The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is based on the older Neo model, only it comes with a downgraded rear camera—down from an 8-megapixel sensor to a 5-megapixel one—and a later version of the Android OS with version 2.3 Gingerbread. It can also be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which makes it an even more advanced smartphone than the original. It sports an identical look and feel and even uses the same size LED-backlit touchscreen display. So if you were a fan of the 3.7-inch 480x854 panel in the original, you’re going to like the implementation on the Neo V.
Unlike other modern smartphones, which utilize processors running as few as two or as many as four CPU cores, the Neo V is limited to using just a single core with its 1GHz Scorpion from Qualcomm. In short, it won’t be as powerful as most other mid-range to high-end models available right now, and its 512MB of on-board RAM isn’t exactly helping things. Though in terms of wireless connectivity, it comes with all the right features, as it supports quad-band GSM networks and HSDPA data, and has Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and GPS with A-GPS. Wired connectivity options are also present, with the top carrying a 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI port, and microUSB 2.0 port.
While it only comes with 320MB of user-available storage space, it supports added memory by way of microSD cards. And its standard battery is said to last up to 7 hours of talk time in 3G per full charge, which is acceptable. Overall, it doesn’t look like something that’s going to win any design or performance awards, but rather something that’s likely to win a good value for money designation.
Need to Know: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V
1. Uses a high-quality 3.7-inch 480x854 pixel touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Default OS can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)
3. Ships with only 320MB of user-available storage space. (The Bad)
4. Main (rear) camera has been downgraded from 8-megapixels to 5-megapixels. (The Bad)
What the Critics Are Saying...
- TT Correspondent, TelecomTiger
The Sony Xperia Neo V is the best smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series till date. Powered with BRAVIA Engine this phone is much better than others in this price range. The 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixels camera with LED flash and Android 2.3 gingerbread which is upgradeable to Android 4.0 version easil...
- Chandrakant 'CK' Isi, TechTree
The Xperia neo V is not your usual successor - it's actually a downgrade from the original neo.
- KS Sandhya Iyer, NDTV
The Xperia Neo V is definitely worth your money. The best part is that the company has promised an Ice-Cream Sandwich update for all its phones which keeps it ahead in the Android league. The Google Nexus S and the Samsung Galaxy S would have completely crushed the Neo V but since they seem ancient...
- Shayne Rana, tech2
With a price tag of Rs.18,500 (MOP) the Neo V, even with it’s few shortcomings is quite a value for money handset, especially since there aren’t too many in this price bracket that can compete. On the whole it functions well enough to be enjoyed and used thoroughly, if you’re carrying a portable cha...
Prices (Where to Buy)
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Sony's suggested retail price is $324.00. You can compare Ericsson Xperia neo V prices from around the web here on The Informr.
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Sony backs up the Ericsson Xperia neo V with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Ericsson Xperia neo V has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.
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