Summary: What the Sony Xperia S does, it does very well. Performance is fast, the screen is great and the camera more than adequate. Owners however will have to wait a bit longer to get the most from the Sony Xperia S, when the Android 4.0 update drops. It’s a wait that for some will be too long.
Summary: Sony really needs to push the ICS updates out of the door, very quickly. The Xperia S seems to have everything in place - good hardware, excellent build quality and design and a very good display. However, Sony needs to get the UI sorted.
Conclusion: Ironic or convenient, our review comes out the day Sony announced putting the Xperia Tablet S on hold over manufacturing faults. Essentially, the splash resistance is compromised and a recall is under way, meaning Sony already has a solution to the problem.
Pros: 9.4" 16M-color PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution (1280 x 800 pixels); Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and oleophobic coating, 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, ULP GeForce GPU, 1GB RAM, Tegra 3 chipset, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, Quad-band GPRS/EDGE and quad-band 3G with HSPA conn...
Cons: Below-par screen resolution, Proprietary connector for charging and connectivity, Poor outdoor visibility, Peculiar design favors portrait hold, top-heavy in landscape, Splash resistance issues
Summary: The Sony Xperia S is a phone a lot of people have been looking forward to ever since it was announced by the newly formed Sony Mobile back at CES. It is Sony Mobile’s first flagship Android device so I was expecting they would go all-out on it.
Pros: Slick, sexy design with a solid feel, Insane 720p display with 340ppi+, Dedicated camera button reduces shaking, Decent 12.1MP camera for photos
Cons: Android 2.3.7, Over 10 Sony apps that shouldn’t be installed by default, Shaky video, Bad touch response, Takes a long time to charge, No automatic brightness
Conclusion: Great design. Great screen. Great UI. Great camera. Great connectivity. Great phone. Specs are always only part of the story. In turn, no quad-core will be no problem for the majority of Sony Xperia S users.
Pros: Classical design, Great HD screen, Fantastic camera, Attractive UI
Cons: Viewing angles distort blues, Capacitive buttons too close to screen, No removable battery, No expandable memory
Conclusion: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is an excellent phone, boasting an incredible camera, slick design and fast performance. Compared to phones of a similar price like the Galaxy S2 (to which it is currently similarly priced) it’s not quite as powerful when it comes to things like gaming, but its perhaps...
Excerpt: It was the hypnotic, blue background swirl of the Xperia S which first drew me in. Like staring into the night sky, digital ribbons flux merrily on a 342PPI display. It’s gorgeous, an apt display of this 1.5Ghz dual-core beast’s powers.
Conclusion: Whether the Xperia S is recommended or not comes down to price – if it’s priced right (the upper end of the mid-range tier) the Xperia S can do very well. I can say right now that this is not the best Android phone out there right now – look the the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, or HTC One X for that –...