I may as well stick with the camera having mentioned it. A very well made and solid lens cover slides away and activates the camera’s software. The Xenon flash is welcome and there’s up to 16x digital zoom if you want to degrade your photos that far. There is image stabilisation, too, and you can blog images from the handset.
Sony Ericsson’s BestPic multishooting system is here, and you can geotag images using the built in GPS (more on this later).
The camera was very easy to use thanks to all those shortcut buttons. Image quality was reasonable, though I don’t think it is of the highest standard we can expect from an 8-megapixel phone or, indeed, from Sony Ericsson.
The coloured dish, photographed without flash and under normal household lights is a little lacking in vibrancy. Outdoors the chair is reasonable though the white is not as uniform as I’d have expected. The macro mode left a little to be desired too. The ”Sempervivum” plants are no more than 3cm across and the macro mode focus is not that great. I also noticed some shutter lag during testing which was an annoyance, but to counter that the autofocus system seemed speedy.
This is a 3G handset with quad-band GSM and HSDPA. A front-facing camera does for two-way video calls for those that want this and data downloading was unproblematic. Wi-Fi is also built-in so you can make data connections using this.
I mentioned the GPS earlier. There are several ways to use this apart from geotagging photos. Google Maps is incorporated and there’s a trial copy of the Wayfinder navigation tools for turn-by-turn routing. A full copy of an app called NearMe is also here. This provides info on entertainment venues and businesses that are, well, near your current location.
This is quite a range of GPS related software to get for starters, but I found the GPS itself to be less than wonderful. It was iffy in built up areas and I’ve certainly seen and used better.