Sony Ericsson Cedar

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 October, 2010, 12:00am

At first glance, the candy bar-style Sony Ericsson Cedar can easily be mistaken for a model from several years ago.

With its 2.2-inch display and full-size keypad, the Cedar is a throwback to a time before fancy smartphones and big touch-screens.

Some of the Cedar's features are also from the olden days, such as the two-megapixel digital camera, which these days is probably not even good enough for online posts to Facebook.

Fortunately, the time warp stops there.

While the Cedar doesn't come with a major operating system like Android or the new Windows Phone 7, it does have built-in support for widgets for popular applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

The quad-band GSM and 3G Cedar also comes with pretty good data connectivity in the form of HSPA. This is particularly handy because it can be used as a modem for your PC.

You also get a push-enabled e-mail client, a web browser, Bluetooth, and, of course, standard phone apps like messaging and calendar.

But perhaps the best feature of all for the Cedar is that it is part of Sony Ericsson's environmentally friendlier GreenHeart selection of phones. The Cedar is made from recycled plastics and waterborne paint, and comes with a low-power-consumption charger and less packaging.

It also has an in-phone electronic manual that replaces the traditional CD and paper manual.

The Sony Ericsson Cedar should sell for around HK$1,200.

Pros: 'green', environmentally-friendly product, turns into a 3G data modem

Cons: it looks like a plain, old-school phone, camera has poor resolution