Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Overview

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Guide

Given the specifications of its cousins, it would be easy to dismiss the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo as the worst of the Xperia series. Nevertheless, on closer inspection the Neo possesses the same impressive camera and stunning display as its brethren at a slightly more affordable price.

Available in the UK on monthly contracts starting from around £25 and SIM-free for around £370, it's hard to dislike this humble but effective handset.

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A Guide to The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

As far as its appearance, the Xperia Neo is akin to the Play more than the slimmed down Arc. The bulging rear provides a better grip, and the glossy black face juxtaposes well with the silver buttons and detailing. The Neo and Play are almost indistinguishable, with the exception of the omitted search button from the former.

The Neo's primary selling point is its display and 8 megapixel camera. Equipped with a dedicated shutter button, the Neo provides sharp, brilliant shots courtesy of its Exmor R CMOS sensor. Even in poorly lit environments, the camera manages to snap images with bright colour, sharpness, and clarity, tantamount to the sort of pictures produced by a digital camera. The Neo also shoots videos at 720p, something the Xperia Play doesn't offer.

The 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen is a downgrade in terms of size, but maintains the same "Reality Display" tech featured in the other handsets. Powered by the Sony Bravia Engine, the display has a fantastic brightness and contrast level. When attached to a high definition TV through the built in HDMI port, the images are even more impressive, another reason why the Neo is superior to the port-less Xperia Play.

The Xperia Neo runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest edition of Google's mobile-phone operating system. Gingerbread is fast and efficient, providing a boost to browser speed and video playback. On top of the Android OS is Sony Ericcson's proprietary TimeScape skin, which has been revamped to be less obtrusive in an effort to facilitate future updates. In fact, the skin is highly customisable, and many of the widgets can be binned if deemed unnecessary.

By modern handset standards, the Xperia Neo's single-core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM is fairly modest. Dual-core machines are becoming more prevalent even in the smartphone sphere, and its likely the Neo could become antiquated by 2012. Currently, however, the handset is powerful enough to handle all of the latest games and apps on the Android Market, and may receive a drastic price drop as more advanced tech shoulders its way onto the scene. For this reason most consumers will likely avoid a long term commitment when purchasing a middle tier handset like the Neo.

Much like the handset itself, at 1500 mAh the battery on the Neo is pretty average. Typical usage will translate to no more than one or two days worth of battery life. The Neo is equipped with 380 MB of ROM storage with the option to upgrade using its microSD expansion. In addition to Wi-Fi, the Neo supports Bluetooth and 3G network channels. Like most smartphones, the Xperia Neo has a microUSB 2.0 slot, an accelerometer sensor and multi-touch capacitive touchscreen.

Features and Specifications

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 Scorpion processor
  • Adreno 205 GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 380 MB ROM storage and upgradeable to 32GB on microSD memory card
  • 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions: 4.5 × 2.2 × 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 4.4 oz
  • 8 megapixel camera with Exmor R CMOS Sensor and 3264 x 2448 resolution
  • 3.7-inch FWVGA "Reality Display" TFT LCD at 233 PPI with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 480 x 854 resolution
  • 3G support, HDMI, Bluetooth 2.1 with AD2P, microUSB 2.0
  • Accelerometer sensor and Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen

As a mid-range handset, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is an adequate device that performs well for its size. Its lightweight frame and elegant black casing make it one of the more aesthetically attractive handsets on the market. With cheap monthly tariffs and decent hardware, those looking for a more cost effective Android 2.3 Gingerbread solution will find the Neo to their liking.

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  1. Simon says:

    Very nice phone

    Came with hdmi cable, earbuds and USB charger/pc cable

    Runs everything I ahve asked it todo

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