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Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a 8.1 MP Camera Phone, Silver (AT&T)

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Boasting an impressive 8.1-megapixel camera and advanced features such as face detection, autofocus, xenon flash and geo-tagging, the Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a from AT&T simplifies your on-the-go photography needs while also taking advantage of AT&T's ultra-fast 3G network. Additionally, with AT&T's 3G network, you can listen to a conference call on a headset while sending and receiving e-mail attachments, picture messages or Web pages at the same time. This GPS-enabled phone can access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions as well as its Video Share service, which enables you to send video of yourself to another compatible phone while making a voice call.



The Sony Ericsson C905a is an excellent multimedia companion with a 8.1-megapixel camera, easy links to your blog and Facebook, a digital audio player with Bluetooth stereo music streaming, and more.


The C905a is packed with advanced camera functionality, such as auto focus, face detection, and a Xenon flash with red-eye reduction.
This nicely compact slider phone hides its alpha-numeric keypad until you need it, and the lens on the back of the phone is also protected by an active lens cover. The 2.4-inch scratch-resistant glass screen provides a brightly colorful way to review your photos, and you can easily print directly from the phone via PictBridge and Bluetooth functionality. Other features include video recording (at QVGA/30 fps), Bluetooth connectivity for handsfree devices and stereo music streaming, memory expansion via Memory Stick Micro (M2) media, access to mobile email and instant messaging, full HTML web browsing, and up to 3.5 hours of talk time.

AT&T Services
This AT&T phone can handle high-speed data connectivity via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband data network, which is available in most major metropolitan areas. The AT&T 3G network uses the dual-band 850/1900 MHz 3G network (UMTS/HSDPA), which provides download speeds ranging from 700 Kbps to 1.7 Mbps, and upload speeds ranging from 500 Kbps to 1.2 Mbps. This makes it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services, and it gives you the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services.

In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it's fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go. You'll also enjoy quad-band GSM connectivity, which allows you to make calls in more than 190 countries and access data applications in the more than 135 countries where AT&T offers international data roaming.

With 3G connectivity, you'll be able to access AT&T's Video Share service, which enables you to send a live, one-way video stream to another compatible phone during a standard voice call. The service also allows you to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. (Customers must be in an area served by the company's 3G network and have a Video Share-enabled phone.) While using Video Share with family and friends is a fun way to communicate, it's also very useful for business. For example, a majority of users in the architecture, engineering and construction industries rated the ability to share live video through Video Share highly, according to research commissioned by AT&T. Video Share lets you see progress on a job site or review the day's work without having to drive from an office or other site to do so.



Other features include Memory Stick Micro (M2) expansion to 8 GB, and access to email and instant messaging.
You can take advantage of the AT&T Navigator GPS software and service, a full-featured premium navigation application that includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. Additionally, AT&T Navigator is the only mobile phone-based GPS service that provides integrated speech recognition for address entry and points of interest search.

With 3G connectivity, you'll be able to access AT&T's Cellular Video (CV) service and the Internet while on the go. Cellular Video features content from CNN, The Weather Channel, iFilm, Comedy Central and exclusive premium content from HBO and much more. And you get access to AT&T Mobile Music, which enables you to buy tracks while on the, access the Napster and eMusic subscription music services, stream music video, discover what's playing with Music ID song-recognition software, and find out what's hot with The Buzz music news portal.

The phone has a built-in web browser for MEdia Net downloads and mobile web browsing. AT&T's MEdia Net service enables you to receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more.

Phone Features
The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a has a unique 2.4-inch display (240 x 320 pixels, 262K color depth) made of mineral glass--the same material used in watch crystals--which offers excellent scratch resistance and is great for showcasing your photos and videos. It sits above a square navigation area that features icons around the toggle that are illuminated when the C905a is held horizontally in camera mode--so you know it's ready to take pictures even in low-light conditions. The navigation area is surrounded by two soft navigation keys, send/end keys, a shortcut key, and a clear key. To dial a number, just slide the handset's face upwards to reveal the alpha-numeric keypad.

