Sony Xperia S Review
Sony Xperia S (LT26i) is the first android smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series which replaces the Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphones. Xperia S also known as Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi and Sony Ericsson Arc HD. The Xperia S is a powerful 12-megapixel camera with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and Android 2.3 (an update to Android 4.0) and is easy via HDMI to an HD television link. The Xperia S has a very bright 4.3-inch Reality Display with Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine and HD resolution. Chatting on the Xperia S is directly possible via Google Chat. The device supports Adobe Flash and multimedia content and games can be found in the Android Market and via the PlayStation Store. The Sony Xperia S is available in White and Black colors.
Dimensions & Weight
The Sony Xperia S has a weight of 144 grams and dimensions of the smartphone are 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm.
Sony Xperia S has standard Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery. Speaking time is 450 minutes (2G) and 510 minutes (3G) under ideal conditions. The standby time is 450 hours (2G) and 420 hours (3G) (under ideal conditions). It’s music playback time is up to 25 hours.
Particularly to the Xperia S 12-megapixel camera on the front with Sony Exmor R sensor and the Fastest Capture option which lets you from standby mode in just 1.5 seconds pictures. You also get access to a LED flash, touch focus, Sweep Panorama and a 1080p Full HD video recorder. At front you’ll find a 1.3-megapixel webcam for video chat (remarkable is that this also 720p HD can record videos)
Call & Data Capabilities
The Sony Xperia S has Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE netwrok support. With the Xperia S can you fast mobile internet with HSDPA and UMTS support. The speed of HSDPA removes the difference between home and move on. With Sony Xperia S either text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages sent and received. Thanks to the support email you can simply read your own emails.
The Sony Xperia S has 32 GB internal memory (Flash) and 1 GB RAM.
The connectivity of the Xperia S is fine with 3G/HSDPA, DLNA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot functionality, Bluetooth and Sony Ericsson’s Timescape / Twitter application. The Xperia S is also equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication), so you can share content with others and can make use of NFC applications and services in the future probably will take a great flight. The Sony Xperia S also comes with so called Xperia Smart Tags. These work with any smartphone that has about NFC, not only with the Xperia S. Tap smartphone provided with a NFC SmartTag (which has the shape of a sheet) and one for profile configured in the phone will be activated. These might include: a SmartTag beside your bed for the alarm that the sound off or SmartTag in your car for a GPS application to turn on Bluetooth. The S comes with two Xperia Smart Tags, they are also available separately. You can transfer data via USB to transfer to and from your PC. The Xperia S also has Bluetooth (for wireless communication with other Bluetooth devices like headsets) and WiFi (for wireless communication with home or small office networks).
Sony Xperia S can both audio (MP3 and AAC) and video (MP4) files mobile listening and viewing. Vibrating alert and polyphonic or MP3 ringtones are of course standard.
Sony Xperia S smartphone operation takes place on the device itself (touchscreen). Sony Xperia S is equipped with a 4.3″ LED-backlit LCD 16M-color capacitive touchscreen with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine and Scratch-resistant glass. LCD is one of the most common display technologies for phones. It’s screen has a resolution of 720p (720 x 1280 pixels).
Sony Xperia S runs on Google’s mobile operating system Android 2.3. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the first edition with the support of one-touch word selection of copy / paste by which copying and pasting of words is simplified. Gingerbread is also the first version with built-in VoIP support allowing third party applications you no longer need for video chat. Also in the new version of 2.3 there is NFC support, a technique that you can pay with your cell phone. Android 2.3 also has popular apps like WhatsApp and Angry Birds available in the Android Market.
Sony Xperia S Pros:
- Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support
- 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
- 4.3″ 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of 720p resolution (720 x 1280 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; Scratch-resistant glass
- Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update
- Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset
- 12 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging, Multi Angle shot
- 1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
- 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording
- Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- 32GB built-in storage
- microHDMI port, dedicated TV launcher
- microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Voice dialing
- Adobe Flash v11 support
- Facebook integration
- PlayStation Certified, access to the Playstation Store
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
Sony Xperia S Cons
- The competition will soon have phones with quad-core CPUs and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Display has sub-par viewing angles
- No microSD card slot
- microSIM only
- Shutter key is not comfortable
Sony Xperia S Price
Sony Xperia S currently costs Rs. 32000 in India.