Another nifty aspect of the C902 is the camera’s lens cover. Where these are provided on candybar style mobiles they are usually a sliding cover which you flick back to get the camera started.
Here the whole phone slides apart on a hinge about half way along its length, so that the handset grows about a centimetre taller. Lens, LED flash and a tiny self portrait mirror are exposed and the camera software runs. It is a stylish and clever system, and the metal from which the back of the fascia is made provides solid protection for the lens when it is covered.
In fact, if I have a design gripe it is about the general size of this mobile. It is a bit on the chunky side at 108mm tall (when the lens cover is closed). And while at 49mm wide, 10.5mm thick and 107g in weight it is not too far off the average, smaller pockets may not be able to accommodate this phone.
The camera’s performance is up there with the best 5-megapixel offerings I’ve seen on a mobile phone. My test shot of the coloured dish photographed under normal household lights is very sharp and its colours are vibrant.
The chair is perhaps a little duller in colour than I would have liked, but the camera had to cope with a very overcast day. The purple flower was photographed in macro mode.
The phone will geocode photos and you can easily use the built in Google Maps to view the locations at which they were taken. That option is available from the photo viewing application.
Oh, and an accelerometer ensures that when looking at your snaps a quick turn of the phone is all that is required to flick between wide and tall versions of your photos.