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Sony Xperia acro S Review

Sony Xperia acro S 7.8

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About a second – that is how long it takes for the Sony Xperia acro S to take a photo in quick launch mode. In other words, you hold down the dedicated shutter key without even unlocking the smartphone and an image gets taken faster than you can say “aperture”. Perfect for those occasions when timing is of importance. The feature-rich interface looks no different from what we've seen on other recent Sony smartphones, with goodies like panorama mode, automatic scene recognition, and various shooting modes to experiment with.

About a second – that is how long it takes for the Sony Xperia acro S to take a photo in quick launch mode - Sony Xperia acro S Review
About a second – that is how long it takes for the Sony Xperia acro S to take a photo in quick launch mode - Sony Xperia acro S Review
About a second – that is how long it takes for the Sony Xperia acro S to take a photo in quick launch mode - Sony Xperia acro S Review
About a second – that is how long it takes for the Sony Xperia acro S to take a photo in quick launch mode - Sony Xperia acro S Review

About a second – that is how long it takes for the Sony Xperia acro S to take a photo in quick launch mode


Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Xperia acro S look really good. Maybe not 12-megapixel good, as a fair amount of graininess becomes noticeable once you fully zoom in, but still, good enough to print and put in an album. There is lot of detail in close-ups, skies look nice and blue, and the shutter responds almost instantly when pressed. When shooting indoors, results are satisfactory as long as there is enough light around, but in low-light conditions, the camera has difficulties focusing on objects even when assisted by the built-in LED flash.

Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Outdoor samples - Sony Xperia acro S Review

Outdoor samples


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1080p videos look just as nice as the photos, and their sound is of high quality as well. If needed, the LED flash can be turned on while shooting video.

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Multimedia:

The Walkman music player is what plays back your audio files, and it does a pretty good job at it. The interface is minimalistic, with easy-to-access functions and well-organized playlists, but versatile at the same time as it enables searching for music videos or artist information online straight from the “Now Playing” screen. Several audio enhancements are also included: XLOUD boosts the loudspeaker's volume without distorting the sound, Clear Bass ups or softens the lower frequencies, and the 5-band equalizer allows you to manually adjust the audio to your taste.

The Walkman music player is what plays back your audio files - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The Walkman music player is what plays back your audio files - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The Walkman music player is what plays back your audio files - Sony Xperia acro S Review

The Walkman music player is what plays back your audio files


Videos are a pleasure to watch on the Sony Xperia acro S, especially when it plays back every popular video file format in existence, from QuickTime and MPEG4 to DivX and MKV. And it does that all the way up to 1080p without dropping a frame and with no lag while rewinding or fast-forwarding. Also contributing to the enjoyable experience is the spacious, HD screen, on which even the tiniest of details are well noticeable. The player interface, however, is as basic as it gets and doesn't offer any advanced features whatsoever.


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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: 4003; 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: 595; 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: 739; 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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