Sony Xperia S Android Smartphone

We have witnessed much clamor over Sony’s latest smartphone, the Sony Xperia S. It is one of Sony’s newest phones after Sony bought all of Sony-Ericsson’s stocks back in 2011. Obviously, a lot is expected of this smartphone, but mixed reviews over the Xperia S have been going around. Apparently, the phone has not come up to scratch for most techies. Why don’t we go over its specs one by one and see for ourselves?

Looking at the Sony Xperia S, one could easily be impressed. Its 4.3-inch screen alone is enough to leave a lasting impression. The screen is scratch-resistant. It does not have Corning gorilla Glass, unlike what other reviewers have assumed and stated. At 5 inches in length, it is quite big and quite a handful too. There is a LED plastic bar at the bottom that houses the three navigations buttons for this Android phone. At the bottom of the plastic bar is a space where you could see the Xperia logo. I find that cumbersome and unnecessary. Everything is housed in plastic, and in my opinion, makes the smartphone feel a bit cheap.

The display of the Sony Xperia S is wonderful at 1280 x 720-pixel resolution and at 342 ppi density. Surprisingly, the screen is not AMOLED. It may be the plain, old TFT LCD screen, but the pictures are very clear and sharp. It also gives you wonderful colors as well. Using it outdoors would not give you any problems either. The contrast is exquisite, and you would not have to deal with glare and reflections. It is also multi-touch up to 10 fingers.

The Sony Xperia S comes in 16 and 32GB versions, but does not have expandable memory. However, at 32GB, I guess an expandable memory is not needed. The phone’s operating system is disappointingly old, Android v2.3 (Gingerbread). Most high-end smartphones now carry the latest version of Android, which is Ice Cream Sandwich. The Sony Xperia S has a dual core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz. The very same processor is found in the HTC Sensation XE, and no lags in operation have been experienced.

As expected, the camera of the Sony Xperia S is wonderful at 12 megapixels. When placed side by side with the photos taken by an iPhone 4S, those taken by the Xperia S look better. You also get to manipulate the camera’s exposure meter, ISO, and white balance. The smartphone’s battery life is clocked at up to 7 hours of talk time. Not bad for a phone that big.

All in all, the Sony Xperia S is not that bad. I do not hate it. In fact, I am pretty excited about what it has to offer media-wise. The speakers of the phone have been getting raves all over. However, for those who are looking for more out of their smartphone, the Sony Xperia S may not be the best choice. Sony still has quite a few kinks to iron out, but once it is done, I am sure it would be great. The price is also quite expensive. Maybe the next time Sony launches a new smartphone, all those problem areas would be gone. For now, the Sony Xperia S gets 3.5 out of 5 stars rating from me.

Sony Xperia S Android Smartphone Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD):
Approximately S$ 750.00

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