Why I hate my Sony Ericsson C902

UPDATE (june 19th, 2009) It appears I’ve been overlooking a setting in the phone’s camera application. The Settings menu has an option that lets me specify where to save pictures. When I set it to internal memory, the message mentioned in [2] doesn’t appear any longer.

Since a few months now I am the owner of a C902. My previous phone, a W810i was stolen. On paper, my new phone is better. In practice, things are less clear.

  1. Since I use Linux at home, the CD-ROM with software I got is useless to me. Bluetooth is slow, so the easiest way for me to transfer pictures and music between my phone and my PC is by putting the memory card in a card reader. That’s how I did it with my previous phone. With this one, I can’t do that. The external memory card is put underneath the sim card. To remove it, you need to open up the phone.
  2. Every time I activate the camera, a warning is displayed obtrusively across the screen for three seconds telling me there is no memory card inside and pictures will be stored on the phone’s memory. The phone has 160MB internal memory, so there really is no point showing it. A “Low memory” message when only a few MB are available would have been better.
  3. Booting is very slow. It takes over half a minute to start it.
  4. My previous phone had a hardware pause/play button on the side. It could be used to pause MP3’s or silence the FM radio, whatever was playing. I used it a lot. This one doesn’t have it.
  5. The applications menu has been placed as under the calendar main menu entry, giving up its place in the main menu for the alarm clock. I use Google maps, Gmail and Opera a lot, so this extra navigating step is annoying. I seldomly use the alarm clock. While for some people this may be the other way around, I still don’t see the logic in this.
  6. I like the big screen, but the keyboard is now so small that when I use it with one hand, it doesn’t sit well in my palm. I constantly feel as if its going to fall. Maybe they should have made the keyboard part a little heavier.
  7. Where the W810i had only four buttons besides the cursor ring, the C902 has six, giving them less room. On the W810i back and delete (C) were on the same button. I still get them mixed up, cancelling text messages when I only want to delete a single character. The C button has no function in the main screen.
  8. The back button changes its function to start the phone’s browser in the main screen. Since the phone can be a tad sluggish now and then, I sometimes press back too often to get back to the main screen, resulting in the phone starting an internet connection.
  9. The phone’s browser is okay, but I still prefer Opera. Sadly, it is not possible to make it the standard browser. I would have liked to put it under the back button.

While I used my W810i as a phone, a mobile internet platform, FM-radio, MP3-player, and photo camera, the fact that I can’t comfortably transfer data between my phone and my PC makes that I’m not using it as an MP3-player or camera. I think that’s really sad, because it has a decent camera and very nice sound. I realize that I probably should have gotten myself another phone, like, for instance the W910i. In fact, I originally set out to get that very one. However, the salesman convinced me the C902 was really what I was looking for, and in the shop he sounded convincing. The issues listed above only became apparent to me after I had used it for a while. I guess my lesson is that next time I mustn’t be convinced and trust my own research.

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