Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo review

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This latest offering from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia Neo offers a bright, colourful screen, superb 8-megapixel camera with 720p video recording and HDMI output, plus all the standard Android smart phone features. This is a mid range smartphone, sitting in a lower price range than its predecessors the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc. looking more like the Play than the wafer thin Arc, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has that trademark to the rear, making it easier to hold and features an attractive two-tone plastic casing which manages to look modern and classy.

The 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen is smaller than the Play’s (4 inch) and the Arc’s (4.2 inch), but, thanks to Sony Ericsson’s Mobile Bravia Engine picture-processing technology, in terms of brightness and clarity, the Xperia Neo is fantastic (there is also a dedicated shutter button to take advantage of any instant photo opportunities). The fantastic 8 megapixel camera uses the latest Exmor R CMOS sensor and manages to capture stunning pictures with stunning detail – even in poor light conditions. The Xperia Neo is so good it outclasses many dedicated digital cameras. The Neo is also capable of recording 720p high-definition videos with smooth transitions and lots of detail. The best way to really appreciate the quality of the video playback is to take advantage of the HDMI out facility and watch on your hi-def TV screen.

Running the award winning Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, but with a single-core 1GHz processor, the Xperia Neo is no class leader in terms of power, being blown away by the class best (the HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S 2) however in everyday usage the Neo is more
than capable of playing all the latest games and running all the heavy duty apps available in the Android Market.

In terms of mid range smart phones, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is right up there with the best of them. For many the Neo will offer all the features and power they will ever need (and many they will never use!) The single core processor is the only real drawback to the competitive price – but even with this alck of power (on paper) the Neo can handle any of the popular Android applications and offers a good gaming experience and a whole host of useful widgets. There is of course the potential that this single core processor could mean the Neo will become very dated within the next couple of years, with new applications and functionality coming down the line specifically designed for dual core devices. Of course those with pay monthly contracts can simply upgrade, so this is not a serious issue.

Sony Ericsson Cedar Mobile Phone Review

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Like the Elm and Hazel before it, the Sony Ericsson Cedar is part of Sony Ericsson’s environmentally friendly GreenHeart range. This means the Cedar is made from (and packaged in) mainly recycled materials, therefore the Sony Ericsson Cedar is the perfect mobile for users with eco-morals. Despite being made from predominately recycled materials, the Cedar is one of Sony Ericsson’s most attractive handsets, with a sharp two-tone colour scheme and elegant, ridged keypad.

The Sony Ericsson Cedar is a lightweight handset, weighing just 84g, so will fit into your pocket with ease. Despite this lightness and compact size, the Cedar has 280MB of memory storage available which will allow a generous amount of photographs, videos and music to be saved. This internal memory can also be upgraded if required via a microSD card up to 16GB.

The Cedar also has some (well deserved) multimedia aspirations, the media player is well above average thanks to Sony Ericsson’s excellent Walkman range of music phones and the presence of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack (which means you to use your own favourite set of headphones to listen to music).

The 2 megapixel camera fitted to the Cedar takes decent photographs and has video recording capability. Not marketed as a smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Cedar never the less offers limited connectivity to social websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, Picasa, Flickr and Twitter. The 3G connectivity makes connecting to these social networks, and surfing the web in general, much quicker than browsing via standard GPRS connection. Video calling is supported but without an additional front facing camera, this effectively means video calls will be one sided with only a static picture being presented to the other caller – but at least it is possible!

Compared to the previous phones in the GreenHeart range (Elm and Hazel), the Cedar boasts a nicer design, better functionality and a much more user friendly and pleasing interface. As a low cost, easy to use phone, packed with useful features and of course those “Greenheart” credentials, the Cedar is destined to be a winner, especially with environmentally friendly consumers.

Advantages: Nice design, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity for fast web browsing, standard 3.5mm headphone jack, great music player utilising the Sony Ericsson Walkman experience, easy to use interface with handy home screen widgets, environmental credentials.

Disadvantages: Basic camera with no LED flash, Twitter widget is not the easiest to use, video calling is one sided with no front facing camera!

Available now on Orange and Vodafone contracts –
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Sony Ericsson Zylo mobile phone deals with FREE iPod Shuffle

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The Sony Ericsson Zylo appeals to those who love social networking on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The Zylo is all about entertainment with a Walkman music player, web browsing with Google Search and a 3.2 megapixel camera with Photo fix and geo-tagging. A Video player provides additional entertainment as does the FM radio and RDS SMS, MMS, Email and instant messaging. On offer now through 3 Mobile on a 24 month deal with 300 any network minutes and 300 free texts, 5000 minutes to other phones on 3 Mobile, 500M internet data allowance and a FREE iPod Shuffle!!!

