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Welcome to the 2010 Sony Ericsson Cedar review page. Released in early 2011 SE Cedar is a completely conventional candy bar style mobile phone. There is nothing special or outstanding about this phone except that it has been designed to be environmentally friendly through the use of re-cycled or eco-friendly  materials where possible. The SE is often part of a under $80 pre-paid package (2011) which means it is a very good deal.

The SE Cedar is not a mid-range or high end phone so it can’t be compared to the latest touch screens or other GPS or Wi-Fi equipped.  The  Cedar is the latest refinement of traditional mobile phone.  Lots of people do not want or need a large iPhone like touch screen and this is the phone designed for them.  The SE Cedar looks good in real life and it feels light but good to use and won’t attract attention remaining anonymous to thieves who target the slab phone users – you get the message.

In the hand the SE Cedar is a strange mix of the past and present.  The back of the phone feels light and smooth much like the old Nokia 3120 with changeable covers.  The keypad on the other hand feels solid with the key presses cushioned and feeling distinctly high end, probably the best feel of any design currently available.  The larger buttons also means that most with larger fingers will be able to use it too. We like it and you will too.

The user interface is the latest version of the flash based system used by Sony for the last decade.  It works in the same fashion as when the k800i first appeared all those years ago.  We don’t have any complaints since it works faster or in a more fluid fashion than previous version.

The SE Cedar has 3G capabilities which means you can still get all the mobile phone optimized websites to work at a good speed, albeit on a small screen. The signal reception quality is very good along with the voice quality and the sound of the loud speaker. The battery life is is amazing at about 2 weeks on stand-by and

We can’t really say much more about the SE Cedar since it is designed to meet the needs of the average user. It hasn’t been design to lead the category with fancy functionality apart from environmentally friendly materials. Overall the SE Cedar does the basics very well.  Text, talk and email notifications. You can write emails too but that’s difficult without a proper qwerty keypad.  As a basic or traditional mobile phone it looks good and works well, if that is all you need than this is a perfectly good choice. In fact its probably one of the best conventional candy bar phones you can buy in 2011.

Specifications

  • Sony Ericsson Cedar
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Tri-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100 (Dependent on country)
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbits data speed (download)
    HSUPA 2 Mbits data speed (upload)
  • Design
    Candy bar
  • L111 x W49 x D15.5 mm
    Weight 84 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    2MP
  • Video Camera
    320x 240 pixel main video camera 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2.1
  • CPU
    XXX
  • Memory
    Up to 280MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 16Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Web Browser
    JAVA Apps
    3.5mm headphone socket
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 1000mAh battery
    Up to 19 days Standby
    Up to 12 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    From $39 AUD November 2011 (Pre-paid)
    From $59 AUD June 2011 (Pre-paid)
    From $79 AUD January 2011 (Pre-paid)

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