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 HANDSET REVIEW

Sony Xperia S Review - Part 3: The verdict review

Off to a great start
 
 Handset: Sony Xperia S 
 Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson 
by Jonathan Morris
< Part 2: Form factor, media, storage

The Verdict

The Xperia S is undoubtedly the best smartphone to have been released by Sony (Ericsson) thus far. With an amazing screen that far exceeds the density of anything produced by Apple or its many other rivals (for now), excellent performance from both the processor and battery, and a great camera, there's little to dislike beyond the questionable touch-sensitive buttons.

If you manage to get any NFC Smart tags with the phone, you'll also get the ability to fire up apps and change system profiles (like activating Bluetooth, turning off wi-fi, setting your alarm etc) by simply touching tags that you can place anywhere you wish. Sony also has its new Smart Watch, which lets you access many apps remotely.

Shipping only with Android 2.3.7 is another slight disappointment, as I fear some customers may become confused by what will be quite a few changes brought about by the forthcoming update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

It might have made more sense to wait a few more weeks to get Android 4 installed straight from the factory.

However, pretty soon it won't matter. By all means grab a play with the phone to see if you can get to grips with those niggly buttons, but bear in mind that the Xperia S is an incredible offering, and surprisingly affordable too.

Part 1: Introduction, specs, build quality
Part 2: Form factor, media, storage

And finally...

Here are some more photos of the ill-fated Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness and LG Crystal. I wonder when will we get the next transparent gimmick?





 

Reviewer photo
Jonathan Morris 2 April 2012
Those touch-sensitive buttons take a bit of getting used to, but you'd be mad to disregard this phone over something you can master with a little practice. Great camera, performance and stamina all adds up an excellent first attempt for the re-launched Sony Mobile brand
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 [READERS' RATING] N/A 
Specs Available inUK, Europe, US, Worldwide
ModesGSM, GPRS, 3G
Band typedual
3Gyes
Built In Memory32GB
Removable Memory TypeMicroSD,
Primary screencolour
Number of colours16.8 million
Screen size4.3-inch 1280x720
Secondary screennone
Camerayes
Polyphonic ringtonesn/a
Camera Resolution12-megapixels
Music formatsMp3, AAC, AAC+,
Infrared portno
Messaging OptionsSMS, MMS, IM, email
MMS supportyes
Bluetoothyes
Speakerphoneyes
Voice controlyes
Predictive textyes
SAR ratingn/a
Phonebook entriesUnlimited
Number of included ringtonesn/a
Downloadable extrasyes
Weight144g
Size128x64x10.6mm
Talk time8.5 hours
Standby time420 hours
BrowserHTML
Other featuresAndroid 2.3.7 with Android 4 upgrade in Q2 2012, NFC, HDMI output, USB On-The-Go support, 1,750mAh battery
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alwynm | 02:44 - 12 April 2012
Great review, thanks and thank for the tip about the battery. I know a few people are having the same issue.