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Sony Xperia acro S Review

Sony Xperia acro S

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To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and its maker has not forgotten to slap its heavily customized skin on top. Speaking of customization, we are satisfied with what Sony has done with the platform's interface. ICS features like accessing the camera interface or the drop-down bar from the lock screen have been retained. Sony has also thrown in several pretty wallpapers, including a few live ones, of its own. For those of you who are heavy social network users, Facebook and Twitter have been integrated via the Timescape application, which lists the most recent items from your feed and comes with widgets for keeping an eye on what your buddies are up to.

To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Sony Xperia acro S Review
To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Sony Xperia acro S Review
To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Sony Xperia acro S Review
To no surprise, the Sony Xperia acro S comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Sony Xperia acro S Review

The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay. Its buttons feel somewhat tiny at first, but we got used to it with a little practice. Thankfully, it can correct mistakes and insert punctuation marks on the fly. There is also a neat feature that allows you to finger-paint a doodle and attach it to a text message, which is a nice little trick you probably won't see on most handsets.

The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay - Sony Xperia acro S Review
The on-screen virtual keyboard is okay - Sony Xperia acro S Review


Processor and memory:

The heart of the Sony Xperia acro S is its dual-core Snapdragon S3 SoC – the MSM8260, with CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and Adreno 220 graphics. Now, we know that the faster S4 is powering more than a few smartphones already, but in all honesty, the S3 inside the acro S, in tandem with 1GB of RAM, gets the job done as well. Seriously, the smartphone is always responsive, doesn't lag, and can handle even graphically intensive 3D games like Dead Trigger. Below we've included the figures we got from synthetic benchmarks, in case they matter to you.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia acro S 3013 6882 37.8
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2000 5503 24
HTC One S 4867 7012 60.7


Since the Sony Xperia acro S comes with 16GB of on-board storage, purchasing a microSD card is not mandatory. The user available storage is as follows: 1.76GB for applications and 11.25GB for photos, videos, music, and other files.


Web browser:

No problems here. Even heavy web pages like our own load quickly and scroll seamlessly with the stock web browser on the Xperia acro S. Zooming in and out also works well, and switching between tabs is as easy as swiping your finger horizontally from edge to edge. We have to note that Adobe Flash does not come pre-loaded, but if you insist on having it, Adobe has a recent version of it available on its web page.

Browsing the Web with Sony Xperia acro S - Sony Xperia acro S Review
Browsing the Web with Sony Xperia acro S - Sony Xperia acro S Review

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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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