fun toy.  Not great for heavy everyday usage because of its fragility.  Expensive monthly contract costs. 

Design 6/10
Features 8/10
Performance 4/10


  • Takes nice pictures, lots of bells and whistles.


  • Small pushbutton areas and text, high monthly service costs, fragile.

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Bill Likens
posted on 28 Nov 2009, 08:00


Awesome Phone!

First and foremost you need to de-brand and unlock this phone via davinciteam.com.  This is the best phone I have owned, great camera, GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi(when de-branded), tons of apps, awesome Facebook App, too many to mention.  I've read reviews from other users of this phone and they talk about the camera not taking good pics at night, well i'm not sure what the heck they're talking about because my C905a takes unbelievable pictures day or night.  Great call quality, incoming or outgoing and video calling once the US accepts it.  Stereo bluetooth, push email support, over the air software updates, youtube streaming, this phone just about does it all!  Auto-rotation for pictures, media player, internet, and also a few apps.  I just love the phone and recommend it to anyone, go get it, you won't be disappointed.

Design 9/10
Features 10/10
Performance 10/10


  • Everything


  • Nothing that I can think of.

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