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Sony Ericsson G900 Review

Sony Ericsson G900

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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


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.


Multimedia:

x-Pict - Sony Ericsson G900 Review

x-Pict

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

Radio

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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PhoneArena rating:
5Average
Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
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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