Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

AKA: Sony Ericson ST17i, Sony Ericson ST17a
7.5/10 AVG.
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It's a cheerful little thing, with some nice features. It's not too expensive, will appeal to people who want something solid for the gym and it does normal phone stuff too.

- Ian Morris , Pocket-lint 

Specs summary

Screen
3"

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active's screen is 3 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
320 MB

Internal memory is 320 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a 1200 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sony's performance ratings are 14.5 days standby time, 293 minutes talk time.


Prices (Where to Buy)


Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Smartphone (Unlocked)

from Expansys CA

  • Condition: New
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  • Contract: No

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Smartphone (Unlocked, 850/1900 3G)

from Expansys CA

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: Not available
  • Contract: No


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Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


It can take pretty much anything you throw at it

from Know Your Mobile (4 years ago)

As the name suggests, this phone is part of Sony Ericsson's burgeoning Android line-up. It boasts Android 2.3 and the company's custom-made Timescape user interface, which not only gives it a unique look but also allows you to aggregate all of your social networking activity in one handy location. T... More

As the name suggests, this phone is part of Sony Ericsson's burgeoning Android line-up. It boasts Android 2.3 and the company's custom-made Timescape user interface, which not only gives it a unique look but also allows you to aggregate all of your social networking activity in one handy location. The software isn't the most interesting element here, though - what's more noteworthy is the super-resilient case design.

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8/10

Funky looking, water resistant, tough, compact

from Pocket-lint (4 years ago)

The Xperia Active is an interesting phone. We took too it pretty quickly, and while it isn't the sort of phone that we would probably buy, if you want something tough, water resistant and designed for workouts, then this is really an ideal phone. It's a little bit too expensive to replace an MP3 pla... More

The Xperia Active is an interesting phone. We took too it pretty quickly, and while it isn't the sort of phone that we would probably buy, if you want something tough, water resistant and designed for workouts, then this is really an ideal phone. It's a little bit too expensive to replace an MP3 player, but if you take exercise seriously, it's the same price as a Motorola ACTV, for example, and offers you a full mobile phone too boot. So perhaps it could be a second phone for people who like specific tools for specific jobs. Do bear in mind though, that there is nothing here that you couldn't get on ANY android handset. The fitness app is free to all, via the market - although support for heart rate monitors is a nice extra, and one you don't get on many phones. Of course, monitoring your heart rate is singificantly less important to most people than tracking how much exercise they have done. Judging this phone as a phone though, and we're very happy with it. The battery is good enough, especially if you're a light user and the rugged design is good for those who are accident-prone. We just can't help but like it, to be honest.

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8/10

Sturdy, strong, no-nonsense design, clear and audible call quality

from tech2 (4 years ago)

The Xperia Active is priced at Rs. 19,500 (MRP) and the increasing difference between the Rupee and Dollar is taking its toll on the pricing of smartphones as well. We're mentioning this because just a few days back, the market operating price for the phone was around Rs.17,500. The only competition... More

The Xperia Active is priced at Rs. 19,500 (MRP) and the increasing difference between the Rupee and Dollar is taking its toll on the pricing of smartphones as well. We're mentioning this because just a few days back, the market operating price for the phone was around Rs.17,500. The only competition at present to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is the Motorola Defy+, which we'll be reviewing shortly, so stay tuned for that.

As far as the ruggedness is concerned, we found the Xperia Active to be top-notch. It stood up to all our tests and braved all the environments and stress tests we put it under. If a rugged phone doesn’t suit your taste for whatever reason, the Sony Ericsson Neo V that we reviewed earlier will make for a cheaper buy, but again, the Neo V caters to a completely different audience.

The Xperia Active is designed for people who love outdoor activities like cycling, running, gymming, jogging in the rain or even for people who are clumsy. It also caters to the more serious bunch of hikers, surfers, snowboarders or mountain climbers. However, even if you’re not an outdoor person, but are looking for a reason to become one, the Xperia Active is a fantastic option.

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8/10

A solid-feeling Android phone that roughs it with the best of them

from Recombu (4 years ago)

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is clearly pitched at sporty types looking for a phone that also makes a good running companion (the phone even comes packaged with an arm strap that contains a clear plastic wallet for the handset). If this is what you're after, it's a brilliant device. We submerged... More

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is clearly pitched at sporty types looking for a phone that also makes a good running companion (the phone even comes packaged with an arm strap that contains a clear plastic wallet for the handset). If this is what you're after, it's a brilliant device. We submerged the phone completely in water, made calls on it, took pictures and recorded video; we really did give it every excuse to break down. If all you need it for is the occasional jog in the rain, go for it.

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7/10

Smart and rugged

from PhoneArena (4 years ago)

We can’t help but like the Sony Ericsson Xperia active, given the multitude of accessories you get out of the box, not to mention the weatherproofing and pre-installed fitness apps. We even grew to like the protruding bottom as it houses the lanyard which we found ourselves using all the time.... More

We can’t help but like the Sony Ericsson Xperia active, given the multitude of accessories you get out of the box, not to mention the weatherproofing and pre-installed fitness apps. We even grew to like the protruding bottom as it houses the lanyard which we found ourselves using all the time. Unfortunately however, nothing saves the Xperia active’s call in-call speaker. It really is a shame and weighs heavily on our rating. If you intend to use a Bluetooth headset or the bundled headphones when making calls, you can buy the handset with confidence, if not however, bear in mind this is a great phone with a big niggle.

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