Sony Xperia S-LT26i (Black)
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- 12MP primary camera with autofocus, LED flash, check quality, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization and 1.3MP front facing camera
- 4.3-inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and 16M colors
- Android v2.3 Gingerbread with 1.5GHz dual core processor and Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset with 1GB RAM and 32GB internal storage
- 1750mAH battery providing talk-time of 8 hours 30 minutes and standby time 420 hours
- 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 month manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase
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Description for Sony Xperia S-LT26i (Black)
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Stunning HD handheld.
View crisp, clear photos or watch the latest blockbusters on the generous 4.3-inches HD reality display powered by sony's mobile Bravia engine. Full 1080p HD video recording and a 12MP fast capture camera let you shoot everything in sharp detail – even in low light – with sony's highly advanced exmor R sensor. Connect to an HDTV via HDMI to make sharing pictures and video from your latest trip on the big screen a snap. Xperia s is playStation certified, so time spent waiting in line can now be time spent rediscovering your favorite pSone classics. Access millions of songs from music unlimited or browse video unlimited to download exciting feature films and hit TV shows.
Experience videos, photos and your favorite TV shows in ultra-vivid color on the stunning 4.3-inches super-wide multi-touch HD reality display. Powered by sony's mobile Bravia engine, you'll enjoy crisp, smooth images without jagged edges, plus the ability to read small text easier.
It's all on google play.
With access to google play, thousands of useful, time-saving and entertaining apps are just a touch away. Get instant access to google mobile services like 3D maps and easy web search with google voice search. Download all the amazing apps you want and make your xperia s truly yours.
Get snapping in a flash.
Snap your favorite band backstage or get the perfect finish line shot with the super fast capture 12MP camera. It takes as little as 1.5 seconds from sleep to snap and 1 second or less from shot to shot. Then share your shots direct with friends on facebook, email, text or the TV screen. Get better pictures with clever built-in camera features like face and smile detection, image stabilization, 3D sweep panorama, geo-tagging and touch focus.
PlayStation certified device.
Have even more fun on the go playing action-packed games downloaded from playStation store or google play. Stuck standing in line or waiting on someone? instantly turn wait times into fun times by picking up where you left off in a pSone classic you know and love. With an xperia s, anytime is the right time to get your game on.
Make the connection.
Share all your photos and videos, even in HD, on the big screen. Easily connect your xperia s to your HDTV with an HDMI cable and browse your phone gallery using the simple-to-navigate TV launcher interface and your normal TV remote. Or play music, watch videos and view photos wirelessly from your xperia s on any dLNA-compatible device like a tablet, laptop, TV, digital camera, speakers and more.
The ultimate entertainer
No more trips to the store. No more late fees. It's all on sony entertainment network – your all-access pass to music, movies, TV shows and more. Enjoy millions of songs from music unlimited or download your favorite blockbuster hits with video unlimited. With only one account to keep track of, it's never been easier to enjoy everything you love on your xperia smartphone, HDTV, tablet or pS3 system.
Smarter than the average watch.
At just 0.3-inches thin with an easy-to-wear wristband or clip, smartWatch makes it simple to stay on top of life in style with just a tap, touch or a swipe. Read your latest text messages, emails and status updates and see who's trying to reach you, even when your phone's at the bottom of your bag. Choose from loads of exciting new apps on google play sure to make your smartWatch even smarter.
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First off, the design is classy and can only be rivaled by the IPhone. This phone blows away Samsung phones in terms of design. This is Sony's first phone without dedicated physical buttons for home back and menu. This adds to the physical beauty but unfortunately the touch keys are not as responsive. With practice it almost becomes seamless and unnoticeable but it may become annoying if you don't get the hang of it, luckily I did.
The bar at the bottom of the phone is clear and serves a dual purpose. It serves as an antenna for the phone and also lights up with a light blue light when the phone is activated. This does help because it gives you an indication of where the home, menu and back keys are. Otherwise it is nearly impossible to touch the right spot in the dark. Unfortunately, I feel like Sony missed out a 3rd more useful and fun purpose. The bar could have lit up different colors to show notifications. Instead, the notification light is on the top left hand corner exactly like the X10. Blue is a text message, green is an email. This would have been awesome if there was an option to use the clear bar as notification not just for the pretty aspect of it all but because you could tell if you had a message from any angle. I feel like this flew over Sony's head as being an obvious great use for the bar.
