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Sony Xperia sola Review


Sony Xperia sola Review
The only thing that we think should have been improved on is the volume level of the earpiece, which is average at best. Other than that, voices sound natural on both sides of the line, without any crackling or hints of digitizing. There is a secondary microphone for noise reduction on the back of the Sony Xperia sola, and it gets its job done pretty well. While speaking, background noise is reduced to a minimum.

The smartphone's battery is non-removable and has a capacity that is somewhat below the average by today's standards: 1,320mAh. That should provide about 5 hours of talk time or under 20 days of stand-by, and we know that many mid-range handsets can do better than that. Music playaback time should be about 40 hours, which is a lot more acceptable.


After putting it through its paces, we can conclude that the Sony Xperia sola is a well-made Android smartphone. If you are looking for a decent mid-range offering that gets you a good amount of bang for the buck, do not hesitate to check it out! We would definitely recommend it over smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Ace plus or the Motorola MOTOLUXE. Alternatively, we have the HTC One V marketed at a similar price point, and even though it does not have the performance advantage of a dual-core processor, it comes with a superior display and a slightly better camera.

Sony Xperia sola Review:


  • Smooth performance
  • Pretty interface
  • Dual-core processor


  • Photo quality is average
  • Front-facing cam would have been nice
  • Gingerbread at launch

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25 Reviews




Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Great phone --- but I will never buy any android device not running ICS again.


Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I love this industrial understated design. Awesome work by Sony. And it's cheap, has two cores, a beautiful, subtle and classy UI, and works smoothly! Suck that, android haters!


Posts: 284; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Best part is 8gb internal memory with sd slot:-x


Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

yep, it can have more memory than xperia s -.-


Posts: 1243; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Looks like the original droid!


Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Galaxy ace plus really cant be a better option than this, it looks big but not better than this Sola. Also the Galaxy Ace plus doesnt have front facing camera & HTC one v doesnt have memory card slot. Sola rocks


Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I think docking points off an Android for not launching with ICS shouldn't be allowed. I'm sure when Sony was developing this phone, they did so with Gingerbread in mind. And also, if an update is coming in Summer, what's a couple months of waiting.? PA and other mobile reviewing websites should know that most new Android phones aren't going to be released with ICS. There are still manufacturers releasing phones on Froyo for goodness sakes.!


Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

I for one know exactly how unreliable Google Android upgrades can be when it comes down to the promises made for Xperia models of 2011 and up, so you should not be surprised if both summer and autumn passes by, and still no ICS upgrade is available.


Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Dear Nick T...when you review a phone, check what you have written and go through it once again! On page one i see an image of the phone showing the "front-facing camera" and look what you wrote on the CONS corner...number 2 to be exact!!!!


Posts: 182; Member since: May 27, 2011

Sorry for the confusion. This is but a sensor, not a front-facing camera, although it really looks like it.


Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Glad you acknowledged it!! :) Good on you mate!!


Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Don't you be going off on Nick T. He knows what he talks about!!!!!! loljkjkj


Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2012

im really confused. gsmarena specs shows that Sola doesnt have a secondary cam and yet here it says that it has. Which is really it? its confusing.


Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

That picture is deceiving according to Sony in uk it does not have a front facing camera. Check it out.http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/phones/xperia-sola/


Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Vs Ace 2 .... buy this phone instead!


Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

I had high expectations from the NovaThor chipset.. but sadly, its not as power efficient.. The 1320MaH battery puts it in the league of budget androids...and we all know how they fare in terms of stamina...Very dissapointed at the non removable/upgradable battery thats as low as the Galaxy Ace, and Galaxy Ace was very poor in battery department.. I have seen the Floating Touch gimmick is a pain to use...its already difficult clicking links on such small screens, imagine aiming ur finger above a link!! Saw the video by gsmarena...looks tedious and very time consuming. No wonder other manufacturers have ditched this technology Better to opt for Galaxy Ace 2... bigger and removable/replacable battery,bigger screen(3.8inch),better snapshot & video capture quality,front camera...and has the same NovaThor chipset.


Posts: 5; Member since: May 27, 2012

This phone is great! Do not think twice. Just get it!!! I almost bought htc one v, but this phone has better specs.


Posts: 1; Member since: May 27, 2012

i have seen in many websites that sola's headphone sound is not very loud is it true and which one is better sola or u......i dont want to know about any other brand mobiles either.......


Posts: 5; Member since: May 31, 2012

nice phone.


Posts: 5; Member since: May 31, 2012

really cool phone for more info http://www.technotrump.com/sony-unveils-xperia-sola-t he-smartphone-with-a-floating-touch-technology/


Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I had a look & played with the HTC 1V & Sola. They are very similar in price, size & spec. IMHO, I find that the 1V is laggy probably due to the 1core pocessor. Built-in memory is only 4GB as compare to Sola 8GB. On the plus side, is a well built solid phone, the screen display is better than the Sola & comes out of the box with ICS. On the whole I would still prefer the Sola & I bought one. Good mid-range decent size phone & gets its job done.


Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

i heard it has benn designed just for microSIM cards, is that right??? i want to make sure of the authenticity of this claim. let me know thanks


Posts: 5; Member since: May 27, 2012

no it uses normal sim size


Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I'm torn between this phone and HTC One V. Sola obviously has better specs, but HTC One V seems to have a better camera with more features. ICS out of the box as well. Also has other features like Beats audio and has better battery life as well.


Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

i wanna buy a phone . budget around INR 20k shud i consider it ???? memory matters to me. sec. camera doesn't matters and dual core is a must... plzz suggest....


Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

hey phone arena guys !! i bought dis phone on 1st AUG u shud make a correction there is only 4 gb of user accessible internal memory . and 2 gb for apps


Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

and battery is of 2 days if u use above avg


Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I had purchased Xperia sola on 27.07.2012 from mobile store. I have hardly used it because I had just inserted the sim on 05.08.2012. But already I am facing 2 big problems : 1. The leftmost letters of the qwerty keypad are not working most of the time. 2. Very very poor battery back up. I dont play games or listen to music till now, just surf the net for 30 mins to 1 hour a day. But even after charging fully the battery doesn't even last for a full day while I am also using the power saver mode to save battery. I already contacted the sony customer care executive on 08.08.2012 and asked for a replacement. But he told me that it can be replaced only within 7 days from purchase date. He told me to do a factory reset but that didn't work too. Now I have to visit sony service center and the phone can only be repaired. I am very very dissapointed with sony which I trusted blindly as I was super happy with the Bravia led and DSC HX 100v digicam which I have.


Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

didn't i see you commenting in gsm arena before ? with the same words


Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't know if the problems you're are facing are genuine or not, but the phone works fine. The point that forced me to comment was your disapproval on Sola's good battery life. Dude, you're totally wrong. The cellphone can run for two days even if you use the internet for an hour or so everyday. With that, you can also listen to an hour of music, that too in each day. Note that apart from this, you can use the cell for texting and calls.
Xperia sola
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1320 mAh(5.00h 3G talk time)

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