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Sony Xperia acro S Review

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Aug 2012, 08:51

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. 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...

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posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:06 2

24. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

amazing to see tht Sony's flagship Xperia S got tough with name acro S........ i could hv waited for this fone but still am satisfied with my xperia S.... :)

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:43

27. maryam (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)

Hello, I want to buy sony xperia acro s I love it but most of my friends say that galaxy 3 is better than it . now I dont know which one is better. can you help me if u used them. thx.
silent lips

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:47

29. amalchummar (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

hey if ur lookn for a big screen best performance s3 is ur choice.......but acro s has its own style and its not at all bad in performance!!!1 the screens just a little bit more small....(but in the case of battery life stick to s3)!!!! oh yeah and if u luv takn pics i would go for acro s :)

posted on 02 Sep 2012, 04:54 1

36. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

The Galaxy S3 has a bigger screen and a faster processor.

The Xperia Acro S has a better camera, design(in my opinion), a sharper screen with more vibrant colors and is Water/Dust proof.

posted on 02 Sep 2012, 19:54 3

37. malcolm (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I have the S3 and my wife has the Acro S. In my opinion, these are the best 2 phones on the market, today.

Here is my comparison:
Screen: the oversaturated colours on S3 are great first and makes it look really vibrant, but after 2 months, I really prefer the Sony LCD with natural colours and sharper screen.
OS: Sony UI vs Touchwiz. Both aren't perfect but i prefer the Sony a little more. Just looks and feels a but more adult and mature. But i changed the S3 to Apex and the Acro S to Go launcher.
Performance: real world comparisons show that quad core is overkill - but nice to have. Both phones handle anything and everything with no lag. On paper - a win for S3 but real world is a draw for me.
Calling: both our phones are on the same network and both are good. Sony is a bit better as the voices sound better. Reception is fine on both.
Size: after 2 months, i still find the S3 uncomfortable to hold. Thinner is not better! Acro S is thicker, but it actually makes it nicer and easier to hold!
Camera: One of my previous phones is an N8 that was released 2 years ago. Today, the best phones on the market, still are no way near the quality of the N8, and this is still the benchmark for me. In low light, both are awful. The Sony is particularly bad. This is the second Sony we have owned with Exmor sensor, and i can say that it does nothing. The S3 is not much better in low light. Outdoors, both are good, but the Sony does need more light to get acceptable photos, so S3 wins here.

Battery: a draw here. Because nearly all the Androids require recharging nightly, because you'll want to play with these babies! But they are both an improvement on last years Androids that required care to make it to the night. Also, the Acro S comes with a nice docking station that you can dock the phone to so it looks really nice as a night clock.

Overall: Both are really good and in real world performance, both are brilliant. The Acro S is fun (i take it swimming with the kids) and has a sharper screen than the iphone. It feels good to hold and use. Calling is excellent and the free Docking station is great.

The S3 has a better camera and for the most intensive games, it performs better. I use my S3 like a PS Vita. Internet and games!

So don't worry about which one is better as I can say they both are good. Either one will be an excellent choice for the next 18 months!

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:36

28. amalchummar (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

if acro s has a good processor, good pixel density, screen size and much more y cant it be as gud as an S3 or one V???????(I knw the battery life is kinda dull)

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 06:11

31. erwin4 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

looks like nokia N9.. nowadays all phones are like the same in appearance..

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 22:35 1

35. maryam (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)

thx amalchummar for helping me if u were in my place which one was ur choice?

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 14:07 2

38. amalchummar (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

i would prefer xperia acro s because i lyk its style, better pixel density, shows true color contrast, processor and graphics processor r one of the best, and i luv takn pics so.... acro s!!!!(the batteries not up to the mark though....) Best of all it fits in your pocket and u can take it for a swin if u lyk :)

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 19:51 1

40. BigDnm01 (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

loved the Xperia phones since the x10, my own opinion, their UX is the best! amazing features, effects, interactive than my current HTC Amaze 4G, the Samsung Galaxy S3, or the iPhone 4.

been looking for another Xperia phones, but sadly, since I'm stuck with the T-Mobile USA network, all Xperia except for the x10, are 2G.

I was really wanting to get this phone, great features, especially the IP-57 water/dust resistant. but the 2G was really a big concern for me.

However, since the Xperia T/TX was announced, which seems to operate on 1700/2100 mhz radio band, T-Mobile 3G/4G is capable. I'm waiting for news on that. too bad the Xperia T/TX isn't waterproof....

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 02:16

41. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

You're welcome -Nokia

posted on 08 Sep 2012, 18:59

42. Paximos (Posts: 161; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

I bought this phone and I loved it BUT, this phone had a huge Bluetooth issue. I also had similar issues with an Xperia Sola and apparantly, I am not the only one. Phone lags at times as well.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 13:42

43. mjmusa (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)

What if the phone went more than 1m into the water? what will happen to it?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 17:45 2

44. lunelyu (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

it will swim away :))

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 01:44

45. amalchummar (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

i heard that sony xperia phones dont have gud battery life...... they die out within 7 hours...also if ur watchn a 1080p movie or hard gamin it lasts even shorter!!!! Is it true???

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 07:49

46. ice9web (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)

yeah its nice the camera is perfect, and it has so many features... i bought xperia acro s - last december 22, 2012 and after less than a month of usage it just won't Power ON :( after the 100% complete charge,
then i went to Xperia store (3F Gaisano Mall of Davao City) where I bought it, they didn't even have any Android service unit... this problem "won't power ON" happens to me 3x. The technician on the service center said he just charge it again and it will power ON. i did the same on the 2nd time it happen to me - charge it for more then 12 hours still won't power ON. went back again to the service center, and he said its powering ON when he charge it. now for the 3rd time it happened again I'm irritated to keep on going back to service center, they decided they will replace the board on the unit.
and they can even assure me when I will get back my unit... they just said 1 to 2 weeks. how sad! i spend so much money 24,890 pesos on bad sony Xperia service :(
now i don't have any smart phones to use for my work :(

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 08:52

47. ice9web (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)

I never thought I would regret buying this Xperia Acro S :( ...
i bought that mobile last december 22, 2012 and in less than a month of usage it just won't Power ON :( after the 100% charge. see here for details --- ice9web.blogspot.com/2013/02/sony-xperia-make-beli​eve-1-year-warranty.html

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 10:49

48. waelshoukry (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Mar 2013)

The phone's performance is a bit buggy. I've had mine for almost 6 months, and am not pleased with the performance. The camera quality is alright, and somewhat similiar to my previous HTC Incredible S's 8 MP camera. Using the 12 MP option on the Sony is not always a good idea because the picture size is not wide-screen and doesn't eveen cover the phone's screen. The quick launch option is a mixed bag and works once every 2 or 3 tries. It IS waterproof and I tried it and it was good. But the phone freezes every now and then at times when I urgently need to execute a certain task like make a call. Not sure if this is a common thing across android phones, but I expect a bit more reliability out of a phone with this price tag.

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