S FOR SO WHAT?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Xpe­ria S, the first smart­phone from the re­branded Sony Mo­bile, tries to of­fer ev­ery­thing from looks to smart func­tion­al­ity. But does it suc­ceed?

REIN­VENT­ING DE­SIGN

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.

12.1 SHOOTER

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.

DUAL SPEED?

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.

STILL GIN­GER­BREAD

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.

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