Drawing the Lines
By Seow Tein Hee
Two months ago, Sony Ericsson showcased a diverse slew of devices that looked set to impress mobile phone enthusiasts in the months to come. But before we embark on the search for these upcoming Sony Ericsson devices, we present the Sony Ericsson G900, a little filler to keep the Sony Ericsson fans at bay while the stage is set for more devices to come.
The G900, at a glance, seems like the run-of-the-mill candybar phone. It has a numeric keypad that's moderately easy on the fingers, while navigation is also just as accessible with its five-way navigational pad surrounded with various shortcut keys such as Notes, Messages, Clear and Back.
As usual, you'll be seeing the proprietary data port on the left profile of the G900, which also serves as the charging point. The right profile consists of the standard volume buttons, a dedicated lock button and the camera button that operates the 5-megapixel camera at the rear of the device.
Lastly, at the top left of the G900, you'll discover a stylus fitted snugly within, and if you haven't gotten the hint, here's the answer: the G900 is a Symbian UIQ touch-enabled device. There are some who might find the 2.4-inch screen too limited for easy navigation, but the truth is far from that. Not only is the stylus optimized for your navigation purposes and more importantly for the G900's handwritten recognition input method, the interface is sufficiently spaced out to allow finger tapping on the screen with minimal input errors.
Unique Intuitive Quality
It won't be a surprise if the G900 is mistaken as an entry level device, due to its petite nature and insubstantial weight. But an entry-level device it is not, because the G900, where the G stands for Generation Web, has a whole load of impressive features. As its model categorization implies, the G900 is well-equipped to bring the Internet to your fingers with ease. It achieves this through the use of integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b/g though it lacks HSDPA, which has a growing presence on most upcoming devices.
Connectivity aside, the G900 has a few more tricks up its sleeves, and as mentioned earlier, comes with a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash for low lighting conditions. Remember, this is a Sony Ericsson phone, hence entertainment options are aplenty with its integrated FM radio and media player supporting MP3 and MPEG4 file formats.
Unfortunately, squeezing all these functions onto a device powered by a 950mAH battery means the G900's battery performance was below average. This was evident when we ended our tests in a day and a half with the use of the above mentioned features, including a bout of Bluetooth connection for some wireless conversation on the road.
Drawing the Conclusion
The Sony Ericsson G900 is one of the few devices out there that comes with a plethora of features, both entertainment and productivity alike, that rivals those of bigger devices, sans the addition of a GPS and HSDPA connection option within.
The form factor is definitely easy on the hands with its petite nature, lenient on the fingers as you type through your messages, and most importantly, friendly to your wallet with its S$748 recommended retail pricing, making it a suitable alternative for those wishing for a device with the right amount of features at a reasonable cost.