Sony Ericsson Xperia Active review

Android for the exercising socialite

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The Contacts section of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is the same as those found in the rest of Sony Ericsson's 2011 Android smartphone range, combining your standard massive list of everyone you've ever met with a few clever new Facebook social features.

Sony ericsson xperia active

As well as taking contact details from your SIM card and Gmail account, the phone will pull in all your friends from Facebook and Twitter, should you sign in with those accounts, magically populating your phone with everyone you've ever exchanged an internet wisecrack with.

Sony ericsson xperia active

These can be filtered, fortunately, so it's possible to remove all Facebook and Twitter imports from view with one toggle button touch, or you can have the phone-only display details for those accounts that have actual phone numbers associated with them.

Sony ericsson xperia active

The Contacts page for each person varies depending on how they came about being on your phone. Facebook and Twitter imports will have simple pages with read-only data, so there's no pulling in Stephen Fry and Adam Buxton from Twitter and seeing their home numbers pop up in your mobile.

Sony ericsson xperia active

Those people with phone numbers you've legally obtained will have a more comprehensive personal listing, where you can edit their details, add instant messaging accounts, set specific ringtones for when they call, add custom fields for real-world addresses, email addresses and more.

You can also send individuals straight to voicemail through a toggle on their contact page. Sorry, mum.

Sony ericsson xperia active

One of Sony Ericsson's bigger Android tweaks is hidden in this section, with any contacts that have Facebook accounts associated with them getting their own mini Facebook tab within your contacts area. The Xperia Active downloads photos of your friend, presenting you with a miniature Facebook listing within the contacts area - complete with their 'interests' data from the social site.

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Calling quality is good. The earpiece is loud and clear, with calls coming across bright and natural-sounding.

There's a second mic around the back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active, which gives the phone noise-suppression abilities to make calling clearer still. It can be toggled on and off in the Call Settings, depending on if you like the way it alters the audio output. It's not a big change.

Sony ericsson xperia active

The dialler is pretty plain, giving you a quick access tab along the bottom for accessing the call log, your entire list of contacts or the shorter list of Favourites compiled of people who you've starred within the main contacts area.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXPERIA
Cellular Generation3.5G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time4.88 Hour
Product Modelactive
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110.8 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density192 ppi
Height92 mm
Width55 mm
Depth16.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time351 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA active Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXPERIA
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number1253-6951
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Takes whatever you throw at it. Goes wherever you go. And keeps track of your performance.

A tough Android smartphone for an active life. Xperia active is dust proof and water resistant to handle whatever comes its way. Rough conditions? Rainy hike? The display is scratch resistant and lets you scroll even when your fingers are wet. The phone comes with a gear kit and is preloaded with sports apps so you can plan, monitor and log your training - from your sofa or the slopes.