Sony Xperia S
Snap, share and view lifeís greatest hits on the crisp, clear 4.3 HD touchscreen. Escape into blockbuster movies, hit music and PlayStationģ games. Itís all a few swipes away with the Sony Entertainment Network on your Xperiaô S smartphone. But donít keep all the fun to yourself - share it on your TV, straight from your HD mobile.
- 1.5 Ghz dual core processor
- 4.3 inch LCD Reality Display
- Access to Sony Entertainment Network
- Music Ulimited, Video Unlimited and Playstation Ce
- Clear Audio and xLOUD Sony audio technologies
Sony Xperia S Specs
- Talk Time: Up to 7 h 30 min (2G) , Up to 8 h 30 min (3G)
- Standby: Up to 450 h (2G) , Up to 420 h (3G)
- Size: 128 x 64 x 11mm
- Weight: 144g
- Display: 4.3 inch LCD Reality Display
- Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
- Processor: 1.5 Ghz dual core processor
- OS: Android
- Frequency: Quad-Band
- Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
- Camera: 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,Geo-
- Music: MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV player
- Memory: 32 GB, 1 GB RAM
- Data Speed: HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
- Browser: HTML5, Adobe Flash
- Java: Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth
The Xperia S is the flagship phone in Sonyís new NXT line up of smartphones. Itís also the first phone theyíve produced since they split from fellow mobile manufacture Ericsson. Does it have what it takes to challenge for the top spot in the increasingly crowded world of Android smartphones? Can it even take on the might of Apple and its iPhone? Letís find out.
The NXT line debuts a new design language from Sony. The Xperia S comes in a plastic unibody shell thatís has a curved ergonomically designed case. Not going for outright thinness like many of its rivals Sony has instead come up with a subtle attractive design that feels great in the hand and is easy to handle. A transparent strip along the bottom of the handset that houses the antennae and also lights up under certain circumstances is a nice touch that adds little flair to the design. Really though the body of the phone plays second fiddle to the screen. At 4.3 inches itís almost the perfect size big enough to enjoy video and web browsing without making the phone too big to handle. It also sports a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 which adds up to startling 346 ppi pixel density. Thatís even more than the Apple iPhones retina display! The result is a sublimely gorgeous display with razor sharp clarity and dazzlingly vibrant colours backed up by Sonyís Mobile Bravia Engine. And if 4.3 inches really is too small then you can always hook your phone up to your HDTV through the phones HDMI port to experience your media on the big screen.
The Xperia S is powered by a dual core 1.5Ghz processor backed up by 1 GB or RAM. In a world where much of completion is starting to use quad core processors can the Xperia S keep up? The answer is yes. In most circumstances the Xperia Sí dual core is more than enough and you would struggle to see any difference between it and its quad core competition. Another area where the Xperia S seemingly lags behind is its operating system which is Android 2.3 rather than the latest 4.0. Sony have promised to update the Xperia S to 4.0 as soon as possible although history shows that manufacturers arenít exactly expedient when it comes to updating their phones. Either way Android 2.3 is a capable operating system despite its age, and it has all of the main features youíve come to expect. And if the pone doesnít have it you can always download one of the more than 600,000 apps currently available in the Google Play Store.
With full Google Mobile Services you can get to your emails with Gmail, watch videos on Youtube and sync with your Google Calendar so you never miss an important date, all while out and about. Google Mobile Services also offers Google Voice Search, Google Talk with Video chat, Google Maps and Google Gallery 3D.
Sony has also added a lot of its own apps and features into the phones software. For instance Sonyís own Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services have millions of songs and movies to choose from and download to your phone. Sound quality is also superb as you would expect from a company with Sonyís heritage. Sony has added its own Clear Audio and xLOUD technology bolster the phones media player credentials. The Xperia S is also Playstation Certified meaning it can play a number of games from Sonyís extensive back catalogue.
No Sony phone wouldnít be complete without an excellent camera and the Xperia S is a real winner in that regard. A massive 12 megapixel sensor can capture Photos in stunning detail. It also uses Sonyís own Exmor R technology to improve low light performance. This is the same sort of tech that Sony uses on itís high end digital cameras. Lightning fast shutter response ensure that you never miss a thing and the Xeria S has a dedicated shutter button Ė an all too often overlooked feature in modern smartphones. You can also shoot FullHD video and then share it wirelessly to you TV or Tablet via DLNA.
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Sony Xperia S Reviews
- Look and Feel - Stars
- Ease of Use - Stars
- Features - Stars
- Performance - Stars
- Battery - Stars
- Overall - Stars