Sony Ericsson C902 Review: Cyber-touch: Media Center, Gallery

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Flashy Media Center

Sony Ericsson are obviously trying to place more and more content and options in the media center. We appreciate their effort as we simply love this flash-based interface.

Sony Ericsson C902 is equipped with Music Player 3.0, which is almost the same as the Walkman player 3.0 seen in Sony Ericsson W980. The player supports numerous file formats, including MP3, AAC, AAC+, E-AAC +, WAV, WMA, M4A and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) plus the MegaBass equalizer preset.

The player can naturally be set to run in the background. Sound is audible, crisp and even - as long you're using the player with a fine headset, that is. If you are not willing to utilize the media player step-by-step structure, you can directly play a track through the file manager with its classic flat tree structure.






The player with mega bass preset

The video player accommodated in the media center supports fast-forwarding and rewinding, while the interface is simple and stylish. The built-in motion sensor allows the video player to auto rotate. Again, the video files are accessible via the file manager but there you cannot opt to auto rotate the file, which we found a bit odd. Landscape mode can be set from the menu though. Fullclassy screen player mode and screenshot capability, are some cool extras in the player. You can save a frame of video and add it to the gallery.






Video player in Media center





Using the video player in landscape mode is much more comfortable

The Media center menu lists the Photo, Music, Video, RSS feeds and Settings icons. Along with the traditional functionality we've discussed in detail in several Sony Ericsson reviews, there is one extra icon for Games. The settings menu is simple - you may opt for portrait, landscape or auto rotate classy screen orientation, thanks to the integrated motion sensor.






Media center step-by-step structure

The first section in the Media Center is the Photo gallery. It consists of: Latest Photo, Camera Album, Photo Tags, Photo Feeds, and Pictures. Latest Photo provides quick access to most recent photos. Camera Album is a thumb list for each month of the year. When a month is open, it reveals a 4x3 grid of thumbs of photos. Scrolling down shows all the photos taken in the corresponding month. The highlighted photo is a bit larger for better viewing. The Pictures section opens again as a 4x3 grid of thumbs with non-camera images, as the preinstalled wallpapers. When exiting the full classy screen view of a picture, it smoothly zooms out to thumb view.






Photo viewer in Media center

Generally, the Photo gallery is a powerful tool for conveniently managing a vast collection of capturing camera photos with remarkable customization capabilities. Photo Tags is a feature for displaying previously marked favorite photos. The Up key on the D-pad offers quick access to sending options like: sdiscontinue as Picture Msg, as email, to blog, via Bluetooth. Other than that, you can set a photo as wallpaper, classy screen saver, startup screen, and contact picture straight from the gallery. The well known Pan and Zoom and slideshow feature are also on board.






An open photo • favorites dubbed photo tags • quick sdiscontinue as key • options menu

Accordingly, picture browsing via the classic file manager is still possible, but kind of pushed aside with the timeline view missing. This is quite a pity, in mind that T650 and K810 have it.






Picture browsing in the file manager

PhotoDJ, videoDJ and musicDJ are also quite common features for all the Sony Ericsson phones, which are available here too.

You can zoom in to the actual size of the picture or even beyond, yet extreme zooming in won't really reveal more detail. As usual with Cyber-shot phones, viewing full-res images one by one didn't involve any lags at all.





Zooming in on a photo

The game section houses an accelerometer based game - Need for Speed ProStreet. It has a cool 3D interface and is quite entertaining. Oh, and another fascinating fact before we spin to another track, here your NFS car can be steered with both the D-pad and the built-in accelerometer function.

The other two games are the well known FotoQuestFishing and Solitaire.






The accelerometer based game Need for Speed ProStreet


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