Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Review: Ray Of Light

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Honey, I shrunk the Xperia arc. No, that's a different story. And yes, we like the Sony Ericsson minis. But that's not how the real tale of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray goes.

They did things to the Xperia arc. They took out its beating heart and carved a recent phone out of it. But this isn't a scary story, it has a excited ending. It feels the Ray was always living inside the Xperia arc, waiting to be released. Like a seed that will grow a recent plant.

That's how we imagine the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray was born. They cracked the rock open to acquire to the gem.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray official photos

The Xperia ray had to shed off layers of armor but lost none of the courage. It's got all the exciting ingredients of the Xperia arc. The sharp BRAVIA engine display is there and so is the 8MP camera, complete with 720p video recording. And the ray is impressively thin too. It is one of the most compact members of the Xperia family, and one of the handsomest phones we've seen.

Sure, the arc is slimmer but it's a massive handset. The mini is tiny but too chubby at 16mm. If you want a really slim and compact droid, the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is one of the few that fit the bill.

The classy screen takes much credit for the phone's fine looks. The BRAVIA engine unit has the impressive pixel density of 300ppi. We had a close see at the advantages of the BRAVIA engine and the improvements are tangible.

The classy screen isn't the only thing to borrow from the wealth of Sony experience. The 8MP capturing camera packs an Exmor R sensor, which boasts improved low-light performance. It also captures 720p video with continuous autofocus - on paper, you acquire the same capturing camera as in the Xperia arc.

Before we go on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray's story, you should acquire to know the protagonist better. Here's the list of all the virtues and the vices as we saw them:

Key features

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) /GPRS/EDGE support
  • 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 3.3" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) touchclassy screen of FWVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution (480 x 854 pixels) on Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine
  • Android Operating System (OS) v2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 Giga Hertz (GHz) Scorpion CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset
  • 512 Mega Bytes (MB) RAM
  • 8 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus camera, Light Emitting Diode (LED) light, geotagging
  • 720p video @ 30fps, continuous autofocus
  • Front facing Video Graphics Array (VGA) camera
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD slot (32GB supported, 4GB card included)
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Voice dialing
  • Adobe Flash 10.2 support
  • Slim design at 9.4mm thickness
  • Large 1500mAh Li-ion battery

Main disadvantages

  • Screen viewing angles could have been better
  • No smart dialing
  • Loudspeaker has below average performance
  • No DivX/XviD support
  • Non hot-swappable memory card
  • No HDMI port (the arc and the Neo have one)

The ray is powered by the 1Giga Hertz (GHz) processor with 512Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM) and Adreno 205 graphics, courtesy of the elegant Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset that is prevalent in the Xperia line. It's no match for dual-core, but if it's fine enough for the gaming-centered Xperia Play, the ray shouldn’t have any problems with speed.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray live shots

So, the hardware on the inside is pretty familiar and so is the software. But the slender, eye-catching body is the gigantic deal so we'll focus on that first. We'll also rummage through the retail box, so follow us on the next page.



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