Summary: 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 Ericsson partnership.
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
Summary: The Sony Xperia S has an undeniably gorgeous HD screen, high-quality audio, an impressive camera and plenty of clout. But it's let down by clunky handset design and software that could be more streamlined.
Cons: Needs an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich; Clunky handset design; No microSD card slot.
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. When compared straight with the HTC Sense, the UI just looks boxy. But with the ICS update inevitable, this is a pretty decent device to buy.
Pros: Premium build, Fits well in the hand, Excellent display, Lots of internal storage
Cons: Camera behaves badly during night shots, Timescape UI feels boxy, Needs Android ICS update quickly
Conclusion: 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. A capable phone the Sony Xperia S may be, but it might be worth checking out the competition first.
Pros: There’s only so much that can be done with touchscreen phone design these days, but it looks like Sony has nailed it. The Sony Xperia S is a striking phone made distinctive by its clean angular lines and illuminating bar running below the display, which also houses the antenna. It’s a real looker. The display too is very good, delivering some neat viewing angles, lots of detail and some wonderful colours. On occasion you may have to tinker with the brightness when vie...
Cons: Unfortunately with its good design, there are flaws. The Sony Xperia S severely lacks in grip. Its plastic body can easily slip out of the hands in a hurry: however the hand eventually gets used to the awkward grip. And it has to be said that the Sony Xperia S is hardly compact. Some buttons even require a little stretching to operate in one-handed use. Camera quality too, for what it offers could have a little more sparkle, detail in longer distance shots, and in som...
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 certification.
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. Given the above advantages, beefs that we’d consider a nuisance in other handsets, like the fussy capacitive buttons or the sealed battery, here seem minor.
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
Summary: It’s still a week till Sony officially unveils the Xperia S and hopefully the other handsets in the lineup as well. Till then, you can buy this phone from the gray market for Rs.32,000, without a bill and warranty. Obviously we don’t recommend you run out and buy it, especially when the official launch is this close.