STYLE STATE­MENT

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Sony Eric­s­som is try­ing to reach out to a wider au­di­ence by launch­ing Android smart­phones at dif­fer­ent price points. The lat­est in the Xpe­ria range is the Ray that fits smartly be­tween the ex­ist­ing Mini Pro and the Arc.

The Ray has a mod­ish look and feel. The straight line de­sign along with 9.4mm thick­ness makes quite a style state­ment. Even the min­i­mal­is­tic con­trols on the side panel— power and 3.5mm jack on top, charg­ing jack on left and vol­ume con­trol on right—are classy.

Match­ing the outer hard­ware are the in­ner com­po­nents. With Android v2.3 on board, it also has a sin­gle core pro­ces­sor clocked at 1GHZ along with 512 MB RAM. This han­dles op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing emails, ap­pli­ca­tions down­load, brows­ing, smoothly on the 3.3-inch bright ca­pac­i­tive dis­play. Typ­ing on the on­screen phys­i­cal key­pad in por­trait mode was easy though us­ing it in land­scape mode was eas­ier and quicker.

Along with a smart­phone, it qual­i­fies to be a photo phone as Sony Eric­s­son has placed an 8MP cam­era on it. Set­tings in­clude geo­tag­ging, au­to­matic scene recog­ni­tion and smile de­tec­tion. One can cap­ture videos at 720p. While do­ing this, the face de­tec­tion set­ting proved quite handy. The big­gest at­trac­tion was the Bravia Mo­bile en­gine-pow­ered screen that made watch­ing videos an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

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