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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: Camera

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The cherry on the decently-specced cake of the Xperia Neo has to be the camera. It packs an eight-megapixel Exmor R sensor to help brighten low-light images (which it genuinely does).

There's a Camera button to shortcut into the camera mode or to take images with. You already know how much these please us. You can, if you prefer, use touchscreen capture, but we think a physical button reduces shaking, so we're always pleased to see one.

There are precious few modes to play with on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, and only one shooting mode that will allow you to zoom (2MP, 16:9), which is pretty poor. Post-shot editing is limited too to a simple crop or rotate.

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But if post processing is really your thing, there's usually an app for that, so head to the decently stocked Market.

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OUTDOORS: This snap of Brighton beach on a cloudy day is fairly true-to-life for colour, with a little saturation. The colour washes out slightly on the right towards the light source but is overall a great quality picture (taken at the highest resolution)

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LOW LIGHT: This picture of Brighton pier lit up at dusk is significantly helped by the Exmor R sensor technology, because the sky was much, much darker than it appears in the image. Colours keep a beautiful tone. Snapped at dusk without flash

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BLINDING: This image was taken in bright sunshine, and the camera doesn't fare very well when faced with a strong light source directly in front of it. The resulting image is almost black and white, drastically washed of colour and producing a silhouette effect

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DETAIL: This pic of the London Eye in strong daylight is much better, with no saturation and true colours. The detailing is excellent

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