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Sony Xperia acro S Review

Sony Xperia acro S

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Sony Xperia acro S Review
Introduction:

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.

Sony Xperia acro S Review
Sony Xperia acro S Review
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


Design:

"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.

The pink Sony Xperia acro S looks incredibly attractive - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The pink Sony Xperia acro S looks incredibly attractive - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The pink Sony Xperia acro S looks incredibly attractive - Sony Xperia acro S Review

Sony Xperia acro S Review

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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.


Sony Xperia acro S Review
Front-facing camera - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Android buttons - Sony Xperia acro S Review
 

Front-facing camera

Android buttons


Right edge - The sides of the Sony Xperia acro S - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Left edge - The sides of the Sony Xperia acro S - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Bottom - The sides of the Sony Xperia acro S - Sony Xperia acro S Review

Right edge

Left edge

Bottom


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.

The ports are protected by removable plastic flaps - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The ports are protected by removable plastic flaps - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Back - The ports are protected by removable plastic flaps - Sony Xperia acro S Review
  

Back

The ports are protected by removable plastic flaps

Rear camera - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Sony Xperia acro S Review
Sony Xperia acro S Review

Rear camera

  


Display:
Sony Xperia acro S Review

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.

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PhoneArena rating:
7.8Good
Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) TFT
Camera12.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.60 x 0.47 inches
(126 x 66 x 11.9 mm)
5.19 oz  (147 g)
Battery1910 mAh, 6.66 hours talk time

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