Sony Ericsson Xperia active Hands-on

Sony Ericsson Xperia active Hands-on
The rugged-phone market was given a heavenly revamp in the form of the Motorola DEFY, taking a dumb-phone filled space and injecting it with some much needed Android goodness. Off the back of its success comes the Sony Ericsson Xperia active. Coupling ruggedness with a heart-rate monitor and pre-loaded fitness apps, the active looks up to all the hazards a physically active life might throw your way.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia active houses a 1GHz processor and a 3" screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. What's great about the capacitive screen is that it even manages to track your fingers when wet. Why might this be handy? Because the Sony Ericsson Xperia active is waterproof up to three feet (1m) for up to 30 minutes. It's also dust-proof sealed and comes loaded with a compass and barometer, as well as apps like Personal Trainer, Pulse Watch (coupled with a strap-on heart rate monitor) and Pedometer. The cherry on the cake comes in the form of the 5MP camera on board capable of capturing HD video. You might be thinking that most of the specs are strikingly similar to the Xperia Mini line and you'd be correct. In turn, the UI is practically identical with the four corners of the screen each accommodating a number of shortcuts to apps.

As it's always a pleasure to see something a little bit different that's still loaded with decent specs, the Sony Ericsson Xperia active ticks quiet a few boxes for us. However, with the Samsung Xcover announced at IFA 2011, it looks Sony Ericsson has some imminent competition on this front, so stay tuned as we'll be sure to put both handsets through their paces in our full reviews.

Sony Ericsson Xperia active Demonstration:

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Xperia active
  • Display 3.0" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(5.50h 3G talk time)



3. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

The Xperia Arc S was announced about the same time as the Wave 3.

4. cyborg009 unregistered

hey peter dude .. y do u bada and wave always.. are you a bot by samsung or something ??

5. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I want a preview of the Wave 3, that's all. Is that hard to understand ?

6. cyborg009 unregistered

yes actually it is hard to understand .. anyways jotting about it on every page is weird and funny.. thanks for the laughs .. keep up the "sada" spirit .. cheers :D

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

PhoneArena, please may i ask why my comment was moderated ? At least send me an email about it.

9. justme unregistered

It's probably because you plug Bada in every single one of your posts, even when it's completely irrelevant to the topic (your original post here being a perfect example). It's old and annoying now, and your constant harping on it just puts a bad taste in people's mouths when they think of Bada. Please, stop.

10. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

It is not irrevlevant to the topic, it is in fact very relevant as PhoneArena has made lots of reviews form different phones, but not on one of the most high end phones released recently called the Wave 3.

11. justme unregistered

I think the likes-to-dislikes ratio in your posts proves my point. On topic: I was surprised how sleek the phone looks after reading the article. I was expecting an uglier, bulky, Casio-like rugged appearance. Good job Sony!

8. ontplz unregistered

Who the hell is this clown, talking about a Samsung device on a Sony Ericsson page? OnT: Xperia Active seems like a great phone, I'd choose it over any other rugged device on the market today :)

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Would love a 4" water proof Android device.

13. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

InspectorGadget, and they call that the Extreme Active. Would be nice- with all the features of the Active (+ at least 3more ft= 6ft water resistance) and the Nozomi. Doesn't hurt to dream lol

14. Vic unregistered

Do you have a release date? I can't wait to get my hands on it!

15. moto unregistered

moto defy+ seems more interesting

16. WEI unregistered

Hello, Thanks for the reviewing for the xperia active at first actually i'm going to get a rugged phone like this before this year i am wandering between xperia active and motorola defy+ i would love to refer your review of the comparation between xperia active vs motorola defy+

17. revco unregistered

Seems to be the perfect phone besides the lack of a "real" camera button. Just imagine trying to take pictures from the kayak, maybe with gloves on, by gently pressing the lcd.. Impossible I would say. Sad.

18. cc unregistered

Im pretty sure it has a "camera button"

19. Zack.G unregistered

May I ask , is the batteries can be change by ourself ?

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