- Reception and call quality No issues with call quality. No calls dropped so far and seems to have generally good connectivity to the network.
- Display Amazing clarity and great for videos and photos
- Battery life Since the firmware update, and playing with a few options, this high end device lasts a good 14 hours on wifi all day and hourly background synching.
- Camera No comments
- Ease of use No comments
- Design and form factor Unique look, unlike most black slabs. Plastic it may be, but it feels good to the touch, and non slip. The form keeps to typical SE/Sony design of ergonomics.
- Portability (size / weight) Hardly notice the weight. Just right. Not too light. Fits the pocket easily.
- Media support Really good quality video playback and connection via DLNA is nice and easy.
- Durability No comments
- Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) No comments
If anything is lacking right now it is Sony and their SEN which is pretty useless if you an expat, and of course the play station certificate.
Music wise the phone has great play back and of course the Facebook integration through the phone is excellent. Timescape has also had a great revamp, and is no longer a cluttered mess. But still it is more of a novelty than actually useful.
Also I have noted that even on the same network in the same location, the phone seems a lot snappier in grabbing things of the mobile internet network. Or at least the perception is that as it seems to display things rather qucikly.
Now ICS has arrived it is like a new phone. ICS has been given a subtle skinning by Sony, and the new Walkman app is great to use. It, along with Spotify even allow themselves to be operated from the lock screen. Very useful.
The battery life is great, with the device surviving a good days worth of usage (1 hour of music, constant wifi, back ground updates properly managed, 3 email accounts pushing, 5 social networks pushing updates, 30 mins of kindle usage, auto brightness, 30 mins web browsing) so that it pushes around the 14 hour mark, give or take a few hours for higher or lower usage.
ICS also is pretty slick on the device (and only two cores.... does Sony have optimization magic?) and really it feels like a brand new device. Seriously, ignore the official review as of now. ICS adds some great new functions. Not needed, but certainly welcome.
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