Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.


It comes as little surprise that Sony Ericsson has been green washed into an eco-friendly company that wants to save mother earth. What is a bit more encouraging however is that they're running with the concept, having made an entire line of phones around the theme: the Greenheart line. Continuing on from past success, today we'll be taking a look at the Sony Ericsson Cedar. With a sufficiently organic name, the Cedar takes its position as an entry level phone with a few very nice elements such as a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3G and expandable memory to make it more than just a simple candybar phone with a bit of green on the side.


Shipped in a teeny tiny box and you recognize that the green starts before you even switch on the phone. Open the box and it's pretty barren, there is none of the superficiality or grandeur as found in other handset boxes, just the Sony Ericsson Cedar, a wall-charger and some papers. The phone itself is markedly plastic (recycled plastic at that), with three core elements: the phone body, the battery and the silver-coloured battery cover which takes up the entirety of the back of the phone along with a fair amount of the sides. On the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack, on the left a microUSB port and on the right a volume rocker. The fascia is home to the numeric pad, a menu, clear, call, end buttons and two soft keys as well as a four way d-pad and the 2.2-inch screen.

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The Sony Ericsson Cedar screen is a non-touch-screen TFT measuring in at 2.2 inches with a resolution of 240x320 pixels. While viewing angles are good up, down and left, tilting the phone right will unfortunately blow out the contrast very quickly. Nothing is particularly sharp, however brightness levels are on the whole good and we didn't have trouble viewing it outdoors.

The keys are all heavily raised at the bottom, semi-rubberised and very grippy and tactile. This means they are easily distinguishable up and down though left to right they are completely flush with one another which is a shame. They do provide a good click feedback though and are clearly labelled. Text entry is comfortable, and while the handset does feel very plastic, we’ll attribute this to the green theme and give an overall thumbs up to the design of the Greenheart phone based on its usability.



1. Xoi unregistered

This is a good phone... i think it's much better compared to x2 my own opinion fast and stable UI... keep up the good work SE... :)

2. lokesh venkat unregistered

how could u say that.... say me how cedor better than x2

15. ulluboy.l

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

1. x2 camera is 5mp but doesn't have any quality of photo. cedar 2mp camera is better than that. 2. x2 is loud but through headphone not sweet like cedar. 3. x2 has no 3G that cedar have. 4. x2 doesn't support YouTube that cedar can. Need More? x2 is a city-gold, Cedar is a gold of low price.

16. anupam unregistered

perfect said bro. i have a no-kia X2. have a horrendous exprience with it . now i thinking of buying SE-Cadar.

3. Henry Sy unregistered

Obviously, Nokia X2 is better than Sony Ericsson Cedar. I considered buying SE Spiro and SE Cedar but Nokia wins my decision. I compared their specs, and Nokia X2 managed to top any of the phones I considered. Nokia looks great, has 5-MP camera, better-looking UI, more customizable, etc. I love SE too but for now I think I'll have to go with Nokia X2.

4. ip unregistered

The only and that Makes great difference is having 3G in Cedar

5. Kevinb unregistered

I have this phone recently and I'm very satisfied about it. Offcourse it is a basic phone but it does its job very good. I cannot really say anything bad about this phone. The buttons feel good, they give enough feedback and the screen is clear. Advantages are the standard connections (micro-usb and 3.5" audio jack), and the battery life, it lasts at least 8 days with normal use.

6. tianpru

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2011

I think you should use MyPhoneExplorer while reviewing Sony Ericsson's phone (non-OS) to take hi-res screen shoot.

7. Chazzenjade unregistered friend is planning to buy this phone. but i am not convinced of it's features. i think it lacks a lot. but if the battery lasts 8days with normal use according to kevinb, then maybe my friend would really be happy to buy this one. please help me with your feedbacks.thanks.

