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Sony Xperia S User Reviews

9.6 Based on 40 Reviews

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Reception9.7/10
Display9.7/10
Build quality9.6/10
Text input9.7/10
Everyday usage9.7/10
UI speed9.5/10
Camera9.6/10
Multimedia9.9/10
Internet9.7/10
Call quality9.8/10
Battery8.5/10

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alberic23
posted on 04 Aug 2012, 15:56 (Posts: 0; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)

9

good phone but screen problems

alberic23 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

very good phone all is very good for a normal person , but not for sbdy who is a gamer because its the third time that i send back to sony to change the display witch becoming a little yellow if you play a long time

Build quality 10/10
Reception 8/10 this phone reception's is less good than my old phone Xperia X10 , so may it depends of the place where we are but i constated this
Call quality 9/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 7/10 the screen become a little yellow if you use it too much , like wiht a long session of gaming
Battery 9/10

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hasanehme
posted on 02 Aug 2012, 06:00 (Posts: 0; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

10

great phone

hasanehme has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

The Sony Xperia S is the current champion of the NXT series and comes aptly armed with a tack-sharp 720p screen and 12MP worth of stills. It sets a new design trend for the Xperia line and brings massive improvements to it.The Xperia S comes at a time of change in the Android world with quad-core processors and Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon. The Xperia S is priced below those new-fangled flagships however, and in its range it's quite the fighter.
But while the OS update is just a matter of time, what most other competing phones don't have (and can't get via an update) is the 342ppi pixel density of the 4.3" 720p screen or the 12MP camera. Those things give it a leg up against outgoing flagships and even upcoming upper-midrangers.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10 amaizing hd screen
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • evrything

Cons

  • nothing

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martinez.vii
posted on 30 Jul 2012, 19:05 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 Nov 2008)

10

Increible!

martinez.vii has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Facil de actualizar, veloz, nitidez de pantalla, suficiente cámara en la mano, redes sociales, estética al 100%, calidad de materiales, peso adecuado, hay que tenerlo para experimentar que bien trabaja este celular en aspecto multimedia! Solamente la bateria es un aspecto que no resalta en este smartphone, usandolo al 100% (bajando aplicaciones, usando el TimeScape, usando internet, GPS encendido...) solo me duró 6hr la primera vez, pero si eres de los que comparan la bateria al viejo nokia te aconsejo evolucionar. Veremos que dice el tiempo que más le agregamos a este resumen...

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10

Pros

  • Cámara 12mp
  • Pantalla de 342ppi (increible resolucion)
  • Adaptado para redes sociales 100%
  • 2 nucleos a 1.5ghz
  • Aplicaciones de sobra
  • Actualizable a ICS
  • Volumen de timbre aceptable
  • Calidad de acabado bien fino

Cons

  • Duración de la bateria (normal para este tipo de celular claro)

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rock5
posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:34 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)

10

Great phone

rock5 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I have this phone for one month,and it's incredible.But battery life is short.Music player is great,great price.For me this phone is better than samsung galaxy nexus,s2 and other phones.....................

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • Big display
  • Good camera

Cons

  • Battery life

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Dknightxs
posted on 18 Jul 2012, 08:35 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

9

one of the most underated phones on the market

Dknightxs has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

i had always been a apple fan, since the 1st iphone, but latey iphone 4s started to show age and i needed a upgrade... i went to my local dealer and asked him for the best phone on the market. He brought out a Samsung Galaxy S3... one look at the phone and i was like..:S is that really the best? does it look like a 600 buck phone from that crapy build quality?.He told me its quad core and all that.... Since when do we need quad cores for cell phones?? isnt that just a market move? put more cores in and we get good results..AMD made a 8core processor that got beaten by a quad core Intel I5 2500k.I asked him to show me something more appealing, i was shown HTC one X, Droid Razer MAXX and finaly the xperia S...which just blew me away... 342ppi... one of the best looking android phone, with the best display. I dont care about Super AMOLED HD crap. Find me a phone that has better display than Xperia S!!!, and i am not retarded to look @ the screen from different angles to see if i can read the txts, that is for geeks.. why the hell would u want to view your screen from different angles??
ok now to the review
only problem with this phone was the battery life... it needed constant charging and the battery drain was horrible, i would lose 1% off 100% just by unpluging the charger.
Thankfuly ICS arrived and battery problems are gone. With ICS this phone has turned into a awsome multimedia device, The walkman and library app is fantastic.
The build quality is excellent, I dont want a...  

