- Brian Bennett , Cnet
Sony's pricey, stylish Xperia S is packed with multimedia tricks but is undone by a slow processor and lackluster display.
- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint
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.
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)
Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)
A powerful phone with superb functions
Flaunts an eye-catching design, Android 4.0, and a connection to Sony's large movie and music library
The execution just wasn't there to give the Xperia S an edge over its competitors
Attractive, unique design with great HD display
The Xperia S does not live up to its potential, but that is largely due to Android 2.3
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 superlative camera experience. But an unfortunate combination of aging software and poor battery life muddles what could have been a great success. If this had been released even six months ago I might be signing a different tune, and I hope when Sony and Rogers release Android 4.0 I’ll be a... Full review
No microSD card slot, pretty good screen, audio quality is decently clear
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 storage, the Xperia S will readily meet your multimedia needs. As long as you install a proper video player from the Play Store that is, as the stock one just doesn't cut it.
We didn't run into a situation where the available processing power wasn't enough, so for the time being the... Full review
No means of expanding internal storage, less than impressive battery life
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, providing some of the best image quality we have seen on a smartphone so far. And if Sony pulls it off correctly, it is a great addition to the ecosystem of Sony devices which you may own.
However, there are certain issues that detract from the overall experience, namely the limited 32... Full review
High-quality display, great camera, decent storage
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 squared off edges rather than the normal rounded shape. It has a curved back that is made out of black plastic. This design might not suit everyone - we found the phone fine to use for making calls, but more awkward to hold for long periods in landscape mode for typing.
The display is... Full review
The Xperia S has a great 12.1-megapixel camera, but is let down by its screen and lack of Android 4.0
HD screen is great, good overall performance, simple comfortable design
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- Sony Xperia S Manual (PDF)
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