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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review

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The Timescape camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is the newest version, so we can now zoom digitally with the volume buttons for images of above 2MP of resolution, which we couldn't on the Xperia arc, for example. Not that digital zoom is any good to begin with, but it's nice to have options.

You take a picture by directly tapping on the screen, same with video mode for start and stop. The most used presets like Sports, Night shot or Snow and Beach are present, but we were looking for a Macro mode in the settings and couldn't find it. Turns out it is automatic, with the little flower icon appearing on the screen when you approach the closest distance from which the Xperia ray can take a clear macro shot, which seems to be from about 6 inches. The automatic option is pretty good, quickly recognizes the lighting environment around you and adjusts accordingly, displaying what preset mode it will be using for the next shot with an icon on the display.

The Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
The Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
The Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
The Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
The Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
The Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review

The Camera interface



The pictures taken outside are characterized with washed out colors and  the amount of detail captured should have also been higher from an 8MP shooter. Indoors the pics and video come a bit noisy when it's darker, which most phone cameras can't shake off, but decent when there is enough light. The LED light has to be turned on manually, which is a bummer, and sometimes messes with exposure compensation – when you have light shining in the lens it would be good to counter it by firing up the flash, as most decent cameraphones do, but not in our case, unfortunately.

Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review

Sample images taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia ray


Strong - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
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Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review

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Indoor samples


Video capture is done in HD 720p at 30fps, and the handset consistently repeats the fuzzy colors that are visible in the stills as well. The videos  are lacking detail as well, but the handset doesn't skip frames even in a fairly busy setting. The dual mics record stereo sound, which is a plus, but the sound is not very clear and wind noises managed to sneak in. 

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Multimedia:

Xperia ray features Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine, borrowed from its LCD TV sets, for enhanced sharpness, saturation and contrast while watching pictures or video, which you can turn off if you don’t like. It does make a slight difference in boosting those aspects, which increases the noise in the imagery, but then it also applies noise reduction, so the end result has similar noise levels, which are barely discernible on the smallish screen of the phone.

Bravia engine OFF - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Bravia ON - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Bravia OFF - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review
Bravia ON - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review

Bravia engine OFF

Bravia ON

Bravia OFF

Bravia ON



The gallery interface is the standard Android one, and the handset doesn't have DivX/Xvid codecs hardwired in the video player by default, but it plays MPEG-4s up to 720p definition with no issues.

The music player has a minimalistic interface and sports album art backgrounds while playing the song. It also groups your tunes by artist, album, or playlists, and has 10 equalizer presets to choose from Music playback through the loudspeaker is exceptionally strong and clear for such a svelte and tiny handset – good speakers are a trademark for the Xperia line of Sony Ericsson.

The music player has a minimalistic interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review

The music player has a minimalistic interface


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posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:35

1. ryq (unregistered)


this is a great looking phone too bad it has such small screen. even samsung mid level phone have bigger screen. no wonder sony ericsson is struggling. they still dont know what the consumer wants.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:32 12

8. ztedac (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 May 2010)


not everyone wants to have a giant massive 4" screens -____-

think, there are some people with smaller hands
teens, children in school that their parents want to locate them, etc etc etc

SE is catering to different groups of people
just NOT the group that you think you belong in
if you want big screen phones, go for the arc

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:49 1

11. maroon5christina1807 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


luv itt!

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 20:07 3

16. ILoveXperiaRay (unregistered)


You are wrong; sony ericsson DOES KNOW what the consumer wants. I prefer a small on than a phone with is difficult to get from my pocket.

It`s a wonderful phone. if you need a larger display, go for ARC. That`s easy.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 01:11 4

29. unknown61591 (unregistered)


some people like me would still recognize this kind of phone not just because of its internal specs but also with screen..for a 3.3"display its pretty good seeing a high pixel density screen..and i dont really like huge body smartphones because of their bulkiness..:-)

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 02:31

42. Ronald Nilo (unregistered)


For me I prefer small Screen 3 - 3.5 inch.........
sifaima

posted on 11 Dec 2011, 17:37

43. executor46d (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


i have 2 rays, and just what i was looking for in a smart phone, 4" are great but i like my rays... just what ztedac have said

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:59

46. linie (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)


excuse me? they do know what the consumer wants... they have an xperia range... so there are different types of models to chose from, this phone is more for people with delicate hands.... people who don't want a big phone!

