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Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Sony Ericsson G900

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Sony Ericsson G900 Review
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Main menu

Sony Ericsson G900 is based on Symbian UIQ 3.0, with slight modifications. Respectively, its interface very much resembles P1’s with all its pluses and minuses.

The G-line doesn’t oblige you to use the touch screen (besides the soft buttons located there) and its full functionality is accessible via the hardware buttons. This is extremely good news for the people who are not used to or just don’t like touching the display. If you are not one of them, the device still has what to offer; most icons are large enough and easy to use with fingers, without the need of the small stylus.

Some modifications can be noticed in the row of icons located on the homescreen. These are not simply shortcuts, as in P1, but a plug-in, which can be personalized. Besides the most frequently used functions like the main menu, messaging, appointments, favorite contacts and shortcut menu (letting you add 9 extra applications of your choice) you can also add:

  • Alarms
  • Musical player
  • Bookmarks
  • RSS feeds
  • World clock
  • Tasks
  • Gallery

Thanks to those, you can make your life much easier and to reduce rummaging through the main menu to a minimum. These applications still need optimization; it would have been better if you could rearrange them for example. Besides, the navigation is only convenient with the D-Pad, because you cannot scroll via dragging. Overall, this element is realized better than the standby applications and the widget in other phones (e.g. LG KF700, Samsung F480) and is similar to modern smartphones such as HTC Touch Diamond.

There is also another version of this screen, which is called “business”. Here, the icons simply act as shortcuts to a given function, but the menu can have up to 15 applications of your choice.

The appearance of the menus and the background can be personalized via themes, but the icons never change.


Sony Ericsson G900 Review
In G900, the phonebook hasn’t been a subject to any serious modifications and looks as in the non-smart phones of the manufacturer. The contacts appear as a list composed of a name and primary number, but the caller ID icon is not present. Search is only done by the first name, no matter in what manner is the phonebook arranged. In other words if you’ve chosen to see last names first the filtering will be done only according to them, which is quite inconvenient.

Adding a contact - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Adding a contact - Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Adding a contact

When adding a contact you can't make a mistake – everything's easy and clear, and the fields are divided into a few tabs, as it is with standard Sony Ericsson phones. You can easily add additional numbers and emails fields if you need some, and you won't experience any limitations (one type of field can be added as much times as you want). This is the same as with S60 devices and is better than the fixed fields of WM smartphones.

If you want you can also add personal ringtone or callerID image, and with the latter the phone allows you to capture the image at the moment with small window using the camera.

When dialing a number from the keyboard, you won’t get any matches from the phonebook like you do with most modern models..


Of course, the phone has a calendar, which helps you organize your schedule. It offers the standard viewing options (by month/week/day) and you can store appointments, reminders, all day events and anniversaries. An alarm can be set for every event featuring repetition, description, start and end time. There are two separate tabs, from which you can add visitors, chair and note.

The File manager allows for browsing the files stored on the phone memory or the memory card and to copy or move them. The Calculator is nothing interesting and even lacks scientific option. Here also can find converter (distances, volumes, weights, temperatures, speeds, areas, and currencies), stopwatch (saving nine laps), countdown timer, and world clock with three alarms that can be programmed with separate times, alerts (including an option for FM Radio as an alert).

Notes and Tasks, as well as QuickOffice, PDF Reader and Business Card Scanner can be found in the same menu. Via notes, you can simply write a text, set a reminding alarm and the color of the sheet. By default, they are started in Scribble mode, and as you might have guessed, it lets you draw something, by using the handwriting recognition. We haven’t found a practical application for this function besides drawing pictures, which reminded us of our childhood. We doubt that the fridge is going to become a less popular place to leave notes.

QuickOffice allows you to modify Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, but not ones, made with Office 2007. The large Excel documents (with multiple sheets) load, but their visualization is not the best we’ve seen and overall, viewing them is not very convenient. You cannot zoom in at any given rate (%) but only according to the presets, which limits the application of this function. On top of that, the navigation is quite sluggish and this doesn’t change even if you press and hold any of the directions of the D-pad. In case you want to edit or create Word or Excel documents, you’ll have to deal with an interface, which is almost unusable. You can use Format toolbar for color options (font and background), bold/italic/underlined and even aligning.

Viewing complicated PDF files with G900 is not something we would recommend although it has landscape mode and search. There is no handy shortcut to help you jump to the previous or a random page and you’ll need to open the options. The rest of the navigation is slow and annoyingly choppy. Nevertheless, you can zoom in at the rate of choice, but since the fonts do not visualize as on a computer, reading is a pain.

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File Manager


QuickOffice - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
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Card Reader - Sony Ericsson G900 Review



Card Reader

The thing that we found most interesting was the scanner for Business Cards, which actually worked! To use it, you capture a photo of a random business card and then process it for a quarter of the minute (about 15 seconds) to take the information out of it – then it saves it in a new contact, automatically adding its name, number, email, address, summing all the information up as a not, and putting the photo of the business card as caller id image. In is not sure that the program will work in 100% of the cases, but we found it very useful and well done!

Handy Clock - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Weather forecast - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Handy Expense - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Handy converter - Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Handy Clock

Weather forecast

Handy Expense

Handy converter

There are a few more options in the Entertainment menu, which will help you organize your day or a trip overseas. They give you access to a five-day weather forecast in the city of your choice and Handy Clock. The last one houses a time zone map, world clock, simple calendar (cannot add events), alarms and a few time applications (timer, countdown timer, time journal). Handy Converter will help you convert currency, and Handy Expense is used for keeping track of the payments done during the day.

