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.
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia S is a landmark phone. It's the first phone to have the Sony sans Ericsson branding, it's the first flagship to integrate Sony's cross platform Music and Video Unlimited at launch, it's Sony's flagship handset for at least the first half of 2012.
Pros: Classical design, Great HD screen, Fantastic camera, Attractive UI
Summary: Sony Xperia S was just announced at CES alongside another Sony handset with a 4.3-inch 720p display and some pretty impressive specs - a gap-free laminated Reality Display, the Xperia S features 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12 megapixel Exmor R camera R camera sensor, NFC support, and PlayStation...
Excerpt: Sony Ericsson has revamped one of its best phones in years, the Xperia Arc, with a faster processor and a fancy 3D panoramic picture mode. Rechristened as the Xperia Arc S, it’s virtually the same phone as the original on the outside.
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia S is the first product to emerge from the newly consolidated Sony Mobile group. Although it'll inevitably be treated as the bellwether for Sony's attempt at going it alone on the mobile front, this phone's design and development can rightfully be attributed to the former Sony...
Pros: Attractive, distinctive design, High-definition display, Strong camera performance, Good voice clarity and reception
Cons: Ships with dated software, Color banding may spoil display for some, Still no good reason to care about PlayStation certification, No microSD card slot or user-accessible battery
Conclusion: What can we say in the end, but to acknowledge that Sony has hit the nail on the head with the Xperia S. From the characteristic design decisions, like a transparent illuminated strip, through an amazing HD display, to the ultra-fast camera, the first Sony-only handset is a delight.
Pros: Very good photo and video quality, One second from sleep to snap, Quality HD display with ultra-high pixel density, Distinguished design with a transparent illuminated strip, Hearty 32GB of internal storage, Strong loudspeaker with clean sound, Good call quality, Rapid battery charging
Cons: The capacitive button dots are hard to spot and not very responsive, Sealed battery compartment, No memory expansion slot
The first true Sony smartphone is here: Sony’s Xperia S
4 November 2012
Summary: While we wish the response times of the soft buttons were faster and the camera button was a little lenient in how much pressure you needed to exert, it’s clear that Sony intends to aim for the top spot with the new Xperia line of smartphones.
Pros: High resolution screen, Great 12 megapixel camera, 32GB storage built in
Cons: Camera button requires firm press, Soft buttons don't always respond, No upgradeable memory, Outdated version of Android (2.3)
Excerpt: Unlike a lot of Sony Xperia handsets we have used in the past the Sony Xperia S has got to have the best build quality we have ever seen from the manufacturer. However while the specs are top draw on paper (NFC, dual-core 1.5Ghz CPU, 12MP camera), in use the screen and battery life could have been...
Excerpt: Sony Xperia S is the first device by the brand, after its divorce, of sorts, from its long time partner, Ericsson. Powered by Sony’s excellence in the sound and imaging, will this phone be able to help Sony regain its position in the Indian market?