Sony Xperia acro S Review

If there is one thing that smartphones do not get along well with, that would be water. Once inside your handset, it is difficult to get out and can easily cause irreversible damage that warranty doesn't cover. Yet the Android-powered Sony Xperia acro S is the kind of phone you actually won't hesitate bringing to the beach or putting on the edge of a swimming pool. That's because it is IP-57 certified, meaning that it can withstand a 30 minute dunk underwater at up to 1 meter. Cool, huh?

But the scuba-diving skills are not all that makes the Xperia acro S stand out as the hardware inside it is also pretty decent: 1.5-GHz dual-core processor, 12-megapixel camera, and a 4.3-inch LCD screen with more pixels per inch than you would find on an iPhone's Retina Display. That definitely sounds like a great combination between specs and features, so let's fire the smartphone up and put it through its paces.

Box contents:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Micro SIM card adapter
  • Wired stereo headset with in-ear headphones
  • Charging dock
  • Quick start guide and other papers


"Pink – it's the color of passion", as Steven Tyler once wisely said. And the guy must be onto something as this pink Sony Xperia acro S looks incredibly attractive – like a giant piece of strawberry candy waiting to be devoured. For people who aren't into flashy colors, black and white variants are available as well. The flat front side of the handset is also worthy of being admired for the screen and the bezel blend together seamlessly creating a pitch-black surface your fingers will surely be tempted to touch.

You can compare the Sony Xperia acro S with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

But once that initial positive impression began wearing out, we started noticing its imperfections. For starters, the Sony Xperia acro S feels quite chubby for a 4.3-incher and definitely gets noticed when its resting in your pocket. It is 12 millimeters thick and weighs 147 grams, which could be partly due to its rather hefty 1,910mAh battery, yet still, we are left wondering why Sony didn't make the handset at least a bit slimmer. And that's not all: the plastic-made SIM card tray is flimsy, the lock key is way too soft, and most importantly, the capacitive buttons are tricky to operate as they are small and positioned too close to the screen.

Yet perhaps we can forgive Sony for these shortcomings as the Xperia acro S has a very nifty trick up its sleeve. The handset is IP57 certified, meaning that it is resistant to dust and water damage. That explains why its ports are protected by removable plastic flaps. Moreover, its screen retains its responsiveness even when used with wet fingers (yes, we tried it), and this is something that even the cream of the Android crop cannot brag with.


It is truly stunning how detailed images look on the 4.3-inch 720x1280 pixel LCD screen that the Sony Xperia acro S has been blessed with. At 342ppi, pixelation is non-existent and even the tiniest of text is legible, no matter how much we zoom out. Reproduction across the entire color spectrum is very accurate. Blacks look slightly grayish and whites seem a tad warmer than they should, but not too much to bother us. What's far less impressive are the display's mediocre viewing angles, but at least its outdoor visibility is way above the average.

Sony Xperia acro S 360-degrees View:



1. iamkrishna

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

nokia going to sue sony

25. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Sure, this phone looks like the Nokia X6

32. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

You both must have eye problem, Xperia Ray is more like Nokia X6 but nothing happen. I very sure that Nokia will not waste they time to compare "this and that" like someone else (Sorry about my english).

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

good review. Next Sony phone will be out anyway. since the first comments usually get the most attention, I would like to ask for the community's opinion on Sony's UI, since I'm not particularly a fan of it. Feels like Eclair.

18. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Well, i myself is an owner of a XPERIA Arc and love the UI, i think sony's ui is the best android skin out there. Every time i see someone with a not sony android phone, i think to myself how the hell is he satisfied with that ugly looking ui... My mother has the XPERIA S and also, loving the UI.

23. Aaron_R96 unregistered

I love Sony's UI, it looks modern and stylish with all of the functionality of ICS and other UI skins, looks much better than TouchWiz which in my mind looks very tacky - especially older versions. Like-wise I prefer the 2012 version of Sony's UI on the Xperia S and co. and personally I think the WALKMAN app is the best music player app out there on android. It's the same as Sony's phones, minimalistic, but gorgeous.

30. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

It's a very simple UI, non-obtrussive, it can even be described as some what bland if compared to Samsung's UI, LG's UI, ang HTC's UI. But if you prefer fancy UI then Sony's UI will be hard to like for you.

33. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I realy dig Sony's UI.... The icons are gr8 I just am not a fan of the new NXT design. Th Ericsson days were much better. But i guess they have made amends with the Experia T, V & J

3. Hafiz

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Lumia 800

4. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

9! PLEASE! 9! tough body + high end specs.

49. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

At the end of the day, PhoneArena's rating is not what matter the most... its User's rating what matters...

5. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

This is the best phone :) pefromance , screen and durability! other oem's wont make a phone like this!!

6. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Are you sure it's 9000 on quadrant?

13. Nick_T

Posts: 187; Member since: May 27, 2011

Apologies. We post the average score out of 3 runs. Forgot to divide the sum by three. The rest of the figures are correct.

7. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

9000 on Quadrant? The f...

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So, Sony doesn't want to be left behind when every other manufacturer is bringing ultimacy to their phones, eh? Nice move Sony, like the phone...except for the bulk you created when this world is getting closer to the slim truth of phone making. And i wish you'd price this mid-ranged.

9. mrbtree

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i don't think points need to be taken off because its a little chubby at 12 mm. or the weight as well because the ip57 rating you'd expect them to add something to keep the water out, like when top gear uk do their amphibious boat challenges.

10. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I don't know what's wrong but Sony's screen display looks washed out even with the 342 ppi density & Sony bravia engine..

11. mrbtree

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

it's the lcd screen they use, it's just normal lcd, not like lg's ips hd or super lcd 2. but imagine a super lcd 2 plus the bravia engine = win win

12. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

i guess in photos but the Reality Display looks nice in personal

14. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012


34. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

well youve only seen this froma video camera or screenshots. maybe its your computer screen :P

15. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

looks like sony lacks inspiration

16. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

More like solidifying a brand image.

26. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

which is not solid anyway

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Why has phone arena yet to put up the article with the benchmarks of the Xperia T, TX, and V??

19. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Yup, I saw on some other coverage that those three are now the top three (in terms of benchmarks).

20. justnokia

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

i'm loving it

21. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

sony always get average reviews even from other phone reviewers. i wonder if their engineers and designers read these reviews and learn anything from it?

22. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Photos look hazy like there were finger prints on the camera lens. Gotta clean that thing before testing photo quality.
Xperia acro S
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1910 mAh(7.16h 3G talk time)

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