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Sony Ericsson C702 Cyber-shot

Sony Ericsson's C702 is the less sophisticated sister of the C902 which I reviewed a few weeks ago and loved. Like the C902 this is an entrant in Sony Ericsson's Cyber-shot range and its emphasis is on camera capability.

But there is other good stuff going on here too. This is a quad-band GSM mobile with HSDPA and a front-facing camera for two-way video-calling. It has 150MB of built-in memory and the usual Memory Stick Micro support. The slot is on the left side of the casing and so is easily accessible.

It also, as is the trend for higher end mobiles at the moment, incorporates a GPS antenna. This can be used to geotag photos as well as for other activities.


Geotagging capability will sit happily in the phone for as long as you use it. The same goes for the pre-installed copy of Google Maps and the Tracker application that can be used to monitor your speed and distance and could double as a training aid if you don't want the added features you get from dedicated equipment.

You can also use the C702 for point-to-point navigation. This comes via the Wayfinder software. The software is pre-installed but I understand that you only get it for a trial period, and after that, you'll need to pay to continue with it.

One point on general handling is worth making very early on. I had the Devil's own job getting the battery cover off. Now, this isn't in itself a deal breaker for any mobile phone. After all, how often are you likely to want to get to the SIM slot or remove the battery?

I don't object to the physical battery lock which can be rotated with a fingernail. What galls is that I actually had to take a pen-knife to the cover to get it off rather than using the normal push-and-slide method. The risk of breaking the cover using my system is high, and if I'd bought this phone I'd hate having to do it. Poor design, Sony Ericsson.

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