Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Sola / MT27i Pepper
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Preliminary Review on Rumoured Phone: Sony Ericsson MT27i Pepper
30 September 2012
Summary: Overall opinion: Probably a mid-priced mobile phone, and within that standard and unknown battery life, we’ll give it a preliminary 7.5 out of 10. It’d be higher if there was an option for external memory. This is becoming an important user option as smartphone multi-use grows, but SE missed it on this model.
Excerpt: There was much speculation about Sony’s survival in the cellphone market after losing its Ericsson connection, but it’s come up with an excellent range of phones to make their own mark. The Xperia Sola comes as an added option in the mid-range Android market in order for Sony to strengthen its onslaught. The phone is somewhat smaller than the Xperia S and, weighing in at 107 grams, fits nicely into the hand and has a good solid feel.
PHOTOVIEW: Sony Xperia sola Android Smartphone with Floating Touch and NFC
11 July 2012
Excerpt: Announced right after this year's Mobile World Congress , the new Sony Xperia sola is Sony Mobile's first smartphone which comes with the company's new Floating Touch display technology ( read more about it here ), which allows to navigate the web by hovering the thumb above the screen without touching the screen. At the moment, the sola comes with Android 2.3 only (an upgrade to Android 4.0 is expected anytime soon) and it's powered by a 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core CPU.
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia sola is a routine exercise in midrange smartphone making but Sony won't do without those if they're to quickly get where they want to be. This isn't about HD screens, quad-core CPUs and umpteen megapixel cameras - the Xperia sola goes by the 80-20 rule. That is, it tries to deliver 80% of the functionality for 20% of the price (okay, it's more like 50% here, but that's how technology works).
Pros: Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support, 3.7" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen of Full WVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; Floating touch display, Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update, Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 512 MB RAM, NovaThor U8500 chipset, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging, Multi Angle shot, 720p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA, GPS ...
Cons: No front-facing camera, No Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of box, Display has poor viewing angles, Stiff and unresponsive shutter key, Non user-replaceable battery
Sony Xperia Sola – Floating Touch, rectangular shape and NFC technology
25 May 2012
Conclusion: Sony Xperia Sola is one of the best midrange handsets we’ve reviewed. It combines innovative features and hardware that ranges from satisfying to impressive yet it doesn’t come out as an expensive option. If you’re looking to buy an affordable smartphone that goes beyond the limitations of low-end choices, you won’t regret grabbing one.
Conclusion: After putting it through its paces, we can conclude that the Sony Xperia sola is a well-made Android smartphone. If you are looking for a decent mid-range offering that gets you a good amount of bang for the buck, do not hesitate to check it out! We would definitely recommend it over smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Ace plus or the Motorola MOTOLUXE .
Summary: The Sony Xperia sola runs on Android OS v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0 and is powered by Dual-core 1 GHzprocessor with 512 MB RAM. It has a 3.7-inch, 480 x 854 pixel display. The Sony Xperia sola also comes with a 5.0-megapixel camera that is able to record videos at 720p.
Excerpt: Now that you’ve seen our first impression of the Xperia Sola and how it’s somehow different from its siblings, let’s delve deeper and uncover its other features. Catch our unboxing and full review after the break.
QUICKVIEW: Sony Xperia sola Android 2.3 Smartphone with Floating Touch Hands-on [with Video]
26 March 2012
Excerpt: Yesterday evening, Sony Mobile Germany invited to its NEXT Showroom in Munich where the former Sony Ericsson division showed its current line-up of 2012 Xperia Android smartphones. Beside showing the Xperia S , Xperia P and Xperia U , which Sony announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress , the most interesting new device was the the Xperia sola , which wasn't on display in Barcelona but was announced a little bit after.
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia S is the first flagship phone for the Japanese electronics giant after it took over control of Sony Ericsson last year , and it certainly looks the part and competes well in a crowded arena of Android phones. First, the monobloc design is spot on, with clean lines like the glass protecting the screen extending edge to edge in the front. Weighing just 144 grams , the Xperia S is also very light.