Even though the Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905 was announced almost a year ago, the North American version (C905a) has finally graced our shores courtesy of AT&T. This 8.1-megapixel camera phone is one of a few high-megapixel camera phones to make it stateside, and since it's subsidized with a U.S. carrier, it's relatively inexpensive as well.
The C905a has all the styling of a Cyber-shot point-and-shoot camera, with its large 2.4-inch scratch-resistant display, Xenon flash, and camera lens with a sliding lens cover. The camera also has a ton of settings like panorama stitching, several scene modes, macro focus, red-eye reduction, face detection, and even GPS geolocation tagging. There's also a BestPic feature that takes seven successive photos, letting you pick the best ones. Photo quality is really good, and definitely qualifies it as one of the best camera phones we've used.
We were also pleased with the music player, which has categories for audiobooks and podcasts--not something we usually see in non-smartphones. Our one complaint is that the C905a doesn't come with a 3.5-mm headset jack; we had to use Sony Ericsson's own proprietary headset connector. The C905a also uses the Memory Stick Micro (M2) format over the more common microSD. Still, the C905a has stereo Bluetooth, so not all is lost.
Other features of the C905a include GPS with AT&T Navigator, quad-band support, 3G/HSDPA, and access to AT&T broadband services like Cellular Video, AT&T Video Share, and AT&T Mobile Music. The Sony Ericsson C905a is available for $179.99 after a mail-in rebate and a two-year service agreement, and will be available on July 19.