Sony Xperia S

AKA: Sony Ericsson Nozomi, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD, Sony LT26i
7/10 AVG.
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Sony's pricey, stylish Xperia S is packed with multimedia tricks but is undone by a slow processor and lackluster display. - Brian Bennett, Cnet  
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The Sony Xperia S is possibly the most compelling Xperia handset yet, but it could do more. It's a good phone, a pleasure to use and live with, but there is some space for improvement. - Chris Hall, Pocket-lint  
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 25 reviews

There’s no other way to describe the Sony Xperia S other than a very capable multimedia device that’s filled to the brim with top-of-the-line hardware and software features. Currently, it is Sony’s flagship Android smartphone and is considered by many as one of the most handsome phones available on the mobile phone shelves.

Sony smartphones—and yes, that includes the ones that were released under the Sony Ericsson brand back when it was still alive—have always been characterized as having excellent built-in cameras. The Sony Xperia S is of course no exception. It boasts a built-in 12-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, plus it comes with several nice extras such as touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization, and geo-tagging capabilities. The rest of the phone just further emphasizes Sony’s focus on multimedia for the Xperia S. The display is an LED-backlit LCD touchscreen that supports multi-touch and measures 4.3-inches diagonally. It offers a native resolution of 720x1280 and is able to display images with rich color and textures with the help of the proprietary Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine. A front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera makes taking portrait photos easier. There’s also an excellent built-in loudspeaker that can be used not only with the music player but also with the built-in FM radio.

With all of that said, the Sony Xperia S is also one of the most powerful smartphones that you can get in its price range. It runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, has 1GB of RAM, and comes with 32GB of internal storage. It also has a whole host of wireless features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HSDPA data, GPS, and even NFC. All of these come in extra handy when trying to make the most out of the built-in software as part of the default operating system, which is Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

All in all, the Sony Xperia is kind of like a smartphone that’s in a league of its own. If the world famous branding or the striking good looks don’t get you, perhaps the hardware and software features will.

Need to Know: Sony Xperia S

1. Default operating system can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the 4th quarter of 2012. (The Good)

2. Makes use of cutting-edge technology such as NFC capability to let on-the-go users enjoy unique features such as SmartTags. (The Good)

3. Although made mostly out of plastic materials, it still ends up feeling quite heavy in the hand. (The Bad)

4. Having a large screen makes it less ergonomic than many other phones on the market. (The Bad)

Specs summary

Screen
4.3"

The Sony Xperia S's screen is 4.3 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.
Storage
32 MB

Internal memory is 32 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1750mAh

The phone is powered by a 1750 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sony's performance ratings are: 19 days standby time, 450 minutes talk time.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 25 reviews

There’s no other way to describe the Sony Xperia S other than a very capable multimedia device that’s filled to the brim with top-of-the-line hardware and software features. Currently, it is Sony’s flagship Android smartphone and is considered by many as one of the most handsome phones available on the mobile phone shelves.

Sony smartphones—and yes, that includes the ones that were released under the Sony Ericsson brand back when it was still alive—have always been characterized as having excellent built-in cameras. The Sony Xperia S is of course no exception. It boasts a built-in 12-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, plus it comes with several nice extras such as touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization, and geo-tagging capabilities. The rest of the phone just further emphasizes Sony’s focus on multimedia for the Xperia S. The display is an LED-backlit LCD touchscreen that supports multi-touch and measures 4.3-inches diagonally. It offers a native resolution of 720x1280 and is able to display images with rich color and textures with the help of the proprietary Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine. A front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera makes taking portrait photos easier. There’s also an excellent built-in loudspeaker that can be used not only with the music player but also with the built-in FM radio.

With all of that said, the Sony Xperia S is also one of the most powerful smartphones that you can get in its price range. It runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, has 1GB of RAM, and comes with 32GB of internal storage. It also has a whole host of wireless features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HSDPA data, GPS, and even NFC. All of these come in extra handy when trying to make the most out of the built-in software as part of the default operating system, which is Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

All in all, the Sony Xperia is kind of like a smartphone that’s in a league of its own. If the world famous branding or the striking good looks don’t get you, perhaps the hardware and software features will.

