Interface:

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.

Phonebook:

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.

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..

Organizer:

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.


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!


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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