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Sony Ericsson C905 review

 Review: October 2008  

Last updated June 2009

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The C905 raises the bar in camera phone capabilities, with an 8.1 megapixel camera with a powerful xenon flash.

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The C905 is the first Sony Ericsson phone to break the 8 megapixel camera barrier, and launches in the UK in the second half of October.

The C905 is a slide design phone, unlike the classic-shaped Sony Ericsson C902, and is quite a bit thicker and heavier than the 5 megapixel C902. It's still smaller than its arch-rival, the Nokia N96 though. It's available in a choice of colours: Night Black, Ice Silver (pictured) and Copper Gold. We've got to say that it's a very nice-looking phone, with a distinctive Sony Ericsson style - both square and curved at the same time!

Not only is this the first CyberShot phone with an 8 megapixel camera, it also brings back the xenon flash, which disappointingly was missing from its predecessor, the C902. Xenon flashes are considerably more powerful than LED flashes, and are used on "real" digital cameras, so it's nice to see that feature restored in the C905. It means that night photography is much less likely to end up as a murky blob (unless you were pointing the camera at a murky blob, of course.) There are so many settings and options on the C905's camera, that it can take quite a while to work out how to use it at its best - it will certainly appeal to keen camera buffs - but on the other hand all of these tools and gadgets make it easier to get a good photo even if you don't understand the principles of photography. As a CyberShot phone, Sony Ericsson have borrowed technology and features extensively from their range of market leading digital cameras. The camera has autofocus with face detection, plus an image stabiliser and red-eye reduction. A new feature introduced in the C905 is Smart Contrast, which automatically balances light and colour (a bit like the Auto Levels option in PhotoShop.) If you're still not confident of getting a decent shot with all this stuff helping you out, then BestPic™ will automatically take a series of 7 pictures, so that you can choose the best one!

Of course there will always be someone keen to point out that just having 8 megapixels and a load of gadgets doesn't make a camera that can rival a dedicated digital camera. That's true of course, and Sony aren't going to destroy the digital camera market with the release of this phone. However, if you have a camera this good built into your mobile, then we think that you'll be pretty satisfied with the results. Buy an expensive digital camera if you want to get the best possible quality by all means, but this beauty can match many of the mid-range cameras currently on the market.

As well as the 8 megapixel camera, there are a whole load of goodies packed inside the phone. Assisted GPS is a new addition, and it means that you can use the C905 for satellite navigation, either as a pedestrian or on the road. Google Maps is included, and a trial version of the Wayfinder Navigator software is bundled with the phone. This is more advanced than Google Maps, giving you turn-by-turn navigation, suitable for use in a car. The GPS also enables geo-tagging of photos, so you can identify exactly where your pictures were taken.

A fully functional media player is included, even though this isn't a Walkman phone. The media player will play music in MP3 and AAC formats, and is a well featured iPod substitute, supporting album art, playlists and high quality stereo sound. You can listen to music through the integrated speakers or using a stereo headset or a Bluetooth wireless stereo headset. Other music-related features include TrackID, which can identify a recorded song by track, artist and album. PlayNow lets you download premium content such as ringtones, although you have to pay for these.

The built-in memory isn't huge, at 160 Mbytes, but is adequate, and you can add a Memory Micro Stick to increase storage up to 8 GB - enough for 2,000 MP3 tracks.

As well as the usual features that you'd expect from a high calibre phone, there are a few new things that Sony Ericsson have introduced into the C905. The mobile email experience has been improved with Exchange ActiveSync, which synchronises with your Microsoft Exchange mail server. The auto rotate feature switches the display between portrait and landscape mode when you turn the phone around - great for photos and videos.

Another feature that got us quite excited is the addition of WiFi support. This augments the standard connectivity options of Bluetooth and USB. You can use the WiFi connection to connect wirelessly in WiFi hotspots. You can also easily move data between the phone and a PC equipped with WLAN. The C905 is also a 3G phone with HSDPA supporting data transfer speeds up to 3.6 Mbps. This is fast enough to enable near-broadband web browsing, file downloading and video streaming. You get a personal blog site with the phone, so you can use the 3G connection to upload photos and videos to your blog. Software is built into the phone to make it dead easy to blog or to send photos and videos to friends via MMS.

The C905 delivers most of what we were hoping for. If there's one spec we would have liked to change, it would have been the amount of built-in memory. Still 160 Mbytes is pretty respectable. The keypad is tricky for texting too, and the battery life is below average. Video calling is also missing, which is a bit of a disappointment, and a number of users have complained that the speaker broke within the first couple of months of ownership. Sony Ericsson continue to struggle to get all the details right, and we'd probably advise you to steer clear of the C905.

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Reviewed by wayne boyd from United Kingdom on 23rd Jun 2018
i still have one now, 2018 and i love it for the radio and music, the bult in speaker does have a punchy sound. camera is still better than a cheap £60 smart phone of ebay.
im still happy with it even today.

thanks sony x

Reviewed by terence from south africa on 30th Apr 2015
sorry i wrote my comment without reading all the complaints below
but i now need to give some good advice to people that own the c905. do not ever and i mean ever send your C905 to a company other than sony eriksonn for repair. this phone complicated just to disassemble. Secondly buy your C905 from a authorized sony eriksonn dealer and you get a 2 year guarantee. do not deal with monkeys. monkeys totally destroyed my C905,and i can not by a new or used sony eriksonin Sa. It is the lite finger problem.I tried to buy with eBay and it nver arrived, AMEN

Reviewed by terence.arpin from south africa on 30th Apr 2015
i am very confident to say that the sony eriksonn c905 is still a great phone to own in 2015 my phones battery has lasted 10-12 years and holds charge for 5-6 days at the moment i am trying to buy a new C905. This phone is small and fits in my hand and in my belt poach where it is safe. when i show the salesmen who sell the new sonys they all say, they gasp with surprise and say , if i had a 1000 of those phone i would sell within a week. I would like to add that those few issues you find in the above article, should be upgraded and you will have a master piece by sony eriksonn in 2015. the new phones are like bricks in your ear and they are very anti-social. and they also breakup marriages. thankyou

Reviewed by Ahmed from Pakistan on 22nd Apr 2015
Been working for 7 years now.... and it's still working!

