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Sony Ericsson takes aim at sports and music fans with Xperia Active, Live with Walkman

1 Oct
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Gym rats and music lovers now have two new Sony Ericsson smartphones to choose from. Making its debut yesterday is Xperia Active, a ruggedized model that sports a dust proof and water resistant shell. While sweating it out, you can continue to swipe on the screen, which SE says works perfectly even when the screen, or your finger, is smeared with water and sweat. But before you take to the pool, be warned that the Xperia Active is only water-resistant, not water-proof, so the usual precautions apply.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, MP3 player, Music, android, Android 2.3, Sony Ericsson,  

Goondu review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

11 Sep

When the Xperia Ray was unveiled at CommunicAsia in June, we wondered why Sony Ericsson had gone the opposite direction where everyone seems to be heading. The new phone had only a 3.3-inch screen when others were more than 4-inches wide, and it only sported a 1GHz processor, when rivals were upping the ante with dual-core chips.

Yet, the mid-range Xperia Ray did catch the eye with some features.

The f2.8-capable, 8-meg camera, for one, reminded everyone of the Cybershot Sony Ericsson phones of old, which made for excellent phone cameras before the smartphone era. Then, there was the really sharp screen – it’s small, alright, but it packs lots of detail with that 854 x 480 pixels resolution.

These features, we feel now after testing the phone out for a couple of weeks, are what make the Xperia Ray a good fit for those switching over from a so-called feature phone to a smartphone. 

Tagged in: android, broadband, Cellphones, Featured, google, Software, review, Sony Ericsson, Xperia ray,  

Sony Ericsson smartphones to offer Google video chat after Gingerbread update

26 Aug
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After being much criticised for its slow updates for its 2010 models, Sony Ericsson has bucked up and is offering to update its Xperia phones released this year to the latest Android Gingerbread operating system from October.

This means users of Sony smartphones such as the recently-released Xperia Arc, Play and Neo will get the latest version of Android (2.3.4), though it already shipped with an earlier version of the Android Gingerbread operating system.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Software, Android Gingerbread 2.3.4, Sony Ericsson, Xperia Arc,  

Sony Ericsson sells Xperia Ray design, looks to new smartphone users

18 Aug
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At a time when smartphone makers are rolling out bigger screens, faster processors and 3D capabilities, Sony Ericsson bucked the trend when it unveiled the Xperia Ray in June 2011.

A smaller screen than most high-end rivals and a lack of a dual-core CPU, for example, surprised many phone buffs looking for a more souped up model to contest Samsung’s Galaxy SII or HTC’s Sensation.

The reason, Sony Ericsson executives told reporters from the region yesterday, was to reach out to large groups of users not served by the latest and greatest – feature phone users who desire a small, familiar device, ladies who want a more compact phone and commuters with one hand on the train’s handle bar and another on the phone.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Software, Japan, Sony Ericsson, Xperia Arc, Xperia ray,  

SE unveils Xperia ray, Xperia active, no new high-end models

22 Jun

After Huawei released its MediaPad and Nokia unveiled the N9 in the past two days, there was quite a bit of anticipation when the media turned up this afternoon at Sony Ericsson’s global launch, held on the sidelines of the CommunicAsia show.

Unfortunately, the high-end gizmos some of us had hoped for were not there – we had to contend with the mid-range Xperia ray and the ruggedised Xperia active, along with a low-end messaging-centric model called the txt.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Android 2.3, CommunicAsia 2011, Sony Ericsson, Xperia active, Xperia ray,  

Tiny Xperia minis pack a punch

9 May
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Sony Ericsson’s smartphone strategy continues to take shape with a new generation of Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro phones unveiled this week.

These tiny phones make up the budget-friendly end of the price spectrum and complement the earlier flagship phones. Surprisingly, the new doodads pack quite a punch and are worth considering when purchasing your next phone.

As cellphone makers try to pack more cores into your smartphone, it is just a matter of time before 1GHz mobile chips find their way into cheaper smartphones.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Sony Ericsson, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro,  

Xperia Play available in Singapore from today at S$888

22 Apr

The long-awaited Sony Ericsson Xperia Play goes on sale here today at a recommended retail price of S$888. Telco subsidies are available, but the phone is exclusive to SingTel until 31 May, and depending on your mobile plan, will cost you anywhere from S$0 to S$649.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Gaming, google, Software, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, portable gaming console, Sony Ericsson, Xperia Play,  

Hands on: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Neo and Play

28 Mar

Last Wednesday, Sony Ericsson unveiled three new slices of Gingerbread to the Singapore media – the Xperia Play, Neo and Arc. These Android 2.3 phones are serious contenders each with unique selling points, and a sign that the company is keeping up with the competition from the likes of Samsung and LG.

Unfortunately, they seem bogged down by the TimeScape user interface, which although generally pleasing to look at, lags in responsiveness every now and then.

Xperia Arc & Neo

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Gaming, google, Software, android, Sony Ericsson, Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Play,  

Sony Ericsson comes up with “affordable” Xperia X8

16 Jun

Back to life with the Android Xperia X10 and X10 mini launched early this year, Sony Ericsson has just unveiled the Xperia X8, an “in between” member of the Android Xperia family that it promises to be “affordable”.

The “mid-tier” touch-screen device looks essentially like a smaller X10. It has a 3-inch screen, 3.2-megapixel camera and 3.5mm audio jack – all the basics of a multimedia phone for youngsters.

Out in selected markets in Q3 this year, the X8 comes in five colours, including white and pink

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, android, Sony Ericsson, X10, X10 mini, X8,  

Mobile World Congress 2010 – battle of the OS

16 Feb

A quick walk through the yearly Mobile World Congress – the biggest mobile phone show around – and you’ll realise you are actually gazing at a crystal ball that shows what people will tote in their hands in the coming months.

Here in Barcelona, as this year’s phone extravaganza kicks off today, the power is clearly with Google’s Android. With Sony Ericsson, Motorola and China’s Huawei showing off world-beating Android phones this week, it’s easy to think 2010 will be the year of the Google phone OS. (HTC has also launched two hot numbers in the Legend and Nexus One-lookalike Desire).

But very clearly, rivals are not going away quietly. Microsoft, Samsung and Nokia all have their sights aimed at the emerging powerhouse OS.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Google Android, Huawei, MeeGo, Mobile World Congress, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung Wave, Sony Ericsson, Windows Phone, Xperia X10 mini,