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Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a 8.1 MP Camera Phone, Silver (AT&T)
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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 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.
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.
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).
- 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
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).
Top Customer Reviews
I had also tried out a Sony Ericsson k850i in the mix, but despite the Xenon flash, I was unimpressed by the overall picture quality. It performed no better than my N95 as a camera phone, and was lacking in every other aspect. (No GPS, no WiFi, not very many useful applications, etc).
That was then, and this is now.Read more ›
I don't want to review the phone in detail as this model is almost a year old for SE even though AT&T started to carry it just recently.Good thing is nothing newer came from SE to make this phone obselete. In fact, it's still their best camera phone because of the Xenon flash. The original C905 even has WiFi while this AT&T branded version has WiFi disabled. It can be enabled if you know how to debrand the phone. Search Google for "Debrand C905a" and you should see the solution. It's very easy and can be done in less than 10 minutes once you download the applications required. But remember, you will lose any the AT&T branded software which to me are useless. The phone even feels faster once debranded. You can even enable the phone to play Youtube once you debrand and make a change in an xml file. Again, google for the info.
The build quality is excellent and much better than W760a.The screen is very bright and readable in sunlight and with sunglasses unlike several other phones. Smart dialing is very useful if you have a huge contact list. Also, from call logs, you can choose "Details" and view all other numbers and for the contact. Comes in very handy when you want to dial a different number of that contact. Installed Opera Mini for browsing and it makes browsing a much better experience compared to the standard browser that comes with the phone.Read more ›
* 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seriously. This may not be a "smart phone". But it is a very clever camera. Great camera with a good phone integrated into it. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Jay Gahtege
Several people have posted about charging problems. I have had a Sony c905a phone and a 580i phone for years. Both have the stupid Sony "fast port. Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Julie R.
I got this phone shortly after it came out and LOVE IT!! I am a Mom who doesn't carry a purse around with a little boy that I love to take pictures of!! Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Kris10Sue
Though this review comes quite late, and probably does not matter anymore since this phone is no longer available for sale, I feel I must put in my thoughts to express my... Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by SFReviewer
I bought this phone and ATT service through amazon in March (hubby got blackberry which he's equally disatisfied with ). I like the camera on the phone, it's very convenient. Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Pam
I went to the AT&T store to get a new phone and was intrigued by this on display. I was looking to get a phone with a qwerty keyboard and music playback. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Brendan M. Kennedy
I didn't take the data plan with this phone as it was added as a family line, but other than that it was functioning fine until yesterday. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Brij2K
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... Read more
I got this phone very recently but did not find this phone so marvelous as it is advertised.
First, as I got this phone with a contract with ATNT, it came preloaded with... Read more