Member Reviews: Sony Xperia S with ICS: A love story

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This week we've chosen a very complete and thorough Sony XPERIA S review by Neowin member Ambroos.


Lock and Applications screen on the Sony Xperia S with ICS.

Introduction

Hello fellow Neowinians! First I'd like to introduce myself. I've been a long time Sony (Ericsson) fan. I've never had any other phones, and after quite a long history I've arrived at the Xperia S. I've had it since launch date. I'm currently studying applied IT (which is a University College course including loads of Java, a bit of SQL, webdesign and assembler).

On holidays I work at The Phone House, the ex-Belgian branch of the UK-basec Carphone Warehouse, now part of a Belgian ISP. My job there isn't selling mobiles, it's selling the right mobiles for the right customer. I'm one of the only store employees not under commission, so I sell what people need, not what the sales team wants to sell. I try not to be biased in this, you'll find me recommending a Nokia Lumia as well as a Samsung Galaxy Mini or a HTC One X just as easy as a Sony device. I do try to keep customers away from LG, I think everyone understands why.

ICS on the Sony Xperia S

On the 21st of June 2012, an otherwise unremarkable day, Sony started the rollout of the long-awaited (but never delayed) ICS update for the Xperia S. As some regions got it before others and I absolutely couldn't wait, I flashed my phone with a Swiss software build to get the update from the first minute. Since it was only available on rapidshare I uploaded it to my own webserver, which got me a serious warning from my webhost since I managed to get over 2TB of traffic in under an hour.

Sony has been surprisingly quiet about the update. Where the devices from 2011 received two betas and a ton of information along the development process, Sony was completely silent about the Xperia S update. Just today we got the first bits of information from Sony, and they were quite minimal. After a few hours of thorough experimenting with the update I've found a lot of interesting things to show to you, things Sony chose not to brag about (even though they have a lot to brag about).

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End of the year ? too late, I'll have bought something by then and gone off Sony Xperia ... as I rapidly am anyway. The GX (LT29i) should have been out by now, looks and is much better spec'd than the current Xperia concrete slab lookalikes ...

Had a look at this phone in a shop, can't say I liked it very much (SE Xperia Arc S felt better to me) but after reading of the Xperia GX and hopes it might hit the UK, I'd hold out for that one ....

Tai said,
Had a look at this phone in a shop, can't say I liked it very much (SE Xperia Arc S felt better to me) but after reading of the Xperia GX and hopes it might hit the UK, I'd hold out for that one ....

It will near the end of the year as the LT29i!

Sony Ericsson always had great designs and decisions. I love the design of my xperia arc. But they're always one step behind on hardware. When Samsung and HTC gets dual-core, they sell single core. And now they only sell Dual-core phones. This prevents media like them and show a success story. but in terms of design and software, they are probably the best.

Dead'Soul said,
Sony Ericsson always had great designs and decisions. I love the design of my xperia arc. But they're always one step behind on hardware. When Samsung and HTC gets dual-core, they sell single core. And now they only sell Dual-core phones. This prevents media like them and show a success story. but in terms of design and software, they are probably the best.

Sony just isn't competing for the high-end market segment right now, but that might change next year. The Xperia S costs about 2/3'd of the price of the One X or the Galaxy S3. You have to be fair in that. The Xperia S does provide excellent value for money.

There's a refresh of the Xperia S on the way by the way, and there's going to be a new Sony superphone later this year. It'll be used in the James Bond movie.

I know about the price, but there must be an expensive and competitive product for more users.

Ambroos said,
There's a refresh of the Xperia S on the way by the way, and there's going to be a new Sony superphone later this year. It'll be used in the James Bond movie.

XPERIA SS?

Dead'Soul said,
I know about the price, but there must be an expensive and competitive product for more users.


XPERIA SS?


Xperia S2?

Dead'Soul said,
I know about the price, but there must be an expensive and competitive product for more users.


XPERIA SS?


I don't know what the retail name will be, but the product name for the Xperia S refresh is LT26ii (Xperia S is LT26i). Rumours are that it'll run an overclocked version of the same processor it runs now.

The Bondphone will probably be the Xperia Z, LT30i. Krait dualcore.

Sony mobile phones was my one of the favorites back when symbian was popular. Now Sony's phones don't have that sparkle anymore, looks like they are just slowly dying in painful death, only loyal fans are still trying to save them, HTC and Samsung are new kings, it's known.

jackkk1 said,
Sony mobile phones was my one of the favorites back when symbian was popular. Now Sony's phones don't have that sparkle anymore, looks like they are just slowly dying in painful death, only loyal fans are still trying to save them, HTC and Samsung are new kings, it's known.

My first phone was a sony ericson which i bought from a an airport back in 2007 and hell, it was full of dissappointment. when i reached home, the phone wasn't charging at all and so many other problems later...my worst phone ever till date...