Reviewed by Uddipan from Bangladesh on 8th Aug 2014
Can,t start please help me

Reviewed by sameera gunathilaka from sri lanka on 14th Jun 2012
now i use c905 it's very use full for me.i like it.

Reviewed by john from uk on 5th Feb 2012
My favourite ever phone! but short battery life, survived a swim in a pint though. I really do love this phone, great display, excellent features and a great design. Probably more efficient phones on the market now but for me this phone is great. I use another phone now but i still have my 905. Can't get rid of it coz i love it.

Reviewed by chawanzi from Zambia on 2nd Jan 2012
i got my c905 in august n within weeks, the speaker was dead. Managd to get it fixd bt the sound wasnt perfect. Bt nw, when i woke up on new years day, i noticed that wen i slide open my phone, i hav to wait for about 30 seconds for my screen to go on. Also wen am using it, if the back light goes off, i hav to wait for similar time afta pressin a button for the screen light to go on. At the same time, my speaker is dead. My camera oso stopd workin. Any body else eva hav such problems?

Reviewed by Enid agnus dei from England on 23rd Dec 2011
Was very upset when the screen died on mine, however i replaced it myself and the might C905 lives on, if this had been any other make of phone i might well have binned it, the reason i didn't is because i love the old thing, i'm a photographer and the camera on this is amazing given the fact it's a phone, ok the video quality isn't good but i hardly use it for that but the rest of the phone i can't really fault.

Reviewed by jupiter from ghana on 23rd Dec 2011
The c905 is a very good reliable phone.i use mine as a modem,a digital camera.

Reviewed by Jane from UK on 7th Jul 2011
I've had this phone for 3 years and I absolutely love it. It's the best phone I've ever had. The camera is fantastic and in spite of reviews I havent found the keypad tricky at all. I would definitely recommend it. I havent had any problems with it at all until recently, when one of the buttons on the keypad stopped working. Now I have to be fair and point out that it has taken a lot of abuse, Ive dropped it so many times I've lost count and it has been soaked twice but still worked. So now I'm buying another one.

Reviewed by Guido from UK on 22nd Jun 2011
Bougth this phone 3 years ago and it has a new function nowadays since I got a smartphone. I use this phone for good pictures, Wifi, Bluetooth and audiorecording. 8gb memorycard On things is still anoying...the SE chargerplug!

Reviewed by Cobbydaler from UK on 9th Jun 2011
I bought one from an auction site.I am a keen photographer and recently visited the yorkshire dales and wanted to try my c905 out along side my digital camera.I was suprised at the high quality images that i got. These are the best that i have had from a phone! Also it is a classy looking phone with a solid feel to it. Well done sony ericsson.

Reviewed by sandeep gupta from UK on 2nd Jun 2011
it is an excellant phone available in the market.its 8 mega pixel camera is beyond comparison.in other words, when others fail it starts and work till last......

Reviewed by Francis kangwa from UK on 11th May 2011
Its a lovely phone.

Reviewed by wilson from UK on 16th Apr 2011
Its a nice mobile .i am having it .its has superb camera but i dont know how to use its secondary camera for video call

Reviewed by NIL from Bangladesh from UK on 4th Feb 2011
I m a great fan of SE brand.Its a Amazing Mobile Phone.I LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and want 2 buy it.I want that this company will publish such amazing Cyber-Shot mobile in future.

Reviewed by Luke from UK on 29th Jan 2011
The C905 if a really good phone but after a year of having it the charger in the phone is coming loose so i am having trouble charging it up other sony ericsson phones i've never had that problem with other sony ericsson phones i'm now thinking of switching to nokias dont want to go through the same problem again with a sony ericsson phone.

Reviewed by virgo from UK on 29th Jan 2011
it is such a bad experience for me to have a sonyericsson c905 after purchasing a new c905 just after 2 weeks im unable to use it because it's screen is shoeing different colours

Reviewed by Tony from UK on 9th Jan 2011
At first it was great then the earpiece failed after a year! Japan rubbish

Reviewed by shelynn from UK on 28th Dec 2010
trust me.. u dont wanna use this fon.. the keypad was the worse.. n96 is so much better.. im getting x6..

Reviewed by ste from UK on 9th Dec 2010
had this phone 3 days and i've lost ringtones and speaker done a master reset now the phone freezes up all the time wot a waste of 150 quid as i got it from ebay from hong kong can't get my money back

Reviewed by Satcrazy from UK on 8th Dec 2010
I hate this phone with a passion. The worst phone i've ever signed a contract to, and now i'm stuck with it after getting it repaired 5 times within 5 months. Very angry as it deleted anything you try to edit, the keypad doesn't work, randomly switches off and lasts less than a day on battery even with no vibration low screen brightness. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PHONE!!!!!!!

Reviewed by sarwar mahar from UK on 26th Nov 2010
the slide screen is not setsfied. when move it up and down there is porblm it,s heavy and losesome screen is not display

Reviewed by Michele from UK on 5th Nov 2010
I think its an excellent phone! Camera is great, it rings, it has a calendar, it has an alarm - I have had mine nearly 2 years and have had no problems. Lets face it, if you want all the facilities of a PC then get a lap top!

Reviewed by Geoff Bullen from UK on 2nd Nov 2010
I have had my C905 for 18 months, its now come to the end of its life and i want to replace it with the same phone. It has everything i need.

