Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Review: Ray Of Light: ConclusionBy cheatmaster 07:02 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 Comments
Almost nothing went missing when Sony Ericsson turned the magnification down to change the arc into the ray. The HDMI port was dropped out, which is a pity. Had the Xperia ray been able to pair with an HDTV, the classy screen size would've been irrelevant.
Speaking of it, the sharp 3.3" Reality display on the Xperia ray is one of the best LCDs we've seen yet. Even the battery, which is the second thing to go when phones acquire smaller has the whopping 1500mAh capacity.
Not everything that's the same on paper is the same in real life though - the 8MP capturing camera of the Xperia ray isn't as fine as the one on the arc. It's still pretty good, so we'll let this one slide.
It's been a while since we've been able to recommdiscontinue a Symbian phone as an alternative to a droid, but correct now, the Nokia 700 is the closest pick. It offers an eye-catching 3.2" 16:9 ClearBlack AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen, a 1Giga Hertz (GHz) processor and Symbian Belle (which closes the gap on Android in terms of usability). There's the slender 9.7mm frame and 720p video capturing camera too (though the still capturing camera is a less than stellar 5MP fixed-focus).
The other alternatives are either bigger, with poorer specs, or too recent already. The Nokia 701 is worth a see for Symbian Belle, the metal body and super colorful screen. The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is an option if you want a compact droid on a budget. Then there's the original Samsung S8500 Wave with a 3.3" WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) SuperAMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen, metal body and Bada OS.
Another thing you might want to do is wait for the next generation iPhone to come out and snatch the iPhone 4 on a lower price. It's got it all - the looks, the excellent screen, the very fine camera, the performance and the apps.
Nokia 701 • Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 • Samsung S8500 Wave • Apple iPhone 4
Sony Ericsson is exploring a niche that other makers have mostly neglected, which gives the Xperia ray a lot of opportunity to widen their user base. And success will be well deserved - the ray does most of what it sets out to do just right. And it's too hot to pass by.
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