Sony Ericsson C702 Review: Allroad Cyber-shot: 360-degree Spin, Design, Construction

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Sony Ericsson C702 is not among the slimmest phones, at 15.5 mm thick, yet relatively lightweight at 105 grams. Generally, we are pleased with the ergonomics of the handset.

C702 held in hand

Sony Ericsson C702 360-degree spin


Design and Construction

The Sony Ericsson C702 has a casing of rounded edges giving the somewhat chubby bar a nice solid feel in hand. It gets even better for the nice rubbery finish of all the cyan surfaces. By the way, the whole casing is fingerprint resistant, the classy screen the only area vulnerable to smudges.

The 2.2" display has the keypad crammed down the front panel. The 256K-color QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) display does well in terms of brightness and contrast, and doesn't seem to have reflection issues. Yet, it doesn't fare well under direct sunlight.

The display of C702 scores high

Above the screen, the secondary video-call capturing camera is placed, along with the earpiece.

Video call camera, earpiece and logo

Below the display are the control and navigation keys, grouped in three square patterns. The D-pad's in the middle. On both of its sides there are two rocker-styled sets of buttons.

The left one features a soft key and the Activity menu key, with the tiny convex knob of the Call key embedded amidst. Symmetrically on the right, we acquire the other soft key, the correction C key and the End key.

The glossy finish and fine elevation set the Call and End keys apart from their surroundings and improve tactility. The round confirming center of the D-pad could've been more comfortable and less recessed within the square frame, which does see like the D-pad in K850, only smaller and not integrated within the alphanumeric keyboard.

The D-pad and the other keys under the display

The dedicated Call and End keys are becoming standard in Sony Ericsson, along with the three-soft-key layout. The proprietary "Back" key is absent in C702, replaced by the correct soft key. User-friendliness is greatly improved, except maybe for those who go back a long time with Sony Ericsson handsets.

"...fascinating fact is that this is the first splash and dust resistant Sony Ericson handset. The C702 also features the GPS-based Tracker sports application. Clearly, it's a phone for the youth and the sports minded..."


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