Sony Ericsson C905

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Sony Ericsson C905
ManufacturerSony Ericsson
Compatible networksGSM 900/850/1800/1900 and UMTS and HSDPA and EDGE
PredecessorSony Ericsson K850
SuccessorSony Ericsson Satio
Form factorSlider
Dimensions4.1 × 1.9 × 0.7 in.
104.0 × 49.0 × 18.0 mm
Mass4.8 oz
136.0 gr
Memory160 MB Internal, Memory Stick Micro M2
Display240x320 pixels (QVGA), 2.4", 262,144 (6-bit) color TFT LCD
Rear camera8.1 megapixel with AF, geotagging and face recognition
ConnectivityHSDPA, Wi-Fi b/g, 3G, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0
Data inputsKeypad

The Sony Ericsson C905 is a high-end mobile phone in Sony's 'C' (Cyber-shot) range, which, along with the low-end 'S' (Snapshot) range cameras, supplants the earlier 'K' range of camera phones. It is the flagship model in Sony Ericsson's range for 2008 and it was released on 22 October 2008. It's the first 8-megapixel camera phone to be released outside Korea, while adding the Assisted GPS (A-GPS) and Wi-Fi function. It is also the first Sony Ericsson mobile phone to support the DLNA sharing network as well as the first Cyber-shot phone to also be released for AT&T.



  • 2.4", 240×320 pixels (QVGA), 262,144 (18-bit) color TFT LCD


  • 8.1 megapixel CMOS (3264×2448, 7.99 effective megapixels)
  • Autofocus lens
  • Xenon flash, 3-LED videolight, focus assist lamp, self-portrait mirror
  • Image stabilizer
  • Face detection auto focus up to 3 faces
  • Smile Shutter (newly added, users can update it using the update service option)
  • Auto Rotate
  • BestPic
  • 16× digital zoom
  • Video recording: QVGA (320×240) @30fps
  • Dedicated camera still/record/review key
  • Dual Function D-Pad
  • Mechanical lens cover
  • PhotoAlbum
  • PictBridge
C905 camera



  • Media player 3.0 with MegaBass (simplified version of Walkman 3.0)
  • M4A/MP3/MIDI ringtones
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • Shazam TrackID application to identify music
  • PlayNow 5.0


  • 160MB internal
  • 2GB M2 included, up to 8GB max.[1] (Sandisk has tested that the biggest memory card size possible on the C905 is 16GB.)[2]


  • Four colours: 'Copper Gold', 'Ice Silver', 'Night Black' and 'Tender Rose'

Startup failures, data corruption and hardware issues[edit]

For some users, the C905 can suddenly fail to startup, and instead just show a black screen with the backlight turning on and off repeatedly [1][2][3] Archived 2009-08-20 at the Wayback Machine.

This problem happens due to internal data corruption (caused by the phone), and can only be fixed by restoring the phone to its original software/firmware — meaning that all personal data will be erased. On some occasions, this problem can be fixed by using the Update Service software that comes on the CD (or from Sony Ericsson's website). However, personal data will still be erased.

Users are recommended to regularly backup their data using both a Memory Stick — for photos and contacts — and using the software MyPhoneExplorer to back up other data to a PC. A startup failure can be predicted when the text message menu can no longer be opened.

A hardware fault that has been reported frequently is that the earpiece speaker on the slider-screen will quit working due to a fragile connector. This can sometimes be temporarily 'fixed' by depressing and holding the 'c' button on the right side; or by using the speakerphone option. Sony will repair this at no cost (except shipping) if the phone is still in warranty. Vodafone staff claim this is the reason they have stopped selling the phone new.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "C905 Official Site, The official site detailing the biggest memory card size possible on the C905". Archived from the original on 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  2. ^ Sandisk Site, The Sandisk site detailing the memory card sizes possible on the C905 links==