Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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A fantastic phone!
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Advantages: Looks great, decent battery life, excellent camera
Disadvantages: Lots of settings, can be fiddly to change settings
When I got it this was one of the last handsets and I was told it was disconitnued and replaced with the Xperia U. The xperia U has a 5mp camera, whereas this has 8mp so I decided that as it was still available online I would rather have the better camera than the newer design. It may be hard to purchase this in stores but it is available to buy online from £90 used and £200 new.
When I took the phone out of the box I was quite impressed, it's a much slimmer phone than any I have previously had. The screen is large and there are only 3 buttons outside of the touchscreen, the phone is lightweight and although a big larger than what I'm used to it isn't as big and bulky as some of the new phone models.
It is black on the front and back, being matt on the back which I prefer as the shiny surfaces tend to get a bit grubby with scratches and fingerprints. The front is mainly taken up by the screen with only 3 buttons on the bottom and a small button built into the top to turn the phone on and off.
I do like the look and feel of this phone compared with others on the market.
Setting it up
Well setting it up was a bit of a nightmare, due to the fact that my previous phone refuses to connect up with my laptop and the Bluetooth wasn't working, I had a lot of music, pictures and videos on my old memory card so I inserted this into the new handset rather than transferring the data. The phone did come with a 4GB memory card which was the same as my old one so this part was easy.
I then inserted my old sim and finally figured out how to import the numbers from my sim card.
The phone shows a few messages asking you to set up your facebook account, twitter and other things I've never heard of. I set up the facebook and ignored the rest and the next thing I know my contacts in my phone book are full with all of my facebook contacts, again this took me a while how to figure out how to get rid of them but I got there in the end.
The time and date were already set up on the phone, the ringtone and message alert tones were easy to change to my preferred choice and from here the phone was pretty much ready to go.
What's on the phone
Well my background screen tells me the weather in my area, you can change this to be updated every half hour, hour, 4 hours, 12 hours or when you like.
The phone has the usual useful applications such as a calendar, alarm clock, calculator etc. along with some more complicated but still useful applications such as maps and gps.
There is a camera, 3D camera and video camera on the phone. Then you can select 2mp or 6mp when on full screen, or 8mp when on a slightly smaller screen which is still big enough to see clearly. The camera also has a flash and is a two way camera with a lens on both sides making it easier for video calls or taking pictures or videos of yourself. I have to admit the few picture I have taken on the phone so far have come out better than any camera or phone I've had and have come out clear and bright even in a darker room or environment, I'm very impressed with the camera.
You can browse the internet on your phone, watch videos and listen to music.
You can also download apps and games on the phone, some are free and others for a small cost. You can connect to the internet using Wi fi aswell.
As I don't have lots of free internet in my contract I turn off the data on this phone and only turn it on when needed. There are quite a lot of settings in the menu so at first it takes a while to find the settings you wish to change.
Text messages are easy to compose once you've got the hang of the touchscreen, you have a choice of inputting using the old keypad method or with a qwerty keypad. If using the old keypad you have a choice of predictive text or not.
What stands out with this phone?
This is a question I ask myself with most products, especially phones as there are so many to choose from. Since the introduction of the android system they are pretty much all the same when it comes to navigation and ease of use so it's hard to pick one out.
The size of the phone stood out for me, some of the phones these days are fantastic but are nearly the size of a notebook laptop which is just not convenient for me as they're uncomfortable and too large for a pocket or a tiny handbag, my last upgrade was an xperia mini but I gave up with it as it was too small to be practical when it came to trying to send messages using a touch screen. This phone however is a happy medium, it's slim and light whilst still having a large enough screen and not being a brick.
The camera, I can't understand how a phone with such a fantastic camera has been replaced with a phone with an inferior camera.
The sound - so many of my friends' phones and my old phones would have to be attached to you ear to hear them ringing - put them in a handbag and you've got no chance. This has a loud and clear ringtone though which can be adjusted if it's a bit loud in quiet areas. It's also good for playing music through the loudspeaker as it's loud enough and good quality. It also comes with earphones, the sound is good through these too.
I'm very impressed with this phone, it took a bit of getting used to but I'm really happy with it. The only thing that I do find a bit annoying with this phone (and most others) is that if you put it down for only a few seconds it locks and you have to unlock it again. This is a good feature as it was easy to forget to lock your keypad or accidentally make a call when the phone is in a pocket or bag but I think it's too short a time, if I'm in the middle of writing a text message and pause for a couple of second I have to unlock it before continuing. You can change the time it takes to lock but I don't want it to take long when I'm putting it in my pocket or bag so I left it on this short time.
On the plus side, unlocking the phone is simpler than some where you have to type a pin code in each time you want to unlock it. You just move a slider along the screen which only takes a second.
The battery life if better than my previous phone, but as with most android phones not nearly as good as the older models, I have to charge it every couple of days.
I'm very happy with this phone overall and would definitely recommend it. I've dropped it a few times already and it's thankfully still in one piece!
Summary: A really great phone