Sony Ericsson Xperia pro Review
We won’t dwell too much on the Timescape UX, as we’ve reviewed it on the Xperia arc S, we’ll just mention that it looks pretty with its transparencies and transitional animations, plus Sony Ericsson manages to keep it functional with the embedded Facebook inside Xperia option. It integrates tightly your phone contacts with friends from the social network, and allows you to shoot a status update directly from the homescreens, or see that a Facebook friend calling has a birthday today, for instance. Our only gripe with the interface is that it doesn’t support smart dialing, so you have to search for your contacts.
As customary, the Timescape interface runs very well on the 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM, although it is the most visually polished one after HTC Sense. You get 1GB of ROM (320MB user-available) for installing apps, but an 8GB microSD card is included in the package for expanding.
There have been the inevitable interface adjustments when you slide open the keyboard, so you can see the whole screen while typing, instead of having an on-screen keyboard block half of the view, which is a great advantage of these handsets. The interface has a full landscape mode while the keyboard is open. Still, if you just need to quickly type something with the virtual keyboard, there is also a Swype-like option for text input, called Trace.
The LiveWare app allows you to start an application of your choosing when something is connected to the phone, be it a headset, headphones or a charger. Thus you can tell it to start the music or video player each time headphones are connected, or automatically go into the desktop clock mode in Android, while the handset is charging.
Internet and Connectivity:
We have a very good browser on the Xperia pro, with snappy scrolling and panning, and fluid zooming. The full Adobe Flash support is a plus when you need it, and the physical keyboard comes nifty when typing in forms and comment boxes, or updating your social networking status. The 3.7” screen is of good size, and the pixels are densely grouped enough for comfortable reading.
We have a 7.2Mbps HSDPA 3G radio on the Xperia pro, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, DLNA and FM Radio. When cold-started, it took the GPS about 4-5 minutes to locate us, which is average, and when we had a data connection it locked us in seconds, as is already the norm.
The wireless media streaming is governed by a dedicated Connected Devices app, which enables you to send music and videos to/from the phone via Wi-Fi to your HDTV, home stereo or computer with DLNA.
1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Why does it get 3 point taken off for small power button and mediocre camera?
3. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
the camera is actually pretty good
it snaps relatively fast and the quality of the picture is presentable
and the physical buttons works well when you are feeling your phone in the dark
it's a mid range phone but PA likes to compare it with their beloved iphone
anything other than an iphone will get points taken off
7. paul5an (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
If you look at the camera compare tool on GSMArena, I think that the camera is actually the best on any Xperia, and may actually surpass the Arc's. Odd to be calling it "mediocre" at the price range.
The scoring is dire on many of these mobile sites. It's almost as if price is not a factor and everyone has no problem in spending the £600 on their extortionate iPhone 4 S or something - double the price of this.
10. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
i own the SEX Pro -____- if you are wondering
i DO know how kickass the phone is and love it very very very much >.>
it's called midrange device
yet i know the quality of this is quite high
so i am saying... for it's price $350 canadian
it's the best value yet from sony =]
15. UltraElectroMagneticPOP (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Wow. You own *THE* SEX Pro? How does it feel having her (or him if that is your preference)? Is she really that good? Does she not have any illness since she IS a Pro? Or does being a Pro mean she knows how not to get sick?
By the way, I have the SEX Ray. And I am pretty happy with it. Nifty device, this is.
5. bbblader (Posts: 520; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
cuz they dont like it the same way like they dont like the Nokia N9 its just too bad for them
8. paul5an (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
hear hear! The score needs to be for its price range. And the power button is not an issue.
11. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Funny but according to GSMarena the Camera is better the the rest of the Xperia line except the Arc. Hmmmmm. . . somethings fishy. . . I wonder why. . .
14. paul5an (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
Also, look at their Photo Compare Tool - the Pro's camera looks AT LEAST equal to the Arc.
22. terminator5630 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I agree, this phone is awesome and shouldn't have lost 3 points for a small on/off button and mediocre camera
4. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
something that the PA is missing
this is a business phone with email support (as the main highlight of the phone)
it also comes with the full version of the officesuite pro
and it comes with a 8g card (at least in canada)
it also has sony bravia engine too...
and the camera sensor is Exmor R
.... great job pa for missing all those little points... -___-
9. paul5an (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
+ full year subscription to security software
12. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
And add the promised ICS update nxt year. Yeah PA good Job (sarcasm)
6. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
These reviews are getting more and more outrageous. How can a smartphone that does everything and yet be in the mid-range category get only a 7? A poor camera and uncomfortable keys? Most of the mid-range offerings come with 5 mpx cameras which are way worse than this and none of them except the symbian crowd have shutter keys. So your points are moot.
13. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Its because its not an iPhone you see. LOL PA your makin my day. . .
17. paul5an (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
PhoneArena, are you even considering the price bracket at all when reviewing youjr phones! This phone does EVERYTHING that you could want well and to high standards, yet is priced affordably. It also has the added benefit of the excellent keyboard, screen and camera.
It's an absolute joke that you give the Neo a greater score and that you even give a PHONE such as the Galaxy W a greater score, even though you said that a PHONE such as the Galaxy W had such a fundamental flaw such as bad call quality.
18. ritzyritz (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
guys but wat abt the battery s it gud enough ......
19. thesniper11 (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Everybody vote for the xperia pro so xda can make a forum for it(Make sure You Have An Account)http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread .php?t=1416406
23. ttuhou (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I have had the Xperia Pro for the last year and love it, I think it offers extremely good value for money. I hope Sony keep making a qwerty keyboard device in their range as this one is brilliant if they did I would buy it, especially if it as classy looking and easy to use as this one.