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Sony Ericsson C905 Review

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Sony Ericsson C905 Review
Sony Ericsson C905 is a good camera, but the word cameraphone reminds us that it’s a phone as well. Luckily, the model performs well as such and we have no major remarks. The sound is good although we were told that our voice was somewhat sharp and monotonous. We were a little worried about the incoming sound not being loud enough, but the quality is fine in both directions.

As usual, Sony Ericsson indicates a very good battery life for its model. It claims that the phone will be operational for up to 9 hours of talks or 16 days in standby before recharging.


It’s not easy to create a high-class phone in 2008. Being just a good cameraphone is not enough, and the device has to excel in all aspects. The C905’s competition consists of three good all-in-one models. They not only make good pictures, but are able to do everything, besides cooking.

C905 is simply marketed as a camera-phone but is not much behind its rivals. Its weakest side is the video playback and recording. Even if it was able to perform normally in this discipline, the small 2.4” display would place it behind the other big boys. Aside from that, C905 does well. It has the best flash of all 8-megapixel phones and because of that it’s the only model able to make quality pictures indoors. The software is kind of old-school but is not bad at all. It looks good, offers many extras and is user-friendly. Music-wise, we would’ve liked to see a 3.5 mm jack to add up to the nice musical abilities of the device. Although it doesn’t have a touchscreen and is not a smartphone, C905 is equipped with a very good browser, which is more user-friendly than Pixon’s and Renoir’s and is head to head with the one of the Symbian S60 based INNOV8.

Let’s sum up in a few words: if you are looking for the best 8-megapixel cameraphone and taking pictures with a flash is important for you, C905 has no competition at the moment. However, if you want a well-balanced all-in-one device, bare in mind C905’s poor video capabilities.


  • Finally an 8-megapixel phone with a real flash
  • User-friendly camera interface
  • Excellent web browser
  • Old-school, but good software


  • Mediocre video capabilities
  • The quality of the pictures made in daylight is not perfect
  • No searching by second name in the phonebook
PhoneArena rating:
8 Good
User rating:
8.3 9 Reviews

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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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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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