Hands-on preview: Sony Ericsson G705
It certainly looks good, and has some pretty nice features, but I’ll be the first to say that I find its familiar slider form factor quite boring. I find it hard to believe that this is the best a joint venture such as Sony’s and Ericsson’s can do for a new model.
Not to be mistaken with the Sony Ericsson W705, the Sony Ericsson G705 is not a Walkman phone. Although, both of the phones just mentioned are actually one and the same, only with a few features swapped or completely taken away.
Before anything else, here are the Sony Ericsson G705’s key features:
– GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSDPA 2100 support
– GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSUPA 850/1900/2100 support for US edition
– 3.2 megapixel camera
– GPS receiver with A-GPS support
– Wi-Fi connectivity with DLNA certification
– Built in accelerometer with web support
– Stereo bluetooth
– FM radio with RDS
– Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support
– 1GB M2 memory card
Here is the handset pictured with the slider closed. The 2.4 inch QVGA display is bright as usual for a Sony Ericsson, and it shows a once again familiar user interface. The exact same one found in many other recently released Sony Ericsson handsets, actually. The menu can be accessed by pressing the round button dead center, and every key press triggers a quick vibration that sort of feels like haptic feedback.
Beneath the display, there’s an array of hotkeys, including left and right softkeys, a 5-way d-pad, customizable shortcut key and on/off switch. Pressing any of these keys, too, triggers a mild vibration.
Turning the handset on its back, we are greeted with a standard 3.2-megapixel camera. There’s nothing special about it, just an aperture through which a user can see and capture photos, and it’s accompanied by a round LED-flash.
Picture quality was so bad that I couldn’t get anything worth posting, but maybe the fact that the camera lens had a plastic sheet covering it had something to do with it. And no, I couldn’t remove that plastic sheet, even if I wanted to. If that’s the case, then expect picture quality from the G705’s camera to be on par with other 3.2-megapixel camera-equipped Sony Ericsson phones.
Though it’s not a dedicated Walkman phone, the Sony Ericsson G705 features a dedicated music key on top, where the on/off switch of a gadget is usually found. This comes in handy when you need or want to listen to music without pressing too many keys. And as for the sound quality, well, I wasn’t disappointed. But then again, I didn’t expect much, since it wasn’t a Walkman that can be expected to blast out sounds of the best quality.
I wasn’t able to try out the Web browser, but with HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, doing so should be pretty speedy. I doubt if it will be any good for the user-experience, though, since Sony Ericsson phone web browsers hardly have any commendable features.
Overall, this handset will serve right for the mid-end market, though it will probably leave some users wanting more. It’s got a camera, but it’s not a Cyber-Shot. It’s got a music player, but it’s not a Walkman. It’s got Wi-Fi and GPS, but it’s not a smartphone. Only those users which are fairly easy to please will find satisfaction in the Sony Ericsson G705’s apparent appearance as a jack-of-all-trades.
Peek at more hands on photos of the Sony Ericsson G705 in the gallery below.