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Sony Xperia Ray Review: In Depth
28 March 2014
Conclusion: We were pleasantly surprised with the Xperia Ray. Expecting a plasticky, miniaturised Xperia Arc wannabe, what Sony Ericsson have made here is perhaps what the Xperia Neo should have been. Noticeably smaller than the Xperia Arc, arguably as thin, and lighter it has carved out a place for itself, and not just as Sony Ericsson’s ‘cheap Android phone’.
Summary: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray's small display causes a few headaches when it comes to typing, but it's hard to fault any other aspect of the design. As a mid-range Android phone, it takes some beating.
Cons: Screen is very small; battery life could be better.
Summary: This is a very unique phone, without a shadow of a doubt. Think of a slim phone, and then squeeze that imagination a bit more. Surprisingly good performance and a build quality that feels better than the price bracket this phone plays in. Will work for someone who wants a sleek phone, but those with slightly stubby fingers will find the slim display a bit tough to use. Doesnï¿½t take away the fact that it is a smart looking phone.
Pros: Good performance, Extremely slim form factor, Battery holds up well
Cons: Slim display wont be comfortable for everyone, On-screen keypad in portrait mode is uncomfortably cramped
Summary: Sony Ericsson Xperia ray – a stunning new smartphone with a 3.3 inch screen and running the latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3), the phone packs in a powerful 1Ghz processor, Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a 8.1mp camera with Exmor R for mobile and HD video functionality.
Summary: It’s a dainty little phone that packs an astonishing number of features into its stylish case. Good camera, fast to use, loads of added features from the Sony Ericsson software lab and a display that’s sharp, bright and ultra-clear. There’s nothing wrong with this one at all.
Summary: Sony Ericsson’s Xperia family of Android phones has been rapidly expanding, including its traditionally large form factor (like the Arc), adorably miniature ones, such as the Mini, and even sliders, like the Pro. Another addition is the Xperia Ray – a long slim, sturdy Android smartphone with some sharp lines.
Pros: Great battery life, Truly amazing screen, Blisteringly fast web browser with Flash, Quick GPS action, 8MP camera with HD video
Cons: Keyboard can be fiddly, Camera a bit of a letdown, Timescape erratic, Maximum of five home screens available, Office Suite should be pro version
Conclusion: I would say that this phone IS aimed at the younger generation as well as people who love photos and who love to have a phone for lots of jobs while they are on the move so I would recommend this handset to any young gun that is looking for an awesome and lightweight smartphone that has a premium feel as well as look so nice.
Conclusion: This device is a surprisingly enjoyable to use device for its size, but the cost might be prohibitive to most Americans used to getting their devices on-contract for the major discount available when a carrier gets ahold of a device. Today you can purchase the XPERIA ray for $359.99 off-contract from NewEgg.
Conclusion: Almost nothing went missing when Sony Ericsson turned the magnification down to change the arc into the ray. The HDMI port was dropped out, which is a pity. Had the Xperia ray been able to pair with an HDTV, the screen size would've been irrelevant. Speaking of it, the sharp 3.3" Reality display on the Xperia ray is one of the best LCDs we've seen yet. Even the battery, which is the second thing to go when phones get smaller has the whopping 1500mAh capacity.
Pros: Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 3.3" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels) on Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine, Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread, 1 GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset, 512 MB RAM, 8 MP autofocus camera, LED light, geotagging, 720p video @ 30fps, continuous autofocus, Front facing VGA camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA, GPS with A-GPS, microS...
Cons: Screen viewing angles could have been better, No smart dialing, Loudspeaker has below average performance, No DivX/XviD support, Non hot-swappable memory card, No HDMI port (the arc and the Neo have one)