Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: The Underdog To Sony Ercisson Xperia Arc

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Sony Ericsson has released another brand of xperia device which takes up a position just below their flagship Xperia Arc. This phone is designed without the usual curve and is slimmer and smaller as compared to the Xperia Arc.

Its like Xperia Arc has taken away its armor to reveal the device within. It features all the specification that is found in the Xperia Arc S then what is different with this particular device?

Well read on to find out just what sets this device apart from its older sibling Xperia Arc.

Looks And Feel:

The phone is designed very beautifully and is very aesthetically pleasing. There is no curve and the back of the phone is completely flat but that doesn’t matter because of the slim profile of the device its very stable when placed on a flat surface.

Ray is styled with keeping the minis in mind. There is a big circular home button in the center of the device along with two capacitive keys on either side of the home button. This phone is different from the minis in the respect that it’s bigger and also quite comfortable to use.

The big hardware button is a joy to use and beats the center button that is found on Xperia Arc because let’s face sometimes those thin button do not respond to the press and sometimes are not very practical.

The front of the device is taken up by the BRAVIA Reality display which is 3.3inches of FWVGA resolution 480×854 pixels. Its one of the best LCD display you will ever come across on any mobile device after the Super AMOLED displays of galaxy series.

He screen produces one of the most excellent colors along with deep contrasts. The mobile BRAVIA Engine also helps with the color reproduction and the same trick is used in Sony BRAVIA TV’s where it boosts contrasts and saturation while performing noise reduction. There is image sharpening also so the picture appears very splendid to watch.

Watching videos on Xperia Ray is a joy due to the enhancements offered by the mobile BRAVIA Engine.

Another good thing to notice is the thin strip around the big circular home key. This strip glows different colors white, red, green and blue. It acts as a charge indicator or glows when you have some missed notifications.

Xperia Ray is made out of metal which provides excellent rigidity to the phone. It is built quite solidly and the scratch resistant glass on front should save your screen from your keys.

Hardware And Performance:

Xperia Ray is powered by the 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM and Adreno 205 graphics which is from the Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset. You can find the same chipset powering the Xperia Arc and Xperia Pro also.

Out of the box Ray comes preinstalled with Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 along with Sony Ericsson’s custom skin on top which provides for a nice intuitive user interface.

Ray comes with five home screens which cannot be added or deleted. Sony ericsson have made sure to include timescape this time in the form of a widget which becomes easier to update.

The chipset performs marvelously there is no slowdown of any kind and the entire phone feels very snappy and fast.

The camera on Xperia Ray is an 8MP unit with LED flash and like the Xperia Arc it is also fitted with the Exmor R backlit sensor which is supposed to improve low light photography.

The image quality is pretty good but cannot be compared to the image quality of the Xperia Arc. The photos have good color and contrast while the noise levels are kept pretty low. The captured details are not what you would expect from an 8MP camera. There are purple fringing and over sharpening of images when there are high contrast levels but most of the time you won’t notice it.

In the dark Xperia Ray performs very splendidly the photos are bright thanks to the Exmor R sensor but to get more out of the photos you need to pick your settings clearly.

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Verdict:

Xperia Ray fills a market segment that would cater to most of the user. You get the best of Xperia Arc at a most affordable rate although in a smaller package. If you don’t mind the size then this is the device for you to enjoy the Xperia Arc goodness.

Key Features:

  • 3.3inch 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen FWVGA resolution 480 x 854 pixels with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine
  • Android OS v2.3.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 MP autofocus camera, LED flash with Exmor R sensor
  • 720p video @ 30fps, continuous autofocus
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • microSD slot 32GB supported, 4GB card included in the box.
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Adobe Flash 10.2 support
  • Slim design at 9.4mm thickness
  • Large 1500mAh Li-ion battery

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