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Sony Ericsson Zylo Full Review and Latest Deals

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The Sony Ericsson Zylo is a slider handset with an emphasis on music/entertainment (it carries the Walkman branding) At just 103mm x 52mm x 16mm, its a neat handset and features a curvy design which is comfortable to hold and easily fits in pockets.

The slider part of the handset opens to reveal a 12 key keyboard and the front of the phone is dominated by a 2.6 inch display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution. This display is no match for some of the high end smartphones available but is perfectly functional and suits the standard Sony Ericsson menu/navigation system quite well.

Music playback is well catered for, as you would imagine from a mobile phone which is part of the illustrious Walkman family. However there is one really annoying feature, or rather lack of a feature – no 3.5mm headphone socket! This means you will not be able to plug in your favourite headphones (unless of course they are Sony Ericsson headphones!). This glaring omission aside, music fans will love the Sony Ericsson Zylo, with FLAC (for lossless audio), great external speaker, thumping bass, clear audio, and dedicated music controls all presented through the excellent Sony Xross Media Browser. The internal memory of 260MB is adequate, but most users will make use of the microSD card slot to expand storage for music and other content up to 16Gb. You can make full use of this memory buy accessing the Sony Ericsson PlayNow service where tons of content is offered for download. Using the 3G HSDPA downloading is fast, however many users will prefer to shop around and download content using their PC/laptop and transfer files to memory card.

The internet browser provided is adequate with good social networking integration (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace ) and there is also an FM radio with TrackID, Google Maps and geo-tagging (although no GPS), messaging (with Sony predictive text), and a a 3.2-megapixel camera (including video recording).

Advantages: good external speaker, bluetooth, excellent music player (once headphones upgraded), easy to use with simple Sony Ericsson interface, large icons and intuitive menu’s. FM radio with TrackID. Good deals on T-mobile, Vodafone and o2

Disadvantages: no 3.5mm headphones jack/poor earphones supplied in retail pack, this limits you to Sony Ericsson headsets. This is a major pain for a Walkman branded phone! However there is A2DP Bluetooth so you can use wireless Bluetooth headphones if you have them. Basic display/screen, No Wi-Fi or GPS, no USB port, Playnow download service a bit pricey for content, many cheaper alternatives

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Review

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The Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro is basically the Sony Ericsson Vivaz plus a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Like the Vivaz, the Vivaz Pro has the same curved back and slim profile. The addition of the keyboard makes the Vivaz pro slightly thicker, but with measurements of 109 x 52 x 15mm and a weight 117g its not exactly bulky.

The 3.2 inch display 640 x 360-pixel display is the same as the Vivaz. In other words its fantastic with good density and sharp images. With the exception of the qwerty keyboard, the only other small difference between the Vivaz and the Pro version, is the Pro version has a 5 megapixel camera rather than the 8 megapixel unit found in the original Vivaz (presumably this is because the addition of the keyboard means less room for camera technologies). However this 5 megapixel camera provides high quality photographs and HD recording, the reduction in pixel resolution is not noticeable in everyday use.

The build quality and construction of the Vivaz Pro is top notch, despite the use of plastics rather tham metal for the casings. Luckily the matt finish does not show finger prints and the screen stays reasonably clean too and is easy to wipe.

The resistive touchscreen display is perhaps not quite as vibrant as the newer AMPLED screens but is responsive and sharp. In any case most users will use the full qwerty keyboard as the main point of interaction, rather than the on-screen keyboard which means the user experience is improved over the standard Vivaz.That being said, the Symbian S60 operating system is starting to look very dated against some of the smartphone competition.

Twitter and other social networking applications are included such as Facebook and Flickr. Many other applications can be downloaded from the PlayNow service but prices seem expensive compared to Apple or Android store. Popular web services such as BBC iplayer and Youtube also get shortcuts from the video tab.

The standard 3.5mm jack means you can use your favourite headphones and the audio quality and volume is pretty good. But the prime feature of the Vivaz Pro is the camera, particularly the HD video capture. There are tons of options available for both still photography and video recording available, such as smart panoramic mode, LED illuminator, touch to shoot, autofocus and focus modes, smile shutter and face detection. The high-definition video is awesome (and simple to use with dedicated video button), with night mode and a number of effects such as black & white, sepia, or the funky solarize look!

Advantages: Easier to use than the Vivaz due to qwerty keyboard, amazing high definition video camera, responsive touch-screen. Available on T-mobile, Vodafone and o2 networks.

Disadvantages: bit bulkier than average due to qwerty keypad, camera definition (in terms of pixels) less than original Vivaz, Symbian S60 operating system is less than optimum nowadays, however it works pretty well in this incarnation

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Review

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion is a version of the X10 super phone with interchangeable “fashion” covers (white and pink). Essentially, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini is simply a cut down version of the X10, in size only. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini retains all the excellent features of the X10 but in a much in a smaller package.

