Sony Ericsson Cedar mobile phone
Sony Ericsson Cedar review: An entry-level mobile phone with green credentials
- Manufactured from recyclable materials, 3G connectivity, Facebook and Twitter widgets
- Display has poor viewing angles, curves make it difficult to grasp
For $79, the Sony Ericsson Cedar mobile phone does a fine job; provided you aren't too interested in mobile Web access.
Price$ 79.00 (AUD)
Sony Ericsson's Cedar is an entry-level 3G mobile phone with green credentials. Manufactured from recyclable materials, shipping without a physical user guide and featuring a charger that minimises power consumption, the Cedar is part of Sony Ericsson's 'GreenHeart' range.
Check out other top Sony Ericsson phones.
The Sony Ericsson Cedar mobile phone looks like a blast from the past; it has a comfortable and tactile numeric keypad and a small, non-touchscreen display, and it is housed in a compact body with soft curves. The phone is both compact and lightweight, and is made from at least 50 per cent recycled plastic.
The Sony Ericsson Cedar's controls are well designed and provide good tactility, while the screen is sharp and clear. The display's viewing angles are poor however, and it is difficult to see the screen in direct sunlight.
Sony Ericsson's choice of packaging continues the green theme: the Cedar's retail box is tiny and made from recycled cardboard, there is no paper user manual included, and both the important information guide and FCC statement are printed on recycled paper. The Sony Ericsson Cedar also ships with a charger that only consumes 0.3Kw per hour when left plugged into a power point without the phone connected.
Once you get past the Cedar's green credentials, this is a very basic mobile phone. Its best feature is 3G connectivity; combined with the included Facebook, Twitter and YouTube apps, the Cedar makes a decent fist of social networking. The Facebook home screen widget is particularly good, allowing you to update your status straight from the home screen. Though useable, the Sony Ericsson Cedar's browser takes an age to load pages and the small screen makes for an overall poor mobile Web experience.
The Sony Ericsson Cedar has an intuitive media menu, a basic 2-megapixel camera, an FM radio, and a microSD card slot for extra storage. The Cedar also comes with two, preinstalled green-centric Java apps — GreenCalculator and EcoMate. GreenCalculator calculates greenhouse emissions caused by your daily lifestyle, while EcoMate aims to educate users on issues like conserving water and power.
The Sony Ericsson Cedar is available in Australia through Telstra prepaid for $79.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 3 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 4 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Samsung blames batteries from two makers for Note7 explosions
- Low-end Android phones could get VR with new Imagination GPU
- Android device updates: the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are finally getting Nougat
- HTC's U Ultra flagship attacks the high end with a glass back, an AI companion, and a second screen
- The iPhone turns 10: Apple CEO Tim Cook promises 'the best is yet to come'
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTBrand Marketing Manager - Premium Entertainment BrandNSW
- CCNetwork Security Engineer - Cisco ISEVIC
- CCSenior Network ArchitectVIC
- TPSoftware EngineerWA
- TPSenior Applications Support AnalystSA
- FTTechnical Consultant/Systems AnalystQLD
- TPProject Manager - SAPQLD
- FTInfrastructure Solution ArchitectSA
- FTTechnical Content CoordinatorVIC
- TPService Delivery ManagerQLD
- FTManager Integration PlanningNSW
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- CCSAP HR/ Payroll ConsultantQLD
- FTERP Support ConsultantQLD
- FTInformation Security ManagerNSW
- FTAutomation Test Analyst - APS 6 non-ongoingACT
- CCProcess Specialist - short contract, asap start!VIC
- FTSecurity IPS Engineer - Permanent - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- CCChange Manager - O365 Upgrade ProjectQLD
- TPSenior Test Analyst - DETEQLD
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- TPBusiness Analyst - DataQLD
- CCChange ManagerQLD