The C905a has a 160 MB internal memory, which can be expanded via optional Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards up to 8 GB in size. The internal phonebook can store up to 1000 contacts, and it features multiple numbers per contact (as well as up to three email addresses), support for caller groups, and picture/ringer ID capabilities.

Sliding open the camera lens cover automatically engages the camera application on the phone. The still camera can capture images up to 8.1 megapixels (with your choice of four resolution options and two quality settings), and it also features a 16x digital zoom, Xenon flash, and auto rotate. The Face Detection and Auto Focus capability enables the camera to detect and focus on the face of your subject rather than the background, so that you can take sharp and high quality pictures of your friends. The phone also incorporates the latest in lighting technology--Photo Flash--giving you better quality pictures even in low-light conditions.

An image stabilizer compensates for those small movements, reducing the chance that your photo comes out blurred. The Smart Contrast function automatically compensates for shadows or unnaturally bright light in a shot. The BestPic function gives you nine chances to capture the precise moment you want. As well as your shot, the phone takes four images as you press the button, and another four afterwards. Pick the one you want, trash the rest. Select the Photo Fix function to improve pictures that you think can be better. In a one-click operation, brightness, light and contrast are adjusted to give you the best possible picture.

If you want the people in your pictures to be happy, just activate Smile Shutter. The camera waits until your subject beams that broad grin--then it automatically snaps the picture. Finally, take advantage of your C905a's GPS location-based service capabilities by geo-tagging your photos with precise information about where they were taken.

In addition to still photos, the phone can also capture video clips, with videos for messaging capped at approximately 20 seconds and those meant for saving to your PC running for as long as you have available space. It can record as a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA) at 30 frames per second (fps).

Handsfree communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and file transfer. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server (additional charges or subscription applicable).

The digital audio player is compatible with a wide variety of formats, including MP3 and AAC/AAC+. Additionally, you can play MPEG4 and 3GPP videos. With the TrackID service, you can identify any song that you can hear by just recording a snippet of sound using the microphone. After sending the file for recognition, you'll have the name, artist and album sent to your phone. It also includes a built-in FM radio with RDS, which displays the name of the currently playing song (when tuned to compatible radio stations).

The phone also ships with a built-in email client with support for POP3 and IMAP4 protocols, while the included Access NetFront Web Browser allows you to surf full HTML web sites. It also supports RSS feeds, allowing you to use your phone to view up-to-the-minute news and other content from selected Web sites and blogs. Just subscribe to the feed and let it come to you. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, video, graphics and sound via messages. T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit--a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Other features:

  • Upload photos and video straight to your Blogger account or Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube pages.
  • Accelerometer auto-rotation--Enjoy your pictures in portrait or landscape mode. To move between modes, simply rotate the phone and the picture follows.
  • Photo feeds--Use Photo feeds to check your own and your friends' blogs. Access them all from one place: your phone's Media photo album.
  • Flight mode allows you to safely use the non-wireless functions of this phone (such as music, games, or organizer functions) on an airplane during flight
  • Mobile Email and Instant Messenger for quick and easy access on the go (instant messaging via AOL, Windows Live, Yahoo!)
  • USB mass storage capabilities
  • Access to YouTube streaming videos
  • Video Player with support for MPEG4, AMR, H.263, WMV file formats
  • Organizer tools: calendar, calculator, alarm clock, tasks, timer, notes, stopwatch
  • Personalize with downloadable games, graphic, ringtones and applications

Vital Statistics
The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a weighs 4.8 ounces and measures 4.09 x 1.93 x 0.71 inches. Its 950 mAh lithium-polymer battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of talk time, and up to 350 hours (14.6 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's 850/1900 MHz 3G frequencies (UMTS/HSDPA).


Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B002HJ300E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,923 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lene Jensen on August 11, 2009
When I got this, it was with the understanding that this is a backup phone and not a primary phone. For that, it's an excellent choice. As a primary phone I have my doubts I could live with it. But I may be spoiled by having had Nokia's N95 for over 2 years (1st gen and 3rd gen). I have not tried all features yet, but will add that to the review as I try them (music feature and GPS).

Pros
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* The phone is light. I like that I am not hauling a brick, but something so light. It is much lighter than my N95.
* The display is clear. But it is somewhat small. I actually found it easier to use than my N95, though. It's as if I see more. I guess it's because I mostly use this phone with the keyboard pulled out, and then I look at it from the side instead of traditional way. The display becomes more like a TV that way
* Full keyboard. Since the phone is quite small, the keyboard isn't very big. While I am used to qwerty keyboards on computers, and I am fairly fast typer, I felt I had to relearn it on this phone. I am probably too used to the one handed action on normal phone keyboards, so I found myself staring at the keyboard a lot.
* Menus are easy to use. There are three buttons on the cover for internet, menus and messaging, which is quite nice. There is also a soft menu you can modify. That was one of the first things I did, I practically swapped out all items. I also changed the colour scheme, although the yellow one is not bad. In fact, I found most of the themes to be better than what I had for the N95.
* Offline mode is useful when flying. You can still listening to music while not searching for towers.
* Integration with email is pretty good. I am very happy with how I can connect to gmail and get my mail.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Bo on November 4, 2009
This phone should not bear the name Nokia. First off, sliding it open to dial numbers is not efficient and when open - it is clumsy and awkward. Phone features and apps are ordinary, the screen size is too small and has very low resolution. The volume controls and the camera button are too close. Last but not least, the charger input is hidden behind a panel - why? The only nice thing I can say about the Surge is the smooth flow of the QWERTY keyboard. If you had to pay full retail for your first Nokia - it will be a huge letdown. I hope this is not the future of Nokia because it gets an D in design. I consider myself Nokia loyal, but I regret this purchase and I will return it (with a restocking fee). Buyers beware of restocking fees - sometimes these fees are as high as the price for the contract phone. It is best to know the product before you place the order. Amazon reviews are most helpful - if you take the time to do this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amity on September 22, 2009
I have had my phone for a about a week and I am loving it, I had the backjack2 before hand and this phone is a lot easier to use for what I need =) and you can go to nokia's web page and get more apps for it
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Texting? GREAT

Everything Else? Meh.

The great thing about coming from a regular ten button phone to this QWERTY keyboard is the speed in which you can send messages improves dramatically. I wasn't big on text messaging (money and plans aside) thinking that it was a Rube Goldberg way to contact people. After all, you are holding a phone in your hands. Why not just call them?

Part of that bias was based on the fact that with a ten button phone, typing a message was practically a test of patience. I had no patience when it came to that. Clicking away to make a few simple words was no fun at all. A simple phone call would do for me.

Then my phone died. In comes the Nokia 6790 Surge and boy what a switch-a-roo i made. I'd say that half the time I'm texting rather than calling. You wonder why I don't know much about people these days! Since I don't call them anymore, the only thing I find out about them is the information I need from them. If you want to be disconnected from your family and friends, just text a little.

This phone facilitates that task. The keyboard is nice and it feels like it can withstand a few beatings, and after a few days, your hands will be using that keyboard pretty nimbly. On that feature alone, most looking for a solid texting phone can be happy about this item. You can stop reading and get the phone. Solid 5 Stars!

Everyone else looking for the complete package will be disappointed. I found the phone to be a one trick pony. It does it well, but everything else is lacking.

Here's why:

Lets look at its aesthetics. For more adult hands, the phone has an awkward scale.
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By A Mom on March 1, 2010
I have had two of these since Nov. They have both had the same issue come up. The screen literally just dies!! So finally after the 2nd one going bad 2 days after they sent it to us, Nokia actually sent a new battery. Still no screen. So finally I was given the option of a different phone or this one again. I am trying one last time for this phone so we shall see.
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