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  • Sony Xperia S Review - High on promises, a little low on delivery

    sony xperia s review
    Sony mobile communication has officially launched Xperia Son Tuesday at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon.This is the first phones to be made available in the country since Sony Mobile Communications became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation earlier this year post its split with Ericsson.To introduce Xperia smart phone, Sony has launched one of its largest brand and marketing campaigns in India called 'Made of Imagination'.

    The Xperia S has a 4.3-inch scratch resistant TFT touch screen, along with 12.1 mega pixel camera and 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual core processor.

    Let’s review each feature of the Xperia bit-by-bit…

    HD Display

    With a large HD screen and 12MP camera the Sony Xperia S should be right up there with the best of the rest, but it doesn't come together. The screen isn't quite as good as we'd hope and the camera quality is lower than expectations.


    When we first saw the Xperia S we were quite upbeat about its individual styling but upon second look we're not so sure! The clear slice of plastic that runs below the screen still has a certain funky appeal but the rest of the handset elicits little more than a signal from us – it's just some phone.


    The 12.1 mega pixel camera is also leading the way for others to try and match.Xperia S' camera have a slightly hyper-real quality. Whip them off on to a TV or computer screen and they look more conventional, but still of very high quality for a phone, being detailed, bright even in low light, and with decent sharpness.


    1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor. The dual-core processor kept everything running smoothly and quickly. It runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS that is upgradable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in Q2 2012.

    Battery Backup

    Battery life is fine. Despite the use of a sealed rather than removable battery you'll need to charge once a day, but that's par for the course. The storage is also 'sealed', in the sense that there's 32GB built in but no microSD - come on, 32GB is plenty.

    Overall Performance

    We're a little disappointed that the OS on board is ropey old Gingerbread rather than thrusting, virile Ice Cream Sandwich.However, Gingerbread runs with no lag, offering a level of slickness comparable to the more expensivethan iPhone and as good as or better than any Android phone currently on the market.

    With all that said and done, the Xperia S provides some of the best on-the-go entertainment experiences around, and is a great alternative if you are looking for a powerhouse device.

    Sony Xperia S specifications:

    • Dimensions: 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm
    • Weight: 144 g
    • Display: LED-backlit LCD, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
    • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
    • Multi-touch input method
    • Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    • Touch sensitive controls
    • 3.5mm jack
    • Memory: 32GB ROM, 1GB RAM
    • MicroSD: up to 32GB, 4GB included
    • Camera: 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    • 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer
    • Secondary 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps front facing camera
    • OS: Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
    • CPU: Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon dual-core 1.5 GHz with Adreno 220
    • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
    • Digital compass

    Why you should buy the Xperia S:

    • Unique design
    • Large HD display
    • Fast performance
    • Good battery life

    Why you shouldn't buy the Xperia S:

    • Unnecessary amount of bezel below the display
    • Noisy camera in non-optimal conditions
    • Touch buttons too close to screen
    • Lots of preloaded apps