Need to Know: Sony Xperia S

1. Default operating system can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the 4th quarter of 2012. (The Good)

2. Makes use of cutting-edge technology such as NFC capability to let on-the-go users enjoy unique features such as SmartTags. (The Good)

3. Although made mostly out of plastic materials, it still ends up feeling quite heavy in the hand. (The Bad)

4. Having a large screen makes it less ergonomic than many other phones on the market. (The Bad)

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

A powerful phone with superb functions

from TelecomTiger (about 1 year ago)

Multimedia lovers will like it for its excellent camera and screen, standard micro HDMI port, Great audio quality and huge storage. NFC technology inbuilt with1750 mAh strong battery life Xperia S lives up to the expectations. But its rectangular, sharp body does not fit into hands easily. On all other... More

  8/10

Flaunts an eye-catching design, Android 4.0, and a connection to Sony's large movie and music library

from Cnet (over 2 years ago)

I have to say I had high hopes for the Sony Xperia S. Its aggressive futuristic style will certainly turn heads, something few smartphones are capable of. There are risks to pushing the design envelope, however, and the Xperia S stumbles in places. Its capacitive buttons are tricky to operate and the... More

  6/10

The execution just wasn't there to give the Xperia S an edge over its competitors

from MobileBurn (over 2 years ago)

The Sony Xperia S is a device I expected more from. I liked the look of it from the very start, but found that the fit and finish, and the display, just come up lacking. There was potential, as Sony showed with its fine software, but in the end the execution just wasn't there to give the Xperia S an... More

Attractive, unique design with great HD display

from NDTV (over 2 years ago)

Can Sony Xperia S be your next smartphone? Well, if you are ready to wait for ICS and don't have an issue with a generation-old processor, Xperia S has a lot to offer. It packs in quite a punch, has great display, excellent battery life and a beautiful design.

  7/10

The Xperia S does not live up to its potential, but that is largely due to Android 2.3

from Mobile Syrup (over 2 years ago)

The Xperia S was an opportunity for Sony to jump into 2012 at the top of its game and release an unforgettable Android flagship that would be the envy of the industry. In many ways they’ve done just that: a stunningly gorgeous, well-made handset, with one of the best displays in the industry and  a... More

  7/10

No microSD card slot, pretty good screen, audio quality is decently clear

from GSMArena (over 2 years ago)

Sony without Ericsson. Xperia S a couple of cores short and a year late to the flagship party. Doubters may still have a point there but the Xperia S has more things going for it than against.With a top-notch camera and excellent screen, standard microHDMI port, very good audio quality and plenty of... More

No means of expanding internal storage, less than impressive battery life

from Mobile88 (over 2 years ago)

There is much to like about the Sony Xperia S, and while most people would not notice the lack of the Sony-Ericsson logo on it, Sony is heading in the right direction with this; The dual-core processor kept everything running smoothly and quickly, while the 12-megapixel camera was in a class of its own,... More

High-quality display, great camera, decent storage

from The Inquirer (over 2 years ago)

As soon as you get the Xperia S out of the box you can't but help notice its shape. Its 128x64x10.6mm dimensions make it longer and narrower than many other handsets on the market, and it's comparable in size to the HTC Evo 3D. The handset is available in black or white and is a very angular design with... More

  6/10

The Xperia S has a great 12.1-megapixel camera, but is let down by its screen and lack of Android 4.0

from Expert Reviews (over 2 years ago)

Despite the Xperia S's impressive specification, we can’t help but feel disappointed; the screen's huge resolution is impressive, but it lacks the vibrancy of other phone displays we've seen recently. Performance, storage and battery life are all acceptable, but you'll have to wait a while for Android... More

  6/10

HD screen is great, good overall performance, simple comfortable design

from TrustedReviews (over 2 years ago)

With a great HD screen, 12MP camera and a few quirky extras, the Sony Xperia S should be right up there with the best of the rest but it doesn't quite come together. The screen isn't quite as good as we'd hope and the camera is well below expectations. Meanwhile the design, although quite nice, doesn't... More

  8/10

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