S FOR SO WHAT?
Xperia S, the first smartphone from the rebranded Sony Mobile, tries to offer everything from looks to smart functionality. But does it succeed?
The initial reactions to the phone were mixed. While some liked the new design with straight lines and a transparent band towards the lower end, many preferred the design of its predecessor, the Arc S. The transparent band is unique with back, home and menu icons—the actual keys are placed between the display and the band—but it does not respond half of the time. The display is bright and supports HD playback, which looked good over the Sony Bravia Engine.
Sony has always scored high marks in its imaging department and the Xperia S packs a hefty 12.1 MP. The camera has plenty of controls, including focus, ISO, metering mode, exposure value, etc, along with multiple scenes. There is also a shortcut camera key that instantly captures the image even from a locked screen. It also captured good videos at Full HD resolution. however, the low-light still images were not so impressive. While most of the pictures looked good on the phone’s display, some results were disappointing when viewed on a bigger screen.
On paper the Xperia S is a powerful smartphone with a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM. But we could see only a slight improvement in performance over previous generation Xperia phones.
Also, don’t expect the Xperia S to run on Android ICS out of the box. The device still operates on Android Gingerbread. An upgrade will be coming soon.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
Decent hardware but you have better options in the market.