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Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Sony Ericsson G900 5

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Although not branded as a Cyber-shot, G900 is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus and as the manufacturer claims, quality suitable for prints.
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Camera interface

The camera interface starts for about 2 seconds, if you manage to deal with the extremely inconvenient button. The focus takes 3 seconds and basically, in 6-7 seconds, you will be able to take pictures again.

The design of the menus is quite different from the one we’ve seen in the Cyber-shot series. The interface is optimized to be finger friendly, and you even have an option to select the focus area by touch. In order to take a picture however, you will have to tap and hold the screen, which makes this function pleasant, but inconvenient. Besides the focus settings, you can adjust the different modes, frames and flash.

From the options, you can select size and quality of the pictures, white balance, turn on/off the self-portrait and add effects. We also have an image stabilizer present, which doesn’t have any visible results. Besides, it makes switching the flash on impossible and useless indoors.

Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Outdoor images - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Outdoor images - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Outdoor images - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Outdoor images - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Outdoor images

Strong light - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Medium light - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Low light - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Low with Flash - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Low with Flash

Indoor images

The outdoor picture quality is satisfactory, the colors are saturated and pleasant, but the fine details are not present. There is heavy noise when pictures are taken in a darker environment and they are almost useless. The flash is rather strong, but because of its positioning (in the upper left corner), the objects photographed are not evenly illuminated, which leads to quite strange results if you are shooting from a close distance. Overall, the camera performs well, but is behind the modern cameraphones..

G900 records video with sound, but unfortunately in the outdated 3gp format with QVGA resolution and only 15 fps. The quality is not impressive at all.


x-Pict - Sony Ericsson G900 Review


The phone is equipped with the well-known flash based multimedia menu, which houses photo gallery, your music and video files. Here we have the fun option x-Pict, which lets you make short presentations from your pictures. Unfortunately, viewing the very photographs is very inconvenient since zooming in is done via a menu without shortcuts.

Music player - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Music player - Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Music player

Music-wise, the phone cannot be compared to the Walkman series of the manufacturer. You can sort your tracks by artist, album, frequently played or to create various playlists. The quality of the sound coming from the loudspeaker is quite bad and there are annoying crackling noises. Using the earphones from the box improves the situation despite the sound being still very sharp. You have an equalizer at your disposal, through which you can drastically change sound but there are no customizable presets.

Radio - Sony Ericsson G900 Review
Radio - Sony Ericsson G900 Review


The radio has RDS and its interface is very finger-friendly. The TrackID option is a very nice and provides info on the song you are currently listening to. This is done in the following way: a short portion of the track currently playing is recorded and then compared to an Internet database. Most of the time, the results are correct and you won’t wonder what’s the name of the group playing. This same function can be chosen from the Entertainment menu and applied on your music collection.

Video playback - Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Video playback

The video watching experience is average. The MPEG4 clips with H.264 codec and QVGA resolution play, but there is a strange bug. When you are in portrait mode, everything runs smoothly. The first tens seconds after switching to landscape are OK as well, then the screen flashes and the picture becomes choppy and doesn’t correspond to the sound. This makes watching videos impossible. On top of that, although claimed by the manufacturer to be supported, H.263 doesn’t start playing right-away.Basically, G900 is not suitable for watching videos.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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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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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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