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Sony Xperia S Review

0. phoneArena 02 Mar 2012, 09:35 posted on

Sony is starting fresh after 10 years of marriage with Ericsson, and thus the Xperia S marks a whole lot of firsts for it. It is the first handset branded simply “Sony”, as well as the first with the new “Iconic Identity” design of the renamed Xperia NXT line. That’s the big picture, but the device itself also consists of elements that have never been in a Sony smartphone, like an HD display, multicore chipset and microSIM card slot...

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posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:32 2

14. 24984 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


:D are you joking? :D sony is always late but it makes the best smartphones ... this sony has adreno 220 it means it has best GPU after tegra 3 ... tegra 3 is a bit better (I have sony ericsson xperia mini with adreno 205 and I can play GTA3, 9mm, real racing 2 and so on) ... camera is verry good and functions are the best ... interface looks good too ... this is the best smartphone now!!!

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 20:28

55. corrifa (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


ehh the Mali-400 id say is at least a little better than the Adreno 220. Ive used both...

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:34 3

15. 24984 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


and sonys quality is the best ... even other companys agree with this ;)

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:57 4

16. Jyakotu (Posts: 844; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Android users really should stop acting like all new phones will have the latest version of Android installed on it. If you look at past history, every time a new version if Android comes out, most newer Android phones ship with the LAST version instead of the latest. There are still many fews shipping with Android 2.2 and NOT 2.3, so hush.!

But for the phone itself, it's absolutely gorgeous. I love the interface and you can hardly even tell that it's Android.! Sony is known for quality and I think once people try their smartphones, they'll start to gain momentum. Also, I'm SO glad to see just SONY on their phones now. :-)

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 16:19 4

21. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


also people got to realise that most of these new devices were being made with 2.3 in mind as that was what was available up until the end of last year..if these companies were to start from scratch to optimised 4.0 then these phones would not be coming out till the latter end of the year. lol agree sony looks much much better than se.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 15:06

17. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Very nice review Daniel. I just wish this came out months earlier.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 15:55 4

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


Well if you couldn't care less about chips and just want a great camera, great design and a great screen then this can't really be beat. I would still take something like the One S or X over it though.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 20:39 3

24. nagirodu (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


Why can't you guys just go through the benchmarks and other stuff to see what Sony has done in additional to the other manufactures who made phones with the same SoC to get the best performance? Sony beats them hands down.I think it's all about optimization of resources.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 00:07 1

25. mercorp (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


no quad core,no micro sd? dont buy it.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 23:17 6

41. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


no brain,no helpful comment? dont listen to it.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 05:35 4

27. nikhil.agrawal88 (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


already preordered this beauty..have been waiting for a good sony device from long time..always have been a sony fan weather its a phone or any other electronic equipment..and about the quad core thing it really depends on the person i think..an extreme gamer would need a quad core but again no quad core specific games are out yet..so personally i think dual core is fine with me..i had been using ios and wp7.5 from long time and this actually will be my first android..just waiting for this to arrive now..

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:30 6

29. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


If you need a quadcore SoC in a portable device to play proper games; buy a PS Vita.

I don't really give a crap whether it's S3 or S4 as long as its fast enough and that's also what 90% of the buyers care about.

Amazing device Sony.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 10:49

31. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


The physical design/aesthetic of this device is very appealing, only to be degraded by the unappealing Android OS (not even ICS could make me take this device for free). Needless to say, this phone design with Windows Phone would be an instant buy for many (even I would consider buying it if it had WP).

For Sony's sake and mobile financials, this phone better sell well.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 23:24 4

42. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


wow, then the great design would be ruined by the boring tiles..

seriously, i think wp is geat, fast and efficient, but saying that Android is unappealing and preferring WP? c'mon.. if not for android, this won't have that beautiful live wallpaper, HD screen (you'll be stuck in WVGA), widgets and even scrollable home screens.. i wouldn't want to sacrifice those with the tiles screen and app screen only..

i'll still buy WP phones, but for this device, i rather have android installed.. just like i rather have n9 (not android, though) over lumia 800.. but i still want a Titan or a Focus.. this beautiful design just can't seem to match nicely with the tiles, imo..

