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Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia neo

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Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Review
A phone is above all a phone and that's why we were pleased to hear a very loud, crystal clear sound coming from the earpiece of the Xperia neo. Our callers reported hearing our voice in all of its natural tones with no side sounds thanks to the noise cancellation dual-microphone setup that Sony Ericsson has used.

The 1500mAh battery sounds good by itself with a quoted 7 hours of talk time on a 3G network, but real-life performance was slightly underwhelming as the handset sometimes struggled to get us through the day. We should mention that we used the camera extensively, however, so the average user should be just fine, but two days without a charge seem to be a tough call.


Conclusions:

The Xperia neo comes with a retail price of just above $500 in Europe. For nearly $150 less than the Xperia arc, it delivers most of the functionality of Sony Ericsson's flagship including an 8-megapixel EXMOR R camera along with outstanding calling and audio quality. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't meet Sony Ericsson's promise of superior low-light quality and is rather average. The Xperia neo shines in two departments: its design stands out in a world of “me-too” devices and while it doesn't deliver the latest dual-core chips and benchmark cracking performance, it's a well-though all-around player with a fluid, polished interface. We wouldn't recommend it for die-hard nerds, who can rightfully argue that the device will deprecate quickly, but for the rest the price and feature balance of the Xperia neo may prove alluring.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android version: 2.3.2, Build number: 3.0.A.2.181

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Pros

  • Refined, signature design
  • Outstanding call/audio quality
  • Punchy colors with the Mobile Bravia engine

Cons

  • Sub-par camera
  • Disappointing battery life
  • Below average sunlight legibility
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (265 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.24 x 0.51 inches
(116 x 57 x 13 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.91 hours talk time

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