The 2.4in screen delivers the usual 240 x 320 pixels. Sony Ericsson’s screens are usually sharp and bright, and this one is no exception. The front fascia design makes it look as though the screen dominates, too. An optical illusion, but one Sony Ericsson must be quite pleased with.
The C903 has an accelerometer that ensures the screen rotates when you are in some applications. Picture viewing is one, web browsing another. The rotation sensor is very responsive and screen rotation was fast. I just wish it worked all the time, in every application, on the main screen, everywhere, really.
There is no Wi-Fi here but there is GPS. You can geotag photos and in the main menu on the handset there is a group of applications called Location Services. Open this up and there’s quite a bit to let you take advantage of the GPS. For example, Near Me finds facilities that are close to your current location, and its database includes things like cinemas, clubs and gigs, food and drink locations, cashpoints, chemists and petrol stations. There is also Wayfinder, a point-to-point navigation application; and Tracker, a GPS tracker you can use, for example, on training runs. Google Maps is here too.
This is a 3G handset with HSDPA. There is a search function mapped to the right softkey on the home screen and this calls up a Google search box. Slap your term in and you are online in a jiffy. It is fast, efficient, and very useful.
Here’s an annoyance. TV-Out is supported but Sony Ericsson doesn’t bother to supply a cable. I always like to see this feature on a phone, but if you have to fork out for extra kit to make it work, I doubt many people will get to see their photos, video or other screen-based stuff on a telly.
There is no front-mounted camera for two-way video calling. The main camera lens sits under a slide-away cover. This fits lengthways along the whole of the backplate giving the phone’s back a very ‘digital camera’ look. The cover protects not only the lens but also a dual LED flash unit.
Camera features map to all the number buttons and if you memorise them it is really quick to get around the settings. Among the camera highlights is BestPic with up to nine images, face detection and smile shutter modes.
The camera quality is very good. The coloured dish, photographed indoors under normal household lights, has good colour reproduction and is sharp. Outside, the level of detail captured on the chair is perfectly acceptable, and the flower, shot quite close but without the macro mode turned on is also good. The colour reproduction and detail both impress. There is a 16x digital zoom if you feel the need.