Sony Xperia S

Sony Xperia S

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    • Sony Xperia S LT26i 16GB Android Smartphone in Black - Unlocked (SONXPSBLK-TP)

    • $165.95
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  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Good built and design, Impressive screen resolution, Excellent camera and video, Perfect mobile browser
    • The bad:
      Difficult shutter key, No microSD card slot
    Measuring 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm and weighing 144 g, the Sony Xperia S is relatively heavy but rest assured it has excellent features. It is powered by the well-received Sony Bravia engine which highlights the sharpness of images on screen. On top of the screen are the earpiece, sensors, and the 1.3MP front-facing camera which can record 720p video while below it, you could find the usual Back, Home and Menu keys. The right side of the phone houses the volume rocker and the shutter key. The shutter key however is difficult to manage most of the time. The top side of the phone holds the Power/Lock key and the 3.5mm audio jack while there is nothing much at the bottom save for the lanyard eyelet. It is quite disappointing that there is no microSD card slot. The back side houses the powerful 12MP camera and loudspeaker grille. Like other Xperia smartphones, Xperia S has five customizable homescreens. There are a good number of available widgets including a few customized by Sony itself. Sony Xperia S’s phonebook offers good customization, nice social networking integration and a complete set of options for all kinds of information. Sound quality for phone calls is also commendable. The noise-cancellation feature works perfectly and smart dialing is available. The loudspeaker however is average. Messaging and e-mail pose no problem. Sony Xperia S is sure to delight snappers as it offers top of the line features. In addition to the powerful 12MP camera, there is a single LED light and backlit Exmor R to aid in low-light conditions. The interface is highly manageable, complete with shortcuts for various functions. Users could choose among five capture modes: Normal, Scene recognition, Sweep Panorama, Sweep Multi Angle and 3D Sweep Panorama. The phone captures excellent amount of details without sacrificing the general look of the image. Noise is also relatively low and colors are almost always accurate. The phone is also a top competitor in terms of video capability. It could capture 1080p video at 30 fps. You could expect great details and extremely low noise levels. The handheld gives enough connectivity options including quad-band 2G and 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct support, and DLNA. Unlike Sony Xperia Ion, it lacks LTE but it doesn’t matter much. Good thing about Sony Xperia S is it works perfectly when you want to play your videos on an HDTV with its microHDMI port. To top it off, a dedicated TV launcher is made available for easy access. Sony Xperia S provides an excellent mobile browsing experience. In addition to the powerful size of the screen and an excellent resolution, the phone offers a minimalistic user interface that is both easy to manage and nice on the eyes and easy zooming capability. The best feature however is it supports Flash 11; thus, watching YouTube videos and playing Flash games are practically hassle-free. The Sony Ericsson Xperia S comes with a solid set of organizing options, including a document viewer. Organizing features are also commendable. Commonly used document files are easily viewable using the OfficeSuite. Again, due to the phone’s excellent screen size and resolution, text is pleasing to the eyes of an avid reader.