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Sony Ericsson C903

Sony Ericsson C903

Mobile for cost-conscious photo fanatics

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Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

There are quite a few extra features, including a three-month trial of Wayfinder Navigator satnav software, four games, some photo manipulation apps and Walk Mate, a basic step counter that uses the handset's accelerometer to keep track of how far you've been walking every day. There's also the Tracker sports training app, which uses GPS to track your distance and speed and analyse the results.

Sony Ericsson C903

Storage can be increased to 16GB but only with a Memory Stick Micro card

Battery life is quoted as up to ten hours talk time and 400 hours of standby but in practise we found it only gave us about two days of moderate use – less than we would have expected. You can however turn the screen's brightness down by up to 50 per cent to help prolong the battery life. It looks disappointingly dim when you first make the switch, but we found that our eyes soon got used to it – it's worth the effort.

Verdict

It's a step down from the range-topping C905, but not such a huge one, since the C903's 5Mp camera retains most of the same shooting features. There's also a good media player and a reasonable music player, but the lack of Wi-Fi will undoubtedly make the web a wearisome experience on this phone. ®

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Sony Ericsson C903

Sony Ericsson C903

A beautifully compact little snapper, but a pity about the headphones and the lack of Wi-Fi
Price: £250 RRP

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