Messaging:

Messaging menu is as standard as you can expect: you have inbox for messages and email boxes. Composing a simple TXT message (SMS) allows you to add multiple recipients, insert simple images or sounds, use BOLD for the text, three size options and insert emoticons (text codes - [ :)] for example), visualizing as animated faces on phones that support it. Composing a multimedia message (MMS) you can add real images and sounds, and even video clips.

Operating the e-mail client is extremely easy, since the phone offers automatic settings for the most popular web mail servers. In order to save on traffic, you can set the option to download only the headers of the letters, smaller than  100kb for example. When you've written a message, you can choose if you are willing to send it immediately or save it to the outbox, where it will stay until you use ”get and send” in convenient moment (when you have Wi-Fi nearby for example).

Text can be entered via the keyboard and the display. The second method offers a full QWERTY (useless without stylus) and handwriting recognition. This method is active by default and is very handy. You can take advantage of it even in the phonebook.

When you turn the phone on you’ll face one of the annoying bugs. If you have any messages stored on the SIM card you’ll start getting notifications for them as if they were new messages and the phone will become useless for a certain period of time(it could take up to a few minutes depending on the amount of messages). On top of that, when you open a message from the homescreen, first, you have to wait for the entire Messages menu to load and then the very text appears. Sometimes, this could be very annoying.

Connectivity:

Sony Ericsson G900 is a tri-band GSM and single band UMTS phone, which limits its use in the States. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support the modern standard for high-speed Internet (HSDPA). However, the presence of Wi-Fi compensates for that to certain extend.

For local connectivity you have Bluetooth v2.0 and a data cable for computer connection. The device comes with the standard for all Sony Ericsson phones PC Suite CD. To our regret, the review unit we received refused to connect at all. Moreover, if you select „Phone mode” in a non-defective headset when connecting it to the cable, the application will not detect it at all. With “File transfer” the PC Suite detects it but this is not very handy since you still don’t get access to the memory of the phone. At least the Bluetooth was working fine and we managed to transfer files to the G900.

Internet:

The G-series flagship model is equipped with the popular mobile browser Opera v8, which in contrast to v9.5 didn’t leave us with good feelings. The heavy pages were loading slow and even when using Wi-Fi, didn’t visualize correctly. You can view them in landscape mode as well but the navigation through the D-pad becomes very annoying since the directions are kept the same as in portrait mode. In this case, using the touchscreen is much more convenient although somewhat slow.


The only way you can facilitate the navigation of large sites is to zoom in/out, but there is no shortcut for that (e.g. volume controls), and you’ll have to get into the extra menus on the options. Nevertheless, there are various functions, which are not frequently used, but are assigned to the keypad buttons. The lack of pan-view in a high-class device targeting the Internet generation is absurd, especially after seeing it in the much simpler G502. As a whole, we are very disappointed from this element.

An additional “RSS feeds” options allows you to get the information you need in just a few seconds, without the need of fast (Wi-Fi or UMTS) connection and generating lots of traffic.

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