The screen is beyond amazing. Full HD in all it's glory and blows away Iphone's Retina display and Samsung's OLED display. How do I know? My brother has the Iphone and my wife has the Samsung. Comparative views showed no contest people. This is truly the best phone display I have ever seen. I also heard on the internet that the pixel density was better but seeing it is believing it. Trust me, this screen is beautiful.
The camera was quite a disappointing. Megapixels mean absolutely nothing. Sony's 12 megapixel camera lost out to the iphone with my comparative tests. Iphone manage to beat this phone with pics. Not by much but enough for me to tell that Iphone's camera is better. Which is ironic because Iphones camera lens is made by Sony. Anyway, it takes fairly good pictures but certainly wont replace your professional camera. Furthermore, the focusing is excruciatingly slow. It takes a very long time to focus. I also didn't like that there was no option to silence the camera as in prior phones like the arc. The annoying sound could not be muted. The video camera tests fared better and it takes great video.
As far as software goes, Sony in a rare event for them; hit it out of the ball park on the software side. Normally Sony is renound for their hardware beauty but software has always been a weak point for Sony. I'm happy to report they have only improved on their software. Sony has learned it's lesson and did not mettle too much with the Android operating system. The only thing they did was ad a gorgeous skin over the android operating system. I can tell you, this is the best android skin out there without a doubt. Simple and classy. That's it, all they did was make this phone look pretty and with this display, they did a wonderful job. Even the stock screen savers included are gorgeous.
The common apps were also wonderful. The music app is much improved. I used to have a bought dedicated music app no more with this app. It finally has equalizer ability and the sound is Sony quality. they also added a wonderful convenient feature by allowing you to play pause and skip from the lock menu. So you don't have to go through steps to get to the app for these functions. Simply turn on the screen and touch from the lock screen. The other wonderful aspect is the video player. When you plug in your phone to your pc it recognises the phone as an Xperia S and brings up a menu for options such as transfers. I would suggest ignoring that and using your phone as a simple hard drive. All files are there for you to simply drag and drop if you want to add files. When you add video, the phone automatically converts the video to a format playable by the player. Prior SE phones did not have this capability and more importantly it plays HD video! I downloaded an HD movie and it converted the video for play back in all it's HD glory! WOW. Love it!
The phone is also fast. Significantly so thanks to the dual core processor. Comparing my SE Arc with this phone proves that speed has increased significantly thanks to the dual core processor. Web surfing is also quicker. Not much to say about the browser other than it does the job, no wonderful news there.
At this point I would say the phone is perfect but aside from the prior gripes with the camera and lack of dedicated home keys; there are some downsides to the phone. One is that this phone does not have an SD card slot for memory expansion. It already comes with a generous 32 gb memory but the potential to expand another 32 gb for total of 64 would have been awesome. The Sony ION had that capability but It is not as attractive as this phone and I got sick of waiting for a good Sony phone. So for those that want that ability, be prepared to wait. It also has a built in battery so there is no ability to swap batteries or have extras. Luckily, the battery life on this phone is pretty good lasting pretty much all day with normal use. Those are the major draw backs. It also is only capable of 3g speeds no LTE as the Sony ION is expected to have. For me, these are things I can live with.
Another aspect that had me asking a lot of questions is the ability for this phone to even work as it is an international phone. Rest assured, this phone works perfectly fine with 3g on AT&T's network. The nice thing about AT&T is that their network is universal so the phone works great. The bad news is that I don't think this phone works perfectly with any other network. I heard it does not work with verizon at all and T-mobile only works on 2g. If you have AT&T it will work perfectly. The other thing is that this phone only takes Micro Sim cards. That's an easy fix, just cut your regular sim card so it fits. The best way to do this is to get a sim card cutter sold on amazon. It's like a hole punch for sim cards.
I've had this phone for a month and waited to review it so that I would be very familiar with all functionality and report any and all problems I have had with it. This phone is truly awesome and my brother extremely envious after our comparative display tests. It's a shame Sony phones do not have traction in the US but at least I have one of the most unique and pretty phones out there. Plus no contract! You have to pay a pretty penny for it but if you can, it's totally worth it.
****UPDATE***** Well, I dropped my phone in the water. It miraculously survived with the only exception of the speaker. The call speakers still work. The reason I am writing this is because I bought the ION through AT & T at 99 dollars and realized how good the unlocked international S is after trying out the ION. I will not go into a review of the ION but what I will say is that AT & T has a habit of ruining good phones. I was so dissatisfied with he phone and experience that I decided to return it. At 99 dollars it is a bargain and if you don't have the money to buy an unlocked phone I would not blame you but that's how good the S is. I decided to keep a crippled phone.
