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The Sony Xperia Sola has been designed on Android platform and has been loaded with some of the most sought after features for an enhanced user experience. This mobile phone promises an optimised performance with Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system running on a dual core processor that has a clock speed of 1 GHz. In addition to this, the Xperia Sola has been embedded with 512 MB of RAM to efficiently handle multi-tasking.
This Sony phone comes loaded with a 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that supports a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels for clear and crisp picture quality. Also, Sony has introduced the floating screen feature with this phone to help you highlight an icon on the screen by moving your finger over it before you tap on it to open. This feature is meant to avoid accidental touch on other icons. This floating screen, in addition to the Timescape user interface, promises a dynamic user experience. The Xperia Sola has incorporated Mobile Bravia Engine technology for color management, noise reduction, and sharpness filtering apart from contrast management to reproduce life-like graphics and images. Also, the Sola comes with a scratch-resistant screen.
This Sony Xperia sports a 5 megapixel camera on its back to help you capture and store live action in vibrant stills. However, its ability to record videos with 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution and that too at 30 frames per second, empowers you to capture your surroundings in moving stills. Additionally, the LED flash present with the camera helps you get clear visuals even in dim light. Some of the other noticeable features include HD recording, 3D sweep panorama, geo-tagging, touch focus and 16x of digital zoom.
The Sony Xperia Sola gives you the feel of a well-built device with its candy bar shape and plastic body. The back side of the phone has got a soft touch rubber finish for comfortable handling. Also, it houses the camera along with the flash. On the right side of the device, you will find the lock-key and volume rocker. With this phone, you don’t need to look for the camera option in the menu bar as the 2 stage button provides you direct access to it. Sony has embedded this phone with accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass and light sensor.
Storage and Battery
The Xperia Sola is powered by a 1320 mAh battery that promises to deliver a talk time of up to 6 hours and a standby time of up to 475 hours. To meet all your storage related requirements, this phone has incorporated 8 GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32 GB with a microSD card.
Connectivity and Features
The Sony Xperia Sola has on-boarded most of the communication features to deliver an optimised user experience. You can opt to connect with the world of Internet through GPRS and EDGE technologies that utilise 2G waves surrounding you. However, if fast internet browsing is your requirement then the 3G support in this phone will help you connect to the third generation network. The WiFi feature lets you benefit from the nearest WiFi hotspot to connect with the Internet.
This phone supports A-GPS with Google maps that assist you in figuring out your way through an unknown city. This Android based phone comes with USB and Bluetooth feature to enable exchange of files and data with other devices in your vicinity. This Sony mobile phone takes care of your entertainment related requirement with a music player, video player and FM Radio. The 3D Surround Sound feature in addition to the xLoud Audio Filter Technology promises to create close to real life listening experience. The DLNA compliance of this device helps you pair it with a range of other devices.
|In Sales Package||Handset, Battery, Charger, LAN Headset, Data Cable, 2 NFC Tags, SIM Card Adaptor (Used for Micro SIM)|
|SIM||Single SIM, GSM|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Capacitive|
|Business Features||Document Viewer, Pushmail (Exchange ActiveSync)|
|Call Features||Conference Call, Hands Free, Loudspeaker, Call Timer, Call Divert|
|Operating Freq||GSM - 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS - 2100|
|OS||Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|Processor||1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9, Dual Core|
|Resolution||FWVGA, 854 x 480 Pixels|
|Other Display Features||Mobile Bravia Engine, Scratch-resistant, Screenshot Capturing|
|Primary Camera||Yes, 5 Megapixel|
|Video Recording||Yes, 1280 x 720, 30 fps|
|Zoom||Digital Zoom - 16x|
|Other Camera Features||Auto Focus, 3D Sweep Panorama, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face and Smile Detection, Image Stabilization, Self Timer, Image Editor|
|Type||Li-Ion, 1320 mAh|
|Talk Time||6 hrs (2G)|
|Standby Time||475 hrs (2G)|
|Memory and Storage|
|Expandable Memory||microSD, upto 32 GB|
|Memory||512 MB RAM|
|Internet & Connectivity|
|Wifi||Yes, 802.11 b/g/n|
|USB Connectivity||Yes, micro USB, v2|
|Tethering||USB, Wi-fi Hotspot|
|Navigation Technology||A-GPS, with Google Maps|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v3, Supported Profiles (A2DP, EDR)|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Music Player||Yes, Supports MP3, WAV, eAAC|
|Video Player||Yes, Supports 3GPP, MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, HD|
|Sound Enhancement||xLOUD Audio Filter Technology, 3D Surround Sound|
|SAR Value||1.25 W/Kg|
|Phone Book Memory||Yes|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Light Sensor|
|Additional Features||TrackID Music Recognition, Alarm Clock, Calendar, Screen Lock, Flight Mode, Animated Wallpaper, Equalizer, LCD Backlight, Voice Recognition, Wisepilot, Internal Phone Storage: 8GB (Up to 5 GB User-accessible Memory), Calculator, Predictive Text Input, NFC, Voice Input|
|Important Apps||Google Sync, Facebook, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Voice Search, Google Talk with Video Chat, Twitter, NeoReader, Android Market, News and Weather, YouTube, Instant Messaging, Google Lattitude|
|1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories|
I read a comnt whr a guy said he his phone stopped responding and he had to wait for battery to drain since the battery isnt removable.
Press and hold both the volume up key and the power
key for five seconds.