Reviewed by Moo from UK on 1st Nov 2010
I hate this phone. Here's why: - 8 megapixels is worth nothing if the lens is not professional - 5 would work for me - The main (central) button came off after just a year and a half! (normal use) - The keypad doesn't let you type fast, and it is very awkward to type a newline, and VERY awkward to switch between uppercase/lowercase - The OS is slow, and the software is awful; there are HQ animations you can't switch off (battery time, anyone?), lots of waiting for nothing, it allows its software to overload it (ie. alarm messages queuing up and making the phone unusable for at least a minute - the "red" button won't help you), illogical and confusing behavior of many functions - The camera is based on the hardware contact principle; the lens cover contact triggers the software. Well, the contact stopped working, thus the whatever-megapixel camera is no more... - USB connection hangs a lot, even when using SE's PC software, in all modes (phone, media, disk) I could go on. The good points maybe the screen (which is a bit small though, but clear and nice), the special camera buttons and flash (which, of course, require a working camera, mhm), WiFi, and such. But make no mistake, some things JUST AIN'T RIGHT. I guess I hate the software the most, but it's no surprise that hardware is neither the strongest point of this phone. I mean, why would I go through the trouble of flashing/reseting my phone because of buggy software?! Is that progress? 90's phones didn't have this problem. Neither did the phones from a few years ago, which also had advanced software. Anyway, I wouldn't buy this phone; because of software I'd always go for Nokia instead. This is a frustrating phone with a good screen, needless camera resolution, WiFi, faulty software, cheap keypad and buttons. Sorry Sony Ericsson.

Reviewed by Alec from UK on 23rd Oct 2010
V good phone with cracking camera. Had an issue where earpiece stopped working but Sony Ericsson fixed it with no questions about the dents around the phone body from the tough life it gets (phone has 2 yr warranty). Top phone, top service

Reviewed by Wayne Fuller from UK on 18th Oct 2010
I love my Sony Ericsson C905. I got a new upgrade and hate it, so it can sit in the box and I will carry on using my C905.

Reviewed by Fizzy from UK on 3rd Oct 2010
i 've been using dis fone 4 ages, and dis fon is brilliant for the music , taking pics and texting but when it cums to internet dis fon is de biggest fail ever!!!!!!!!

Reviewed by steve from UK on 29th Sep 2010
one of the best phones in the world excellent camera music player is better than the ones on walk man phones awsome battery life very reliable well recommend this phone

Reviewed by Gabriel from UK on 14th Sep 2010
Well, i just love this phone, for the camera and for the Wi-Fi. Those are the most important things at this phone i guess. But i don't know why the video camera won't record videos . If the memory card is selected the video will start recording and it will stop suddenly without actualy saving the video. I don't know why I have this problem. (i hope is not because I droped the phone many times :)) ). I had a w810i and a w902 before my c905, and I can't say I'm careful with them :))but S.E. phones are so DAMN RESISTANT. I droped all my phones many times by mistake and they were only scrached :D. So that's it, my only problem is with the recording :0 if someone could help I would apreciate, thx

Reviewed by Vikki from UK on 24th Aug 2010
i've had this phone for almost 2 years, have had no problems with it, and have managed to make the battery life last about 3 days, which is perfectly fine. the camera is very good for a phone, and there is a video calling option under the organiser tab. the keys are easy to use once you get used to it and let your hands adjust to it.

Reviewed by CLAIRE from UK on 17th Aug 2010

Reviewed by Burung from UK on 16th Aug 2010
Nice phone,very user friendly but a bit bulky , poor on battery life and the keypad and menu button is easy to spoil

Reviewed by James from UK on 16th Aug 2010
I really like this phone, it does everything my old N95 black 8GB did but not as loud with a single speaker. I was put on a 18 month contract and wanted a phone that would last and had decent GPS/Camera. It is solid, calls are good quality but the ear speaker stopped working-3 day turn around was good and lucky speaker will work. The Phone is strong as I have dropped it numerous times (scratch proof glass). I don't like the number pad but you will need to keep your nails trimmed and the battery lasts a day under heavy use and I can't delete apps I don't want from being locked and every 6 months I reboot the whole phone. The phone has good web ability and google maps/Skype works great and the phone signal has never dropped. I was about to upgrade my phone but will just get new covers and 12 month sim. Want a good camera phone with some extras that work? This will be it.

Reviewed by Prosper from UK on 14th Aug 2010
Brilliant phone the battery life gets better after a few empty and recharge cycles..camera excellent emailing capability..perfect,gps super,i jus love this phone

Reviewed by annmarie from UK on 3rd Aug 2010
I Have had the same problems with the carphoneware house and this phone after 3 attempts of fixing various repeat problems to many to mention they gave me a Reconditioned PHONE which also had the same problems and more then would believe the blatant lie they also told me my phone was cosmetically damage which the could not explain what it was even when customer service rep from the carphonewharehouse was struggling to tell me it was cosmetically damage I was standing in the Kensington high street branch while the rep in the shop was telling him that was not the case they check my phone before it went into repairs and there WAS NO COSMETIC DAMAGE WHATSOEVER Ever so I urge the public who have experience this blatant bad practise and customer service to contact the office of fair trading on 0207 211 8000 Vincent 03/072010 I will be contacting them and i will never ever upgrade with the carphoneware AGAIN ONCE AGAIN PUBLIC THE NUMBER FOR THE OFFICE OF FAIR TRAIDING IS 0207 211 8000 DON'T SUFFER IN SILENCE FIGHT BACK

Reviewed by Nelson from UK on 27th Jul 2010
The camera is just great

Reviewed by fizzy from UK on 23rd Jul 2010
the phone's battery is rubbish in fact every thing is rubbish apart from the camera

Reviewed by tak from UK on 20th Jul 2010
I bought this phone for my father, at first we got surprised by its very good camera and its abilities, good camera focus , smile trigger , flash radio wifi etc etc. Then my father tried to place a call and the cellphone was shutdown !!!! Again the same, after 3-4 times finally he called but i could not hear him he could hear me though. Also the strange thing was that when he turned to speaker mode i heard him very good , but only in speaker mode. After another try to call me the phone closed by itself and when he tried to power on the phone show him that the battery was empty, but just before one min the battery was full! Any way we expect to send us a working model but we are very frustrated even the cheapest chinesse phones dont have those problems!!!!!!! I dont know what to say but we were really dissapointed.....

