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Sony Xperia S

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71 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
71

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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71 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
71

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

71
 

User Reviews

100
ZY
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
70
lawlez
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
80
engadgetari
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
88
Average user Score
 
100
ZY
03.24.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
70
lawlez
03.21.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
80
engadgetari
03.21.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
kevkheira
12.05.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
sandywoo
04.24.13
I love my Xperia S. For the first Sony phone out there after the break-up with Ericsson, this phone is certainly a contender in best looking phone in existence. The distinctive translucent bar is gorgeous when it glows for notifications and calls. The phone features a dual core processor which is more than enough for the average Joe who just needs a phone that doesn't lag and can handle a bunch of apps open. The battery life is great after I updated to ICS and now Jelly Bean is coming out by the end of May so I'm excited to see how the phone will perform. The camera is AMAZING and the screen is GINORMOUS. The high pixel density allows you to really enjoy videos, it's like holding a mini HDTV in your hand and its 4inch screen is more than enough to show your friends the latest tube vids. :) All in all, this is one of the best phones I've ever owned. No complaints here.
 
70
selcukermaya
02.18.13
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
90
1995
12.27.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
CSSJH
12.15.12
if it has s4 cpu it will be better
 
100
bruce27
09.11.12
Xperia S came with Android Gingerbread out of the box. It made me a little apprehensive due to the fact that competitors were out with Ice Cream Sandwich already. The S was not really native to Gingerbread. However, after the ICS update and the latest Sony update to .45, the Xperia s proved itself quite an excellent find.The physical aspects of the phone which include its dry and semi-rugged brick form is compensated by the thin transparent strip which perfectly combines a sort of retro yet modern look, which almost at all times, becomes Xperia S's focal point. Performance wise, the update to Ice Cream Sandwich makes Xperia S one of the formidable players in the market today. The dual core processors allows the Xperia S to compete with even quad core phones (to which I find unfair), and makes a name for itself. As experienced, the S satisfies my communication needs and most importantly satisfies my WOW factor. It's not as flashy as the S3 nor as loud as the One X, but the S's subtlety and composure makes me say, the price is all worth it.
 
90
cooool
09.07.12
The phone is Unique, it's fast and in general you will not be disappointed. DLNA works like a charm and i recommend this phone to Everyone. i am very satisfied. i just think it could have been a littl emore on the spec sheet.... but hey GOOD JOB SONY

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