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Sony Xperia S Review

By on May 20, 2012
Sony Xperia S

The Sony Ericsson Xperia frenzy, now Sony Xperia, continues. Quite honestly the rebranding had me a little worried but I am finally reassured after the release of the Sony Xperia S. Sony were able to put all of their technology in to this one. This device a HD display, massively overpowered camera and it’s an Xperia, we all want one.

Display and Dimensions:
Before we go any further, the one thing you have to know about this mobile phone is that it is a scale-tipper at 144 grams. It measures 128mm in height, 64mm wide and 10.6mm thick. The length and width are a little smaller compared to the recent releases in the Smartphone market but the thickness however is a little overwhelming, we can blame on the camera though.
The Xperia S features a 4.3 inches LED-backlit LCD capacitive touch-screen, 16M colours with 342 pixel per inch density. It runs on the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and the user can enjoy the Timescape UI at a 720 by 1280 pixels resolution and up to 10 fingers multi-touch on scratch resistant glass.

Memory, Storage and CPU:
The Xperia S packs 1.5GHz dual-core processor, on a Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset and an Adreno 220 GPU. It is then supported by 1GB RAM. The Xperia S however doesn’t support a card slot for expandable storage but the 32GB of internal storage should be sufficient.

Network Access:
No surprise here, the Xperia S is a typical Smartphone supporting both Wi-Fi and 3G. On the Wi-Fi standards the Xperia S supports 802.11 b/g/n and allows for the Android enabled Wi-Fi hotspot. The 3G however is a little underpowered compared to recent releases. It has a maximum download speed of 14.4Mbps with newer releases coming with 21Mbps. The upload speed however is the same at 5.8Mbps. It also features the common a low v2.1 Bluetooth technology.

And here is the part we have been all been waiting for. The camera is quite impressive actually and I meant it when I said Sony put all of their technology on this device. It features a 12MP camera with 16x digital zoom. An impressive 4000 by 3000 pixels will have enjoying 3D sweep panorama, face and smile detection, autofocus, geo-tagging and image stabilization. A LED flash and the Exmor R will have your pictures crystal clear in low light. The video recorder is in full HD at 1080@30fps with the 1.3MP secondary camera sitting on a half HD capacity.

Software, Multimedia and other features:
I don’t know why Sony did this to their customers, the Xperia S runs Android OS, v2.3 Gingerbread and by the time it was announced Ice Cream Sandwich was already out. But to lift your spirits Sony have a planned upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in their second quarter of 2012.

This device supports Adobe Flash and a series of application in Google Play Store. It has an accelerometer, proximity sensor, a compass and gyro-sensor. Its multimedia section is also not that new as it supports the common Smartphone range of file formats 3GP, 3G2, MP4, WMV (Windows Media Video 9), AVI (MP4 ASP and MP3) and the following audio formats AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, MP3, WAV and WMA (Windows Media Audio 9). It however features a TV launcher TrackID music recognition and 3D surround sound.

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