Sony Xperia S

71
Engadget
Score
71

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Sony Xperia S review

Summary

The Xperia S is well-equipped for entertainment, with an amazing screen, HDMI and good streaming capabilities. But those looking for more well-rounded strengths will be disappointed.

Pros
  • 1280 x 720 LCD is perfect for moviesDecent performance and battery lifeBrings Sony vibes (and media) to your phone
Cons
  • Chunky with weak build qualityCamera output is only superficially goodSony ecosystem needs to be more cohesive
Sony Xperia S review

Has spring 2012 brought a rebirth to the Xperia range, or just a rebranding? On the face of it, that's an easy one. The Sony Xperia S (codenamed "Nozomi") is the first handset we've reviewed in the post-Ericsson era and you only have to glance at its spec sheet to see that more has changed than just the logo. The 4.3-inch LCD display outguns older Xperias with a bright and contrasty 1,280 x 720 resolution. This feature alone helps the device to sit more snugly on the Sony family sofa, where it can share popcorn with the tablets, PCs and TVs that Kaz & Co. want to merge into a seamless media-munching ecosystem. The Xperia S' camera pushes in that same direction, shooting 12-megapixel stills and 1080p video and then streaming its creations to other displays over HDMI and DLNA. Rounding it off, you get quirky features like NFC and a distinctive, Bravia-like physical design. But not everything here is so fresh and spring-like: other aspects of the device are still tinged with winter, as you'll discover if you read on.

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Scores

Engadget

71
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
9.3
Display
8.8
Battery life
7.8
Camera
8.0
Ease of use
6.7
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches
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