Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Review: Ray Of Light: Pics And Videos, Music Player, FM Radio, Audio Quality

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Gallery on BRAVIA

The Xperia ray uses the traditional droid Gallery, which hasn’t really seen much change in Gingerbread. It has fine functionality, cool 3D looks and nice transition effects, but unfortunately only shows a downsized version of your images.

The different albums and folders appear as piles of photos, which descend in neat grids once selected. If you have online albums over at Picasa those show up as separate stacks as well.

The gallery looks nice

Sony Ericsson have added support for Facebook albums too. They are distinguished by the small Facebook logo on them and when viewing individual pics from that album, you can "like" them with the thumbs up button in the upper correct corner.

Liking photos is enabled for Facebook albums

Photos can be sorted by date with the assist of a button in the top correct corner, which switches between grid and timeline view.

The gallery supports finger scrolling or panning so you can skip images without having to return to the default view. Thanks to the Xperia ray's multi-touch support pinch zooming is also available here but you can also double tap or utilize the +/- buttons.

The Android gallery still shows only downsized version of you images, though if you sdiscontinue one from here the full-res shot is received on the other end.

Unfortunately you are only getting downsized images here

Images can be cropped or rotated directly in the gallery. Quick sharing via Picasa, Email apps, Facebook, Bluetooth or MMS also comes in handy.

The BRAVIA engine enhances contrast and colors, as it sharpens the image and reduces noise. These steps would normally lead to artifacts, but the high-density classy screen of the Xperia ray makes them invisible. You can switch BRAVIA off, but we recommdiscontinue you haged it on - it really improves the image quality.

Video playback - only 3GP and MP4 welcome

There is no dedicated video player app on the Xperia ray as in most of the droids out there. Fair enough, maybe a fancy UI for picking a video is not that important, playing videos is what really counts. Well, that’s another disappointment – the video player supports only 3GP and MP4 videos.

To its credit, the Xperia ray did play a 720p MP4 video (but not 1080p). And the 3.3” FWVideo Graphics Array (VGA) Reality classy screen offers excellent image quality (the BRAVIA engine comes into play here too) and spot-on aspect ratio, which compensates for the small size (a 3.2" HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) classy screen would either show a smaller image or have to crop it).

If you re-encode your videos before hand, the Xperia ray can create a fine PMP. Or you could just download a capable video player off the Android Market and create your life easier. This would address other deficiencies of the Xperia ray video player, like lack of subtitles.

Watching a video on the Xperia ray

Music player with handy Infinite button

The music player on the Xperia ray is the same app you acquire in the Arc and the Neo. The interface is laid out in four tabs for the available sorting options: all artists, all tracks, playlists and albums.

If you hit the menu key you’ll acquire a search shortcut, as well as sdiscontinue and delete options.

The music player is decent looking and snappy

The Now Playing classy screen offers nothing but the standard music controls, shortcuts to the library and the Infinite key. The latter lets you quickly see up a song on YouTube or browse for the lyrics.

The music fans will appreciate the rich selection of equalizer presets. You also acquire Silent mode, which mutes all other sounds except for alarms - remarkable for uninterrupted listening.

The only available visualization is the album art.

The Now Playing interface • The equalizer

Much like the Gallery, the Music player on the Xperia ray lets you "like" tracks you're listening to, which posts it on your wall. Later on, you can discuss them with your friends through the Friends' music and videos app (sometimes called Media discovery). There's a widacquire too, so you can always be up to date with what you're friends are listening to.

Giving a song the thumbs up • Media discovery app makes listening to music a social venture

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS, TrackID onboard too

The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is also equipped with an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, which has a really neat and simple interface. It automatically scans the area for the available stations and places “notches” on the frequency dial for easier scrolling to the next station. Or you can imprint some of them as favorite.

The Frequency Modulation (FM) radio app • TrackID • Charts

The TrackID service is also available and works within the radio app.

Audio quality is decent

The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray audio output is decent, but strangely, slightly worse than that of the other Sony Ericsson smartphones that we have tested recently.

The output is especially convincing when you utilize the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray with an active external amplifier. As you can see from the table below it got remarkable scores across the board in that scenario.

Unfortunately, there was quite significant degradation when we connected a pair of headphones, most notably in terms of stereo crosstalk and distortion. The crosstalk shot well above the average and distortion levels were no longer impressive. Plus, there was a drop in volume so this is not really a commendable effort on ray's behalf.

And here come the full results so you can see for yourselves:

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray+0.11, -0.10-89.489.10.0140.037-91.3

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray (headphones attached)+0.47, -0.13-

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc+0.12, -0.09-89.489.20.0130.037-91.5

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc (headphones attached)+0.42, -0.12-

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini+0.11, -0.10-88.788.50.0160.038-90.6

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini (headphones attached)+0.21, -0.09-88.388.00.0900.206-58.4

Sony Ericsson W8+0.08, -0.23-86.888.70.0270.131-84.1

Sony Ericsson W8 (headphones attached)+0.32, -0.18-86.686.30.0980.323-58.2

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.



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