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Sony Ericsson Cedar Review

Sony Ericsson Cedar

Posted: , by Basil K.


Interface and Functionality:

With a strong heritage of handsets running Sony Ericsson's proprietary interface, the experience the Sony Ericsson Cedar delivers has grown incrementally over time. Immediately recognizable, the Sony Ericsson Cedar runs a very traditional set-up, with a plain and simple home-screen displaying either live or static wallpaper as well as a range of indicators at the top. These show battery life, profile, signal strength and net connection. Unlike older iterations of Sony Ericssons interface however, the Sony Ericsson Cedar home screen has optional widgets thanks to Widget Manager 2.0. These include Facebook and Twitter integration, enabling your updates to scroll across the screen. 

The homescreen of the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
The Widget Manager 2.0 - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review

The homescreen of the Sony Ericsson Cedar

The Widget Manager 2.0

The menu is a very standard 3x4 grid, with expected integration of Sony Ericsson's own app market, PlayNow occupying one of the tiles. Having had a great deal of experience in making the interface operate in an effective and functional way, it does just that, providing responsive interaction and a reliable set of key tools, such as phonebook, dialler, call log, calendar, calculator , etc. The Sony Ericsson Cedar does all this with pleasing visuals and inoffensive animations throughout, making it look good, though not great.

Main menu - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Sony Ericsson Cedar Review

Main menu


Camera and Multimedia:

The Sony Ericsson Cedar has a 2MP fixed focus camera on board. There's little to shout about as it performs rather poorly, with use restricted mainly to picture messages and basic snapping. As you can see from the samples, colours look dulled down, detail is weak, exposure isn't terrible, but is neither good, blacks are noisy even outdoors and with no flash on-board, there’s no remedy for this. Video is again, best suited to multimedia messages and viewing on the phone recorded at VGA resolution.

The camera interface - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review

The camera interface

Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review

Samples made with the Sony Ericsson Cedar

Music playback on the Sony Ericsson Cedar is by default, very average with tinny sound, however, there is a mega-bass equalizer setting that saves its skin. Once activated, listening to music is actually good, and with the on-board 3.5mm headphone jack, you can use your own headphones to sweeten the experience even more. The music player interface is pretty easy to work around. There is an attractive, PSP style menu system with some subtle animations and a logical menu progression, with songs being viewable by artist, album, playlist or track. Album art is displayed, and for a phone of this price, given the microSD card support, we're happy with the music functionality. There is also an FM Radio on board.

The music player - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
The music player - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review

The music player

With support for MP4, the Sony Ericsson Cedar plays back video up to its native resolution smoothly enough. That said, on the 2.2-inch screen, it isn't feasible to expect a comfortable viewing experience for more than a short clip.

The video player - Sony Ericsson Cedar Review

The video player

Internet and Connectivity:

The Sony Ericsson Cedar is equipped with quad-band GSM, single-band 3G (2100), as well as Bluetooth, a microUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. At a good price, this is a pretty well connected little Sony Ericsson. Browsing the web is unfortunately hindered by poor page formatting and stuttery browsing coupled with a screen that would need to be both bigger and higher resolution to make it a great experience. Installing Opera Mini (a free alternative browser) lends to remedy the experience, with better page display and more intuitive interaction.

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posted on 06 Feb 2011, 19:09

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... :)

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 07:07

2. lokesh venkat (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 05:58

15. ulluboy.l (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Aug 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 23:53

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.

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 04:34 1

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.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 02:23

4. ip (unregistered)

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

posted on 09 Apr 2011, 13:20 1

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.

posted on 11 May 2011, 05:31

6. tianpru (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 May 2011)

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

posted on 14 May 2011, 09:19

7. Chazzenjade (unregistered)

hi...my 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.

posted on 19 May 2011, 10:07

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 :)

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 11:38

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

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 05:55

10. Püñk (unregistered)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 06:15

20. SE Lover (unregistered)

In India it costs around 4500.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 07:39

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/-

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 20:43

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...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 00:16

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

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 10:26

14. buy provera online (unregistered)

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

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 20:42

17. ARViE (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 10:16

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:33

25. tomek (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Sep 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 01:10

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.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 06:55

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

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 11:24

23. velizarcho123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)

What is the maximum capacity of memory sticks?

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:29

24. umang.parekh5 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:48

26. tomek (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Sep 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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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.37 x 1.93 x 0.61 inches
(111 x 49 x 15.5 mm)
2.96 oz  (84 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 12.5 hours talk time

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