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Sony Ericsson Xperia active Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia active

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Sony Ericsson Xperia active Review
Our verdict of how the Sony Ericsson Xperia active performs is distinctly split. On the one hand you've got a decent 1GHz processor delivering solid overall speeds, especially considering this is a rugged phone. It tends to fly through most applications and with the revised UI designed for the smaller display delivers decent usability. Add to that pretty good signal strength and you'd think the Sony Ericsson Xperia active was a winner. Unfortunately, that's far from true. Extremely poor call quality tarnishes the handsets performance immensely with muffled audio from the in-call speaker being the norm. Any medium to heavy wind also makes conversation inaudible, a pretty huge oversight for a phone targeting the outdoors / active type. The final nail in the coffin comes in the form of a painfully low max volume that means anything below a clear bellow is a challenge to make out in less than ideal conditions.
 
The battery powering the Sony Ericsson Xperia active has a capacity of 1200mAh, and is rated at 4.5 hours of talk-time, and 14 days of stand-by, which is below average. We guess the small body of the phone didn't allow for a more powerful unit to be installed. That said, it should comfortably last a full day.


Conclusion:

We can’t help but like the Sony Ericsson Xperia active, given the multitude of accessories you get out of the box, not to mention the weatherproofing and pre-installed fitness apps. We even grew to like the protruding bottom as it houses the lanyard which we found ourselves using all the time. Unfortunately however, nothing saves the Xperia active’s call in-call speaker. It really is a shame and weighs heavily on our rating. If you intend to use a Bluetooth headset or the bundled headphones when making calls, you can buy the handset with confidence, if not however, bear in mind this is a great phone with a big niggle. If you like the small screen but don’t really need the weatherproofing, the obvious alternative would be the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini, however if you need a waterproof bit of kit, consider the Motorola Defy+ or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Xcover.

Pros

  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Range of accessories in the box
  • Pre-installed fitness apps

Cons

  • Very poor call quality
  • Low in-call volume
  • Camera low on detail
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6.5Good
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display3.0 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (192 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size3.62 x 2.17 x 0.65 inches
(92 x 55 x 16.5 mm)
3.91 oz  (111 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4.88 hours talk time

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