Reviewed by dee from UK on 17th Jul 2010
I've had mine since April 09, and went for it because of the Zeiss optics. I'm not a heavy txter or phone addict, but i do travel a lot, so I'm using a 16gig M2 card to carry my music, and take vids and photos while I'm out and about. And yes it does read all 16gig. As a photographer, it's a useful compact to have in my pocket when I'm not carrying my full kit. I've had no issues with any bits breaking or failing, even after a brief dunking in a hot bath. I use a clear plastic case to protect the phone, because I'd rather trash that than the handset. I've used the GPS a few times, and the wifi where it's free, but I'd rather use a netbook for instant mobile web access. My fingers are too big for most phone keyboards. For my limited needs (calls, text, good quality audio, and excellent camera) it's about as good as it gets. I use a simple cheap audio adapter to plug in my headphones or speakers, rather than using the very uncomfortable proprietary headphones. The volume is more than adequate in flight, on tubes, and in busy streets, and the audio quality on mp3 at 256k is nice and bassy, which suits me, because most of my music is bass heavy. I'd love to find fault with the 905, but it's difficult to think of one. In terms of connection, it works on Vodaphone in all but the worst network coldspots. I work underground and can connect everywhere in the building. Something that wasn't possible with my old Nokia on the same network. If I change phones next year, I'll definitely keep this one as a cam and mp3 player, with a backup payg sim for those mislaid new phone moments.

Reviewed by asddd from UK on 13th Jul 2010
poor battery life and keypad and earphone doesnt work after 3 month use. piece of rubbish for that amount of money

Reviewed by darren from UK on 12th Jul 2010
bought this fone 18 months fantastic no problems at all excellent camera

Reviewed by mish from UK on 6th Jul 2010
This phone is amazing, dont no wat ur all going on about. thanx sony erricsson! :)

Reviewed by nathan from UK on 5th Jul 2010
this phone is a total not buy i brought one early this year and ever since all ive had is problem such as the speaker going so it had to be sent off after they said they had fixed it two weeks down the line it would't charge or could't get no singnal so it had to be sent off again and thay said thay have sorted now i tryed charging it lastnite after the battery was in the red and it would't charage unless i used the usb lead which can't be done everyday of the week as i work so if your going to buy a sony ericsson c905 don't waste your money :(

Reviewed by Vincent from UK on 3rd Jul 2010
never get this phone the camera is the best thing on the phone, but I have experienced every problem that other service users have complained about I will also be contacting watchdog and reporting this Known Faulty phone to the office of fair trading this is my fifth phone from carphonewarehouse and they have the audacity to tell me that my phone IS cosmetically damage would you believe CARPHONEWAREHOUSE ARE FULLY AWARE THERE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THESE FAULTY C905 PHONES the office of fair trading have been bombarded with complaints and about the lack of customer service when complaints and faults are pointed out SO come public get contacting the office of fair TRADING 0845 404 0506

Reviewed by Tantia from UK on 1st Jul 2010
.. I was so dissapointed with this fone,, I bought this with so high price,, but I just have it 3 days,, 3 days after i bought it, i couldnt hear any voices except if i loud speaker,, its so make me bored,, i must service it,, and its reaaly take a long time, 3 months for me to get my fones back,, so terrible,, 1 month my fone work well, after that,, the prob came again,, i've tired,, i tought no respons from the service,, i've called every day,, but it's not gve an effect,, noww, the fone worse,, the flexible broke, and i when i want to sell it,, no one want to buy, ,, it's make me gave up with sonny ericson,

Reviewed by Anne marie from UK on 29th Jun 2010
DONT EVER BUY OR UPGRADE TO THE SONY ERICSSON CYBER SHOT C905 THIS PHONE YOU WILL BE VERY SORRY TRUST ME phone first upgraded on contract 02/12/08 first would not charge then could not hear and then the application vanished no way to save anything bought back to carphone whare house to be fixed 1st repair 01/06/09 i was back again same problems plus the button unresponsive, problem fixed back again 14/07/09 to cpw same problems plus the phone kept flashing on and of back again on the 17/07/09 same problem plus phone freezing the phone exchange for a refurbished phone same problems back on the 3/09/09 and again on the 22/04/10 and again same problems 0/06/10 when i stated these phone are faulty carphoneware house denied all knowledge they even said it had been cosmetically damaged but no one can explain what it was PLEASE IF ANYONE IS EXPERIENCING THESE NON STOP PROBLEMS PLEASE CONTACT WHICH< WATCHDOG AND REPORT IT TO THE OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING AS THEY ARE VERY INTERESTED IN THIS PHONE AND THE NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS

Reviewed by chris from UK on 24th Jun 2010
Well I read the reviews of this phone after I bought it and to be honest if I'd have listened to what the reviewers were saying I'd have missed out on the best little phone I've ever owned. I can't praise this little baby enough I love it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone I know. OK its not perfect but the good points far out way the bad. The camera is exceptional the digital zoom is awesome as is the myriad of camera phone functions on offer. It also has a good mp4 player and it is very good when browsing the web. I personally like the style and functionality of this phone but I guess it wouldn't suit everyone. The phone has a very good built in speakerphone which comes in handy now and again. So far (touch wood) It hasn't let me down at all except for the odd crash when I've asked to much of it. I've put a 16GB card in mine and have 14GB of music on it and it works fine and accesses the music library flawlessly. When it has crashed its usually after using the WAP feature (probably dodgy websites) and I Just take the battery out and reboot it and it clears itself fine but my older k800i had a tendency to do this now and again anyway so I've kind of learnt to live with it over the years with Sony Erricson phones. The battery life could be better but is adequate for my needs as long as it gets plugged in every other day or so and I reckon I'm a pretty average user. The slider has a nice crisp feel to it but the buttons show signs of wear quickly and the side infills are coloured by sticky plastic which has a tendency to peel off. As I said the good outways the bad and I'd still happily get another tommorow if I lost the one I have.