8. damean unregistered

I bought this phone weeks ago. It's a pretty sweet phone. In the Cedar vs X2 issue, well it just depends on what you need really. I too had the dilemma of which to pick. But since I'm too sick of qwerty, and I have a smartphone that pretty much does it all, I chose Cedar over X2 because my main reason for getting it was I'll be using it to call and just send short messages-- mostly calls though. One noticeable defect(?) is that when music volume is maxed on loudspeaker, the sound gets too cracky and sounds very bad. Some of my music files won't play the last 5 seconds.. Anyhow, as I've said, it all just depends on what you need. As to the battery life, as I'm a frequent caller, my battery lasts to 2-3 days. Overall, I love Cedar :)

9. billy19 unregistered

im plannin to buy a phone, i came across dis one. looks r fine. i want to know hw the is t worth buyin dis phone.?? im not worried bout music player. hw is camera clarity ?? n hw is 3g ?? internet?? call clarity?? can sum1 help?? pls

10. Püñk unregistered

Im gonna buy this phone.what is the price?can any1 tell me

20. SE Lover unregistered

In India it costs around 4500.

11. Buddy unregistered

Hello All, Its price is about Rs. 4500/- in Market as well as Mobile store. Some coupon scheme is also available and one year extended warranty is available for Rs. 99/-

12. nikhil.nickboyz unregistered

Hey frnds, plz help me... I'm thinking to buy this phone... Plz tel me that does it supports .jar and .jad file formats? And, downloadable themes??? Plz help me...

13. logu unregistered

every thing is nice ... i bought it for 5000 rs.... the only problem in this phone is sound ... all ringtons not having sound in this model... even if v want to hear a song we couldn't hear through speaker... only throgh ear phone we can hear music

14. buy provera online unregistered

Really great article with very interesting information. You might want to follow up to this topic!?! 2012

17. ARViE unregistered

Does this unit support .jad ang .jar java apps?? can run themes??

19. SAINATH unregistered

1)No zooming of images.....2)The Quality of sound SUCKSSS!!. There is a option in equilizer (MEGA BASS), don get impressed with that. so those who like Sony Ericsson for music dont buy... just waste of money

25. tomek

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

On contrary my friend, Cedar has superb sound quality as most SE products. Compared to some Nokia crap and others, I can easily connect my Cedar to my Hi-Fi at home/car and enjoy excellent reproduction of high bit rate MP3s. The problem (as with the other sound complains) are the earphone sets you are using. Cheap earphones = cheap sound, expensive earphones = GREAT sound! Try and see. I’m not using any sound enhancement on my set, because sound is full and pure as it supposed to be.

21. Navdeep97 unregistered

Hiii friends i think this phone features are excellent but its not good than yendo now u thing that im lier if you trust than trust of not than not but i will buying SE yendo very soon because its features are very conscious than cedar, cedar is worst than yendo thats why i not buy this phone.

22. Hitman unregistered

I want to know if it supports .jar and .jad downloaded games and mp4 videos. How is its clearity and how is its internet speedp

23. velizarcho123

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

What is the maximum capacity of memory sticks?

24. umang.parekh5

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Yes it supports .jar and .jad also it supports mp4 file format and its a very good mobile phone as compared to other nokia i would like to prefer SE though sound is not upto the mark of this phone but on other hand i like it very much

26. tomek

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Great phone! The greatest thing about Cedar (J108) is well known SE user-friendliness. Simply make your custom chosen shortcuts and you’re ready to fly. 3G works great for mobile surfing. It is not smart phone, no WiFi, java aps only...... but it is a PHONE that is joyful to use. If you combine it with My Phone Explorer on PC, you’ll never want to get rid of it (I’ve tried twice to go for more expensive phones, came back quickly). And music sound is just astonished, can’t be better, but the volume could be higher than it is. All in all, it’s a baby you either like, or don’t like (if you prefer smart gadgets that cook you lunch)

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  • Display 2.2" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.28 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh(4.93h 3G talk time)

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