Posts tagged with: Xperia S

[Full Xperia S Review] The Xperia S, one of the very first devices under the new "Sony" branding (rather than the former "Sony Ericsson") was announced at CES 2012. The Xperia S comes loaded with Google Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread with Sony's custom UI, and is expected to update to Android 4.0 in Q2 2012. Inside is a dual core 1.5GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Its 720 x 1280 HD resolution screen measures 4.3-inches diagonal. The Xperia S smartphone features two cameras, one 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and a rear facing 12-megapixel camera with LED flash. Read on for the latest Sony Xperia S news, reviews and videos:

  • by | April 3, 2012 3:34 AM

    At this year's Mobile World Congress, Sony Mobile Communications announced its NXT series of Android-powered smartphones which includes the Sony Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U. At CES, Sony introduced the Xperia Ion on AT&T but looks like the aforementioned trio might be also hitting the U.S. Brightstar is "the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a global leader in services and solutions for the wireless industry". They announced that they'll bring the Sony Xperia S, P and U to the U.S., though no carrierm, region or exact timeframe has been mentioned. Paul Hamnett, ...

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  • by | April 2, 2012 4:09 PM

    New smartphones have developed a reputation over the years for occasionally arriving a bit jaundiced, showing a yellow tint to their displays. When the Apple iPhone 4 first launched, owners complained of yellowish patches that marred their phones' screens. We saw something similar last summer with the displays on the Samsung Galaxy S II. The latest to fall victim to this yellow curse is Sony's Xperia S, which the company now admits experienced some manufacturing issues. The problem with the Xperia S is transient and temperature-dependent, with the yellow only really showing up after the ...

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  • by | March 30, 2012 10:58 AM

    Among Android manufacturers, Sony's really been standing out when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich, taking the unusual step of officially releasing various in-development beta ROMs for customers with unlocked handsets. We just saw one of the latest ones arrive, talking overnight about the new ROM available for the Xperia Play. It's great to have access to these early builds, but ultimately what really matters is when Sony's going to start getting fully-completed final Ice Cream Sandwich updates out to its phones. Today we learn that the company has adjusted its schedule for when those ...

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  • by | March 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    Sony's Xperia line has always been about refining. Back in 2008, their first Xperia X1 was clearly the benchmark for how a high-end Windows Mobile device should look and perform. Sadly, Sony Ericsson's adoption of Android has been a different story. Their phones have done a good job in pushing industrial design to the limit, but the fact that their first Android device, the X10, launched with Android 1.6 Donut (later updated to Eclair) in times when Froyo was already shipping, has really tarnished their reputation. As good as their phones have been, they're still struggling to land a hit ...

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  • by | March 22, 2012 7:33 PM

    Choosing your next smartphone is a chore. We get tons of questions everyday regarding which phone is better than the other, and with so many Android offerings, it's kind of a tough deal. Performance is a great way to judge a phone as better than the other, but that speed alone is not the only thing you interact with. The screen is what you're really interacting with the most, and there's no denying that a great quality screen can make you change your mind about one device or the other. In the following video we decided to compare three of the best smartphones in the market in what pertains ...

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  • by | March 21, 2012 3:13 AM

    It's time for source code, this time from Sony and for the Xperia S, after recently seeing kernels for HTC devices as well as the Samsung Galaxy S II -- given, these were all Ice Cream Sandwich versions of Android. The Xperia S comes with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread out of the box with an ICS update sometime in the next month (fingers crossed). However, this doesn't stop Sony from saluting the developers and custom ROM chefs with files they can use to build a kernel. And, while Sony's at it, they say "this is the first time we publish source code for a product built on the Qualcomm ...

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  • by | March 15, 2012 3:57 AM

    It's that time of the year again, when we're both happy and sad, excited and disappointed all at the same time. Last year's Mobile World Congress was all about three things: Android, 3D and speed offered by emerging dual-core processors. This year's show was not that much different at all, if you come to think of it. It's safe to assume that everyone who was there -- or following our MWC coverage -- understands that, again, Android was all over the place. With or without Ice Cream Sandwich on smartphones or tablets, the Google platform -- and its OEM partners -- has flooded the show floors ...