Reviewed by Ellie from UK on 21st Jun 2010
Love this phone so much has everything you need and looks great.Camera is brill.

Reviewed by Lexy from UK on 17th Jun 2010
This phone is terrible. I would not recommend it to anyone. I've was taken in by it being the first phone to have a great camera and I wanted a change from Samsung. Ever since I bought it, i've had nothing but trouble with it. First of all, the buttons just have just rubbed away and scratched really easily. The metallic strips on the side have just scrathed and peeled away easily and part of the camera cover fell off as it was poorly glue on. The phone is just badly glued on plastic put together so poorly that the a lot of the phones cover is coming loose and just snapping/falling off as I use the phone in just day to day use. Even the Sony Erricson logo has rubbed off! Internally, the phone is just as bad. The phone is quite slow as you move around it. I often find when I slide the phone up, the screen will go black and the only way to fix this is to take out the battery and restart to phone. Also, less then a year into having it, the speaker on the phone broke so I could only call hear someone if they were on loud speaker, which is awkward to use. I sent it off for repair (even though they really didn't want to) and when it returned I can now use none of the applications (apart from the ones you cost you to use). I can't use the calculator or play any games because the the buttons are unresponsive when you try to use them. Now, only a few months later, the speaker has broken again. Its not completely useless but the sound coming through is crackly and you can't hear what people are saying well at all (sounds like they are going through a tunnel). Often the phone just hangs up mid conversation like there is no signal, even when I have full bars and often people comment on how they can't get through to me because it goes straight to answer machine. When I try to call someone, sometimes it doesnt even ring and it hangs up for me. The camera is ok, but you're better of just getting a proper camera because you will probably get a clearer picture and better features. The phone is chunky and clumsy and I regret buying it. Save your money and DON'T buy this phone!!!!

Reviewed by Civicle from UK on 7th Jun 2010
i have had this phone for a years and a half this phone is real simple to use and some nice features i even bought some accessories like a bluetooth watch to go with it i have had all different faults with it and i think im on my 4th 1 now because i dont want it repaired i want it replaced. With a 16GB memory it takes awhile to load up but when the phone is working it works brillaint. Another downside is the refresh wait is slow at times i even link it up to my laptop to use it as a modem and the speed on that aint slow either. I really do love this phone and it is very handy in my day to day life. the poor side is that every problem i had has been different and even a new phone they sent me had a faulty screen on it

Reviewed by For from UK on 6th Jun 2010
Main speaker and the ear piece didn't work after a wile, and then again it work but then it pops, cracks, snaps in the earpiece speaker when talking to someone.

Reviewed by joanne from liverpool from UK on 19th May 2010
Having in my possession 2 C905 sony erricson phones, black and silver i am disappointed that the speaker has broken on both phones so unable to call out and rec calls in. can text but that no good in an emergency. Really disappointed in this model of phone

Reviewed by Mr. N from UK on 16th May 2010
it is a fantastic phone

Reviewed by dan woo from UK on 14th May 2010
exellent phone and camera

Reviewed by KT from UK on 2nd May 2010
I have always had SE phones, never had any problems until I got this one. Its great for its features, and the cameras awesome, but I have had nothing but issues :( I had it for about a year when the speaker died...common problem apparently, I could only do calls whilst on speakerphone. next time the problem was with the speaker again, and whenever I closed the slider it crashed, and the screen went all brightly coloured :s Then this time, i was taking pics of stuff, and I pressed the top button to open the pics and it didnt work, so I thought I would turn the phone on and off again to see if it was just a hiccup. I turned it back on and the language was polish or slovenic or something I couldnt understand. It showed I had no battery (erven thoough on phone status it said I had 34%) and I also had no network coverage... I tried updating software, but it said I had the current software, so I ended up having to reinstall it, and thankfully, it worked. Its a shame because other than all the problems, its a nice phone. Great design, great camera....just not reliable.... boo :(

Reviewed by steven ireland from UK on 2nd May 2010
i think the c905 is a brilliant phone is perfectly weighted with very good features i have had both the satio and aino and neither of these phones have the quality feel of the c905 excellent phone just wish they would do a re-run of the model the best of the bunch

Reviewed by James from UK on 29th Apr 2010
I was a heavy Nokia user for years, then I needed something smaller and reliable, quick, great photos but well put together instead flimsy nokia rubbish. I have found this phone great, quick and excellent pics. The AGPS and Google maps has been awesome. The Slider is well put together. I take it on road cycling training rides as it fits neatly in my emergency tool bag or a pocket. Load up Opera browser and it rocks-super fast browsing but won't stream video -well I haven't been succesful with it on wifi but phone network video is fine. Works well with skype, push email and windows messenger. Scratch proof glass. It has replaced my snappit camera easily. Downside- Buttons-keep your nails short and its fine! Networks prevent you from deleting rubbish programs like games you never would play. The ear speaker will eventually stop and need replacing under warranty. Standard browser is rubbish but Opera flies on this. At the moment I would say the battery is terrible and the replacemnt-just make sure you get some more amps in the new battery. I got this phone as touchphones were still new like LG and unreliable. Now they are they are reliable I will be getting a HTC Desire next. Sony have great tech in this phone but let down by lack of modification availble by the user-probably by networks really. Great phone, shoddy battery. Fantastic photos.

