Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Review: The Rainmaker: Android Market, Final Words

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The recent Android Market looks great

The Sony Ericsson Xperia active has the latest version of the Android Market, featuring a facelift with a bit of WP7 styling. New sections are available such as Staff Picks, Editor’s Choice and a dedicated Sony Ericsson tab, courtesy of the maker.

Upon launch of the Market app you’re greeted with the tiled interface of the Featured window. A swipe to the correct takes you to the Categories view.

The recent interface is sort of WP7

You have Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free, Trending (the ones with growing popularity) and Sony Ericsson.

Top Free • Top Grossing • Top New Paid • Top Paid

The Sony Ericsson pane is the place to acquire the company optimized apps. It’s something along the lines of the HTC Likes.

Top New Free • Trending • Sony Ericsson

What we didn’t quite like about the recent Android Market layout is that you’ll be forced to do a lot of scrolling if you want to go to a specific category and there isn’t a listed or tabbed menu for quicker access.

Sony Ericsson's own store called PlayNow is also on board. There you can acquire a lot of free things for your phone - wallpapers, some games and apps or even music tracks.

PlayNow Store


So, this is an Xperia mini in a wetsuit. Some people will be less than impressed. One hand on the remote the other deep in that bag of chips. The kind that just can’t be bothered.

The Xperia active on the other hand doesn’t want to be on the safe side. It won’t hold rain checks.

The rugged droid is at the discontinue of our training range – sweating but not gasping. Hardly a surprise – we krecent all along there was a solid smartphone inside the durable shell. The Xperia active delivers the complete Android experience. A neat small phone that does things almost as well as an Xperia arc.

It’s a well built phone too with a distinct outdoor styling. The first dust proof and water resistant droid by Sony Ericsson is well protected against the elements. The one thing to warn against is the less than stellar battery life. You know, it’s a phone that can hold a lot of abutilize but not the correct kind of gadacquire to spdiscontinue days out in the wilderness with. However, if a rugged smartphone is a must, the Xperia active fits the urban survivor bill.

So, if you’re on the market for a durable smartphone, it’s Android or nothing. The niche doesn’t seem all that crowded but it’s not free of competition either. A gigantic (literally) rival of the Xperia active is the Motorola DEFY+, which builds on the original DEFY and adds, among other things, actual IP67 certification. It’s got a bigger and higher res display and a better battery to match. We’re yet to see though whether a 1700 mAh Li-Po unit that needs to power a WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) 3.7-incher will create that much of a difference. Otherwise the rest of the specs pretty much on par.

Motorola DEFY+

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover is another full-size rugged droid but obviously not as sophisticated as the Xperia active. With the correct price tag though, it could be quite an attractive deal.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover

We think the compact size is quite an advantage for the Xperia active. If nothing else, it sets the phone apart from the competition. And the whole package is built on a concept that’s proven to work. In the entire Xperia lineup, the mini is the correct one to have a rugged version of. Compromises are inevitable in the ultra-compact class. Screen size is among the few the Xperia active makes. This rugged droid is genuinely trying not to hold too much space. And it doesn’t mind living on the edge.



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