Conclusion: If you’re in the market for an inexpensive phone with a good camera then Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Neo does the job and then some. We like the integration of Facebook, particularly the tagged picture syncing feature and how you can organise your apps into handy folders on the touchscreen.
Conclusion: The Xperia neo comes with a retail price of just above $500 in Europe. For nearly $150 less than the Xperia arc , it delivers most of the functionality of Sony Ericsson's flagship including an 8-megapixel EXMOR R camera along with outstanding calling and audio quality.
Pros: Refined, signature design, Outstanding call/audio quality, Punchy colors with the Mobile Bravia engine
Cons: Sub-par camera, Disappointing battery life, Below average sunlight legibility
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review: The XPERIA Neo has a built-in HDMI-out port, an Exmor R camera sensor, and uses Sony's Bravia graphics engine
Good Gear Guide.au
5 October 2011
Conclusion: The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo can't claim the XPERIA Arc's unique design, or the XPERIA Play's dedicated gaming controls, but it offers a similar feature set including an excellent camera and a HDMI-out port.
Pros: Concaved design, Excellent camera, HDMI-out port
Cons: Plastic build feels like a cheap toy, Poor default keyboard, Thin external buttons
Excerpt: When Sony Ericsson launched the Xperia Arc earlier this year it showed the smart phone world that it was still a force to be reckoned with. The Xperia Neo keeps many of the features, but drops a few of the more expensive elements so it's still a quality phone, but at a more affordable price.
Summary: Mid-range Sony Ericsson Android phone packs a photographic punch
Pros: Navigation is swift and judderless, 8MP camera, Connectivity is fantastic and the browser loads quickly, Mini-HDMI port connection, Comfortable and easy to use one-handed
Cons: The 3.7-inch screen somehow feels a little smaller than it should, Colours aren't as bright as expected and don't pop on screen, Sound quality is poor if not using the provided headset, Video capture isn't as high quality as expected, Aesthetics not to everyone's taste
Excerpt: Smartphones might work well as communication and internet devices, but camera performance typically isn’t strong. Sony Ericsson seeks to change this with the Xperia Neo, a phone packed with Sony CyberShot technology and ambitions of replacing the need for a standalone camera.
Pros: Above average came, ra performance, Great voice quality, Nice Android customisations
Cons: Chunky design, Low-light performance not up to expectations