Sony Ericsson’s 8 megapixel camera phone, the C905 Cybershot, made its way into our labs just recently and it has a few neat surprises in store for SE fans. Allow me to give you my impression on the latest Cybershot camera phone that’s hit the shelves.
While at first sight the C905 may come off as a bit bulky, weighty and thick (18mm), it however does have that feel good factor that will immediately take away all doubt of it being something one would construe to be an uncomfortable-to-use handset. It also weighs in at just 136g. The 2.4-inch TFT LCD display sports a 240 x 320 pixel resolution with 262K colors. Just above the display, on either side of the earpiece are shortcut keys for quick access to various camera settings. A secondary camera is located in between. The five way nav pad also has camera shortcuts that become available when in camera mode. The other keys are quite generic to Sony Ericsson handsets – Call Answer and End, two open keys, a Cancel/Delete key and access to the shortcut menu.
The C905 is a brilliantly smooth slider phone with a well designed keypad that’s large enough to accommodate even stubby fingers like my own. The keys themselves are well placed and space is utilized to the fullest. On one side of the handset are the volume/zoom keys, shortcut to the gallery, camera mode switcher (video to still) and the camera’s shutter release. An M2 card slot and SE’s proprietary port are located on the other side. The speaker and strap loop are at the bottom.
What really appealed to me was the camera, that’s very neatly hidden by a sliding panel at the rear. The bottom portion actually moves inside to accommodate the top. Just slide the silver panel down (smooth) and voila, an 8 megapixel camera lens with a Xenon flash is revealed.
What I’d also like to talk about are the goodies that are included in the packaging. Apart from the 2GB M2 card that accompanies the handset is a sleek memory card reader for the same (swivel design). SE has also finally answered our pleas to do away with their one-port-for-all system. The port is still present of course, but the charger now has a secondary port built in for plugging in the handsfree whilst the handset charges. It’s well designed and I haven’t been ‘shocked’ so far, in case you’re wondering.
So much for the design and box content, I’d say it does really well in the looks department.
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