Reviewed by Emily from UK on 25th Apr 2010
I was full of optimism when I bought this phone, on the box it promised everything and the 8.1 megapixel camera was the icing on the cake but in reality, let's be honest it has underdelivered and left me completely disillusioned not only with the phone, I can't see me ever buying another Sony Ericsson again but also with the high street company who sold it to me and didn't want the hassle of the after sales service when the product kept going wrong. Since buying it, I have experienced a catalogue of problems including: >broken ear piece - couldn't hear anything >broken screen - completely blank, no graphics >faulty battery - eventually replaced >faulty software x 2 - fixed apparently >couldn't send or receive txt messages - fixed >faulty battery again - unresolved Would I recommend this phone to anybody? Not in a lifetime.

Reviewed by Dawson from UK on 9th Apr 2010
I love SE but this phone was such a disapointment, I had to send it back 4 times for replacements and am now getting a diffrent one as I'm fed up with it, Iv decided to get another SE as this was the first phone of theirs that has had this serisous quality issue. hopefuly the Sony Ericsson Anio will live up to exspectations

Reviewed by Ashleigh from UK on 8th Apr 2010
ERM..basically got similar problems as everyone else :/ my speaker is distorted and sometimes doesnt even work..I have read it's a fault with the speaker but i am not quite sure where to send it away to, i have had this phone for about 6-7 months and for the past 2 months i have had this problem :/ i haven't got any cover on it and not sure if i can get it fixed now..and if can how long will it take and how much it will cost..:/ Please could you help me!! asap.. the rest of the phone works perfectly fine it's just a shame about the speaker..:/

Reviewed by Ark from UK on 7th Apr 2010
I always stick to nokia but this time, year ago, I decide to get c905+... That's wrong move. Handset look gr8, good body, quality pictures/video, satnav, lots of staff loaded plus 8Gb M2 card free from 3network - that gr8 IF you lucky... I'm not. Very slow working, master restarts every 2 weeks, much worst after upgrade software from SE Suite. Few breakdown, today moring I lost all data, include payd navi. When I coming to app they show me FOLDER EMPTY. After two master reset music and photo back, but no application. This is last day when I use SE... 3 customer service propose me to swap handset 2morrow... For Nokia, off course B-)

Reviewed by Yaz from UK from UK on 6th Apr 2010
Switching from a Nokia phone to Sony Ericsson, it was a mistake, i'm on my 4th phone now in 12 months, i need to change it again as it's playing up, but can't wait for an upgrade now!as i have had so many problems with this phone, wouldn't read my data, phone freezing on me. I wouldn't recommend this phone i bought it for the camera, but wasn't impressive. I will certainly swith back to a Nokia.

Reviewed by JTR from UK on 30th Mar 2010
I've had my C905 for 8 months now, and I've had pretty much no problems with it. I've read a lot of reviews saying how everything keeps going wrong with it, but unless I happen to have the one well built model out there, I think the breaking problems may have more to do with how you guys treat your phones rather than the build quality of the handset. There are only 2 problems that I've encountered with the phone: The first is that the sliding mechanism for the camera lens cover can get dust in its tracks, however this dust is easily removed with a paperclip, or even just the corner of a piece of paper. The second problem is that there is a silver painted plastic ridge on each side of the phone that has started to wear, revealing the white plastic underneath the silver paint. To be honest, that is probably to be expected after 8 months of use, particularly if like me you throw your phone in your pocket with your keys. Aside that it's a fantastic piece of kit. I bought it primarily for its camera and it hasn't let me down there, highlights include the xenon flash and the 8.1 megapixel resolution. With a 2GB memory card put in it I've never run out of space for photos.

Reviewed by andy from UK on 29th Mar 2010
I hate c905 i took it to vodacare twice i hate it

Reviewed by James from UK on 23rd Mar 2010
I've had this since Feb 2009 on a 18 month contract and it's been solid. I'm not keen on contracts but chose this mobile as it was well built and fits in my pocket when I go riding-I don't want a huge mobile. I have had to send it back once as the ear speaker went and 2 days later good as new. The software was faster than my N95 black, great camera and sound. Internet speed and Google maps has been fast. Traditional phone and small screen that works well and won't rattle like early Nokia sliders. Would convince me to buy S-E again.

Reviewed by amal elbereir from UK on 21st Mar 2010
i like it so much but its colour not satisfy women like bright colours pink purple golden

Reviewed by Michael from UK on 18th Mar 2010
hmm where to begin, nice camera. (End of positives). I have taken my c905 back to the vodafone shop no less than 6 times in the past 20 months or so for repairs, everything you could pissibly imagine goes wrong with this phone, buttons suddenly stop working, menus suddenly disappear, phone wont turn on, currently the screen is totally gone and i cant even turn my phone on. It takes a while to turn the phone on, and when you try watch videos over the internet, its slow as hell, totally unwatchable. Needless to say this is the last SE i will ever hope to buy, im going with iphone instead. Unless you wana be taking this phone back to the shop every 5 mins for repairs, i suggest you dont buy it.

Reviewed by Blackpanther039 from UK on 5th Mar 2010
I have been a fan of Sony for a good 10 years now and have always been loyal to them were the mobile phones are concerned. I have had my C905 for a good 15 months now and all in all it is a very good phone. It has been repaired twice for different faults but the repair service was second to none thanks to The Carphone Warehouse and the phone itself is very good, I use the hands free in the car and the phone is used as an mp3 player linked to my car stereo via an fm transmitter. I have never had any other problems with calling or any other issues apart from the 2 faults that have been repaired, they were the slide ribbon not working and the select button stayed depressed. So all in all it is a great phone. I am going to upgrade next month but unsure as what to go to next and it may have to be a different make and that is only because Sony hasn't got a very good touch tone phone as yet in my oppinion. (Sorry Sony)

Reviewed by gene from UK on 28th Feb 2010
why does i couldn't take videos from my c905? i mean , after taking video. when i try to play it, it will not play. playback failed message appears.

