Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview

Interface and Functionality:

The new Facebook inside Xperia integration comes woven into Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray. It goes as deep as warning you that the friend who's calling has a birthday today. You can "like", share and comment on songs and pictures right from the music player or gallery on the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, and notifications even appear on your lock screen.

Other than the deep social networking integration, the Timescape portion of the UI is very fluid on the Xperia ray, even in this prototype form. The 1GHz second generation Qualcomm Snapdragon and 512MB RAM have been proven already in the other phones of the Xperia stable this year, and don't disappoint here too.



Internet and Connectivity:

This chipset powers very decent Adobe Flash display in the browser, which is a joy to use not only because of the smooth performance, but also since the 480x854 resolution on the 3.3” display makes for a great reading experience. Text doesn't reflow automatically like on the HTC Sensation 4G, when you enter an article to read, you have to double-tap the screen for it to fit the screen's width, but that's a minor quibble.


Typing on a fairly small touchscreen isn't, though, but there is not much you can do about it. Both the portrait and landscape keyboards have well-spaced keys and act with responsiveness, but the screen is just too small for correctly typing on the portrait keyboard in a quick manner - we mainly used the landscape orientation, of course.


The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray comes with 3G connectivity, plus the usual set of radios – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, and FM radio. It also features DLNA for wireless streaming of multimedia, and the Media Server app is used to manage your DLNA sessions.


Camera and Multimedia:

The Timescape camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is the newest version, so we can now zoom with the volume buttons while taking images of above 2MP of resolution, which we couldn't on the Xperia arc, for example. You take a picture by directly tapping on the screen, same with video mode for start and stop. The most used presets like Sports, Night shot or Snow and Beach are present, but we were looking for a Macro mode in the settings and couldn't find it. Turns out it is automatic, with the little flower icon appearing on the screen when you approach the closest distance from which the Xperia ray can take a clear macro shot, which seems to be about 6-10 inches.


The pictures and video are characterized with high contrast and warm colors, while the amount of detail and sharpness were very good from our non-final unit. Indoors the pics and video come a bit noisy when it's dark, which is typical for each and every phone camera. Bear in mind that this is still a prototype, so additional tweaks in the camera software might occur when we get the retail version for a review.




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The handset doesn't support DivX/Xvid video files by default, but plays MPEG-4s up to 720p definition with no issues. Music playback through the loudspeaker is exceptional for such a thin handset, which is a trademark for the Xperia line of Sony Ericsson.


Expectations:

To recap our impressions from the prototype – it is easy to say that the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is a less-capable version of the Xperia arc, but what you actually get is a more compact version without sacrificing much but an HDMI port and a flash. Actually, the fact that the light emitting diode on the back can only be used as a light instead of a flash, is the only letdown we encountered with the Xperia ray. Let's not forget that we had a prototype unit, so hopefully Sony Ericsson will remedy that for the final version. If it chooses to leave it as it is only to differentiate further from the Xperia arc, this wouldn't be a very smart move – the screen size is enough, we reckon.

Most everything else worked like a charm even in this non-final unit we had. Props for the best-in-class resolution on the 3.3” screen, it really made a difference while reading, and also for the 8MP Exmor R camera. The loudspeaker is very strong and clear, as with all handsets in the Xperia line, and we have dual mics for noise cancellation. Sony Ericsson also supplied the Xperia ray with a generous 1500mAh battery, which supports 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and that is another plus we don't see often is smallish Android handsets. All of this is wrapped up in a slim and stylish chassis that you wouldn't be hesitant to whip out even in the VIP section of your favorite club, unlike some smartphone clunkers we've met.

In a nutshell, the attractiveness of our Sony Ericsson Xperia ray turned out to be not only the design, but also the fact that it doesn't cripple functionality compared to the bigger sibling Xperia arc, and makes for a very enticing compact Android handset. We can't wait to snag the retail version for a final verdict, but the Xperia ray is shaping to be an agile contender in the crowded Android space, depending on the price tag Sony Ericsson decides to slap on it.


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4 Comments

1. Arashal unregistered

Xperia ray can get picture in darkness with flash check the sony ericsson official website:http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/xperia-ray?cc=ae&lc=en#view=features_specifications

3. yessia unregistered

cuando vendra el xperia ray a la venta lo necesito en el peru ya porke lo necesito comprar ya , me gusta el pene porseaka , al menos chupar la cebezita del pene y me gusta mamar la leche

4. anurag2u

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

Guys when u think of sony ericcson in ur mind just think that it always has good sound quality. Just insert a song which has good bass in to your xperia or W8 phone and insert your ear chords in correct postion and keep full volume and you will come to know the power of sony W-8 i just bought two days back and i too thought that phone is useless in sound quality but it is the problem what kind of songs we are putting in it.So just think first wheth.er your song is having bass or not

5. Souravmitra unregistered

Did anyone observe in the preview video, that the touch sensitive keys are not back lit!!! How can one use them in dark ??
Xperia ray
  • Display 3.3" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 0.3 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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