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 03:51 2

43. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


exactly..that guy is deluded and pretty clueless

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 14:38 1

33. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Did phonearena deleted my post?
Added to my earlier post regarding to the capacitive button is a hit and miss. 2012 Xperia using different 3.5mm headset standard (CTIA) the one same as iPhone using as opposed to the OMTP standard that previously used

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 14:59 3

34. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Most of you are missing the fact that this phone isn't meant for competing with other brand's flagship phones.
It's role is the same as the one xperia arc had a year ago - to offer a near high end experience for a lower price than the true high ends from Samsung or HTC.
However, this year will see two of such Sony phones in Q3/Q4 - codenamed "Hayabusa" and "Mint".

That being said, Xperia s can still hold its own even compared to any phone announced so far - none of them has all of the following: premium feel and design, top notch multimedia, screen, and a camera better than any other android.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 20:12

35. TylerDeLarge (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Guys I need some advice, I now have an old Omnia HD that I should change the battery and also because I'm tired of Symbian switch to Android.
I am interested in a phone that can last as my dear Omnia HD, and Xperia have wavered between S and some quadcore that uscirà.magari S3?
I remember that multimedia is important for me as well as the stability of the system. What do you advise me?

Thanks for any replies

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 15:05 2

39. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Xperia S would probably be a better phone for you due to its multimedia ie, 12.1MP camera (and speed 1.5secs to reach it from sleep), HD resolution and high pixel density as well as new refurbished music player which looks very smooth and a HDMI cable included in the box so can easily be connected to your TV, Also android runs very fluidly on the dual core processor despite it being S3 not the new S4 (not a major issue) Hope this helps!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:30

45. nikhil.agrawal88 (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


is it going to come with an hdmi cable? all the unboxing videos i saw on youtube didnt had an hdmi cable in the box..i hope it does come with it as it would be really good to plug it with hdtv straight away..

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 14:51

58. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


I think this depends on the carrier, but ive heard most do ship with the HDMI cable, if not though i would think you'd be able to pick one up cheap on ebay or amazon anyway :)

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 23:43

36. aswinhhh (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Can Any One Tell Me Which Display Is Better The Samsung Galaxy S2 Or This???

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 09:06

38. frydaexiii (Posts: 1461; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


This probably...Higher resolution

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 05:08 4

37. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


@Tyler, seems that you were happy with what Omnia HD provided for you.
And if Omnia was good, trust me, Xperia s will be an absolute delight. I don't think you need a quad core over it, because the s is still perfectly capable and zippy with this processor.
And with ICS, it will "fly".
Yet get a sturdy build, unique premium design, amazing camera with by far the fastest shooting time, and you also get the best integration of multimedia, with some unique extras such as controlling the android on the tv with a remote, and really fast charging of battery.
Last but not least, the galaxy s3 will cost significantly more.

@aswinh - this screen has 130 percent more pixels that the one of galaxy s2. That's a huge advantage.
Also it's probably a bit brighter, with more natural colors.
The thing that gs2 has going for it is black color reproduction, no LCD screen can match that.
Also it has a slightly better viewable angles.
Overall, this screen is better for its retina-beating HD sharpness.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 08:27

44. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


i just wonder if xperia s would beat the sgsII when it comes in performance? phone arena make some comparison of xperia s against other dual core! that would be a hit i think, im actually waiting for this phone, but it seems like a disappointment, im planning to try android phone, i really dont think the need of having a quad core but i wonder, will the price of this phone is almost the same price of the quad cores? lg is known for selling cheap phones

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 11:12 4

46. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


This phone will beat the sgs2 in terms of perfromance in most areas with slightly quicker load times, and particularly in the multimedia performance, it will also be around the same price as the sgs2 (perhaps slightly cheaper) when it releases tomorrow worldwide, it will not be anywhere near as expensive as quad core phones, and will not drain the battery as much as the current quad cores do, hope this helps :) im getting one on wednesday!

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 08:35

65. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


ow that really helps haha im still waiting for it here in the philippines

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 20:02 1

47. saeen (Posts: 20; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I like that Sony mostly give updates on time and hassle free!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 20:43

48. classicmody (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


very good desighn

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 05:17 3

49. jakecrz (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


This phone sure is great. Having a dual core phone is enough to get the job done for everyday use. Great design and screen is good too!!

People push this device as not having a quad core phone. I mean... I can't see the sense of having a quad core phone. I'm a gamer and I know better CPU = better processing power = better for games. I mean, what's there to process?? Are you gonna run battlefield 3 or crysis on this? Are you gonna run like 20 internet tabs in it? If you want portable gaming, get a ps vita or gaming laptop like alienware!!

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