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Sony Xperia acro S Review

Sony Xperia acro S 7.8

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Call quality:

Sony Xperia acro S Review
The Sony Xperia acro S performs really, really well in this category. Its microphone captures clear voice tones that sound undistorted on the other side of the line, and the secondary mic filters out a great deal of the background noise. Perhaps the earpiece could have been a tad louder, but it definitely gets the job done once you crank it up to the max. Moreover, the loudspeaker is pretty loud, which makes video conversations quite enjoyable.

Battery life:

The 1,910mAh battery inside the Sony Xperia acro S is good for 7 hours of talk time, and will last for about 13 days if the device is in stand-by mode. These figures are kind of unimpressive considering the cell's rather high capacity, yet still, not all that bad. During our testing, we managed to get its battery from 100% down to 5% after 4 hours of intensive 3D gaming.


Let's be serious, people. The Sony Xperia acro S may not be the best smartphone out there, but it is the ultimate water-resistant Android handset that money can buy outside of Japan. Sure, we cannot deny that it is a bit bulky and its capacitive keys are kind of tricky to use, but its flaws are greatly outnumbered by its advantages, such as the catchy design, high-resolution display, capable camera, and rich multimedia feature set.

But those of you who find the Xperia acro S a bit pricy can also check out the more affordable Sony Xperia go, with a 3.5-inch screen, a dual-core processor, and water-tight body.

In case you don't need a water-resistant phone, there's always the slimmer Sony Xperia SL, which has a slightly faster processor, identical, high-res display, and promising camera. The ultra-thin HTC One S is also worth checking out, especially if you are into AMOLED screens. Sure, its display resolution is lower, but the processor inside it is a notch above the acro S' S3 chip.


  • Resistant to dust and water damage
  • Incredibly detailed display
  • Rich multimedia feature set


  • Thick and bulky
  • Capacitive buttons are uncomfortable to use
PhoneArena rating:
7.8 Good
User rating:
9.3 16 Reviews

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posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:01 5

1. iamkrishna (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

nokia going to sue sony

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:15

25. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

Sure, this phone looks like the Nokia X6

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 06:43 3

32. hkxm8 (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 Apr 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).

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:01 3

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:31 4

18. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 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.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 13:38 5

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.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 03:38

30. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 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.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 14:52 1

33. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 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

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:10

3. Hafiz (Posts: 78; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

Lumia 800

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:11 15

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:50

49. buccob (Posts: 2714; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:12 7

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

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

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:25

6. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Are you sure it's 9000 on quadrant?

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:27 3

13. Nick_T (Posts: 176; Member since: 27 May 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.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:30

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

9000 on Quadrant? The f...

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:38

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4293; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:44 4

9. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 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.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:44 1

10. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 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..

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:52

11. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 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

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:04 6

12. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:55 2

14. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


posted on 01 Sep 2012, 15:07 1

34. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

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

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:55

15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

looks like sony lacks inspiration

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:03 1

16. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

More like solidifying a brand image.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:43

26. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

which is not solid anyway

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:26 5

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

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

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:40 5

19. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:42 3

20. justnokia (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)

i'm loving it

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 12:36

21. ryq24 (Posts: 771; Member since: 17 Oct 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?

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 13:17 3

22. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Photos look hazy like there were finger prints on the camera lens. Gotta clean that thing before testing photo quality.

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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) TFT
Camera12.1 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
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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