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Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C903 - Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C903

By Sandra Vogel



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Music playback is of course here, and as usual Sony Ericsson lets the whole show down by implementing its dreadful, side-mounted, huge, proprietary headset connector. Really, Sony Ericsson, what is the point of designing nice slim handsets if pockets get snagged by the ugly looking headset connector? The headset itself is only a one-piece affair on this mid-range handset, so you can't even substitute a favourite set above the mic as you could with a two-piece set. This is a very low point of an otherwise good handset.

I asked the phone to play music non-stop from a full battery charge and it managed 8 hours 39 minutes of playback. More anecdotally, it was not difficult to get through two days without visiting a mains power supply. Sony Ericsson's official battery life suggestion is 10 hours of talk and 400 hours on standby on GSM.

There is 130MB of built-in memory and a Memory Stick Micro slot under the backplate for adding more storage. As usual, Sony Ericsson includes plenty of software extras. Those I've not mentioned include TrackID, PhotoDJ, VideoDJ and MusicDJ, sound recorder, messaging including email, RSS feed reader, FM radio, five alarms, a pedometer, photo deformer called 'pull face', YouTube client, calendar, tasks manager, notes taker, timer, stopwatch and calculator.


Nobody really needs an 8-megapixel camera on their phone, and this 5-megapixel one is easy to use and takes a good snap. The phone itself feels a bit plasticky in build terms, but the features list is good. It is a pity about the headphones debacle.

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July 10, 2009, 4:58 pm

"This time round, Sony Ericsson has got the ergonomics of use right. On the front fascia, the navigation button is basically a large square with rounded edges, which is raised from its surroundings to make it easier to hit accurately. The softkey buttons are very small but are again raised to aid location. The larger Call and End keys are raised too. The only flush buttons on the front fascia are the Activity Menu and Clear keys. These sit right at the bottom of the casing and are large enough to hit accurately despite their low-profile. "

This paragraph could be shortened to:

"This time round, Sony Ericsson has got the ergonomics of use right - its almost exactly the same as the nokia N85".

seriously, how much does this phone look like the n85?


July 10, 2009, 9:00 pm

Intersesting and detailed review folks as always many thanks BUT>>>

" the C903 doesn't BETTER the C905's"

Does not better???

Come on guys!! you can do better than that ;-)

- I realise there is an inevitable and almost compelling desire to pander to modern 'Yuff' vernacular, prose, Americanised writing style and usage. But why bother with correct (British) English at all if it does not even sound right when mixed in ad hoc?

I know I cant spell or create good text but surely your editorial staff can? - And yes I do realise that you have a global audience to cater for....


July 10, 2009, 9:41 pm

What's wrong with Sandra's use of the verb 'to better'? Maybe you should invest in a dictionary!


July 11, 2009, 3:04 pm

Excepting the grammatical errors listed above, I thought it was a useful review. I'm in the market for a replacement for my three year old K800i. I don't believe Sony Ericsson has produced a phone worthy of the name successor, to the K800i. No one has! Every so often a product comes along and defines the state of the art. Three years down the line, the K800i is still the King, although others may have some 'better' features, overall, as a package, the K800i is waiting to lose it's crown!

Nokia and Samsung couldn't even dream to have a phone as good as that one, so what's all the fuss about the Nokia N(aff)95?

I would like a new candybar phone. I believe that there will be C901, candybar version of the C903? Any news on that one?


July 11, 2009, 5:39 pm

please judge speed and reaction of the camera part of the phone.

this test was one of your worst.. sorry.. no fun or really interesting to read.

some photos of the phone in different hands to give some sense of proportion would be nice too :-)

keep writing and testing ;-)


July 12, 2009, 9:19 pm


If this is correct, I bow to your superior knowledge as an expert.

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