As you would expect, the styling of the the X10 Mini is exactly the same as its big brother the X10, with the screen dominating the front of the phone and the same three silver buttons below for navigation and calling which also double as user defined function keys when using applications. This really is a small handset, small for any phone but in terms of smart-phones its probably the smallest available on the market.

Of course to have a phone this small, there has to be compromises, in the X10 mini’s case, the price you pay for the compact dimensions is a small screen. At just 2.55 inches, this is possibly the smallest touch screen ever. The resolution of 240 x 320 pixels is good and the sharpness of the display is excellent, however there is no room for a virtual qwerty keyboard for instance. Luckily the screen is really responsive and icons are large enough for trouble free selection.

Sony Ericsson’s latest interface makes it easy to transition between different apps and views (so easy in fact you soon forgive the small screen size). With a logically laid out screen, large icons and one-touch access to a selection of user-defined functions. The amount of features packed into the tiny Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion is mind boggling; a 5 megapixel camera with built in flash and autofocus, an excellent media player, FM radio with RDS, Google Maps and navigation, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and 3G with HSPA!

Advantages: All the features you could ever need in a tiny package, full range of connectivity options, decent camera with flash/autofocus, 3G, Wi-Fi, easy to use interface with good layout and large icons, responsive touchscreen

Disadvantages: Web browsing is slightly limited with small screen despite 3G, no qwerty keyboard, can look a little like a “toy phone”, high prices

In summary, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion is a tiny smartphone with tons of high-spec features and applications. The only real downside is the small screen, but even in this area, Sony Ericsson have cleverly organised the interface to greatly reduce any inconvenience. Exclusively on Orange.


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The Sony Ericsson Spiro Review

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The Sony Ericsson Spiro is a compact slider handset that’s part of the Walkman family so its all about the music! Measuring a svelte 92mm x 48mm x 17mm with a weight of just 90g. The 2.2 inch screen is a QVGA TFT type with navigation and call keys situated below. The main keys double up as music control keys when using in music player mode.

The Walkman 4.0 music player is easy to use with a well laid out and easily navigated menu screen. Music options are presented in a variety of ways, and can be sorted by genre, artist or album. The music player also supports album art integration and a variety of playlist settings. The 5Mb of on-board memory is a bit lacking for a mobile device targeted towards music playing, however, this can easily be upgraded to 16Gb using microSD card in slot provided. Inclusion of a standard 3.5mm jack is good news as you can source or use your own favourite after market headphones (you can even use a wireless headset as Bluetooth 2.1 is available). All the main music file formats are supported (MP3, AAC, eAAC+ and WAV). If you run out of music tracks there is also an FM stereo radio with RDS.

A dual band GSM phone, the Sony Ericsson Spiro has limited data connectivity, just GPRS and EDGE. No 3G means downloads of any size can take some time. That being said, browsing the internet with the included Opera Mini browser is perfectly fine with no major delays when accessing popular websites, the Facebook and Twitter apps bundled with the Spiro are pretty seamless too.

Advantages: Quality feel and sturdy construction, good range of connectivity including Social networking capabilities, quality of music playback and FM radio is superb and “TrackID” music recognition feature is extremely useful, industry standard 3.5mm jack provided offers good choice of earphones, opera browser makes good use of the limited data speeds available. Competitive deals and tariffs on contracts from o2, Orange and Vodafone, and some great low price pay-as-you-go offers too.


Disadvantages:
No Wi-Fi, meagre internal memory, camera merely adequate – bit disappointing when compared to rest of phones features, limited connectivity with no 3G which means downloading large files is not recommended.

A great music player (Walkman) with pretty decent mobile phone capabilities! Walkman phones have a lot to live up to with their history and the Sony Ericsson Spiro certainly delivers. The great music capabilities and low prices should more than make up for the lack of connectivity options.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 white Review and Price Comparison

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The latest smartphone from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X8 is the latest (at the time of writing) weapon against the inexorable rise of the Apple iPhone. The release of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 is expected to heat up competition in the mobile phone market. The Xperia series is probably Sony Ericsson’s most exciting phone range. With a history of award winning mobile phones such as
the Xperia X1 right through to the Android-based Xperia X10. Is this latest version a worthy adversary for the Apple iPhone 4? Let’s find out!

The XPERIA X8 has a 3 inch TFT capacitive touch screen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, HVGA resolution, 16M colours and a special scratch resistant surface. A built-in acceleromer enables auto-rotation of the screen to display the content depending on how the users view the phone. A 3.15 Megapixel camera is fitted with picture resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, Geo tagging of photographs and video recording are supported.

