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A Review of the Sony Xperia S

A Review of the Sony Xperia S

The Sony Xperia S is Sony’s most recent phone to bear the Xperia name (and the first to be branded just Sony, rather than Sony Ericsson), and the Android handset doesn’t disappoint.  An intuitive design complete with autorotate, the handset comes in black or white, and offers around 8 hours talk time with over 400 hours stand by.  When used for listening to music, the Xperia S will run for some 25 hours.  Shipped with Android 2.3, the phone will also get the upgrade to 4.0 when it comes.

Offering a 4.3” HD back lit touch screen, images are crisp and clear, and the scratch and splash proof screen means they should stay that way throughout the life of the handset.  Reduced light reflection ensures that the screen stays visible both indoors and out. 

No Sony Xperia S review would be complete without commenting on the built in cameras.  This handset boasts a very impressive 12.1 megapixel back facing camera that can also record video in 1080 HD, as well as a front facing camera that can record 720p HD video – ideal for video calling using the preinstalled Google Talk.  The phone includes Sony’s Exmor R low light sensor, which adjusts to poor light meaning great pictures even in low light situations, as well as a 16x digital zoom, an LED flash and red-eye reduction.  Photos and videos can be geo-tagged and easily uploaded to Facebook or YouTube.  Internal memory of 32 GB should provide plenty of space for most users. 

For gamers, the Sony Xperia S is PlayStation certified, which means console-quality games can be bought and downloaded straight to the device, and owners also have access to the 12 million songs and millions of movies available on the Sony Entertainment Network services Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited.