Sony Ericsson Cedar mobile phone

Sony Ericsson Cedar review: An entry-level mobile phone with green credentials

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    3.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.50 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)


  • Manufactured from recyclable materials, 3G connectivity, Facebook and Twitter widgets


  • Display has poor viewing angles, curves make it difficult to grasp

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For $79, the Sony Ericsson Cedar mobile phone does a fine job; provided you aren't too interested in mobile Web access.

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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.

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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.

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Indranil chakrabarty


I bought a SE Cedar back in December 10 in Kuwait City
and am pleased with its performance. Good feature ph
one and ready for daily use. The display is great.
t. The keys have a solid reassuring feel unlike many Nokia. Samsung or competitor phones. Sound quality is
Sms, camera and video excellent for an entry level phone. Phone has a heavy solid feel unlike some cheap plasticky Nokia and Samsungs. Quick charger charges in a flash.Smart looking and well built the Cedar is a
fantastic everyday
phone. Downside: Features take awhile to learn if you are new to SE. Nothng great about the Greencredentials. I use my phone lovingly, and the phone is treated with kid gloves. Yet the front panel has strated to peel off in just 6 months of use. Part of the SE logo has disappeared, and the front face has blisters which will come off soon. Phone still looks good and works fine, but is this a Green effect or a speci Moddle east model protection. SE says these things happen. Very disappointing. Back cover nice to look at but tacky, flimsy and difficult when attempting to remove. Smudges and dents appear on the Back cover removal slots.Camera has no cover. This quest for Greenness has taken its toll on the quality of materials and build quality. Good finish and a solid feel, but the SE should not go over board with being Green and use materials that look and feel recyclable. The Cedar sadly is prone to ageing faster than most phones. For $80 SE should have done a bit better job of using decent materials and not build aphone that will highlight its green credentials and Biodegradability by decomposing and falling apart over time. That said this is a great phone for talk, text, pics, videos and SMSs. Should last 2 to3 years in ordinary use.Dont fuss over intetnet because this is a feature phone and its smartness is in its charger and Green flair. ( Box, No manual) 9=2 26) not the build side. At $79, go get one. You wont regret it. Oh. It also has 3G and videocall.

Indranil chakrabarty


The SE Cedar is good entry level phone. Looks smart and feels good. Decent camera and MMS and texting. Not the best materials and build quality. Not an internet phone at all. Great for talk, text, pics and videos. Reasonable battery life and quick charger. Good looking, but like most good lookers shows age over time.if you want a daily use phone this it. The red back looks great. If you want it all look elsewhere.



The cedar is a good phone
I like the 2mp camera its fast, takes better photos than some 3mp phone that iv had...
good battery life with normal use, feels good in the hand with raised buttons ,simple and versatile.

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Cheap! Ergonomic
No wifi
• • •

My last phone died and I bought this phone as a stand in until my HTC Sensation arrived. I liked it so much I cancelled the HTC order. $30 well spent.

Keys are easy to use, the phone feels good, looks good. Not good for browsing the net, but I realised I don't care.

Tarik Siddhpura



Model holding grip
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i am very happy to use this mobile.
which have many function and also understood.
there is some problem in Bluetooth connection with only micro-max mobile.
but over whole this model is impressible.
And its net speed is high to comparison to other local mobile and very easy to use net, facebook, twitter etc.

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