Furthermore, we found ourselves touching the video-mode button inadvertently on more than one occasion. The K850i's slider control that moves between photo, video and gallery modes is a far better solution to this prticular problem.
All this left us with the vague feeling that the screen has been shrunk for no other reason than that Sony Ericsson decided not to give the C902 a keyboard layout as radical as that found on many of its other currently available phones and so has had to foist the camera controls onto the screen.
The screen has shrunk a bit
Maybe we are seeing here the curse of the focus group - the rather odd looking, if effective, keyboard designs on some recent Sony Ericssons are not going down well with the punters. The problem with focus groups is that you tend to end up with New Labour - a wholly ineffectual compromise that pleases nobody.
Whatever the reason, on a cameraphone this all seems pretty daft as we reckon it's a safe assumption that users are going to want to show people their photographs on the device they took them with and so will want as large a screen as possible. Even more strangely, the handset below the C902 in the new Cyber-shot hierarchy, the 702, actually has a larger, 2.2in screen.
Something else Sony Ericsson needs a ticking off for is the Photo Mate application. This is actually a rather handy interactive photo tutorial. The trouble starts when you get to the bit about the Twilight Portrait function... because the C902 doesn't have a Twilight Portrait function.
I have had a C902 for about a week now. I had a K750i and 'upgraded it to a Motorola Rzr then changed back because it was so awful. I then 'upgraded' to a Nokia 6500 Classic because you could increase the text size but I couldn't get the hang of the different keyboard for text and the buttons were not easy to use (and I don't have sausages for fingers). So I went back to SE and got the C902 because of the camera and the keyboard (which looked normal). So far, I have no complaints. Camera seems to work fine, I put a 2Gb card in it and it's working ok and I can browse it with Bluetooth. I don't listen to music on it - prefer not to walk around with headphones hanging - I like to hear the world around me and at home there are better options. My only complaint is the text size which wish was a bit bigger or that it could be adjusted. The penalty of getting older but frustrating all the same.
Oh, and the penguin because not many people choose it and I'm halfway to getting an Asus eee PC soon (maybe).
Companies. Are. Stupid.
How to make a great phone:
Take a K800i and add..
- 2 memory slots so when you upgrade you don't have to just replace the old one.
- A Male USB pull-out cord thing so you can interface with computers without carrying extra gubbins
- A less annoying "I didn't have a dictionary reference for the thing you just tried to type in"
- Ability to share Phone internet with a computer (reading on a small screen is hard)
- A laser keyboard so you can prop it up and bash a text out instantly. Maybe.
- GPS (optional)
Any thing that doesn't have at least 4 of those things added on from prior models is a waste of money. If I'm upgrading I want it to be WORTH THE HASSLE. After reading the 950 horror stories and seeing 2 N95s fall apart I'm sticking to my K800i for now.
Sony Ericsson, I love your phones, just make them good rather than slightly-different-with-a-new-quirk.
Nice rant but you are wrong.
Memory != RAM
SRAM, DRAM, Flash, hard disk, floppy, tape... they are all memory, ie they save state, the main differentiator being access time (although tape is far from random access).
Yes, with a phone they are talking storage not RAM. But it is not claimed that memory=RAM and storage is still memory. And this makes sense for the average consumer...