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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: Battery life

Battery performance is pretty basic. It'll last you about 8-10 hours with heavy usage (media playing, constant internet use, phone calls) and about 12-15 hours with more standard use.

We definitely had to charge it every night however intensively we used the phone, so it doesn't stand up too well. If you're looking for a handset that doesn't need constant charger juice, then this isn't it.

Sony ericsson xperia neo

Connectivity

The Xperia Neo gives good connectivity with HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), HSUPA (5.76 Mbps), WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

We found connecting by Mac a bit of a pain in the rhetorical, with the Mac refusing to recognize the connected phone. But after a little fussing and unplugging we were eventually offered the option to connect the memory card, which enabled both drag-and-drop and the Sony Ericsson Media Sync software to recognize the Neo.

Sony ericsson xperia neo

Media Sync is an easy-to-use desktop client that allows you to search through the music/poscasts/video sitting in iTunes and add to the phone.

Still, simple as it is, drag-and-drop seemed the easier way to get to all the files on our hard drive that we wanted to transfer (ie films that were stored in other folders). Conversely, connecting by PC was a breeze, switching things around using drag-and-drop method.

Sony ericsson xperia neo

Oddly the Xperia Neo didn't seem to enjoy connecting by Bluetooth, getting to the pairing stage but not actually connecting with the Mac and not even managing to find the PC to connect to at all.

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