The Xperia S is Sony’s latest effort in the smart phone market, battling it out amongst the sea of iPhones, BlackBerrys and HTCs, but how does it measure up?
Unique Selling Point: This thing is quick. If you’re used to the loading pace of a Blackberry, the speed of the Xperia S will be a welcome change. It goes from standby to full action in a matter of seconds and operates as smooth as it looks.
Upsides: A HDMI output comes as standard with the Xperia S, meaning you can hook it up to your laptop or television to display your pictures and videos on the big screen. The truly brilliant 12 mega pixel camera helps, as it takes the clearest pictures possible with a phone that we’ve ever seen. But the real upside of this phone is its beauty. The catalogue pictures do not do the Xperia S justice, as the 4. 3 inch piano black screen displays sharp graphics and a rich animated wallpaper, which adds to the luxurious feel of this high quality handset.
Downsides: The Xperia S is bigger than your average smart phone and feels a bit bulky. The large touch screen will require a lot of wiping – finger marks show up against the black back drop very quickly! Internally, it runs on the popular Android OS, but only on the 2.3.7 Gingerbread edition, which is 4 versions behind the current iteration. The on-screen keyboard is also quite small and hard to use, so you’ll need to be precise with your fingers to avoid any text fails.
The Sony Experia S is available now sim free from £349 in black and white. Visit sonymobile.com for more information.