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Sony Ericsson C902: Slidy snapshooter

You might be excited about the 8-megapixel Sony Ericsson C905, but you're going to have to wait months to buy one. In the meantime there's always the Sony Ericsson C902

Recently we got a peek at Sony Ericsson's souped-up 8-megapixel camera phone, the Sony Ericsson C905, but that's not going to come out for some time yet. In the meantime, the Sony Ericsson C902 is available right now for free on a monthly contract.

While it's not as feature-packed as the C905, it does come with its fair share of goodness. For starters there's HSDPA, which means high-speed Internet browsing on the go. Its design is pretty smart too.

But high-speed Internet and good looks aren't what this phone is all about -- the C902 is a fully fledged camera phone. Slide open its clever camera cover and out pops a 5-megapixel camera with an LED photo light. Le sigh: we wish it was a xenon flash.

What's really clever about the C902 is that when you do slide out the camera, the screen is suddenly surrounded by little camera icons, which you can press to select different options. It's hardly magic, but it is a handy trick. Click through for more information and pics. -Andrew Lim

Update: Read our full Sony Ericsson C902 review

At only 10mm thick, this is not a phone you're going to struggle to cram into your pocket. Although it's very thin, the C902 is still rock-solid and feels neither too light nor too heavy.

We're disappointed that the C902 has an LED photo light instead of a xenon flash, such as the one on the C905. That said, we're impressed with the slidy cover -- aside from being visually satisfying, it also protects the lens.

When you slide the camera out these blue icons appear around the screen. Each icon represents a different camera function. What's really clever is that you can tap them directly and they're really easy to use. It's a clever idea that we hope to see continued on future models.