Sony Ericsson Xperia pro Review

Interface and Functionality:

We won’t dwell too much on the Timescape UX, as we’ve reviewed it on the Xperia arc S, we’ll just mention that it looks pretty with its transparencies and transitional animations, plus Sony Ericsson manages to keep it functional with the embedded Facebook inside Xperia option. It integrates tightly your phone contacts with friends from the social network, and allows you to shoot a status update directly from the homescreens, or see that a Facebook friend calling has a birthday today, for instance. Our only gripe with the interface is that it doesn’t support smart dialing, so you have to search for your contacts.

As customary, the Timescape interface runs very well on the 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM, although it is the most visually polished one after HTC Sense. You get 1GB of ROM (320MB user-available) for installing apps, but an 8GB microSD card is included in the package for expanding.

There have been the inevitable interface adjustments when you slide open the keyboard, so you can see the whole screen while typing, instead of having an on-screen keyboard block half of the view, which is a great advantage of these handsets. The interface has a full landscape mode while the keyboard is open. Still, if you just need to quickly type something with the virtual keyboard, there is also a Swype-like option for text input, called Trace.

The LiveWare app allows you to start an application of your choosing when something is connected to the phone, be it a headset, headphones or a charger. Thus you can tell it to start the music or video player each time headphones are connected, or automatically go into the desktop clock mode in Android, while the handset is charging.

Internet and Connectivity:

We have a very good browser on the Xperia pro, with snappy scrolling and panning, and fluid zooming. The full Adobe Flash support is a plus when you need it, and the physical keyboard comes nifty when typing in forms and comment boxes, or updating your social networking status. The 3.7” screen is of good size, and the pixels are densely grouped enough for comfortable reading.

We have a 7.2Mbps HSDPA 3G radio on the Xperia pro, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, DLNA and FM Radio. When cold-started, it took the GPS about 4-5 minutes to locate us, which is average, and when we had a data connection it locked us in seconds, as is already the norm.

The wireless media streaming is governed by a dedicated Connected Devices app, which enables you to send music and videos to/from the phone via Wi-Fi to your HDTV, home stereo or computer with DLNA.

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