A compact smart-phone, comfortable to hold. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 white will fit neatly in any pocket with dimensions of just 99 x 54 x 15 mm. Photographs and videos can be stored using the internal 128Mb memory or the external 16Gb storage via microSD. Photographs, music and video can be transferred to other phones or devices via the range of connectivity options including SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messenger, 2G/3G networks, Bluetooth, EDGE and microUSB port.

The retail pack includes phone, USB charger, a microUSB-to-USB cable, earphones, comprehensive user guide and a 2Gb microSD card. The casing on the Xperia 8 is a matt plastic which looks great and is immune to greasy fingerprints. However it lacks the over engineered, premium feel of some of the steel or aluminium casings offered by some competitors. There is no doubt the handset is well built and durable, it just lacks that sturdy feel.

Advantages: huge range of connectivity options including WiFi and 3G, dual SIM mobile, one of the least expensive Android smartphones on the market, screen has excellent touch sensitivity – the merest of touches is enough for a click to be registered, inset camera lense for protection against scratches,

Disadvantages: No infra-red port, No multi-touch support, microSD slot under the battery cover which makes it useless for “hot swaps” as battery needs to be removed to replace card, plastic casing lacks premium feel of some competitors, screen could be brighter in direct sunlight

The competition in the high end smartphone market is extremely tough, however the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 might just have what it takes to succeed! Exclusively on o2.

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Sony Ericsson C903 Review (Cyber-Shot Camera Phone)

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The Sony Ericsson C903 is a Cyber-shot camera phone. The Cyber-shot trademark means that the camera system in your phone is will be of excellent, quality with a few hidden extras. Sleek design and great performance come standard. At just 97 x 49 x 16 mm in size and weighing 96g, this handset has a snug feel to it. The Sony Cyber-shot C903 is a 5MP phone, it takes still pictures the size of A2 sheets, and comes with great features like the face detection and Smile Shutter, and BestPic, which takes a fast stream of photos for you to select the best. The C903 also has HSDPA and GPS for quick photo uploads and geotagging, so it’s a perfect phone if you’re a social networking addict.

Send anything you want from anywhere you want. Use your handset to send pictures, video, music, voice recordings and as much text as you like. Send pictures, text and sound in one message from your handset to any MMS-enabled device or email address. You can shoot it, add a little text and share it right away. You can even send video too.
Your 3G handset is equipped with an ‘always on’ Internet connection with high-speed data transfer. This gives you a better mobile Internet experience, making it simple to access big files wherever where you are.

The PlayNow arena is a wonderful multimedia experience. Thousands of music tracks, TrackID charts and loads of games are brought to you in an easy and pleasurable way together with wallpapers, themes and loads of free content. This handset is ideal for everyday use, either to text a friend or keep in touch with family. And the Cybershot camera gives you high quality images that you will keep forever. The phone is packed with features and has an excellent end product result, another great handset from Sony Ericsson.

Available in red, white/purple and black. The handset is available free when you open a contract with Orange, O2 or 3 or it is available on pay as you go or sim free. The handset itself is priced at the lower/medium end of the market.

Sony Ericsson K330 Mobile Review

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Sony Ericsson has created another outstanding handset for Sony Ericsson fan club in the form of the K330. This handset is really popular thanks to excellent features, charming design and very pocket friendly price. The Sony Ericsson line of communication is second to none. There are thousands of handset owners who use Sony Ericsson mobile phones for unbeatable communications and multimedia requirements high speed.  The Sony Ericsson K330 is really well designed, packed with great features and the price is very attractive too.

This Sony Ericsson K330 has many great features which include a VGA camera that is more than capable of capturing good quality pictures. The camera also has making video capabilities, video recording and video playing. A 1.7 inches wide colour TFT screen on the handset allows clear display of folders, menus, wallpapers and other outputs at 128 x 160 pixels resolution. The battery allows you 7 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time. The phone is lightweight at only 75g which is accompanied by impressive dimensions of 100 x 45 x 12 mm.

The Sony Ericsson K330 is packed with great features including Bluetooth which allows you to share things like wallpapers, video clips, songs and more. Messaging capabilities are also included which come in the form of SMS, MMS and predictive text. The music quality on this handset is fantastic. Listen to your favourite tracks, albums and artists anytime, anywhere. With built in FM radio with RDS and other MP3 and Polyphonic ringtones. There is also some Java enabled games and other preloaded games for your entertainment. The handset also has built up of a dual GSM band (GSM 900 & 1800), which is more than able to provide great network coverage.

The Sony Ericsson K330 is available from Orange and O2, either on monthly contract or pay as you go. The handset is also available sim free. If you opt to go for a contract, the handset is free on a 12, 18 or 24 month contract basis. With free texts and offers like unlimited talktime it might be worthwhile but to buy the handset outright at a reasonable price, saves you the hassle of being tied to a lengthy contract.

The handset is available in either standard black or white.