On unboxing the phone it looks and feels a lot like any other Sony Ericsson smartphone. Owners coming from an Xperia X10 will feel right at home with the new Xperia S.
The Xperia S feels extremely slim and solid. It’s a sealed unit too, the battery and storage are permanently attached. Switching on the Xperia S the first thing to notice is the incredible 4.3 inch LED display. With 720×1280 pixels it’s beyond the resolution of a full HD TV, yet it still packs all of those pixels into a 4.3 inch screen.
The review phone, supplied by Tesco Phone Shop, was pre-loaded with a trailer of the film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which is a fantastic demonstration. The Xperia S also has HDMI out for connecting to a TV.
Android 2.3 OS is on board and Sony promise that the Xperia S will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 soon. This is a major feature of the Xperia S as Android 4.0 brings over 3200 changes and improvements compared to Android 2.3. The user interface has been completely redesigned with numerous improvements to navigation and customisation including resizable widgets. There are lots of new camera features including a panorama mode, plus significant improvements to the keyboard, cut/copy/paste, the web browser, contact management and social contact integration.
Having used the Xperia S for a short time, it became very easy to navigate through the menus and the large, vibrant display always made it a joyful experience. The 12.1 megapixel camera has touch focus, autofocus, digital zoom, red-eye reduction, 3D sweep panorama, face recognition, LED flash and much more.
The screen is fantastic as a the and photographs taken with the Xperia S look amazing on its screen. They actually lose some of their sparkle when transferred to a lesser screen such as a laptop or TV.
As well as 3G, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and all the usual connection options expected from a high-end Android device, the Xperia S has NFC technology, which is an evolving technology that allows the phone to be used like a debit card by swiping it in front of a scanner.
To summarise, the Xperia S is possibly the best camera phone available today.
Some key features worth noting are the fantastic 4.3 inch display, solid build, Android 2.3 (upgradable to 4.0), 32GB memory and powerful dual core 1.5GHz processor.
Tesco Phone Shop have some great deals on the Sony Xperia S, on all major networks.