***SECOND UPDATE on Android ICS**** So I upgraded to ice cream sandwhich and for the most part pleasantly surprised with the upgrade with a few small complaints which I hope are resolved with Jelly Bean.
Postives- Sony kept it's beautiful adnroid skin, The album, music and movie applications are even more beautiful than before if that's possible. The music application has changed to the sony famous walkman application and has improved the search feature as well as adding the gorgeous animations included on the Sony Tablet. New playlist feature is also added. The album includes pictures and video and is sorted by date as well as geo tagging. The clock feature is also improved giving you a beautiful screen saver when the alarm is on or off. The other features Sony already had such as dragging widgets to create folders. Battery life has been dramatically improved. Also liked the data monitoring feature, really handy for those of us stuck on AT&T with ridiculous rate plans. There is a face recognition feature but I didn't bother, stuck to code. The upgrade also appeared to improve performance making the OS more stable and smoother. Many of the applications also improved adding more beautiful animations and features geared towards ICS.
Negatives- The menu button is now pretty much worthless as the settings menu is now only accessible by dragging it down. Even though you somewhat get used to it after ongoing use it is always somewhat awkard to get into the settings. I'm not sure why they did that as the menu button is the fasted way to get to the settings menu. This was an ICS addition, not sony's fault. They also got rid of the screen capture feature when pushing down on the power button. Instead now, you have to hold the power button while pressing down on the volume. Really went backwards on that. You still have the power off and airplane mode feature when you hold down the power button but why take away the screen capture and make it an awkward button holding experience? The other real annoying thing is that the left side of the notification bar has ridicoulously small print that is dimmed make it extremely difficult to see notifications for my battery life, texts, etc.... there is no option to increase size and adjust brightness to match the right side of the notifications (Time, bars, wifi). This was not Sony's doing either, ALL ICS. All in all not huge grips but hopefully something Jellybean will fix. There is a lot more to this update but these were the features I was interested in. If someone were to ask me if they should update, I would say yes but warn them that it will take a little bit to get used to.
It has NFC that, along with the Sony Smart Tags, makes the cell phone very easy to use, I just touch the tag on my car and automatically starts the bluetooth, plays the music and opens the Waze; and when I leave the car, touch it again and turns off everything and saves me a lot of battery and manual set up.
Is not that big as Samsung Galaxy SIII but that's because I like it, is more masculine, fits perfectly on my pocket (I'm a small person by the way), good weight and very nice design. The pictures cannot show you how cool it looks in real life.
I haven't used the PlayStation yet, I'm not a gamer, but that's also something you will never find in another cellphone.
The software for the PC is very nice and works perfectly. I can finally synchronize the music on my PC, my tablet and my cell phone in just one application.
And finally, the NLA support is great, I can play my music on my TV or my wifi speakers in all the house with just one touch.
Definetely my best cell phone, my next cell phone will be also a Sony (after a couple of years).
The phone came unlocked as described with earphones, HDMI cable, USB charger (along with an universal wall adapter), two NFC tags, and the manuals.
Though the phone was factory unlocked, it came with pre-loaded T-Mobile UK apps and a T-Mobile loading screen. It doesn't really bother me that much, but I was a bit surprised since I thought the phone was "factory clean".
The device itself was exactly how I thought it would be after many hours of research. No disappointment.
No yellow tinted screen so far, though it can appear over time. Hopefully, it won't appear on my device.
ICS update will depend on the region where your device was manufactured. Sadly, there is no ICS update for my specific model yet and eventually Sony will release all the ICS updates for the Xperia S. With this said, the pre-installed OS Gingerbread is pretty good since Sony modified it a bit.
(Note: For US buyers, 3G is only available thru AT&T. I'm with T-mobile, so I can only use 2G. Wireless works fine. MMS needs tweaking.)
Bottom line: If you prefer looks over tech, I recommend this phone. It's really stylish and rather unique compared to leading phones. Unfortunately, the specs are behind modern technology, but if you don't mind about that, you will be happy with this purchase.
I do want to mention that Sony is coming out with a successor to the Xperia S some time nearing the end of 2012. SO if you're not in a hurry, you should wait until then.