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Sony, $486


At the top end of af­ford­able sits this midrange Xpe­ria smart­phone, a wee hand­ful of a phone. The Sola is the baby of the Xpe­ria crew in many ways, most ob­vi­ously in size. Its black plas­tic body barely

fills your palm and its 3.7-inch screen is smaller than it sounds and may prove a chal­lenge for many to read. Sony packs a lot of tech­nol­ogy into the Xpe­ria S’s lit­tle brother, though, in­clud­ing a 5-megapixel cam­era with OLED flash,

An­droid Ginger­bread soft­ware and an NFC chip that can change set­tings at

a touch with Sony’s SmartTags. Its touch­screen

fea­tures what Sony calls ‘‘float­ing touch’’ tech­nol­ogy that lets you get away with al­most touch­ing its screen, though its use­ful­ness is ques­tion­able. This tiny pow­er­house is avail­able at

Har­vey Nor­man stores.

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