Sony Xperia S review

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Sony Xperia S review

Some thought has gone into how contacts are handled too. Yes, it's the standard Android address book, but you can see Sony hasn't just thrown it in as it normally looks and has decided to work on how to make it better.

Sony Xperia S review

First of all, we were expecting it to just do the standard Google contacts sync as most Android phones do. But we were actually presented with three options: Sync with computer, Sync with online sources or import from sim. We chose the online route and were pleasantly surprised with the amount of options given: including (though not limited to) Facebook. WhatsApp (preinstalled), Exchange Active Sync, SyncML and Google. Bizarrely, Twitter was missing from this list – at least out of the box. All fields are synced including the likes of a contact's address, workplace and website plus anything else you have on them.

Sony Xperia S review

The Facebook integration works well. You're given two options: the standard integration one gets with the Android Facebook app where you can import all contacts or just sync with those that exist already. Or what Sony calls 'Facebook Inside Xperia' which takes it to the next level and starts matching Facebooking bits and bobs to your Calendar and Gallery as well as Contacts.

It promises 'seamless integration' when you activate it and it does work well, allowing you to access various things from within contacts themselves, though we have to be honest and tell you it's an add-on rather than a deeply integrated experience on a level of, say Windows Phone.

Sony Xperia S review

We like the fact that Facebook integration goes a little further than just the address book though –with a widget that even shows you what videos and media your friends have shared.

You can access your contacts one of three ways: firstly, through the contacts app (which is in the app drawer by default), via the phone icon (which is there in a dock shortcut) or our personal favourite – just starting to type the name in the Google search bar at the top of the screen which not only looks through the internet for 'Bob' or 'Tom' but also your phone's address book, apps, media and more. Adding a contact is as simple as it is on every Android handset.

Sony Xperia S review

They're presented nicely within the address book section on the Xperia S with a nice greyish-black skin. Again, it's aesthetic but it looks really premium and classy. There are three tabs within the app: contacts, phone and favourites which all do what they say on the tin.

Sony Xperia S review

Making a call was a pleasure. We expected good things from a Sony branded handset and we weren't disappointed. This is a quality device in more than just looks. The bass on our calls was nice and accurate and the caller reported being able to hear us just fine with the noise reduction obviously working well.

We managed to hold onto a signal without it dropping once as we travelled in the car though we did notice the battery go down a lot when the signal was anything other than perfect.

It shouldn't be a surprise that a handset guzzles juice when it can't get a full signal but we couldn't help noticing it a lot more on the Xperia S which was a shame.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.30 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia S
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time8.50 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)144 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density342 ppi
Height128 mm
Width64 mm
Depth10.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time420 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA S Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia S
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number1257-3114
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Limited Warranty2 Year