Welcome to the Sony Ericsson C903 mobile phone review. The SE C903 when released in early 2009 was marketed as yet another mid-range mobile phone.  As a result it has most of the features you could want on a mobile phone in 2009. We can’t say too much about it because our eyes glossed over after the procession of the 3 prior Sony Ericsson mid-range phones!  (It has only become interesting because of the pre-paid price tag of $159 in May 2010)

Nonetheless if you want a slider phone then the C903 is another good choice.  It has all the functionality you need in a phone and as a bonus it looks like Sony’s Cybershot camera on the back side.  The C903 comes in a variety of appealing colours link red, pink, silver and white with contrasting keypad colour so that helps.  It’s also quite small in size and has a nice screen!

Again, sure its got 3G but its data capabilities are hampered by the very basic web browser. I guess the selling point is the relatively high quality construction or materials and that it carries the C prefix.  All Sony Ericsson phones that carry the C are ‘Cybershot’ phones, meaning that they have decent still and video capabilities.

A standout is that the C903 has built in A-GPS receiver.  As a result you should ‘t get lost.  The built in Tracker program is great for walkers, runners or cyclists to track their performance. Not many other mid-range phones from the other manufacturers have in-built GPS in this category so it’s a bonus. GPS map data in either from Google Maps or by a program called Wayfinder.  The program where quite sluggish for some reason.

Another standout is the music player software.  Of all the mobile phone manufacturers Sony Ericsson as usual includes a decent music player with EQ and album art. Since this is not a dedicated music phone as the ‘W’ series or Walkman phones but it’s not bad certainly better than comparable Nokia or Smasung phones for example.

There is lots of standard memory of at least 100MBs dependent on configuration and can be expanded by the usual M2 memory stick.

As for pricing the C903 RRP is truly high-end because for the same price or less you can get a Nokia E71 with Wi-Fi with it’s easily superior construction and functions for less.  Sure the E71 doesn’t have the same level of camera or music quality but it is pretty close – everywhere else the E71 eats the C903 completely.  So buy only if it’s cheap eg. under $300AUD.

Overall a good and decent mobile phone. It doesn’t feel or look too cheap in isolation and has all you need for calls, email, texting and music.  Being 3G capable it does work well on mini-mobile sites and email.  However there are many competitors in this category so do check them especially Nokia. Another low key but decent mid-range phone that does most things.



  • Sony Ericsson C5903
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 900/2100
  • Design
  • L97 x W49 x D16 mm
    Weight 95 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    Autofocus and Digital zoom
  • Video Camera
    174 x 144 pixel video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
  • CPU
  • Memory
    100MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 8Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3
  • Features
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Battery 1000 mAh
    Up to 400 hours Standby
    Up to 10 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    From $499 AUS 2009 (Outright)
    From $159 AUS 2010 (Pre-paid)


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