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Sony Ericsson C902 - Sony Ericsson C902

By Sandra Vogel

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Sony Ericsson C902

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Of course there is more than just photography to this handset. Music playing is another stalwart of Sony Ericsson mobiles and the player here offers good playback features despite this not being a Walkman branded phone. There is 160MB of built in memory and a Memory Stick Micro card slot under the battery cover which you can get to without removing the battery itself.

I am coming to loathe Sony Ericsson's chunky earpiece connector that generally doubles for mains power and PC connection. It is simply too plasticky, too large and too ugly for the latest crop of mobiles.

Nowhere is that more apparent than with the C902. The mains power connector has a through port so you can charge the phone and use a headset at the same time, but the side-mounted socket either used singly for the headset or along with the mains power charger is ugly, ugly, ugly.

On the plus side Sony Ericsson provides a 3.5mm connector beyond the mic of its bundled headset so you can use your own earphones, and battery life is amazingly good. I got 15 hours 38 minutes of non-stop music from a full battery charge.

Among the other features to be found here is a very good web browser, RSS feed reader, FM radio, two-way video calling, Bluetooth (and output to a Bluetooth stereo headset), mobile email and IM, a sound recorder, calculator, task manger five alarms, calendar, notes taker, stopwatch and timer.

It is a shame that Sony Ericsson doesn't feel the need to include Wi-Fi in a phone as capable as this one is. It isn't often I hanker for operator free Internet capability from a Sony Ericsson handset, but this one is an exception.

Verdict

The good camera and excellent hardware design help the C902 stand out. The horrid peripheral jack really has had its day, and I'd like Wi-Fi, but even with those gripes this is a superb mobile phone.

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GoldenGuy

July 13, 2008, 7:01 pm

Congratulations Ms. Vogel. Now don't OD on those 9s now.

Aloonatic

September 26, 2008, 3:44 pm

I just don't understand why they would create a phone that seems to be trying to be a market leading camera phone (going by the adverts and seeing as it clearly has no ambitions to be a smart-phone) yet they have taken out the Xenon flash which makes all the difference when taking photos in any conditions other than bright day light whilst outside.





And why oh why oh why do they insist on sticking with their proprietary connections?





In the end I moved over to the N95 (after years of SE loyalty, T610, W800i & K800i) as the camera and flash are fairly similar (although Sony's software/image processing seems to give better/more realistic colour reproduction than Nokia's) yet it can do far far more and I don't have to carry the PC connector cables around with me, as almost every where I got someone has the USB cables needed and any old headphones will work.





Was the person who decided on the removal/non inclusion of the Xenon flash from the c902 the came person who decided on the keys for the K850i?





If so they need to be fired out of the Sony-Ericsson headquarters by catapult, asap.





Sort it out Sony, I used to be a loyal customer but you seem to have hit a wall or something with the K800 and everything since has been rather underwhelming.

PaulWeston

September 26, 2008, 5:54 pm

Absolutely awful phone. I've used Sony Ericsson faithfully since 2000 but unless you stand beneath a phone mast you can forget having a conversation. The camera is good during the day but what happened to the flash?? So close yet so disappointing. I offered to GIVE it to someone whose C902 screen broke but he refused a free phone. Enough said! I wish I hadn't recycled my old phone.

Aloonatic

October 4, 2008, 3:48 pm

update:





My girlfriend got this phone recently as she doesn't like Nokia and didn't want a touch screen.





I think she'll change her mind after using the c902 for much longer.





It is pretty rubbish, I can't see how it's been given anything over a 7 in this review and that would be being generous.





Tiny screen, useless flash, no wifi, nothing new, a retrograde step. Everyone will see the first line of your texts as you can't change this option like you could on the older Sony's, a little clue as to how this phone can never be seen as an upgrade.





5MP camera you are saying? Yes it has one, but all that means is that the photos are bigger, take up more memory so it runs out faster/fewer on your card and it takes longer for anything to be processed and therefore uses more batter power.





The flash isn't worth bothering to turn on, it's even worse than my N95's and I thought that was bad. It's like going back to the "flash" on the w800i.





Oh but it's slim and pretty. It is uncomfortable to hold and weighs a ton some how?





Seriously Sony, what are you doing?





Your last few phones have been rubbish rubbish rubbish.





You will not be around much longer if you carry on like this and whereas I would have been sad to see you go a couple of years ago, now I wouldn't notice.





Long story short.





If you are thinking of buying this phone as you have used Sony phones before and have one now, DON'T!!!!!!





If the joystick isn't broken on your k800i go for the cheaper contract/calls option you will be offered and keep the k800i. This phone IS NOT AN UPGRADE.





Is that clear enough?





So disappointed, so happy to have jumped ship when I did.

JamesF21a

November 13, 2008, 4:53 pm

I have just changed to this phone from my Nokia 6300, which I did come to like (never having liked Nokias in the past).





So, how do I rate this phone after the 6300? It is great! No freezing, and it all seems fairly intuitive so far. Many of the options are accessed via shifting along tabs so you CAN have individual ringtones, and pictures, for each contact member (so ignore that comment by the previous 'reviewer') - which aren't always obvious, so maybe Sony Ericsson should have made those a bit more obvious? Then again, I found them within 5 mins!





The only negative thing so far is Sony's insistance to use their own connector and not a mini-USB or jack plug hole - so my aftermarket earphones won't work - unless someone has produced a patch lead for that sort of thing?





The memory of c.160MB is okay, but I'd reccommend buying a memory card - my 2GB cost 㾸 from Jessops so am sure you could buy it cheaper elsewhere but even so thst isn't so bad.





I have short fat fingers, and found the 6300 okay to use, and the c902 is okay so far, but maybe not quite as good, but as I have only had the phone less than 24 hours maybe I just haven't got used to it yet?!

JamesF21a

March 5, 2010, 7:43 pm

Update





Okay, after another 14 months or so, I do now feel entitled to comment on this phone...





It is a real curates egg.





The good bits...


Overall a great camera for outdoors (which is one main reason I like it)- easy to do one handed if one hand tied up (with dog for instance). So good I have used some for publications.


What the phone can do is great too - I like the radio, appointments, alarms, etc, BUT there is a BUT, see below...





Bad bits


- Camera is rubbish in low light / indoors


- The way the software works is SO frustrating! It is very slow to react to inputs so you are often waiting for it catch up with what you want to do


- The keypad is utterly dreadful. This is why I cannot wait to be able to upgrade my phone. I absolutely hate the keypad! Maybe it's my fingers but the whole user interface is horrid, for me anyway. Maybe you'd be okay with it?





So, I am looking forward very much to changing my phone. I have to say though that I just don't know what with, as there doesn't seem to be a phone with comparable camera (and I do use that all the time). Pity there doesn't seem to be an option for selecting camera phones on TR website - unless I've missed it of course!

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