Sony Ericsson C905 Review – 8 Megapixel Cameraphone

Sony Ericsson C905 Review: Released in 2008, the C905 was the next model in the C-line of Sony Ericsson phones. The ‘C’ stood for ‘Cyber-shot’, a trademark of Sony’s camera range. This family of phones replaced the earlier K-series which had specialised in imaging.

With many of the phones in the various Sony Ericsson families converging on each other slightly in terms of specification, something needed to be done. And this was very much the case for this model of phone. While reminiscent of some of the earlier Walkman style models, the C905 really took some forward steps in the imaging department. This was one of the first phones to have a 8-megapixel camera on board. It also offered imaging features only really seen on standalone digital cameras at the time, such as face and smile detection and image stabilising.

This was a bold release, going up against many of the touch-screen phones at the time. The most comparable competitor that can be seen is the Nokia N95, which featured a similar slide-factor as well as top-end capabilities.

Full specifications here.

Whilst camera phones would continue to improve, the C-series line from Sony Ericsson was relatively short. In fact it could be said that the C905 was one of the last real premium slider phones of its type. Most of its features would be used in the newer Xperia model of mobile phones.

Sony Ericsson C905 Review Pros:

  • This was all about the camera – a high resolution 8MP sensor produced excellent quality images unmatched by most other handsets. As had come to be expected the design revolved around this with physical camera buttons and a lens cover.
  • Connectivity was excellent on the phone. The quad-band model sensibly included Wi-Fi, which allowed this to be used as a real media centre.
  • Much like the N95, assisted GPS was included on the phone meaning this could be used as a navigation device with the correct software.
  • All the good features of the previous Walkman series were included on the phone including the media player and TrackID.

Sony Ericsson C905 Review Cons:

  • The construction was rather chunky, giving rise to a relatively thick and heavy handset. This was perhaps not required having seen some of Sony Ericsson’s other releases.
  • The screen was a relative disappointment for a high-end model. The 240 x 320 screen was 2.4 inches. This was much the same as devices seen 2 years previously.
  • Despite the excellent rear camera the phone did not feature a front-facing camera for video calls.
  • Applications and their expansion options on the phone were relatively limited compared to Nokia, Android and Apple.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

The C905 was a powerhouse of a phone. It was a popular model at its release and still is nowadays although prices can be very variable. Constructed from a similar rubberised material as seen in other Sony Ericsson phones, these were not easy to keep in good condition.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

Sony Ericsson C905 Disassembly Instructions

If you are interested in taking apart the Sony Ericsson C905 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

Sony Ericsson C905 Video Review

Here is a video review of the Sony Ericsson C905 which covers most of its main features:

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