Sony Ericsson Cedar Review
Following in the footsteps of the Hazel and the Elm the Cedar is one of Sony Ericsson’s GreenHeart range of mobiles and as such is a more eco-friendly handset than many other models. It is not a smartphone but does come at a good price with a good deal of functionality and possibly a clearer conscious.
Designed to be environmentally friendly the Sony Ericsson Cedar is cased in recycled plastics and covered in waterborne paints. The Cedar is shipped with less packaging and a charger that consumes less power but no paper manual – to save trees you have to refer to an electronic user guide.
The actual look of the Cedar is not revolutionary. The quality of the build does feel a little flimsy although that is not surprising given the budget price tag, but it is comfortable to hold with a slightly curved back and is extremely lightweight at only 84g.
The 2.2 inch screen has a resolution of 240 x 320 with a pixel density of 182ppi which is no match even for the budget smartphones but does mean it is not such a drain on battery power.
Despite the fact that the Sony Ericsson Cedar is not a smartphone it does have some useful features. By virtue of the widget manager you can access Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Notes and World Clock apps. Although not designed to be used heavily as a social networking tool the functionality is sufficient for basic use.
Unlike the Elm, the Cedar does not have Wi-Fi but there is still the 3G option to browse the Internet. The default NetFront web browser of the Cedar does not deliver the best user experience, but if you opt to download Opera Mini 4, a free alternative designed to optimise the web experience on low resolution 2.2 inch screens things are greatly improved.
The earlier Sony Ericsson Elm did not feature a headphone jack, but this has been corrected on the Cedar. However, despite the now present 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the device no headphones come in the box so you’ll need to buy a set. If you do the listening experience is improved, but the Cedar is never going to be your main music media device.
The 2.2megapixel no-frills fixed focus camera of the Cedar is not a device that could ever replace your dedicated digital camera. However the shots it takes are reasonable enough for social network sharing. You can record video with the Cedar but it is likely that you won’t choose to. Recording in VGA format at 30fps there is a good deal of judder and the images are susceptible to blurring.
The battery duration of the Sony Ericsson Cedar is excellent and easily out-lasts the majority of smartphone batteries. With average use including some web browsing, calls and texts you shouldn’t need to recharge the battery for two days.
Sony Ericsson Cedar Price
The Cedar is a great mobile phone for small budgets. You can pick one up SIM free from around £80 or you can pay in the region of £60 for a Pay as you Go deal. Alternatively you could choose to take out a 24 month contract and pay as little as £8.50 a month.
For an entry-level mobile phone the Sony Ericsson has a good deal of functionality and some useful features coupled with the feel-good factor of being more environmentally friendly than many competitors.