Trumping the 5-megapixel Sony Ericsson C902 Cyber-shot and the 5-megapixel MOTOZINE ZN5 with its 8.1 megapixels alone, the Sony Ericsson C905a Cyber-shot also packs 16X digital zoom rather than the traditional 4X zoom or less.
Even more, the high-speed 3G world phone features image stabilization, face detection, automatic focus and a brighter xenon flash (rather than an LED flash).
Despite the high you might feel from learning about the C905a’s high-quality camera, you might feel low when you learn of its price.
With a no-contract retail price of $329.99 and a two-year contract price of $229.99, a $50 mail-in rebate still only brings the C905a down to $179.99 with a two-year AT&T service contract.
For just $20 more, you’re then at the price level of the mega smartphones with a contract (i.e. the Palm Pre for Sprint, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G for T-Mobile and the iPhone 3G S for AT&T).
Vendors (such as Amazon.com) offer this phone for much less with a new service plan.
The C905a is only rated at up to 3.5 hours of continuous talk time and up to 14.6 days of standby time when not in use at all. This does not make our list of the best cell phone batteries.
The Sony Ericsson C905a Cyber-shot weighs in on the heavy side at 4.8 ounces, which does not make the About.com list of our best lightweight cell phones.
The C905a measures in at 4.09 inches by 1.93 inches by 0.71 of an inch, which does not make the About.com list of our best slim cell phones.
Differentiation in the Marketplace
Without question, the primary differentiator of the Sony Ericsson C905a Cyber-shot is its high-quality, 8.1-megapixel camera with 16X digital zoom and a xenon flash. The C905a makes the About.com list of our best camera phones.