Hands On with Sony's Xperia Android Phones
Sony has taken the plunge and dived into the Android world with the Sony Xperia S and Xperia Ion smartphones. Both phones are similar in design and features, but the Xperia Ion is Sony’s first 4G LTE phone and features a slightly larger screen.
Each phone is powered by a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and features a 720p “reality” display. The back camera on both phones is 12 megapixels with a 1080p resolution. Sony didn’t skimp on the front camera either, it’s 720p HD. The rear camera is capable of taking shots within 1.5 seconds of standby, Sony calls this feature “Fastest Capture”.
Sony was smart enough to include NFC proximity technology into the Xperias. NFC is slowly gaining momentum as it’s still a new technology, but it will enable such apps as Google Wallet.
The Xperia S has a 4.3 inch display and has a unique transparent element at the base of the phone. It will be available in white or black. The Xperia Ion has a 4.5 inch display and also features HDMI-out for hooking it up the an HDTV.
The Xperias are going to play very nicely with other Sony devices. It’s even “Playstation Cerified” so you can count on some pretty cool games. Sony’s music unlimited service will also be available.
Upon release the Bravias will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but they’re due to upgrade to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter of 2012. The phones are both visually appealing in their own ways. They have more of an industrial look with the squared corners and slightly curved back. Only time will tell how well they do.