Anyone here own an Xperia S?

I've seen the Xperia S for around £130. Pretty cheap for a handset that boasts a dual core processor and an HD screen. Was looking for some feedback for someone who's owned this phone, or knows someone who owns this phone. Thank you

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JanSt / MOD  May. 29, 2013 at 23:31

I had the Sony Xperia S for 5 days when it was launched.
I had big issues with ridiculously laggy softkey. They usually required 2 or 3 presses.
That lightband around the bottom annoyed me big time, too. It serves zero purpose, and when you're dealing with a phone that has quite a few bugs, than such a gimmicky feature just emphasises the bad...
The camera was good, and overall it was okay - I say 'okay' as someone who's not a big Android fan.
For £130 it's certainly a good phone.

CTPAHHIK  May. 30, 2013 at 08:07

Should be pretty good phone. I haven't noticed any softkey problems - I would assume they were fixed with a firmware update.
Either S or pay a little more for Xperia T.

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2013 at 09:46

Should be pretty good phone. I haven't noticed any softkey problems - I would assume they were fixed with a firmware update.
Either S or pay a little more for Xperia T.
Yes, that's why I mentioned I had mine right after launch. I do hope Sony fixed most of the stuff that bugged me...

BEEPBEEP123  May. 30, 2013 at 21:29

So, it's only the soft keys I should be worried about? Everything else is decent for the price, would you say?

BEEPBEEP123  May. 30, 2013 at 21:51

I can also get the S2 for the same price. Which one would you say is a better option out of the two?

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2013 at 23:05

I can also get the S2 for the same price. Which one would you say is a better option out of the two?

Xperia S has a much much better camera than the Samsung Galaxy S2. On the other hand:
The S2 is very easy to root, and there are digital truckloads of ROMs, tweaks and mods around. I'd take the Galaxy S2 over the Xperia S. The Sony looks gooder in photos, but it feels
chunky in your hand (well, in mine, anyway), and really: that lightband will annoy you.

BEEPBEEP123  May. 31, 2013 at 00:16

I appreciate the comments, Jan. I will definitely take them into consideration. Thank you

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 06:38

You're welcome. Again, for that price, neither should disappoint you :) Enjoy

CTPAHHIK  May. 31, 2013 at 08:01

Xperia S has 720p screen, S2 still stuck on 400x800.
Xperia S is a faster phone - CPU is faster, but GPU performance should be same due to higher resolution.
Xperia doesn't have SD card, so 32GB is all you are getting.

Watch out that Xperia S is not a locked phone. If phone is carrier locked putting unlock code will only unlock SIM card, while bootloader will remain permanently locked. Xperia phones are very secure and without unlocked bootloader it will be a pain to root and install custom ROM.
Either phone is easy to un-brick.

Ignore our blubbing and read this ->

BEEPBEEP123  May. 31, 2013 at 18:23

Thank you for the link. I actually don't like tampering with my phones, so I'm completely fine the locked bootloader. Thanks anyway

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 19:59

I have a friend who has one, always seemed laggier and more needlessly chunky when compared to my S2. No idea how it is to live with everyday, though.

Marekj  Jun. 1, 2013 at 08:25

I bought an Xperia S via HUKD as part of some mega-cheap O2 launch offer/mis-price.

I had the phone for about six months, here are my thought:


Screen is excellent - The best mobile display Sony have made - That includes the Z and T.
Excellent build quality - Reviews slated it for being all plastic. I found that it was ver-well built and say nicely in the hand. Perfect size, to boot.
Sony have the best Android skin - I'd take it over stock. If only they would release updates in a more timely manner. . . . I read somewhere recently that Google stated that Sony contribute the most code to the open-handset alliance (or whatever it's called).


Camera performance is dreadful. It's no the sensor, as plenty of other top-end phones use a Sony sensor (some variations of the IP5 as one example), but Sony don't let you choose the picture quality (fine, superfine etc). 2mb for a 13 MP image and lots of noise suppression = Awful pictures in anything but the very bet light. Even then, check areas of the picture such as the sky, even on a bright blue day. Sony still haven't sorted this on their newer handsets.
Battery life was a joke - Less than a day with everything off to the point of having a dumb phone. This is the reason I sold it - the promised software fix never came. I couldn't tell you if it was sorted on Jellybean (Is there even an official JB upgrade?)

On balance, I'd take the S2.

krogothnx  Jun. 1, 2013 at 14:07

I had it a week when it launched on o2. Truly lovely phone, but abysmal battery life. The promised ICS update could have possibly fixed it but I didn't fancy waiting an unspecified amount of time with a lemon. From marekj's comment, sounds like it never really got fixed...

With a price that low, you could always get an external battery pack though. I'd buy one at that price.

BEEPBEEP123  Jun. 2, 2013 at 00:55

I've been looking around, and everyone says the ICS update improves battery life hugely, though? Think I've been put off the S by the above two comments!

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 3, 2013 at 10:10

I haven't used either phone long enough to comment on battery life.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 3, 2013 at 11:02

I used the Xperia S for a week or so. So, my usage wasn't what it normally would be.
I was trying loads of apps, checking out features, rooting etc... But I definitely experienced worse battery life - right now, the BB Z10 or my BH's Samsung Galaxy Camera... (Granted, that one has a big zoom lense to move, and a 4.8 inch screen

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 5, 2013 at 10:04

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 5, 2013 at 10:15

Jelly Bean has been available for a while - this is just an incremental update from 200 to 211.
Sony phones can be updated using PC Companion (available from Sony website)

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 5, 2013 at 10:39

Alright. Thanks. Didn't really read the article.


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