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Sony Ericsson C903 review




Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

The materials, phone design, usability and new UI features leave us very satisfied with the Sony Ericsson C903.

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
CNET

The Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot has truly impressive photo powers for such an inexpensive phone. In fact, it's one of the best camera phones we've seen at any price. The case feels cheap and plasticky, and we missed having Wi-Fi connectivity, but, if you want a champagne camera phone on a beer bud...

- Flora Graham , CNET


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Sony released the Ericsson C903 on February 10, 2009.


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Sony backs up the Ericsson C903 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.4"

The Sony Ericsson C903's screen size is 2.4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
130 MB

Internal memory is 130 MB. An external, Memory Stick Micro (M2) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1000 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time.

Ericsson C903 Specs

Overview
Release date February 10, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 130 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.51 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.7 x 4.9 x 1.6 cm (3.8 x 1.9 x 0.6 in)
Weight 96 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Micro (M2)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
16x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Image stabilization, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

C903 is packed with features you'd expect of a high-end phone and it behaves like one as well

Sony Ericsson C903 is a cameraphone but it also likes to come off as a genuine all-rounder. Our traditional competition comparing has moved to the conclusion, bit it's still as relevant as possible.

The C903 competition consists of several phones all of them sharing the the major specifications with the C903 - a slider form factor, quad-band GSM and HSDPA support, GPS and A-GPS support, 5 megapixel camera, and a 2.4" or bigger display.

In our latest Sony Ericsson reviews we've had a hard time finding direct competitors for the corresponding Sony Ericsson phone, but here we seem to have a perfect match in the form of the Nokia 6260 slide. In many ways though, the 6260 actually outperforms the C903.

With almost the same phone dimensions, the Nokia 6260 slide has a bigger resolution of 320 x 480 pixels on its 16M TFT 2.4" display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, a 5 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and VGA video recording, 200 MB internal memory and faster data speeds (HSDPA 10.2 Mbps). A final conclusion would be impossible with the prices of both phones still unknown, but the spec sheet is a good starting point for comparison.

Another attractive offering is the Samsung S7350 Ultra s, also known as the S7350 UltraSlide. This phone was also officially presented for the first time at the MWC in Barcelona. At only 12.6mm it's a very thin slider but this is well at the expense of width and height. The S7350 Ultra s has the advantage over the C903 with its bigger 2.6" 16M TFT display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, faster HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), WVGA video recording at 30fps, DviX/ XviD codec support and document viewer. The C903 has more camera extras, including dedicated controls, camera shortcuts, and accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, better multimedia application (Media center) as well as TrackID. The same goes for the comparison with the Nokia 6260 slide.

Another MWC newcomer is the LG KT770. This Symbian-based slider has a bigger 2.8" TFT display of WQVGA resolution and again outperforms the C903 in terms of Wi-Fi. Its 5MP camera also packs lots of goodies: geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection but on top of this records VGA video at 30fps. Faster HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) and a document viewer round off the KT770's advantages over the Sony Ericsson C903.

All that being said, we come to rounding up our impressions. As we type our final words on the Sony Ericsson C903 review, we are left with nothing but good feelings about this phone. Its story has some ups and downs, but - on the whole - this sweet phone is definitely a positive and pleasing step forward.

One could grumble about the lack of Wi-Fi, but you cannot expect Sony Ericsson or any other company to incorporate it into every hi-end feature phone.

Our only wish would be to see the superb imaging quality from the camera of the C905 on this baby. It has the same camera quality as on the C902, and that's definitely in need of some improvements.

Generally, the materials, phone design, usability and new UI features leave us very satisfied with the Sony Ericsson C903. We cannot comment on the retail price of the phone, but we think it will be almost the same as the Sony Ericsson C902.
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Sony Ericsson C903 is a cameraphone but it also likes to come off as a genuine all-rounder. Our traditional competition comparing has moved to the conclusion, bit it's still as relevant as possible.

The C903 competition consists of several phones all of them sharing the the major specifications with the C903 - a slider form factor, quad-band GSM and HSDPA support, GPS and A-GPS support, 5 megapixel camera, and a 2.4" or bigger display.

In our latest Sony Ericsson reviews we've had a hard time finding direct competitors for the corresponding Sony Ericsson phone, but here we seem to have a perfect match in the form of the Nokia 6260 slide. In many ways though, the 6260 actually outperforms the C903.

With almost the same phone dimensions, the Nokia 6260 slide has a bigger resolution of 320 x 480 pixels on its 16M TFT 2.4" display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, a 5 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and VGA video recording, 200 MB internal memory and faster data speeds (HSDPA 10.2 Mbps). A final conclusion would be impossible with the prices of both phones still unknown, but the spec sheet is a good starting point for comparison.

Another attractive offering is the Samsung S7350 Ultra s, also known as the S7350 UltraSlide. This phone was also officially presented for the first time at the MWC in Barcelona. At only 12.6mm it's a very thin slider but this is well at the expense of width and height. The S7350 Ultra s has the advantage over the C903 with its bigger 2.6" 16M TFT display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, faster HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), WVGA video recording at 30fps, DviX/ XviD codec support and document viewer. The C903 has more camera extras, including dedicated controls, camera shortcuts, and accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, better multimedia application (Media center) as well as TrackID. The same goes for the comparison with the Nokia 6260 slide.

Another MWC newcomer is the LG KT770. This Symbian-based slider has a bigger 2.8" TFT display of WQVGA resolution and again outperforms the C903 in terms of Wi-Fi. Its 5MP camera also packs lots of goodies: geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection but on top of this records VGA video at 30fps. Faster HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) and a document viewer round off the KT770's advantages over the Sony Ericsson C903.

All that being said, we come to rounding up our impressions. As we type our final words on the Sony Ericsson C903 review, we are left with nothing but good feelings about this phone. Its story has some ups and downs, but - on the whole - this sweet phone is definitely a positive and pleasing step forward.

One could grumble about the lack of Wi-Fi, but you cannot expect Sony Ericsson or any other company to incorporate it into every hi-end feature phone.

Our only wish would be to see the superb imaging quality from the camera of the C905 on this baby. It has the same camera quality as on the C902, and that's definitely in need of some improvements.

Generally, the materials, phone design, usability and new UI features leave us very satisfied with the Sony Ericsson C903. We cannot comment on the retail price of the phone, but we think it will be almost the same as the Sony Ericsson C902.

 

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CNET

Makes a few sacrifices in order to deliver fantastic photo quality at a low price

from CNET

The Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot has truly impressive photo powers for such an inexpensive phone. In fact, it's one of the best camera phones we've seen at any price. The case feels cheap and plasticky, and we missed having Wi-Fi connectivity, but, if you want a champagne camera phone on a beer...More

The Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot has truly impressive photo powers for such an inexpensive phone. In fact, it's one of the best camera phones we've seen at any price. The case feels cheap and plasticky, and we missed having Wi-Fi connectivity, but, if you want a champagne camera phone on a beer budget, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the C903.

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