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★★★★★

“The Sony Ericsson P900 is an outstanding...”

Written on: 23/09/2004 by KevinW (2 reviews written)

Good Points
Functionality and design excellent.
Memory and capacity (and flexibility) excellent.
Custom set up capability excellent.
Clarity of screen excellent
Help menus excellent

Bad Points
Slightly too large, hopefully will reduce with technology advances, although it shouldn't go too much smaller as the screen is the highlight (2cm off the length and 4mm off the depth would be perfect).
Speaker function is reportedly not very clear at the other end.
Pricey, but you get what you pay for - look out for good upgrade deals.
Doesn't have particularly eye-pleasing lines (bit like a Volvo) but it's designed around the functionality which is a dream.

General Comments
The Sony Ericsson P900 is an outstanding phone/organizer. I have previously owned two Nokia phones (good), a Samsung (ok to good), a Panasonic GD87 (poor), but this one is head and shoulders above the others. Must put that in the context that I wanted an organizer as well as a phone in one, which is not everyone's requirement; if all I needed was a phone I'd still go for the smaller phones that you can tuck in the front pocket of jeans and not know it's there... you can't say that about this phone, which may be a good or bad thing depending on how you like to wear your jeans!



Mundane things first - the P900 has an excellent battery life and good security options (for sim and device).

If, like me, you've ended up going for Sony system compatibility, the memory stick is extremely useful to move data between devices.



As for the sexy stuff, well...

Yes there's a video camera, stills camera, music player, games, bluetoothand IR links, and GPRS/web function, and a sound recorder, which are all nice but not used that much by me because I still haven't got used to them being there, so not used very much, but very good all the same.



The feel and controls of the phone, and the options available, are outstanding, utilizing a combination of jog/shuttle control and standard buttons which are not fiddly, and do the job well. The joy though, is the clear, bright and reliable touch screen, and the capacity for storing contact and diary data. You can handwrite, draw pictures, or use a virtual keypad, keep a taks list, and do pretty much what you can do with MS Outlook on a smaller scale (and of course cross-load info to your pc.



If you, like me, need to be much better organized on the move, this is the benchmark phone of the moment.