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Sony Xperia advance

Announced
May 30, 2012
Market status
Released
Release date
Nov 9, 2012

Pros

  • Dual core processor
  • Small dimensions (4.37 x 2.37 x 0.39 inches inches)
  • Water-resistant phone

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (165 ppi)
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera

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Description

Sony Xperia advance is the US version of the Xperia go. A stylish but yet water and dust resistant smartphone. It is coming with a 3.5" scratch resistant mineral glass display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine and 5MP camera which is said to go from sleep to snap in just over a second. It is powered by 1Ghz dual core processor and is launching with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (2.3)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.37 x 2.37 x 0.39 inches (111 x 60.3 x 9.8 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.88 oz (110 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (136 g)
  • Rugged:
      • Water, Dust resistant
    • IP certified:
      • IP 67

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 3.5 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 480 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 165 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Self-timer
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)
    • Features:
      • Video light, Digital image stabilization

Hardware

  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1000 MHz
  • Graphics processor:
      • Yes
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 512 MB RAM / 8192 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 4 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 6.50 hours
      the average is 12 h (741 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 21.7 days (520 hours)
      the average is 21 days (499 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 5.50 hours
      the average is 13 h (769 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 19.2 days (460 hours)
      the average is 21 days (502 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1305 mAh

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback, Music recognition, Sound effects
  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo, RDS
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+, Twitter

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • Yes
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Other:
    • DLNA, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 30 May 2012

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • Stereo headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation.

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