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Sony Ericsson C905 Review

Sony Ericsson C905

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From K850 and W910 on, the A200 generation software is used in the high-class, non-smart SE phones. This model is not an exception, but C905’s version is slightly upgraded and is also present in W980, C902 and C702.

It’s typical for the manufacturer to offer interesting graphic themes that change the menu design and add interactive features on the homescreen. We like the wallpapers, which are influenced by the accelerometer and the option for additional applications. In this model we only have „Slideshow wallpaper”. As the name hints, it will show pictures from the camera album.

Homescreen - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Main menu - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Sony Ericsson C905 Review


Main menu


The evolution has had its influence on the main menu as well , and there already are a few theme independent views. You can choose between the standard one, Rotating (the icons appear as a film) or Single icon (the icons are visualized one by one on the entire screen and slide vertically).


The phonebook hasn’t changed and has remained the same for almost 3 years now (5 generations). There are quite some fields when adding a new contact (various numbers, addresses, birthdays, additional information) and they are well grouped. However, it’s strange (and inconvenient) not to be able to search by second name in a model from 2008. We like the fact that upon entering digits from the home screen, name and number matches appear. However, here as well, those include first name entries only.

Phonebook - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Adding new contact - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Dialing screen - Sony Ericsson C905 Review


Adding new contact


Dialing screen


The organizer functions have not been modified either. As a whole, everything is well made, but we do have some remarks. In the calendar for example, there are enough fields when adding an event, but the days with one are only slightly marked (bold) and are hardly noticeable. The alarms offer many options and the only thing we didn’t like was that they are limited to five. The tasks, notes, timers and the calculator are just fine. We don’t see any point in having the coded notes and prefer to have password protected ones instead.

Calendar - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Alarms - Sony Ericsson C905 Review



Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Timer - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Calculator - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Code memo - Sony Ericsson C905 Review



Code memo

RSS reader - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
RSS reader - Sony Ericsson C905 Review
RSS reader - Sony Ericsson C905 Review

RSS reader

Similarly to K850, here we also have an RSS reader, but it is located in the multimedia menu. This application is used for viewing the content of web sites without having to actually load them. The option to see the latest info from your favorite sites directly on the homescreen (like widgets) is very nice.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

i met a guy who worked for sony ericcson playing with this phone at my brothers swim meet. he let me play with it and then he went back to the internet on it.

posted on 27 Oct 2008, 15:24

2. Igor Efremenko (unregistered)

Actually I'm very disappointed with the quality of the c905's camera. I expected it to be MUCH better. Its only advatage is in the indoor photos because both daylight and night pictures are horrible. Shame on you SE. As I can see from the phonearena reviews Renoir has the best camera. So I'm almost sure what's much next cell phone. Only if Nokia won't announce their 8 megapixel killer soon.

posted on 27 Oct 2008, 20:54

3. Armo (unregistered)

u must not have read the reviews then phonearea clearly states that the samsung pixon has a better camera then the renoir. http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/LG-Renoir-Review-review-r_2045-p_6.html http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Samsung-Pixon-Review-review-r_2038-p_6.html renoir got 8.5 and pixon got 9.5 plus the pixon became a phonearena amward winner!

posted on 28 Oct 2008, 01:58

4. (unregistered)

i like the pixon too

posted on 28 Oct 2008, 03:36

5. Igor Efremenko (unregistered)

Yes I read both reviews plus cameraphone test and I was surprised with the phonearena conclusion. I can cleary see with my own eyes that renoir's photos are better. They are extremely sharp in the day and good in the night. Yes it goes in yellow color but it can be fixed in one second with photoshop. As for Pixon I can see bad autofocus work (photos are blured at the edges) and overbrightened image in total.

posted on 28 Oct 2008, 06:14

6. jjjajjj (unregistered)

it has an old Software ( R1BA035 ) the new/official Software is ( R1BA034 ) or ( R1BA038 )

posted on 12 Nov 2008, 22:01

7. blibby (unregistered)

has anyone heard how long the delay is from focusing to actually snapping the photo? i heard it was around 4-5 seconds. anyone know ?

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 17:44

13. mark (unregistered)

5.5 sec

posted on 21 Nov 2008, 03:56

8. (unregistered)

You give the W980 a 6 yet this phone an 8. This phone costs 50% more and has a wobbly slider and cheap materials. Wake up Phone Arena, you've been disappointing me lately.

posted on 15 Apr 2009, 19:47

9. McMillian (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)

thank god AT&T is getting this phone cause they desperately need to get a good camera phone in its line up.

posted on 22 Apr 2009, 11:33

10. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)

I found it interesting that the phone is not a smart phone, but has wi-fi. I wish this feature was more common place

posted on 11 May 2009, 19:05

11. drewsky (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jan 2009)

I wish it was more common place as well.

posted on 22 Oct 2009, 17:03

12. kronos1 (Posts: 12; Member since: 16 Feb 2009)

Perfect Camera,indeed one very good phone

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 17:46

14. mark (unregistered)

im buying this phone. A great phone which is not a touchscreen. Perfect for me..

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Size4.09 x 1.93 x 0.71 inches
(104 x 49 x 18 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery950 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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