If you had told me two years back that a phone like the Sony Ericsson Cedar would face virtually no competition in the market on its launch, I probably would have laughed in your face and you would have punched me for not being a very nice person. But right now when every new phone being launched purports to be a touchscreen smartphone, the Cedar does manage to stand on its own as a basic non-touchscreen device with an alpha-numeric keypad whose two biggest features are 3G connectivity and an inexpensive price-tag.
The Cedar, resplendent in its “retro” look actually looks refreshing (if that makes any sense).
The Sony Ericsson Cedar is a pretty basic phone except for its support for 3G connectivity, as suggested by its looks and price. The Cedar has a 2.2 inch TFT color screen with a resolution of 240x320. It’s pretty light at 85 grams and sports a normal candy-bar design. The Cedar also has a 2MP fixed focus camera with no flash. As I mentioned before, it supports 3G and also Bluetooth but no Wi-Fi or GPS.
Hardware connectivity is taken care of by a microUSB port and a 3.5mm headphones jack and storage by 280MB of internal storage and microSD card support up to 16GB.
The Cedar also comes pre-installed with a Facebook app and Twitter and Facebook widgets that you can add to the homescreen.
The Twitter widget on the Cedar's homescreen.
Other pre-installed applications include a Track ID app, three demo games and a converter/calculator among many others.