Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray (Cosmic) Review

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Sony Ericsson has been relatively quite for some time.All it did in the previous months was renovate the Xperia MINI’s and teased us with Xperia DUO.Well heres the latest device release from the company Xperia Ray.Time to roll.

Quick Specs

  • 3.3″ 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen, 854 x 480 pixels
  •  Sony Mobile Bravia engine
  •  Qualcomm MSM8255 1 GHz Snapdragon platform
  •  300MB user available storage, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot, 4GB card included in the retail box
  •  8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash
  •  Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  •  Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  •  Sony Ericsson Timescape UI

 

REVIEW

1) Sony is known for its sexy,classy designs and make no mistakes,Ray does not disappoint at all.Infact it has a very,very sleek unibody design with well-managed thickness (only 10 mm).

2) The body is completely made up of high quality plush Plastic.The set of android buttons are the capacitive back and menu key whereas the home button has been kept hardware only.The big hardware Home key plus capacitive Back and Menu keys has its advantages over a strip of three buttons, for both looks and usability.They give Ray the look similar to that of the new MINIs.

3) The front is completely dominated by the 3.3″ Reality display which has FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels), for a 16:9 aspect ratio.The graphics look quite smooth and a great resolution only enhances the overall look.

4) The Mobile Bravia engine promises enhanced contrast and colors and from what we’ve seen so far on previous models.The display is not too bright overall, which reduces sunlight legibility, and also suffers from some contrast and color loss when viewed at an angle.

5) The available sensors are usual proximity, accelerometer, and an ambient light sensor for auto-brightness.The left side of the RAY houses the microUSB port (uncovered), which doubles as a charger plug and on the right we have the volume rocker.

6) The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is flat and the battery cover is made of soft matte plastic.It has a very premium class to it,both in terms of looks and feel.

7) As for the camera,it may well prove to be the Showstopper.The 8MP camera lens is with its trusty friend, the LED flash, right next to it.Sony has a habit to give its snappers an exclusivity and the RAY is no exception.

8)The microSD card slot is under the battery cover and it’s obstructed by the battery, so you have to switch the phone off every time you want to swap the microSD card.

9) The android v2.3 (GIngerbread) comes with a Xperia trademark Timescape UI which is very simplistic and good to look at. It gives only 5 Home screen Panes though (no chance of ADD or SUBTRACT here).

10) The music player on the Xperia ray is the same app you get in the Arc and the Neo. The interface is laid out in four tabs for the available sorting options: all artists, all tracks, playlists and albums.

11) The CPU is a well-known Qualcomm unit and is based on the Snapdragon platform which ensures a pretty good performance and very rare lags.

12) The browser in this one has full FLash support which is sure to give RAY an advantage if used well. Sony has included many of its own apps like TRACKID,etc as well.Their are lot of color choices as well.

I think Sony has gambled a lot with Xperia Ray,giving it form-factor like the MINIs and SPecs like the BIGGYs,but if it pays off (it will only be if it’s placed I the right price Bracket that is) it can be a real game-changer.

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