Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Introduction and Design
We received the phone more than a month ago and the first thing we noticed was the abundance of bugs and defects it had. We got in touch with the manufacturer and asked for a different sample but were told that this was a “standard commercial sample”…

We’ve  rummaged all over the Internet and have found out that problems like non-operational memory slot, impossible connection to a computer, overheating battery and camera blockage are standard issues for G900. Apparently, two months are not enough for Sony Ericsson to release firmware, which to eliminate at least part of the errors. Therefore, we’ve decided to review the unit we have despite its heavy drawbacks.

This is an unlocked GSM phone which can operate in the
 US on AT&T (without 3G) and T-Mobile (without 3G).


The busy lifestyle of the contemporary individual justifies the need for an assistant, which to help him plan his schedule. A mobile device with a convenient personal organizer and easy Internet access is what Sony Ericsson’s G-series offers them. However, the company’s solution doesn’t come with the complications brought by all smartphones.

G900 is the flagship model of the new line and it’s positioned in the high-class. The phone is based on Symbian UIQ without making it hard to use. Its main purpose is to offer intuitive work, and the OS will simply widen the organizing options. Like its smaller brother G700, the flagship model is equipped wit a touchscreen, on which you can write or draw notes. In contrast to it though, it has a 5-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi support, respectively for quality photographs and Internet access.

The package includes: The phone, Handsfree, Charger, Data cable, Additional stylus, Software CD, Manual, Warranty, Two booklets


The first nice thing we notice about G900’s design is its slimness (0.5”). In combination with the light weight, these dimensions make it very convenient to carry in a pocket.

You can compare the Sony Ericsson G900 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

It is equipped with a 2.4” touch display with a resolution of 240х320 pixels, which deserves a good grade – the colors it offers are somewhat pale, but luckily, the screen remains usable even in direct sunlight. The touch sensitivity it has is great but there’s only sound notification and no vibration, which makes it useless in a noisy environment.

As we’ve already mentioned, the display is mainly intended for inputting text via handwriting recognition, and not for navigation. That’s why the stylus, which is too short is not such a big problem.

The navigational buttons are located under the display, surrounding the 5-way D-pad and are used for going back, delete and shortcuts to the functions important for the model - writing of notes and messages. At this location we usually see the soft keys (their functions are now to be found on the display) and at first, this will lead to their frequent incorrect use. Same as the keyboard, the navigational buttons are quite comfortable, have a well-expressed relief and good drive.

On the right side of the phone we have the volume controls, the key for locking the display and the keyboard (simultaneously) and the camera shortcut. Unfortunately, they not only look extremely cheap but also have a very short drive, which makes them inconvenient to use.

The opposite side houses the charger connector, LED (flashes green in the event of a missed event and is constantly lit when charging) and the M2 card slot. Unfortunately, in order to get to the last one, you have to remove the back lid, which is not very practical.

Overall, we are happy with G900’s appearance for which also contributes the pleasant dark red color scheme. We definitely like this one better than the brown we previewed some time ago. The model will not become a favorite to the fashion phone fans but it’s still looks like a user-friendly device.

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