Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray review

The power of the Xperia Arc in a small and sleek chassis

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Sony ericsson xperia ray review

If you're a big browser, then the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray gives you a full-blown internet device in your pocket at a size you'll barely notice. And we have to say the internet experience on the Ray is second to none.

Firstly, it comes with Flash integration (as do most Android handsets), so gets a massive plus from us and usurps handsets that retail for hundreds more pounds (*cough* iPhone and BlackBerry handsets *cough*). Videos on websites load without any hitch and pages appear blisteringly fast.

Sony ericsson xperia ray review

On Wi-Fi, the TechRadar home page loaded in full in five seconds and only took marginally longer over a 3G internet connection. It trumped our HTC Sensation, which was still playing catchup on page one by the time we'd already started reading our second page on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.

Pages also look absolutely beautiful on the Xperia Ray's screen when they fill the whole screen.

To actually read anything, you obviously have to zoom in, so use pinch to zoom or double tap, which both work with no delay.

Sony ericsson xperia ray review

You'll struggle to see any pixilation even when zoomed in. This really is one of the top internet experiences we've had on a smartphone, and we found that loading speeds were on a par with some of those larger, dual-core smartphones.

The standard Android browser is used, so it supports multiple windows and bookmarks, which work as you'd expect.

Sony ericsson xperia ray review

We love the fact that you can change search engine (although this isn't restricted solely to the Xperia range) and that great Android function where you type whatever you like into the address bar and it automatically detects if it is a website or a search term.

We may have reservations about other areas, but when it comes to browsing, we were sold.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory300 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.96 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXPERIA
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8.1 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6.83 Hour
Product Modelray
Screen Size8.4 cm (3.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)100 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
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 Density297 ppi
Height111 mm
Width53 mm
Depth9.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA ray Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXPERIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1252-3268
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Fast, powerful and drop-dead gorgeous Android phone.

9.4 mm thin and with a stylish aluminium frame: meet the Xperia ray Android phone. Watch videos and relive magic moments on the crisp 3.3' Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. There's power beneath the sleek surface too - Xperia ray is fast, responsive and has a high capacity battery.

Package Contents
  • XPERIA ray Smartphone
  • 4GB microSD Card
Limited Warranty2 Year