Build quality 10/10 best looking android phone!! the transparent white stripe gives it a more futuristic look than that crap pebble shape s3 has.
Reception 10/10 great..never had any complains
Call quality 10/10 pretty good
Internet 8/10 with ICS update there seems to be a software bug where u get low wifi signals...i am sure sony will fix it.
Multimedia 10/10 one of the major Pros of this phone.. its very good for your multimedia use
Camera 8/10 Sure it has 12mp...but my iphone 4s Produces better snaps and thats a 8mp
UI speed 10/10 this is far better than Touchwiz and HTC sense. Sony kept it light and simple.
Everyday usage 10/10 this is where it all comes to.. phone is great for everday usage esp after ICS that removed battery drain
Text input 10/10 took me time to get used to but there are soo many ways and apps to customize that
Display 10/10 The major pro!! sharpest display with the highest PPI of any phone 342!! even blows iphone away which is known for its Pixel density craze
Battery 7/10 Wasnt good at all with Gingerbread..but with ICS its all fine...not as much as a iphone 4 but still i charge it every 2 days

Pros

  • style, futuristic look and Display

Cons

  • none really.. camera could use a better sensor for low light shooting

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juxhino12345
posted on 17 Jul 2012, 08:35 (Posts: 0; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)

10

GREAT PHONE.HOPE IT GETS THE FAME OF THE IPHONE WHICH IS A BAD PHONE FOR ITS PRICE

juxhino12345 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

This is a woooowww phone.I think Sony should have done more publicity to it because is really a great phone.

The camera is great.Finally smartphones with big megapixel not like all the other new phones like iphone 4s(8 mp),samsung galaxy s3(8 mp),htc one x(8 mp) etc etc

Everybody asks that what kind of phone is it?No one has ever seen one like that because lets say the truth it is really cool and great design.Nowadays everybody has an iphone and i think it is just boring .

Build quality 10/10 Just amazing.wooooooooow
Reception 10/10 I think Sony should have done more publicity to it.
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10 Great great great great.Finally smartphones with big megapixel not like all the other new phones like iphone 4s(8 mp),samsung galaxy s3(8 mp),htc one x(8 mp) etc etc
UI speed 10/10 It is really speedy
Everyday usage 10/10 Everybody asks that what kind of phone is it?No one has ever seen one like that because lets say the truth it is really cool and great design.Nowadays everybody has an iphone and i think it is just boring .
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10 wowoowowwowowoowoowooow 342 pixel density just great.
Battery 9/10 IT COLUD BE BIGGER

Pros

  • 12 megapixel camera
  • 4.3" display size
  • 342 pixel density
  • 720 x 1280 pixels
  • LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen
  • 32 GB storage
  • The camera features:Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz
  • The video features:Yes, 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer

Cons

  • Shutter key isn't really comfortable
  • microSim only

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aaaapiwat
posted on 12 Jul 2012, 09:51 (Posts: 0; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)

10

Thoughts and Experiece with Xperia S

aaaapiwat has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

I have been using this phone for around 3 months already. It is a really great phone. The UI look much better than other brands, the designs are awesome. I can guarantee that the screen on the Xperia S is the best of all smartphones out there. The screen is crystal clear. You can never see any pixel or anything not clear with this screen. The camera is also amazing. However, in low lights the camera contains a lot of noise. In place with lights the camera is really clear though. I have no problem with the build quality because the back cover can be cleaned easily. The phone don't drop while in my hands. With dual-core processor, the phone is not slow at all. I have no lag playing games at all. It's comparable with quad-core phones.
Like many smartphones today, the battery life is not so long. The battery is enough for 1 day use [with 3G/Wifi turned on frequently]. After I upgraded to ICS the battery life became better.
I'm really happy with the Xperia S. The price is not high and the performance is great.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 8/10

Pros

  • 12MP Camera
  • Crystal Clear HD Screen
  • Great looking UI
  • Great design
  • 32GB Storage

Cons

  • Non-removable battery

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nikecy6
posted on 23 May 2012, 06:05 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 May 2012)

10

really good phone

nikecy6 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Really good phone. Not so good battery but after the update to .....73 the battery life is longer.The display is amazing the bravia engine is working pretty well. The loudspeaker is amazing for phone thanks to xLoud and also provides strong and clear sound.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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hosam
posted on 07 May 2012, 11:49 (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

10

incredible

hosam has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Well done Sony! In my opinion Sony is just owning in every market they are working in. From televisions, LED tv's to mobile phones. And yet again Sony astonished us with this beautiful device. I do accept the fact that the phone has some done-sides, but looking to the positive sides of it, the phone blows away the cons like a tornado blowing away the cows on a farm. Finally it's already known that it defeated Samsung's Galaxy S2 in all fronts...

