Sony Xperia S
There’s only so much that can be done with touchscreen phone design these days, but it looks like Sony has nailed it. The Sony Xperia S is a striking phone made distinctive by its clean angular lines and illuminating bar running below the display, which also houses the antenna. It’s a real looker. The display too is very good, delivering some neat viewing angles, lots of detail and some wonderful colours. On occasion you may have to tinker with the brightness when viewing in sunlight, or a movie in bed, but on the whole the Sony Xperia S always looks great turned on. Videos especially look fabulous.
And it’s pleasing to report that there are no performance issues here. The Sony Xperia S’ fast 1.5GHz processor makes nippy work of anything you can throw at it, be it games, apps, documents or web browsing. The Sony Xperia S will breeze through almost anything: making the Android phone a delight to use.
Sony once again proves it takes entertainment seriously be giving the Sony Xperia S the ability to stream video from the device from and to your connected DLNA set-up. So if you have a home server you can either stream videos from it, or send movies from your phone to it. The 12-megapixel camera also offers a lot of features: autofocus, face detection, flash settings and an LED flash to name a bunch. With 32GB of internal storage on board the Sony Xperia S has more than enough room for a handful of movies and photos.
Unfortunately with its good design, there are flaws. The Sony Xperia S severely lacks in grip. Its plastic body can easily slip out of the hands in a hurry: however the hand eventually gets used to the awkward grip. And it has to be said that the Sony Xperia S is hardly compact. Some buttons even require a little stretching to operate in one-handed use.
Camera quality too, for what it offers could have a little more sparkle, detail in longer distance shots, and in some cases better exposure. That said, the camera is still more than half-decent, but there are better camera phones out there.
Getting files onto the Sony Xperia S can be fiddly owing to the lack of a microSD card slot. There also appears to be little support for Apple Mac users, since Sony offers up its own Windows PC software to sync files from PC to phone.