The Xperia S was the first smartphone to be released by Sony after its complete takeover of Sony Ericsson. One could also say that it is the first smartphone to come out with Sony badge. Add to that the device is part of Sony’s Xperia series. Hence there is a lot expected from the Xperia S. So here is what we think about the Sony Xperia S.
The design of the Xperia S is not something you will see on other phones. This is especially due to the sharp corners and straight lines. It looks more like guys at Sony’s design division were inspired by a brick. Luckily, they made the back of the device, a bit curved. The curve on the back makes it more comfortable to hold onto. Like recent Xperia devices, the Xperia S has a transparent strip, which illuminates. The Colour of the transparent strip can be changed.
The front of the device is plain, and 90% of the front is covered over by scratch resistant glass. Other than the screen, it also covers the capacitive keys. Talking of the keys, Sony has to work on making the keys more visible. On the Xperia S, the exact locations of the keys are represented by tiny dots. There are markings on the transparent strip, which denote functions of each keys. But these are a bit difficult to notice.
On to the back. The back has been kept simple. The cam, flash, speaker and the Sony Ericsson logo are aligned to the centre. The Sony Ericsson logo reminds us that the device was designed when Ericsson owed half the company. On to the sides, the top side has the power button and a 3.5mm jack. On the left side is the micro-USB port which doubles as a charging port. The micro-USB port is covered over by a flap, which sometimes is annoying. Overall, the design of the Xperia S is different, in a good way.
On the hardware front, the first thing one will notice is the screen. If you have seen the display on this device, we are sure that you would have fallen in love with the Xperia S. The Xperia S has a 4.3inch 720 x 1280 pixels LCD display. It has a pixel density of 342ppi, which is more than 326ppi of the iPhone 5. The Xperia S has a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, which is pretty good. Other than these, the Xperia S has NFC, Bluetooth 2.1, 3G, WiFi, A-GPS, GLONASS and 32GB of internal storage. Another Selling point of the device is the 12MP cam. Yes a 12MP cam, which is a bit difficult to find on a phone these days. It can record 1080p@30fps videos. It also has a 1.3MP front cam. The only thing the device is lacking is a microSD slot. But according to us the 32GB internal storage must be enough, unless you like to use your Xperia S as a hard drive. Overall, the hardware is good.
The Xperia S is an Android powered device. It comes with Android 2.3 Ginger Bread, which is kind of old, especially when devices now days are getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates. But Xperia S does get an Android 4.0 update and is expected to get an Android 4.1 update, no dates announced till now. With Android you get the usually Google goodies, other than these Sony has also added apps like TrackID, World Clock, Neoreader, Wisepilot, Office Suit, Timer, Recommender, and PlayNow. The device is also PlayStation certified which lets you to play PlayStation Suite games. The device can also be connected to to the Sony Entertainment Network, giving you access to unlimited music and videos. Overall the software is good, but lags behind the crowd.
What we say
The Xperia S is a good value for money device. One can consider it has an alternative to the iPhone i.e. considering one doesn’t like quad core devices. The only drawback is the software, but the device is worth the price tag. It is currently priced at Rs.23,000($434), which is pretty reasonable for the hardware.