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:46 1

2. vu2ikl (unregistered)


i donno if you missed it but, the default keyboard in SE 2.3.4 is swipe enabled. so, instead of pressing the tiny keys, it would be easier to swipe..
that wont make up for the tiny keyboard keys but definitely make typing much simpler..

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:19

3. joaolx (Posts: 351; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Looks very nice. It's very pretty. Would love to have it.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:26

4. Hsiao (unregistered)


nice phone

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:46 4

5. AlexanderT (unregistered)


I got this phone yesterday, and it is excellent. I agree with all that the review said, and it's up to each user to decide whether the setbacks are worth it or not.

Here in Europe, an unlocked Ray is some €100 cheaper than a carrier-locked Arc, which makes it very appealing.

BTW, I can't understand why people criticize the size of its screen. The m*o*r*o*n who said that SE doesn't know what the consumer wants is as wrong as you can get. There are plenty of large screen phones on offer, both Sony Ericsson and other brands. This is a very clever move by SE who cater for lots of people like me that want a smartphone that's not overly huge and cumbersome to put in your pocket. And I have no trouble with the on-screen keyboard and I have large hands.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:56

6. gump (unregistered)


can someone tell if the the buttons are backlit or not?? I read somewhere that they are not backlit making it impossible to see in total darkness :(

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:32

9. AlexanderT (unregistered)


No, they're not. However, there's that sort of crescent moon light around the home button so it's extremely easy to deduce where the other buttons are. You can take my word for it.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 07:26

18. gump (unregistered)


Thanx for the info...also can you tell which one to buy: Sony Xperia Ray or Samsung Galaxy S ?? They are both similarly priced (with Galxy S slightly expensive)

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 09:38

22. AlexanderT (unregistered)


It wouldn't be fair to tell you that the Ray is far better than the Galaxy or vice versa, because I've never used a Galaxy S enough for me to be able to say which is the best. The Galaxy is pretty impressive but the price, the form factor and previous satisfaction with SE phones made me choose the ray.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:34

10. ztedac (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 May 2010)


yes it should, but you can feel it through tho

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:18

7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Where I live this is exactly the same price as the bigger Xperia Neo and Xperia Play, just under $500 sim-free. Sorry but 3.3 inches in a 16:9 aspect ratio is simply too small for many people. Screen sharpness and quality is awesome though. In this price range its only real competitors are the Neo and Play, as well as the Similarly priced Nokia X7 and LG Optimus black, which aren't exactly threats. Another great turnout by SE, I'd say they make some of the best Droids around and I'd take them over Samsung any day. I don't particularly care for screen sharpness, so I'd rather spend this money on the bigger Neo.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 17:09 1

12. Azuz (unregistered)


Can we install apps on Memory Card in this phone?????

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 09:40 1

23. AlexanderT (unregistered)


Sort of. You install the app then you can move it to the SD card.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 18:43

13. qReza (unregistered)


where is video review ??

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 19:34 1

15. tulien (unregistered)


Got one of these. Great device for those of us who dont want a 4 inch rocket in our pants and still want a useable android device

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 00:31

17. TYAP (unregistered)


Sold the phone after 1day of ownership.
The wifi connectivity poses some problems.
It keeps scanning, connecting & disconnecting over & over again.
There's no issue with my X10 mini pro, E72 & iPad 2.
There's no flash light for the camera, it's photo light!
2 turn off for me.
Nice design & effort though :)

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 11:43 1

19. gump (unregistered)


Was it so bad ??!!!! Given a choice between Galaxy S and this one...which one will you buy??

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 04:37

21. medalaster1 (unregistered)


galaxy s it issssssssssssssss!

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:01

24. Jean L's (unregistered)


Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Xperia Ray, which is the smartest choice? LOL

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 08:47

30. AlexanderT (unregistered)


Xperia Arc
+ Bigger screen
+ LED flash
+ HDMI

Xperia Ray
+ Cheaper than the Arc
+ Brighter, more legible screen
+ Smaller

When I found out that the Ray had no camera button, I almost gave up on buying it. But I've gotten used to it, it's great.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 16:04

25. Bahumbaba (unregistered)


My LED works when i take pictures, just so u know :)

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 20:30

26. black (unregistered)


hi, am from india..here it costs around 19000 INR.
Is it worth buying..
Or any idea of releasing date of neo V and its cost.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 05:01

