It’s an attractive device with some nice design features, and is likely to become a lot more attractive from April onwards, when the handset is due to be getting an upgrade from the current Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS to the latest release, Ice Cream Sandwich.As soon as you get the Xperia S out the... More
It’s an attractive device with some nice design features, and is likely to become a lot more attractive from April onwards, when the handset is due to be getting an upgrade from the current Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS to the latest release, Ice Cream Sandwich.
As soon as you get the Xperia S out 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.
The display on the handset is undeniably gorgeous. It’s a 4.3in TFT touchscreen, boasting a resolution of 1280x720 with 16 million colours. As a reference, the iPhone 4S features a 3.5in display with 960x640 resolution while the Samsung Galaxy S II has a Super Amoled 4.3in 800x480 screen.
The camera is a real selling point of the Xperia S. It offers a 12.1-megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, facial recognition and auto focus. There are several shooting modes to choose from, including a 3D or normal panoramic image, allowing you to slowly pan around a scene and create extra wide shots. There’s also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
Inside the phone, there’s a speedy 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm chip. The in-built storage should keep you going for a while, with 1GB RAM and 32GB embedded Flash memory.About 25.8GB of this is available for storage, with the rest taken up by pre-installed items such as images and videos, and for the Android software.
The Xperia S features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and wireless or USB tethering. The latter was really easy to set up and use. The phone also supports near-field communication, so you can tap a tag and get information on the selected item, or use it for small payments.
The battery life is the only real drawback on this phone. In our experience, it was really poor. Sony quotes talk time as up to eight hours 30 minutes, standby time at up to 420 hours and music listening time at 25 hours, but we didn’t reach anywhere near those levels.
We managed less than 10 hours before the battery died, making a few phone calls, browsing the web, watching around 30 minutes of HD video and using some apps. The phone also spent a few hours in a bag with the screen locked.
Overall, the Xperia S is good value for the high-spec screen, fast performance and storage on offer, but the battery life is very poor compared to other similar devices.
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