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  • by | March 14, 2012 5:46 PM

    Well, I guess it only took Sony a couple of hours after our Software and User Experience video to launch their official PS Store for the Xperia line-up. Currently, the store only seems to work in Europe, and only supports the Xperia S. Devices like the Xperia Play are currently only supported in Japan, but the roll-out plans to happen quick for legacy devices. Off the bat, Sony has launched the store with 16 game titles to choose from, all priced at $5.99. To my disappointment though, Sony took the word "PlayStation Certified" too seriously. None of the games that are currently supported ...

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  • by | March 14, 2012 1:24 PM

    Gamers are already well familiar with Sony's PlayStation Store, the company's digital distribution system for games and media across its line of consoles and handheld devices. When Sony released the Xperia S, as a PlayStation-certified device, it should have also had access to the PlayStation Store. However, Sony was unable to get things ready in time for the phone's release, and ended up forced to ship it without the software. After a short wait, the store's finally arriving for the Xperia S, bringing PlayStation games along with it. There's been a holder space in the Xperia S's app ...

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  • by | March 14, 2012 2:59 AM

    The Sony Xperia S is the new flagship device of their NXT Series. It packs all the bells and whistles you've come to expect from any high-end Android smartphone, plus some additional jabs that you won't see on competing devices. Watch our video review of the Software and User experience that Sony has baked into their Xperia S. So far there are lots of great things to praise, and lots of important things to watch out for. Certainly no device is perfect, and Sony made that list with a couple of major details being left out of their final retail product. Have a look and share your thoughts in ...

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  • by | March 9, 2012 2:56 PM

    Sony's new SmartTags take NFC technology to a whole new level. While competitors are still struggling with their launch of NFC as a payment tool, Sony has focused on adding some additional value to that NFC chip. These SmartTags allow you to program specific tasks that your device performs every time you touch one of them. You can have one SmartTag in your car and program it to launch Navigation, Music, set alert tones to sound and even have Text-To-Speech read your incoming messages. You can later set your a separate Bedroom SmartTag to activate your clock, alarm, Netflix and set your ...

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  • by | March 5, 2012 8:10 AM

    The new Sony line-up consists of the Sony Xperia S, Xperia U and the Xperia P. We've seen all of them in our respective hands-on videos but this time it's time to get into more details and see how they compare to one another. And because we know you want to see even more comparison videos we threw in the hottest phones on the market at the moment: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy S II as well as the Apple iPhone 4S. Check out the video below and let us know of you poison of choice: Xperia S, P or U?

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  • by | February 29, 2012 8:02 AM

    After taking a quick look at the Sony Xperia S in our hands-on video we thought you'd like to see the Sony flagship being reviewed so we've got the first video from our series here for your viewing pleasure. The Sony Xperia S comes in white and black, inside a carton box which only features the Sony branding; interestingly, the good old Sony Ericsson logo survived. Besides the phone, the box contains a microHDMI cable (which is always welcome), USB cable for sync and charge, headphones, charger, screen protector and your usual literature. Don't look for a battery inside the box because the ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    Sony unveiled two new Xperia Android phones, based on the design of the Xperia S that was announced at CES. First up we have the Xperia P, which features a unibody aluminum design with a 4.0" FWVGA display that is supposed to have superior outdoor viewing. It will also have NFC and HDMI connectivity. Inside, it has a 1.0GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The Xperia P, running on Android 2.3 for now, will ship in the middle of Q2 in a trio of colors. No word on pricing just yet. The Xperia U is a compact device with a 3.5" FWVGA display. It has the same 1.0GHz dual-core CPU and ...

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  • by | February 20, 2012 8:21 AM

    The codenames for upcoming Sony phones seem to all follow the Xperia S model -- which initially was the LT26i and got unveiled at CES. The Sony ST25i Kumquat was pictured one month ago and, a couple of days later, documents revealed that it might wear the Xperia U name. However, we didn't see the two Xperia phones side-by-side, that is, until now. In the image above (and lots more at the source link below) you can see the 3.5-inch Xperia U compared to the Xperia S from several angles. At a first glance, the Xperia U seems to be a smaller version of the Xperia S, with a removable battery ...

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