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.