Sony Xperia S review

Goodbye Ericsson. Can the Japanese powerhouse go it alone?

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Sony Xperia S review

Android handsets really do lead the way when it comes to messaging with the push benefits we've come to expect from BlackBerry mixed in with Exchange support and, indeed, deep integration for more messaging solutions than you can shake a stick at.

Sony Xperia S review

As mentioned earlier, the excellent WhatsApp comes preinstalled but you can add so many more from LinkedIn to Twitter, from Skype to Windows Live Messenger to ICQ to whatever the heck you want. In this area, Android is unmatched and the Sony Xperia S can take full advantage of this attribute.

Sony Xperia S review

Although there's no universal inbox, there is universal consolidation in the form of the excellent Android status bar (so good, even Apple copied it) where all your notifications will be grouped together for you to work through.

Sony Xperia S review

For Gmail users, there is the inbuilt Gmail app which allows you the benefit of being able to use things like labels and full search. For all other types, Sony includes its own email app. Aside from being given a lick of paint to make it look black and grey like the address book, it's the same as far (as we could tell) as the one included in older Sony Ericsson Xperia handsets. Which is no bad thing because it does the job well.

Sony Xperia S review

Writing an SMS or MMS (or indeed an email) can be done by firing up the app or by going through the contact of the person you want to message. It's highly intuitive and will become second nature to even the most novice of users.

A special mention has to be made for the keyboard though which we found to be, frankly, excellent. Not only is it a standard QWERTY but also works in the same way as Swype and does this extremely well.

Until now, we'd have said that the best keyboard out there was the one provided by good old HTC and it was unmatched. Although the Sony Xperia S can't topple it from the top of our chart, we're pleased to say that it is definitely on a par. HTC, watch out – Sony's coming for you!

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

Experience thrills. In HD.

First day of the summer. Last day at the beach. Memories may fade, but the Xperia S HD mobile keeps them bright. Share the moment via a video chat in HD.

Or record it all in full HD video. View in razor-sharp clarity on the stunning 4.3" Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Want more? Simply plug your Xperia S into your TV's HDMI port and enjoy your HD content on a bigger screen.

Experience now. With lightning-fast capture.

A single key press takes you from sleep to snap in just over a second. With the 12 megapixel camera of Xperia S, you'll never miss another shot again. And you can keep on shooting. No delays, no missing the subject. Low light? No worries. The Exmor R for mobile camera sensor lightens up any gloomy day. Then share your pictures on a big screen. A single swipe of the display, and you can enjoy them on your tablet, TV or laptop via DLNA.

Limited Warranty2 Year