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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo review

Mid-range Sony Ericsson Android phone packs a photographic punch

Our Verdict

A good camera and media phone, but doesn't stand up against the high-end competition.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 1 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8.1 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.91 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 854

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For

  • Navigation is swift and judderless
  • 8MP camera
  • Connectivity is fantastic and the browser loads quickly
  • Mini-HDMI port connection
  • Comfortable and easy to use one-handed

Against

  • The 3.7-inch screen somehow feels a little smaller than it should
  • Colours aren't as bright as expected and don't pop on screen
  • Sound quality is poor if not using the provided headset
  • Video capture isn't as high quality as expected
  • Aesthetics not to everyone's taste

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo: Maps and apps

Google Maps software is obviously included, and there's nothing new here beyond what you usually get: directions, satellite view, Street View, and new 3D building hotness. The Xperia Neo GPS is quick to lock onto a location and the compass calibrates quickly. It definitely got us out of a lost spot or two.

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The layers can be pretty useful, detailing transit lines and 'Buzz'. Though, Google Buzz never seems to cache anything useful, so you're probably better off sticking with your own social networks to tell you what's happening round and about.

Google's Maps app is easily the most impressive mapping and navigation tool out there. As well as access to classic Maps, full voice navigation across most of Europe (although you can't pre-cache routes, so be prepared with a decent data plans.

Simply accessing the Directions tab lets you specify a start and end point, with Google computing a route for you. Clicking on the Maps Navigation arrow then opens the sat-nav part of the app, prompting you to download and install a voice pack for spoken directions – if you want to hear some amusing American mis-translations of UK place names.

The route is calculated in advance, so it's simple to punch it in while at home on Wi-Fi, then head off and let the GPS do the rest of the job - in our opinion it easily beats a standalone sat-nav, and obviously is nice and free to boot.

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Apps

The Xperia Neo doesn't come pre-loaded with any stand-out apps, but that's okay given the extent of the Android Market app store.

For social networkers, the Timescape app is fun and pretty but unless all you want to do is scan status updates, it's really rather pointless.

Clicking on Facebook or Twitter updates will simply open the mobile site, and profile pictures are pixelated in the extreme, meaning it can be difficult to tell who's who. Stick with the original Android versions of networking apps. You can't flick through them like a Vegas dealer flipping cards, but you sure get better usability.

Viewing and organising apps in the menu is intuitively easy, as previously mentioned, with the options to order them in your favourite pages view, or by alphabetical list, most used or recently installed.

You can also arrange the apps into organised folders, if you so wish, on the Home screen, giving you tidy and easy access to your favourite apps.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.10 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXPERIA
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8.1 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlue Gradient
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6.91 Hour
Product Modelneo
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 854
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)126 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Divert, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Fixed Dialing, Conference Call
Height116 mm
Width57 mm
Depth13 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA neo Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXPERIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1246-9893
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Sharp stills. Video epics. Get creative with the Xperia neo Android touch phone.

The Xperia neo smartphone is powered by Sony multimedia technology. It's great to look at. Even better to hold. Your friends are closer than ever before thanks to Facebook inside Xperia. And when you want more, there's the whole world of Android. On the smart Xperia neo touch phone.

Package Contents
  • XPERIA neo Smartphone
  • USB Cable
Limited Warranty2 Year