The cherry on the decently-specced cake of the Xperia Neo has to be the camera. It packs an eight-megapixel Exmor R sensor to help brighten low-light images (which it genuinely does).
There's a Camera button to shortcut into the camera mode or to take images with. You already know how much these please us. You can, if you prefer, use touchscreen capture, but we think a physical button reduces shaking, so we're always pleased to see one.
There are precious few modes to play with on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, and only one shooting mode that will allow you to zoom (2MP, 16:9), which is pretty poor. Post-shot editing is limited too to a simple crop or rotate.
But if post processing is really your thing, there's usually an app for that, so head to the decently stocked Market.
OUTDOORS: This snap of Brighton beach on a cloudy day is fairly true-to-life for colour, with a little saturation. The colour washes out slightly on the right towards the light source but is overall a great quality picture (taken at the highest resolution)
LOW LIGHT: This picture of Brighton pier lit up at dusk is significantly helped by the Exmor R sensor technology, because the sky was much, much darker than it appears in the image. Colours keep a beautiful tone. Snapped at dusk without flash
BLINDING: This image was taken in bright sunshine, and the camera doesn't fare very well when faced with a strong light source directly in front of it. The resulting image is almost black and white, drastically washed of colour and producing a silhouette effect
DETAIL: This pic of the London Eye in strong daylight is much better, with no saturation and true colours. The detailing is excellent