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10 It erased Samsung's Galaxy S2 in the benchmarks and it destroyed the iPhone's 4/4S screen pixel intensity.
Call quality 10/10
Internet 9/10 The browser seems a little bit basic to me. Could have been made a little adventures.
Multimedia 10/10 Great and clear sound. Thanks to Sony's xLoud engine.
Camera 10/10 It's a 12.1 megapixel camera, enough said.
UI speed 10/10 Some sweet stuff like HTC's UI would've been nice.
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10 It's very responsive, but yet again Sony shows use how basic 'basic' really can be...
Display 10/10 342ppi Full HD 720x1280p 4,3'' inches screen, again enough said.
Battery 9/10 That's the major down side of the Xperia S, it's battery :'(

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jacklim5400
posted on 29 Apr 2012, 05:18 (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)

10

My experience of xperia s

jacklim5400 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

sony make good device just some dissapointment is, it use snapdragon s3 an old processor but it is quite fast at all fact. good image quality and very clear screen, i love the screen and the design so much

Build quality 10/10 good holding
Reception 10/10 good signal
Call quality 10/10 very clear
Internet 10/10 so fast
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10 slow focus in low light condition
UI speed 10/10 fast and crisp
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10 very good and accurate
Display 10/10 crisp and clear
Battery 10/10 its just enough for whole day

Pros

  • HD 720P display crisp and clear
  • good camera under sunlight
  • mobile bravia engine
  • fast charging
  • loudspeaker
  • sexy design looking very good

Cons

  • sometime while playing game will not responding
  • system not stable
  • slow focus

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zhanzo
posted on 22 Apr 2012, 11:31 (Posts: 0; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)

9

My new sony xperia s, compared to my old Samsung galaxy S (and ipad 3rd gen)

zhanzo has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Body & Accessories:
I am impressed by the build quality. The handset handles well. Although it looks much more bulkier than samsung galaxy s, when you put two phones side by side, it is not that much different. The box I purchased in Belgium was bundled with a screen protector inside the box. Also, they were selling a specifically designed case, which I purchased and happilly using. Sony decided to use the same standard apple uses for the 3.5 mm jack, so the "for iphone" headphones with mics and buttons will work in this headset (the volume buttons are software related and might not be supported). The set comes with a supprisingly good noise isolating (in-ear) headphone which I am using in my macbook pro as I write this review (the mic and the button works as expected). The biggest complaint I have is the non-removable battery, since I have the habit of carrying two batteries when I am travelling. Also the way they designed the usb port is not to my taste, I don't like that method of covering the port with a dangling plastic cover. I much preferred samsung galaxy s on this.

Screen:
It is stunning. It is on par with the screen in my ipad 3rd gen, but I think ipad might have a better color accuracy. I am not sure on this, since I was unable to find similar software to compare. It is bright, and visible in daylight without much problems.

User interface:
I really miss the hardware button in samsung galaxy s, which I was using to wake the phone up, receive calls when I have...  

Build quality 9/10 Nice built case, but feels plasticky.
Reception 8/10 SAR rating too high.
Call quality 9/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 8/10 Software should've allowed more control.
UI speed 9/10 Occasional hiccup when the processor overloads.
Everyday usage 8/10 a bit on the big side
Text input 8/10 I miss swype. International option of the xperia keyboard for my language was not so great. Had to install another one. (Thank you android!)
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10 non-removable

Pros

  • Superb screen
  • Good phone (earpiece, reception, speakerphone)

Cons

  • Non-removable battery

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nikhildangui
posted on 20 Apr 2012, 13:55 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

10

SOny definately gives better support... if u r not modder XPeria S is for u

nikhildangui has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

nice phone for the price.. got everything you need... and best thing is the Music player ............
music lovers should go for it..........
also the camera is awesomely quick ... even quicker then digicam as Xperia dont need to boot... like digicams.. just unlock to the camera and click with dedicated button...
ICS is not fat away... and as iCS has very little share in market delay is not disadvantage
i just liked it

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • excellent camera
  • Excellent music player, good base
  • camera is very quick

Cons

  • No amoled display but still hav decent disply
  • Cant zoom the pictures as much as an 12Mp should able to

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darknight307rc
posted on 01 Apr 2012, 18:36 (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

