Monday, March 12, 2012

Sony Xperia S Review

It seems Sony have a cracker on their hands. According to this review the display is the best in business - 720p at 4.3 inches translates to an amazingly high density.

There are drawbacks. Sony have the audacity to launch this thing with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) rather than Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). They HAVE promised though that an ICS upgrade is on the way. The point is, all the other companies are now launching phones with ICS. What's the point in waiting?

Another big beef I have with this set is presence of hardware buttons. That means that even when ICS makes it to this set, it won't offer the same streamlined, seamless experience of virtual buttons for home, open apps and back, that Samsung Galaxy Nexus offers.

That, coupled with a dual-core processor now that quad-core phones are coming, and an astronomically high price (Rs62k the last time I looked), means that anyone genuinely interested in this should wait for about a month before considering this set.

1) Sony style
2) Good user interface
3) Should be fast for games
4) Amazing screen
5) 4.3 inches screen size means it will be easily pocketable

1) Gingerbread
2) Buttons
3) Battery is small considering the specs
4) High price - at this price the competing products are Galaxy S 2, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note, all of which are superior in every way


1) Don't buy right now. If you absolutely need a top-end Android phone, go for Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S 2 or Galaxy Note. Xperia S has a superior screen to all of them, but in all other respects (including software, processor etc) they beat Xperia S. Additionally, Android 4.0 (ICS) update for the Galaxy sets I mentioned is almost certain to land in March 2012.

2) Wait for HTC One X; it will have a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and a screen that is almost as good. Most probably it will cost just a few thousand Rupees more.

3) If you are hell-bent upon buying it, wait for 4-6 weeks when the prices will fall (as they do with Sony sets) and the quad-core sets from HTC and LG (and possibly Samsung Galaxy S3) will arrive. Don't pay more than you need to.

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