Reviewed by Vladimir from UK on 24th Feb 2010
i use Sony Ericsson c905 for three mounths and phone is serving me well,actualy i am very satisficted with phone!!! All malfunction's that you wrote here didn't happened to me,yet...so my advise is that this phone is perfect,and i say it from my experience!!!! thank you

Reviewed by ashleigh from UK on 23rd Feb 2010
ive had the c905 for exactly 11 hours and it has already crashed and is displaying inactive sim this is ridiculous for a split new fone!!!

Reviewed by azad from UK on 23rd Feb 2010

Reviewed by Gina from UK on 22nd Feb 2010
This is the worst phone i have ever had. Sent back numerous times due to various faults, replaced with several new handsets which have also broken. I only know 1 other person with this phone and they have had the same problems, sending it back every 2 weeks for another fault. 2 good points - video is ok and it has wifi - but this all depends on if they work. My phone has spent more time at the menders than in my posession, speaker trouble, wifi trouble, message trouble, button trouble, you name it. Its absolutely rubbish! DO NOT GET THIS PHONE YOU WILL REGRET IT! Only gets 1 star as they dont allow you to choose none!

Reviewed by Sarah from UK on 19th Feb 2010
I had the C905 for 4 months before the keys started sticking. I got a immediate replacement from Orange. 3 months after that, I got the same problem - I am not a heavy texter, maybe 10 or so texts per day? This time I had to send it to S.E and it was repaired. Now 6 months down the line, my phone has developed the speaker fault and is totally useless. Now I'm without a phone. Although the camera and interface is good. The faults are just unbelievable. This phone should have been recalled! I have asked for a newer version of the phone from S.E as it's meant to be more reliable. But I haven't heard anything back. Stay clear of this phone - the camera isn't worth all the hassle it comes with.

Reviewed by Mike from UK on 12th Feb 2010
I've had 3 C905'S in 2 months. my first one just swiched itself off and wouldn't swich back on again after i plugged it into my pc to transfer photos to and from my phone. O2 sent me a replacement C905 and i had the same problem. after they sent me a third phone it was fine for about a month, but when i was browsing on the internet the browser went off and on the home screen of my phone it said 'no ntwk coverage' and the battery picture said it was empty. i tried charging it up but as soon as i plugged the charger in an error medssage came up saying 'cannot charge, you must use a sony ericsson battery'. the battery had all the holograms on it and sony ericsson written all over it. i had too many problems with sony ericsson so ive switched to nokia.

Reviewed by Geoff from UK on 8th Feb 2010
I've had this phone for a year and have had problems with it. earphones, phone reception and currently charging system is not working and so the phone cannot be powered up. I've had it service once through T mobile but problems still persist.

Reviewed by jade from UK on 8th Feb 2010
This is the worst phone i have ever used in my life i thought sony erricson were good i have had many but this is awful i have had it 2months an it doesnt reconzie my sim card .. an its the one that come with it an also do read my charger! WASTE OF MONEY THIS PHONE!

Reviewed by shahrazad_rema@hotmail.com from UK on 8th Feb 2010
i have saved alot of money to buy this phone, its nice and handy and very user friendly although having problems with it such as pressing the key number 4 and it gives me a message "continue playBack through speakers". now i am not able to text any word that has g , h or i in it. especialy if i am in a quite room and i press yes by mistake and it plays my songs loadly that i wont be able to turn off! any help

Reviewed by Nick from UK on 1st Feb 2010
Awful phone. I've had the phone for 7 months. After 2 months I had many troubles with it, the final one being the speaker cutting out. My insurance sent me out a brand new one. Within 2 months of this, the speaker was on and off but the new problem was that I couldn't take or recieve calls, as the phone would just cut out. This time I had my phone repaired via T-Mobile shop, only for the same problems to return, again 2 months in. 2 Weeks after getting it back, the problems returned. Its now needed to be fixed 4 times in 7 months. Aside from all these faults, it has poor battery life, navigation is poor and it has features on the phone that when you try and use, just flat out don't work! Avoid at all costs.

Reviewed by Ian from UK on 29th Jan 2010
C905 has got to be the worst most unreliable phone ever ! I am now on my 4th phone in a year and yet again the earpiece has broken, sony should stick to what they are good at T.V's.

Reviewed by lindsay from UK on 24th Jan 2010
I had dis phone for less than a year and iam on my 5th phone i relly would not buy this phone is allways breaking .

Reviewed by sony ericsson owner from new from UK on 21st Jan 2010
hannah frome england ? , well get off orange , iv had this phone since it first came out and its been great with me the camera's good the flash is brilliat and i wouldt want another phone , i am getting ride of it when the contract finishes for the newer modle of it , i always have a good signal (im with 02) and the weather application is pretty impressive , it comes with a 2gb stick but iv replaced it with an 8gb and i have alot of stuff on my phone , i text at least 200 to 400 texts a day and the phone is fine , where iv heard and seen other phones that can only go on for about 2 weeks at the max till the break because of that , so in my eyes this a good phone , but if i was you and was going to get on id get it on 02 anyother company wont give you as good as what 02 can ,

Reviewed by Vicky from UK on 20th Jan 2010
I've had Sony Ericssons for years and I've never had any problems with them... until now. I changed my contract in May and decided on the C905. Mainly because of the history of SE's being good, and because of the camera. Friends had warned me but I didn't listen. Just over a month in and the phone breaks down, doesnt register the battery or load or anything. I have a replacement sent out to me. I have just today [January] taken the phone back to o2 for the fifth time [the replacement that is]and It's nearly always the same fault. But because it isnt exactly the same I don't get offered a new make. When the phone works it's brilliant. The picture quality is fab and I've been to concerts and recorded off it and the sound quality has turned out better than my camera. But roll on November this year when I can finally change the model. I WONT be going back to Sony Ericsson, thats for certain!

Reviewed by Michael from UK on 17th Jan 2010
I have had this phone for just over a year, i haven't had any problems with it what so ever. The camera is great, i use my c905 for watching video's and listening to music. I love the Wi-Fi on this phone as i am constantly on Facebook. I have had no problems with the earpeice at all, i might just be lucky though. If you are thinking of purchasing or upgrading to a new phone i strongly recomend getting the c905 for all of it's amazing features (Wi-Fi, GPS, eMailing).

Reviewed by Kerry sims from UK on 14th Jan 2010
This phone is totally rubbish!within the first two weeks of owning it i could'nt hear when making or receiving a call have to have it on loud speaker which is really annoying!.Also the options key and the up key do no work!this phone is a big waste of money.Also its bulky and heavy and really not attractive for the price.

Reviewed by Kevin Somerville from UK on 14th Jan 2010
I give this phone a 3 rating because all the features on the phone is very good. The camera and video quality is very good. However, it is riddled with faults. Expect anything to go wrong from the speaker, mic, keypad, charger and slider. I've just had to have mine sent away for a 6th repair! They usually replace the handset with a new one each time but it still develops something wrong. The one I've just sent away had the keypad actually disconnect from the phone. Like it didn't have enough glue or something. I couldn't believe that. Well enough is enough. I'm going to contact customer service standards or citizens advice bureau and look at getting a refund as I bought the phone and am pay as you go.

Reviewed by Pink Phoenix from UK on 14th Jan 2010
I've had this phone for about 2 months and absolutely love it. Yes its bulky, and yes the buttons take some getting used to but its no big problem. Messaging is great, Wi-fi great, no problems with browsing on internet. Camera is exceptionally good, outstanding!!! Battery life is also outstanding - 4-5 days moderate usage. Very pleased with it. Previously had a Samsung G600, which I hated - this one is a dream in comparison.

Reviewed by Lopez from UK on 12th Jan 2010
love it and hate it... Love the camera, games and gadgets, great phone!! The BAD!! microphone broke on the second call i had on this phone, now i have to use the speaker every time i have to answer or make a call, anoyng after a while, but I have no choice, bought it on Ebay unlocked and without insurance, so i am stock with it... sony wants 100 just to check it. I am looking for another similar or the same maybe

Reviewed by chris from UK on 12th Jan 2010
I have stuck by this phone for around a year and have had 6 of them!!!! It is rubbish and develops fault after fault! Much like the K850i... a constant breakdown of a phone!

Reviewed by Vicky F from UK on 10th Jan 2010
Well.. I got this phone in November 2008 and within weeks the speaker/ear peice had gone. Later another fault occured and they sent me a new phone. Within a couple of months the phone was telling me to 'Please insert Sony Ericsson battery'. After sending it back i have had it repaired three times. Just last night it happened again! However, good camera but not worth the bother. Dont buy this phone!!

Reviewed by amir from UK on 10th Jan 2010
vere good phone

Reviewed by eddy from UK on 8th Jan 2010
Dont buy this phone i`m on my 4th 1 now. earpiece`s broke twice, and the wifi stopped working on 2 of them :( great phone..... dont bother if your a wifi user you have been warned.

Reviewed by mike angel from UK on 8th Jan 2010
Am usin dis fone rite now n i ave 2 say it does ave its perks lyk my keypad is horrible, d gps throws me kms 4rm where i m n d lens cover is actn up. But all these ave being shadowed by the quik wifi, wicked camera, music n it has neva crashed n its darn fast jus make sure u have more than 57 mb on d fone memory. Ran musik playa, was facebokn wit 4 tabs wit opera n was playn multiplayer soccer on it all at d same time n it didnt skip a heart beat. Rate it highly but its expensive 4 a non smartfone.

Reviewed by Katie from UK on 7th Jan 2010
Worst phone i have ever have. The key pad broke and is no good on speaker phone. My bfs only works if you use speaker phone to make and recieve calls. Both only 7months old!

Reviewed by Andy from UK on 5th Jan 2010
Got mine on contract with Orange just over 1 year ago when the phone was new to the market. I was an upgraded from a K810i. I liked the C905's still camera (which is superb for a camera-phone), the WiFi connection & the greatly improved menu navigator control. Like many users however, I took an immediate dislike to the flat keypad which I struggled to text quickly with. Video mode is frustrating as the audio quality is v.good but the image is v.poor. First thing that went wrong with my C905 was that the battery life dramatically reduced after 3 months. It would go flat within 24hours without use. Orange replaced the battery & so far, so good. Just last month however, the dreaded earpiece fault occured. After being shoddily passed between Orange & SE, I have finally been instructed to send my C905 to SE for repair under its 2 year warranty. Unfortunately for me, I don't have a backup handset & Orange no longer provide loan handsets so I will have no phone meantime. O range rather smuggly told me they no longer sell the C905 due to the large number of returns they had with it. Thanks for that. This will probably be my last SE phone & it will certainly be my last one with Orange.

Reviewed by Foster from UK on 5th Jan 2010
I keep having to have mine replaced due to the poor signal it receives. It will jump from no bars to full bars when i'm stationary. Extremely frustrating and I am now on my 5th handset from Orange so clearly it is a problem with the actual design rather than a malfunctioning unit. Luckily I have free orange care so I haven't had to pay for the new handsets but I would not reccomend this handset to anyone unless you are prepared to pay for it to be repaired, wait months for the repair and continuously back up your data everytime something goes wrong with it. Hope someone finds this brief but honest review to be of use!!!

Reviewed by Matt from UK on 3rd Jan 2010
Great features on phone - would be probably the best camera phone out if it would actually WORK!!! I've had approx five months use out of it and THREE TIMES it's broken down - first time it froze and when I restarted it, it wouldn't recognise SIM card nor network signal and was locked to what appeared to be an eastern-European language. Sent it back to be repaired and it worked fine following that for a few weeks and then internet access stopped working altogether on the handset. I performed a master reset which fixed it and then a few weeks later the screen packed in. I've now given up on the handset and am purchasing the C902! AVOID THE C905!!!

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