After your phone vibrates once, release the keys. The phone restarts automatically.
Yes, i am an ericsson fan and i have had 3 walkman phones before the sola.
The fone that i had before the sola was w995.
Got this phone 6 hrs ago (yup! once again flipkart didnt fail to astonish me ).
Charged it for 5 hrs to condition the battery.
LOOKS : better than what it looks in the picture. the rear is a rubberish type so scratches can be avoided...
Touch:Yup,the floating touch lives upto its expections.
Speed: Dual core CPU,IT IS LIGHTNING FAST!!!Tried a few challenging apps and games, they work flawless.
NFC: got two smart tags (red and black)...red one is home and black one is bed ( i dont know if the names can be changed,i will try that later)
Cam: Neutral! cant say its awesome, cant say its bad..OK type
sound quality : over the speakers - volume is good.Quality is flat.i.e lacks the warmth and depth that my w995 provdies over its unbeatable stereo speakers.
if w995 gets 10/10 for sound, then sola gets 6.5/10
over Earphones - awesome!! bass is superb (bassheads will love it!)!people looking for sound stage depth, maybe slightly disappointed.although yes,the equilizer is completely tweakable for one's likes.3d surround is a huge plus provided u have earfones that have good soundstage (i used klipsch S4 and audio technica ATHM50)
Xloud? I just belive its a marketing title! if u switch it off,the sound falls below 30% (now no phone has that low volume)
Battery: since its been just 5 hrs, cant really comment! but I believe the engineers at sony are not that foolish to power this beast with such a weak battery as many claim!there must be a reason behind it something only the "SONY" people know..and others.......JUST TALK!!!
I have been using this phone for the past week or so. When I review a phone I look at the usability, its performance and efficiency along with music quality. Here are the things I found out while using this phone
Performance - For a mid range smartphone, this phone works pretty well. The animations are snappy and there is hardly any lag ever. Response time in starting applications and application performance is also quite good.
Usability - The customization over Android done by Sony is pretty neat. I like the minimalistic and sober approach, it makes a gadget look like a gadget. Nothing is overdone, nothing left out either. The blend is near perfect. Within a few taps you have access to pretty much everything.
Efficiency/Battery life - I use my phone for tethering and connecting to the Internet. Thus it recharges and it's hard to get a correct estimate, though when I did use it for a few days without tethering I found that with moderate usage the phone does get you through the day. I mostly use it for music and frequent browsing. It won't last two days on one charge but most smartphones don't anyway. Though the new Novathor chipset is supposed to consume 40-60% less power, still Sony could have done their customers a favour and kept a 1500 mAh battery instead of 1320 mAh. Still it's not a complete deal breaker.
Music Quality - Earlier I used to have a Nokia C7 and that had a very decent deep sound experience, here the sound is not as deep as that but it's a small difference, the volume is acceptable on earphones and the quality is decent, equalizers can help you make tweaks but being an audiophile I keep them flat, only ClearBass and SurroundSound suffice for me. Bass is nicer that way. Btw I use Sennheiser CX-300 noise isolation plugs, the experience on stock headphones is never a justification of the quality of the device.
Camera - I don't use my mobile for photography hence I am not too concerned with this but the shutter key is next to a failure, you need to press it really hard. Anyway images are average in normal light, daylight photos are decent. There's too much noise reduction and the colours are a bit washed out the look is akin to water colours a bit. There is no front camera and people rant about that a lot, I am not concerned about it, if that is a must have priority please don't buy Sola but don't rant either. There are plenty of options in the market, I agree had the front camera been there it might have been more complete but it's certainly not bad.
That leaves the floating touch and storage to be discussed. I don't really use the floating touch though it works fine most times than not. Also since you have an expandable card slot storage is not an issue.
Sola is currently running Gingerbread 2.3.7 and it's a nice experience at that, with ICS there will be significant performance improvements so the experience will most likely be better still. Hope this helps.
Xperia Sola, the latest in Sony's venture alone in the Mobile World. This is a device not to looked down on, it sports a dual core processor, which is the most power efficient dual core processor in the market now. Some people think that it is yet to prove it's power efficiency, well this device with a meager 1320mAH battery lasted 38hrs of testing.
This doesn't come with the iconic identity design, the translucent bar at the bottom, that the new NXT series comes with. But it has it's own "iconic identity", the floating display paired with the Sony developed Floating touch display, which detects your finger about 10mm above the screen.
Ofcourse if what you want is a cassic design like, the translucent color changing bar at the bottom then going for the Xperia U will be the better choice. but this phone, apart from the design area, beats the Xperia U hands down. Be it speed, touch detection, better browsing, anything, this phone is too good for the Xperia U. We, when testing the phone were quite surprised to find that the phone performed slightly better in the speed department, compared with the Xperia U even though they both have the same processor. It has NFC, which is rather useful, will be rather useful in the upcoming year or so, because NFC is catching up quite quickly.
There are places like battery life that the Xperia U wins, because of the smaller screen.(Xperia U gets upto 42hrs of battery life, 2days!!)And in the slightly better camera. We dont know why that is either, because they both have the same sensor(most likely to be the problem with the review unit).
All in all it is a very good device, but not having a removable battery is really a heart breaker, but not a deal breaker! It is good device to look out for. Just wait for some videos reviews, from Phonearena or iGyaan.
I am a reviewer, the device I got for testing was a prototype, so it doesnt exactly represent the"quality" of the final product but has all the same specs, so will not differ very highly.
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