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Sony Ericsson XPERIA ray Review
31 October 2011
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.
Summary: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray stands out in a crowd of gargantuan smartphones like a ray of hope for those who want unrivaled hardware performance and yet, appreciate the form factor of feature phones. Most importantly, the Xperia Ray has all the ingredients that made the Arc attractive - an 8.1-megapixel camera, a display powered by the Mobile Bravia engine, Google's latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, and a single-core 1GHz processor.
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)
Conclusion: To summarize our impressions from the tiny phone – it is tempting to dismiss the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray as a less-capable version of the Xperia arc, but what you get is in fact a more compact variant, without sacrificing much but an HDMI port. Actually, the fact that the 8MP Exmor R camera didn't perform as well as we expected, and also that the LED on the back has to be used as a light instead of automatic camera flash, are the only letdowns we experienced with the...
Pros: High pixel density display, Design-conscious chassis, Good loudspeaker, Dual mics for noise-cancellation and stereo sound capture
Cons: Camera could be better, LED light doesn't serve as automatic flash
Excerpt: If you are one of those people who uses their mobile to take more pictures than a digital camera, then you may very well be interested in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray. Find out what makes the smartphone camera so special and if there are any other worthwhile...
PHOTOVIEW: Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Android 2.3 Smartphone
12 September 2011
Excerpt: Sony Ericsson's recently announced Xperia ray is one of the tinier Android smartphones. It's only 9.4 mm thin but incorporates the market leading design for which Sony Ericsson has become known. Running Android 2.3 / Gingerbread , the Xperia ray is powered by a 1 GHz CPU and supports either quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz or quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 800/1900/2100 MHz.
Xperia Ray – and elegant smartphone for everyday use from Sony Ericsson
1 August 2011
Conclusion: Overall, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is a well-made all-rounder, with all the specs you’ll ever need in a smartphone and the unique style from Sony – it’s really a premium everyday phone for those that want something more than a gray/black slab in their pockets.
Summary: Sony Ericsson has kept a tad bit low profile of late, however the brand has released more Android gadgets than we can actually recount. With an entire range of handsets running over Google's popular platform, it's quite awkward that the company has restricted it self at so low key, whereas many of this could be down to high-end gizmos stealing the limelight.