The phone is equipped with 160MB built-in memory, expandable via an M2 card. That’s if there’s an operational slot at all.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


posted on 05 Sep 2008, 20:48

2. The Administrator (unregistered)

Wow I'm incredibly disappointed that PhoneArena would even dare to publish such a review. It's evident that there is an incredible amount of bias towards Nokia phones and of course, against with Sony Ericsson phones. This review just echoes that completely. Quite honestly, reviews like this set apart PhoneArena from top-tier phone reviews such as GSMArena, Mobile Burn, etc.

posted on 06 Nov 2008, 01:52

13. andru (unregistered)

i couldn't agree more. this is the most bias review i've ever read. it seems that the reviewer is too hard with SE G900. well anyway, that's why GSMARENA is the most trusted cellphone review site because give neutral reviews.

posted on 06 Sep 2008, 12:07

3. user (unregistered)

sorry, dun agree with ya the administrator, bcos i believe wat phonearena team did and said're true... i've tried this phone, n it's very annoying and irritating...perhaps, i had a bad luck, but all bugs n error n too many reset r simply unacceptable...this is my first sony phone, actually i hope much more from this model, but... u know, u can read in review...only 1 thing i dun really agree, the camera quality is excellent I believe

posted on 07 Sep 2008, 10:21

4. José A Ostos F (unregistered)

Not that happened to the person who made this review but here my images. That I did not know Mr operate equipment in the month you were with. Indeed, the only flaw detected at SE G900 is that the image stabilizer is not working and almost nullifies the flash when activated. The default browser is MiniOpera 8.65941. It is not obsolete. I respect the author's opinion, but it is wrong. Here pictures of my review http://picasaweb.google.com/jostosf

posted on 07 Sep 2008, 17:36

5. norbi_nw (unregistered)

i have this model, and i'm not satisfied at all with it. Everything they say is true. And i got my 3rd unit, and all 3 are faulty. Sony Ericsson messed this up badly. I am very sad, and i regret buying it!!!!!

posted on 08 Sep 2008, 03:51

6. jon (unregistered)

#1 Go to users forums, of people that have g900´s, and you won´t see people bitching about it freezing alot...at all...so, you picked a deffective unit and now bitch about it on a review. #OF COURSE APPS LOAD SLOWER AFTER A RESET! Apps are faster AFTER they´re loaded into the ENORMOUS amount of RAM of G900, and can´t stay there. After that, the phone is fast. All i can say, is that site is a freaking joke.

posted on 08 Sep 2008, 06:14

7. g900 user (unregistered)

"The appearance of the menus and the background can be personalized via themes, but the icons never change" another mistake, in fact it's very easy to change the icons on this phone.

posted on 11 Sep 2008, 03:52

8. The Adminstrator (unregistered)

I don't know about u user, but my model had no problems at all. I agree with some things PhoneArena has addressed, but a lot of them are not true as many have pointed out. I don't agree with the "uneasy document viewing" either. No phone has perfect document viewing/editing (iPhone's missing the editing unfortunately. We can't expect PC type viewing... not even Windows mobile is good... The PAppeal ratings/explanations are pretty messed up too! This phone sure doesn't deserve high "dior" ratings... but not that low either. Same with corporate... It wasn't designed to be a business phone, but it sure has an operating system, touch screen, great organizer, notes, WiFi, quickoffice, etc. A 1 is definetly not the right number.

posted on 11 Sep 2008, 04:23

9. (unregistered)

when will the G700 be reviewed? We will see about that.

posted on 14 Sep 2008, 21:03

10. DM (unregistered)

I totally agree with the reviewer. I bought my phone in late June and I am very sorry that I did. I have owned Sony Ericsson and Nokia phones before and this one is the worst I have ever owned in my life. Money was wasted!! I had so many problems with it. My phone lagged a lot, camera wouldn't work sometimes and when it did, the quality of the photos were crap, and the phone kept restarting on its own. When I was abroad in July, it stopped working all together. I had to borrow an old cell phone from a family member. When I returned, I had it reset several times and reinstalled the phone's software. The problems with camera and lagging are still there. I have actually tried to sell it back to shops but most wouldn't buy it because they told me customers have been complaining about it and now no one wants to buy it. The ones who would take it said they'd buy it from me at 1/4 of its original price. Amazing. That phone is a piece of junk. I am now back to using my old Sony Ericsson K800i until I find a new suitable phone.

posted on 22 Sep 2008, 11:25

11. Leeman (unregistered)

Hmmmm i have no problems with this G900! EveryThing Works Fine

posted on 13 Oct 2008, 02:12

12. Yvonne (unregistered)

I bought mine sometime in July and at the moment my touch sensitivity is on and off as a result can't even pick up my calls sometimes........I am also disappointed with the camera quality 5megapixels(a nokia 3megapixels) takes better pictures... REGRET THE DAY I SAW AND LIKED THE PHONE...

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Single core, 208 MHz, ARM9 processor
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.17 x 1.92 x 0.51 inches
(106 x 49 x 13 mm)
3.49 oz  (99 g)
Battery950 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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