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Sony Xperia acro S Review

Sony Xperia acro S 7.8

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To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and its maker has not forgotten to slap its heavily customized skin on top. Speaking of customization, we are satisfied with what Sony has done with the platform's interface. ICS features like accessing the camera interface or the drop-down bar from the lock screen have been retained. Sony has also thrown in several pretty wallpapers, including a few live ones, of its own. For those of you who are heavy social network users, Facebook and Twitter have been integrated via the Timescape application, which lists the most recent items from your feed and comes with widgets for keeping an eye on what your buddies are up to.

To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Sony Xperia acro S Review
To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Sony Xperia acro S Review
To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Sony Xperia acro S Review
To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Sony Xperia acro S Review

To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich


The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay. Its buttons feel somewhat tiny at first, but we got used to it with a little practice. Thankfully, it can correct mistakes and insert punctuation marks on the fly. There is also a neat feature that allows you to finger-paint a doodle and attach it to a text message, which is a nice little trick you probably won't see on most handsets.

The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay - Sony Xperia acro S Review

The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay



Processor and memory:

The heart of the Sony Xperia acro S is its dual-core Snapdragon S3 SoC – the MSM8260, with CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and Adreno 220 graphics. Now, we know that the faster S4 is powering more than a few smartphones already, but in all honesty, the S3 inside the acro S, in tandem with 1GB of RAM, gets the job done as well. Seriously, the smartphone is always responsive, doesn't lag, and can handle even graphically intensive 3D games like Dead Trigger. Below we've included the figures we got from synthetic benchmarks, in case they matter to you.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia acro S 3013 6882 37.8
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2000 5503 24
HTC One S 4867 7012 60.7


Since the Sony Xperia acro S comes with 16GB of on-board storage, purchasing a microSD card is not mandatory. The user available storage is as follows: 1.76GB for applications and 11.25GB for photos, videos, music, and other files.


Web browser:

No problems here. Even heavy web pages like our own load quickly and scroll seamlessly with the stock web browser on the Xperia acro S. Zooming in and out also works well, and switching between tabs is as easy as swiping your finger horizontally from edge to edge. We have to note that Adobe Flash does not come pre-loaded, but if you insist on having it, Adobe has a recent version of it available on its web page.

Browsing the Web with Sony Xperia acro S - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Browsing the Web with Sony Xperia acro S - Sony Xperia acro S Review

Browsing the Web with Sony Xperia acro S


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posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:01 5

1. iamkrishna (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


nokia going to sue sony

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:15

25. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Sure, this phone looks like the Nokia X6

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 06:43 3

32. hkxm8 (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


You both must have eye problem, Xperia Ray is more like Nokia X6 but nothing happen. I very sure that Nokia will not waste they time to compare "this and that" like someone else (Sorry about my english).

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:01 3

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


good review. Next Sony phone will be out anyway.

since the first comments usually get the most attention, I would like to ask for the community's opinion on Sony's UI, since I'm not particularly a fan of it. Feels like Eclair.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:31 4

18. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Well, i myself is an owner of a XPERIA Arc and love the UI, i think sony's ui is the best android skin out there. Every time i see someone with a not sony android phone, i think to myself how the hell is he satisfied with that ugly looking ui...
My mother has the XPERIA S and also, loving the UI.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 13:38 5

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


I love Sony's UI, it looks modern and stylish with all of the functionality of ICS and other UI skins, looks much better than TouchWiz which in my mind looks very tacky - especially older versions. Like-wise I prefer the 2012 version of Sony's UI on the Xperia S and co. and personally I think the WALKMAN app is the best music player app out there on android. It's the same as Sony's phones, minimalistic, but gorgeous.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 03:38

30. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


It's a very simple UI, non-obtrussive, it can even be described as some what bland if compared to Samsung's UI, LG's UI, ang HTC's UI. But if you prefer fancy UI then Sony's UI will be hard to like for you.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 14:52 1

33. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I realy dig Sony's UI.... The icons are gr8
I just am not a fan of the new NXT design. Th Ericsson days were much better.
But i guess they have made amends with the Experia T, V & J

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:10

3. Hafiz (Posts: 78; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Lumia 800

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:11 15

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


9! PLEASE! 9! tough body + high end specs.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:50

49. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


At the end of the day, PhoneArena's rating is not what matter the most... its User's rating what matters...

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:12 7

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


This is the best phone :) pefromance , screen and durability! other oem's wont make a phone like this!!

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:25

6. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Are you sure it's 9000 on quadrant?

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:27 3

13. Nick_T (Posts: 170; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Apologies. We post the average score out of 3 runs. Forgot to divide the sum by three. The rest of the figures are correct.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:30

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


9000 on Quadrant? The f...

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:38

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


So, Sony doesn't want to be left behind when every other manufacturer is bringing ultimacy to their phones, eh?
Nice move Sony, like the phone...except for the bulk you created when this world is getting closer to the slim truth of phone making.
And i wish you'd price this mid-ranged.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:44 4

9. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i don't think points need to be taken off because its a little chubby at 12 mm. or the weight as well because the ip57 rating you'd expect them to add something to keep the water out, like when top gear uk do their amphibious boat challenges.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:44 1

10. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


I don't know what's wrong but Sony's screen display looks washed out even with the 342 ppi density & Sony bravia engine..

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:52

11. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


it's the lcd screen they use, it's just normal lcd, not like lg's ips hd or super lcd 2. but imagine a super lcd 2 plus the bravia engine = win win

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:04 6

12. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 594; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


i guess in photos but the Reality Display looks nice in personal

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:55 2

14. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


true.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 15:07 1

34. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


well youve only seen this froma video camera or screenshots. maybe its your computer screen :P

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:55

15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


looks like sony lacks inspiration

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:03 1

16. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


More like solidifying a brand image.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:43

26. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


which is not solid anyway

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:26 5

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Why has phone arena yet to put up the article with the benchmarks of the Xperia T, TX, and V??

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:40 5

19. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Yup, I saw on some other coverage that those three are now the top three (in terms of benchmarks).

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:42 3

20. justnokia (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


i'm loving it

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 12:36

21. ryq24 (Posts: 737; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


sony always get average reviews even from other phone reviewers. i wonder if their engineers and designers read these reviews and learn anything from it?

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 13:17 3

22. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Photos look hazy like there were finger prints on the camera lens. Gotta clean that thing before testing photo quality.

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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) TFT
Camera12.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.60 x 0.47 inches
(126 x 66 x 11.9 mm)
5.19 oz  (147 g)
Battery1910 mAh, 6.66 hours talk time

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