27. PPATEL (unregistered)


On Homeshop18 its prices is INR 18750.00 this is initial price therefore more chances are there price will be slash after few months. maybe Xperia ray will be available in shop in Oct month.
.........
i have no doubt that Xperia Ray is one of the best phone in my price range (16k to 20k) Slim, small, good looking, Android 2.3 platform, scratch-resistant mineral glass, 3.3'' Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, 8.1 MP Camera, HD video recording.

i review couple of sites where i read comments. i found that it has good battery backup comparatively more thn Xperia mini. 8.1 MP camera which is turn me on. on other side whn i see turn off factors like has no dedicated camera click button on body. i feel the LED light is not the best one flash light. Has no HDMI out put port like Vivaz.

few months back i planned to buy Xperia Mini almost in the same price range. now choose Xperia Ray.This is in my buying range cell phone.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 23:11

28. abc (unregistered)


Very small memory. I bet you can't install much application not to mention install with a decent GPS software with map.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 20:45

32. naruto20007 (unregistered)


Explain to me why this Xperia Ray has Camera Flash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov08br-tELU

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 03:18

33. john (unregistered)


can someone please tell me if the screen attracts lots of fingerprints ans scratches easily?

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 10:50

34. nishant (unregistered)


hi i looking for smart phone give me suggesation.......

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 04:14

35. TYAP (unregistered)


Bahumbaba,the LED works...but not as FLASH!When u take a night s**t the LED just GLARE u...how s**tty is that? :)

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 07:51

36. Petru C (unregistered)


It looks nice. I have xperia 10 allready, I like big screen, The only main problems is: BATTERY IS TOO SMALL FOR AN SMARTPHONE WITH SO MANY APPLICATION. REMEMBER IS ALLMOST A SMALL LAPTOP.
AND THE SECOND VOLUME FOR CALLS IS TOO LOW. IF IS NOISY OUTSIDE YOU CAN HERE TOO MUCH.
BUT THE MAIN IS BATTERY. I DOSN'T BODER ME IF IS A LITTLE BIT THIK BUT I NEED TO CHARGE EVERY DAY AT 2-4 PM.
THEY NEED TO PUT A STRONGER BATTERY.
IN REST I LIKE IT.I HOPE THE. NEXT ONE WILL HAVE A STRONGER BATTERY.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 07:53

37. Petru C (unregistered)


I meant you can not here too much.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 14:08

38. Javor Ivanov (unregistered)


Take a look here :http://www.mugen-power-batteries.com/sony-ericsson/sony-ericsson-xperia-x10/mugen-power-sony-ericsson-xperia-x1-1800mah-extra-eros-akkumulator.html

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:54

39. gmc (unregistered)


I have this phone a week now, after my much loved W995 died, and prior to that I had a k800i.

If you are happy with a smaller phone (and I am), then this is a very very good smaller phone. Making and taking calls is easy, the sound quality and volume are excellent. One thing the reviews comment on is the small size, but they neglect to say just what a simple, neat and sharp design the phone is.

The CPU/GPU make the UI and apps very smooth. Screen quality is also excellent. One great feature is that you can take a pic or movie, and wirelessly stream it immediately to your TV, if it is DLNA compatible - it's like something out of star trek.

The only minor disadvantages are (1) lack of main memory (300MB), (2) it ships with a plastic back, not metal as the press release says, (3) The images from the camera lack detail.

One piece of advice, get yourself a screen protector, and a case - too easy to scratch. Enjoy!

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 18:40

40. Jeiem (unregistered)


This would be a bang for the buck android unit! With its price range, and the comfortability of usage, you'll never go wrong with this unit. Although it only has 3.3" screen, not all would like the 4" or 4.3" and up screen sizes. It's all about preferences. :))

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:48

41. Rechie (unregistered)


Does anyone know if it works with tmobile USA? This phone is pretty appealing, but there isn't much point in getting a phone that doesn't work with my network.

posted on 11 Dec 2011, 17:43

44. executor46d (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


the one think i dont like about the rays is that it has no back light on the back and menu. but i bought it anyways... the best phone there is...

when i updated it from 2.3 to 2.3.4, the animation where you lock the phone was gone. SE please return it back

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 04:29

45. fidan (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


Hi guys

I want to buy a phone like Sony Xperia Ray but I don't know about batery life if it is good or not because all others performances and others divices are very nice.

Please if someone have this phone let me tell about batery life problem .

?!

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Display3.3 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (297 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.37 x 2.09 x 0.37 inches
(111 x 53 x 9.4 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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