10

A Soild Android phone from Sony which proves that it's not just another Smartphone on market with Sony Label

darknight307rc has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

It has been more than a month since i bought this amazing phone. From the first time I've put my hands on it, i really felt i'm holding a piece of art. The design: is very unique, soild & sexy. The back is curved to make it more comfortable in hands. The plastic isn't light & weak at all. it has a strong plastic cover coated with anti-stain black matte layer which really feels good in hands. The transparent bar down the phone is giving the design an iconic shape which make many people ask me to hold it or even ask which brand this phone when they see the phone in my hands...it catches the eye. In the same time it's the antenna which provides a better perception. If you received a call in dark you'll see the transparent bar lights go on..it giving the phone a very cool look.The side buttons plus the lock button are so well reachable & solid.
The Camera: It's totally different & cannot be compared any other cam out there. Quality & speed are well provided by this cam in the xperia s plus the 3D panorama & multi-angle capturing which makes you can have a lot of fun with it. For the ongoing capturing videos or pics , this is the perfect camera phone for it. you can capture a photo in less than 1.5 secs from sleep mode. that is a huge advantage in my opinion to be in a 12Mp cam. i used that option a lot which called the "Quick launch" mode & it gives clear photos. the cam got a numerous options & all works so well like smile detection, auto focus, image stablizer, metering, auto scene...  

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 8/10

Pros

  • 342ppi Full HD 720x1280p 4,3'' inches screen
  • 12MP Cam Exmor R, fast capture from sleep mode in less than 1.5 secs
  • Iconic, Sexy & Unique Design
  • Extremly responsive Screen
  • Upgradable to ICS
  • Playstation certified (A different gaming experience)
  • Large internal storage 32GB plus 50 GB cloud storage exclusively for it by Box app
  • Unique Media experience (Music, videos or Gaming)
  • DLNA certified (Play your media on a TV or Speakers with one touch)
  • NFC (near Field Communication) with Sony SmartTags
  • Fast Charging

Cons

  • Battery Life

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redthecrow
posted on 30 Mar 2012, 15:31 (Posts: 0; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

10

Sony Xperia S = Quality and Design

redthecrow has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

The BEST phone I ever used so far! It is a the best phone in the market yet n i think that it is the better cell phone than the iphone 4s but its ok. It has the 12.1 mega pixel camera which's better then perfect.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10 Best smartphone camera
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10

Pros

  • 342 ppi HD screen
  • Camera 12.1MP Exmor R
  • Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz

Cons

  • Non removeable battery

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Aaron_R96
posted on 18 Mar 2012, 07:19 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)

10

Sony Xperia S Review

Aaron_R96 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Sony's first attempt to go it alone, without Ericsson, is a huge step forward for the company, the phone is a brilliant piece of kit, very well constructed despite the use of plastic it feels very high quality and the matte plastic backing feel very comfortable in the hand, the phone itself is very comfortable to hold and fits nicely in the palm (i was worried it would be too big, having never owned a 4.3'' device before, but it isnt too big at all and took no getting used to whatsoever) the device is very aesthetically pleasing and ive had a lot of admirer's already - always a good sign. Love the translucent bar and the capacitive buttons, which by the way, take some getting used to but after a few days use work flawlessly. The phone also feature a very useful dedicated camera button and notification light in all different colours at the top of the device for texts, battery, apps etc.

Moving on to the OS it is very smooth with the dual core processor and the live wallpaper is very fluid, the overlay over the standard android interface is very minimal but effective and the phone, despite running Android 2.3 will shortly be upgradeable to 4.0 ICS, which it is evident the phone was made for (hence the three capacitive buttons) finally, I personally prefer the customization that the android OS offers over iOS, the device home screen feels cleaner than all of the iOS folders on my iPod. However, if you're an iOS user the Android interface may take some getting used to, but is not...  

Build quality 9/10 Build quality is strong, but materials used couldve been better, despite this phone has a nice weight - not too light but definately not heavy either
Reception 10/10 Reception is good wherever I am, and very rarely has it lost connection totally.
Call quality 10/10 Brilliant and very clear both ends
Internet 10/10 Internet browsing is fluid thanks to its fast dual core processor - why do we need quad core?
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10 Best smartphone camera I have seen, even compared to galaxy s2 and iPhone4S
UI speed 9/10
Everyday usage 10/10 Superb and can do anything you throw at it, battery is also decent for a phone of this calibre
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10 Same BRAVIA engine as used in Sony's TV range makes for excellent viewing experience, especially alongs such a high pixel density mobile screen
Battery 9/10 Solid performance for an Android device, could be better but still capable of 1 to 2 days used conservatively.

Pros

  • Camera 12.1MP Exmor R
  • 342 ppi HD screen
  • Fluid interface
  • upgradeable to ICS
  • Gorgeous Aesthetic design
  • Huge 32gb Internal Storage

Cons

  • Non removeable battery

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