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Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

There are some times when you simply do not want to carry around a huge device like the HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S II and you instead would like a more compact device to suit your needs. This is where the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray comes in to play: it's a compact, thin, mid-range device with a focus on media capabilities and still enough power behind it to make everything run smoothly.

Thanks to the guys over at MobiCity, today I have with me the European Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray ST18i model in black with 900/2100 3G HSPA bands, but rest assured that there is also a US model designed for those that need 850/1900/2100 bands. As always MobiCity managed to ship this device to me (in Australia) the day after I requested it, so props to them for quick shipping to Pacific countries.

Specifications

As I mentioned above there are two models of the Xperia Ray that differ in the 3G bands for different regions. Everything else about the two models is the same, including the Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset (1 GHz single-core Snapdragon with Adreno 205), impressive 8 MP camera for a mid-range device and pixel-packed 3.3-inch 480 x 854 display.

  Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Product Codes ST18i (Europe)
ST18a (North America)
GSM Bands 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Bands HSPA 900 / 2100 (ST18i)
HSPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Display 3.3-inch 480x854 LED-backlit LCD
10-point capacitive multi-touch
Sony Bravia mobile engine
Processor 1.0 GHz single-core Scorpion CPU
Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset
Graphics Adreno 205
RAM 512 MB
Storage 300 MB intenal app space
microSD expansion slot
4 GB included microSD
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
A-GPS
DLNA
FM Radio
Camera 8 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
VGA front
720p video recording (rear)
Ports MicroUSB (charging, data)
3.5mm audio jack
Sensors Accelerometer
Magnetometer
Proximity sensor
Battery Li-ion 1,500 mAh removable
Launch OS Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
Sony Ericsson Timescape UI
Launch Date September 2011
Size & Weight 111 x 53 x 9.4 mm
100 g

The battery in this device is also quite large at 1,500 mAh; this should be plenty considering it only needs to power a 3.3-inch display and moderate specs in this Android climate. The Ray also has a fantastically small footprint, which we will highlight in the next section on the design.

Contents

Don't want to read the whole review? Skip to the page you're interested in:

  1. Introduction
  2. Design and Display
  3. Software
  4. Performance
  5. Camera
  6. Media Playback & Call Quality
  7. Video Overview
  8. Battery Life & Conclusion

For those of you who don't want to read the entirety of the review, please also check out the video overview (on page 7) for a short rundown of all the features and some of the best parts of the device

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6 Comments

bdsams said,
great review, interesting device...keyboard is a bit disappointing though.

that's android and there are tones of great keyboards around - swype, go keyboard, smart keyboard, stock android 2.3 keyboard etc

i have XPERIA Arc with nearly same specs. just awesome. Arc's display is 4.2". just better than ip4 imo. great job, Sony Ericsson!

Hi Tim! Nice review,very detailed. The thing is, if I buy the ray it would be my first touchscreen phone. Will the QWERTY keypad on this phone feel too uncomfortable for me? The LG optimus black is my other option, but I like the Ray's specs more. So, what would u suggest me to do?

san333 said,
Hi Tim! Nice review,very detailed. The thing is, if I buy the ray it would be my first touchscreen phone. Will the QWERTY keypad on this phone feel too uncomfortable for me? The LG optimus black is my other option, but I like the Ray's specs more. So, what would u suggest me to do?

You'll probably be finding yourself using the landscape keyboard to avoid errors, which is fine, and the portrait keyboard is also generally okay. Just sometimes due to the small screen size you can make errors.

Generally you will find the Ray a great overall device, but if you want a larger screen then go for it

Thats great! the ray has everything I need with the keyboard being the only caveat. Now, thats cleared up,so the Ray is going to be my next mobile. thanks a lot for your help and your reviews are superb!

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