Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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Nice Choice Of Phone
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Member Name: char2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Date: 12/01/13, updated on 12/01/13 (103 review reads)
Advantages: menus make the phone so easy to use
Disadvantages: should be able to view 3d images on the phone.
------------Design & Feel & Set Up-------------
The phone is quite a small phone and is quite narrow. The phone is touch screen and at first because it is touch screen I did think that it was a bit to narrow because I have quite wide hands. Although the width seemed like a problem at first you can turn the phone to the side and use it that way. As time went on it really didn't bother me anymore as it was something I got over quickly. The touch sensitivity of this phone is very good and never find myself pressing extra hard to access things on my phone. The phone is very lightweight and delicate because it is quite thin which is why I have thought it was essential to get a case for it to keep it protected. The screen is 3.3 inches long and that is pretty much the length of the phone.
Setting up the phone is quite simple all I had to do was put the sim card and battery in and it guided me through steps to set up the date and time etc. In the guided set up it also guided me through linking my email and Facebook to my phone so I get instant notifications.
-----------Calling & Texting------------
On the home page of the phone there are 5 tabs located at the bottom of the screen which are like a short cut menu. two of which are for calling and texting. It is very good because this is really helpful for those that are not really good with technology. You can still have a nice phone with all the most important features located on the home screen so you can still effectively use a smartphone without going through the struggle of searching through the whole phone.
Messaging is very simple once you click on the envelope you will be taken to you inbox and can send messages. The phone makes it very simple to send a message because you can choose the option of sending to a contact already saved or sending to a new contact without adding the number. One thing I really like about messaging on this phone is if I am in the middle of a message and want to do something else on my phone I can exit the message do what I have to do then come back to the message later. I like this because there are plenty of times were I am in the middle of a long message and drift of to do something else so it's good to not have to write the whole message again.
Making phone calls is just as simple as messaging because the tab is there on the home page so you can easily find someone's number to make a call. There is a favourite section inside the calling area so if you are Mr popular and have loads of contacts you can put the people who you mostly call in there so you don't have to search through contacts every time you make a call. There is also a search feature so you can type in the persons name you wish to call.
The line is very clear from this phone and the sound has a good range of high and low when speaking to someone on the phone. I don't really make any phone calls but when I do I almost always find myself turning the sound down because depending on your surroundings it can be loud enough for everyone to hear your whole conversation.
One thing that was good for me about this phone is that the menu's are so straight forward and make life easy for me quite alot. Along with the 5 tabs that I talked about already on the home page there is also another 5 tabs at the top of the phone where I can swipe the screen either way to see certain features.
The first page is for settings such a wireless, Bluetooth, ringtone, brightness, roaming and data.
The second page is for favourite phone contacts and to access the play store(which is were you get apps). I tend to not really use any of these pages because they have not much use to me.
The third page is for Google search and special offers that are currently available. On the fourth page lies short cuts for music photo gallery and games from the play store. This is a page that I use quite alot. The final page has the weather and this is the page that I leave as my home page permanently so I can know what the weather will be like all the time. I think it's handy having the weather on my phone rather than having to watch the telly or look it up on the internet.
These 5 menus are kind of like a book and before you even have time to explore the phone it's all laid out to you in these menus before even having to access the full menu which I find good because once you get to the main menu there are alot of features there which I sometimes get lost in and find it hard to find things.
Once you finally get to the main menu by pressing the middle button on the bottom 5 tabs you can access everything in you phone. My phone currently stands at 5 pages with 16 items on each so in other words my phone is loaded with apps and stuff. Some of the apps I have and are possible to get are whatsapp (free texting), iconzoomer, youtube, tvcatchup(watchlive tv), facebook and inkpad.
The camera on the phone is of very good quality. The camera is 8.1 megapixel and the camera video is hd quality. On top of that the phone enables you to take 3d pictures. The camera is one of the main reasons why I got this phone because of the quality and because I really enjoy photography.
The normal camera is very easy to use and what I like about it is that it is very fast so as soon as you touch the screen to take the picture it is done and already saved straight away which is good when you want to quickly catch a moment. I have had alot of these moments like when I was on a tour bus in Rome and has to be quick taking pictures as it was a moving but so ended up with decent pictures and not blurred ones because the camera is fast.
The 3d camera can be a bit of a nightmare sometimes. To use it you have to pan (move) the phone from left to right to take the picture. You have to do it a a certain pace so it can be annoying because if you go to fast or to slow the picture wont take.For me I always panning the phone to fast in a hurry to take a picture I am used to it now though and have got the hang of it. The only thing with 3d pictures is that you can only view them on 3d devices so even though the phone can take 3d pictures you can't actually view them in 3d on the phone. I think this is one downfall to the phone and if you can take 3d you should be able to view them. I have taken loads of 3d pictures and to view them I use my tv because it's a smart 3d TV.
The phone features all sorts of other things like all the basics like, alarm, calender, calculator etc. On top of these features it has it's own built in navigation system and feature that lets you know all you local surroundings.
The navigation system is just like a car sat nav which give you directions and you can even hear the voice to sound out the directions for you. I think this navigation system is such a handy feature and has helped me in so many situations were I didn't know my way. It also tells you the time it will take you to get to a certain destination.
The local feature is connected to the navigation system and if you are in a new area were you don't really know much it can tell you exactly what restaurants, shops, pubs, attractions or you can type in a postcode and it will tell you everywhere near you and exactly how to get there. I absolutely love these two features collectively and from experience it can be a life saver. I remember when I went to watch the Olympics in London it was so easy to get there because obviously there was so many signs and it was almost impossible to get lost. After when I had left the park I had alot of time before I had to get my coach home so I did a bit of exploring and it was this local navigation system that helped me get around and find things and stuff to see. I think without it I would have been bored and probably got lost and not have done half the things that I did.
You are able to put music on this phone and mine came with a 4gb memory card which is a decent amount of songs.
The phone is loaded with stuff that are useful for me and if you feel your missing something the play store has everything for you to download so really it's a win win situation. I like this phone because most things on the phone were already built in so you can tell the makers thought about their users and didn't just expect people to just get apps for features they want. I think this phone is really for people who love technology that makes life easy but at the same time people who don't will also find this phone easy to use because of the easy quick menus on the phone. The phone is currently in phones for you for 189.99 which is not bad for all you are getting on the phone. Definitely reccomended
Summary: best choice of phone