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Key Features

  • Android v2.3
  • Performance

  • Display

  • Camera

  • Battery

  • 1 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Available
  • FM Radio

What makes Sony Ericsson Xperia Active unique?

  • The 3 Inch phone with the highest RAM
  • The best1 Sony Ericsson phone with 5 MP camera
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Specifications


Brand Sony Ericsson
Model Xperia Active
Also Known As Sony Ericsson ST17i, Sony Ericsson ST17a
Operating System Android v2.3
SIM Slot(s) Single SIM, GSM
Network 3G: Available, 2G: Available


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Dimensions 92 (H) x 55 (W) x 16.50 (T) mm
Weight 110.8 grams
Colours Black-RedOrange, Black with White, White-RedOrange, White - White


Screen Size
3 inches (7.62 cm)
Screen Resolution
320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density
192 ppi
Display Type
Touch Screen Capacitive Touchscreen


Chipset Qualcomm
1 GHz
Adreno 205
512 MB


Internal Memory
1 GB
Expandable Memory
Up to 32 GB


Main Camera

5 MP Primary Camera
LED Flash
Shooting Modes Continuos Shooting
Camera Features
Digital Zoom, Smile detection, Digital image stabilization
Video Recording
1280x720 @ 30


1200 mAh
Type Li-ion
Up to 3.51(3G) / Up to 4.88(2G)
Standby Time
Up to 335(3G) / Up to 351(2G)

Network & Connectivity

Network Support
3G, 2G
3G Speed:

86 kbps

236.8 kbps

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
Wi-Fi Features
Mobile Hotspot
with A-GPS


FM Radio

Special Features

Other Sensors Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
Applications Document viewer

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15 Expert Reviews for Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

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  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Active
    Joseph Hanlon
    31 May 2011 | zdnet

    It`s important to a lot of Aussies that their phone can take a spray of water during a day on the beach. The Xperia Active is water and dust resistant and should be able to take a bit of a beating as well....

    Verdict: Of the new phones announced by Sony Ericsson during CommunicAsia, the Active seems to be the one with the widest appeal. If you are looking for an alternative to the big names in the smartphone world this year, choosing a phone with a ruggedised body...

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia active review: The Rainmaker
    GSMArena team
    03 Nov 2011 | gsmarena

    Flick it, kick it, throw it, wet it. Drag and drop it. And watch it come back for more. The Sony Ericsson Xperia active is a survivor. The rugged smartphone has a Bravia Reality display and exchangeable covers, 1GHz of oomph and HD video, and plenty of sporty apps. It`s got you - tucked under an arm strap. It goes wherever you go. Durable smartphones are becoming an Android-exclusive niche and Sony Ericsson want in. But the Xperia active believes...

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12 User Reviews for Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

Overall User Rating (4.2 Out of 5 based on 79 ratings)


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  • Truly Water Proof
    Apaar Jyoti
    Truly Water Proof
    16 Oct 2011
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    Overall: I had this phone before it was released in India, and its totally water proof... yes i have tried dipping completely into water while recording video, works great. Sony Ericsson claims that the phone can handle 30 minutes under water (up to 1m) without any damage. So its great while you go for a swim or playing any sports in rain add to that its specs are GREAT its got 3D sweep panorama just like Sony's cybershot has,its got mobile BRAVIA Engine, Wet-finger tracking which Motorola's Defy does not have, active also has 'Facebook inside XPERIA', software that integrates Facebook into commonly used areas of the phone including the picture gallery, music player, phonebook and calendar and to top it all off its CPU is 1Ghz with 521 MB of RAM and its speaker is really loud because of xLOUD technology from Sony :)nwhat i didnt like was... it has a small touch screen but i guess thats alight, just a matter of getting used to...nnI dont know about what they are supplying here in India but when i got this phone from UK it has a LiveView device which is basically a wearable phone remote with full color OLED screen, to show FB, twitter updates, messages... etc...

  • Its the new nokia 1100 D
    Its the new nokia 1100 D
    08 Feb 2012
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    Overall: First of all, let me start by saying what a terribly incompetent handler i am of objects. Some one might think i might have neurodegenerative disorders looking at how i drop things :D nnHaving said that, the new xperia active is a godsend for butterfinger clumsy people like me. I have dropped the cell phone from my hand, from my bed while sleeping, and then, just to test it, atleast from a height of 3 ft. The only thing it got was a few scratches on the screen guard.nnThe waterproofing works like a charm, though i would advise against taking it along with you while swimming or on a undersea dive. I tried the waterproofing test by keeping the cell screen up under tap water, running strog, for abot 5 mins. Some water DOES seep into the secondary back cover. I did not test it enough, rather i did not have the guts to test it any further.nnHaving got the ipv6 specs out of the way, The phone as a whole, is kind of iffy.It has the usual android flavour to it, along with sony's timescape overlay. The sony layout is cool, and people who have used it might feel quite at home. New users will need some time to get aquainted with it, but once dey do, They will soon realise, this is the best overlay over any other existing android cell, better than Blur and Sense. What makes it a great winner is the facebook integration offered on it. If you are the type who has to share every fart and every laugh online instantly, this cell phone is made in heaven and shared on earth by him especially for you.nnThe hardware is quite nice, and responsive. The touchscreen lives upto its moniker of wet finger tracking. The sound quality is amazing. This sound quality is among the best sound qualities i have ever seen on a cell phone, even better than the benchmark setting sony walkman W500i cell phone. THe output in the earbuds is truly amazing.nnBattery life is next to nill. Heavy usage of games for about 3 hours, along with music for 2 hours, and wi fi throughout the day will make it fizzle out within 7 hours. It is the most irritating thing about this cellphone. Android really needs to resolve the battery issues.I can say very well that the issue is with android and its memory allocation, because when you use the cell for the entire day only to listen to songs, the battery life lasts well over 24 hours. Only when the graphics processor is switched on, or the wi fi is switched on, does the battery start to drain.nnThe phone screen size is something else you might want to consider. Android and IOS are platforms which are tailor made for multimedia content. In this scenario, having a cellphone about the size of 3 inches is ridiculous. I used to think 3 inches is more than enough for me, never having used a 4 inch cell phone. But once i got this cell phone, having seen its amazing multimedia capabilities and the graphics rendering of various games, i have only one regret: if only my screen were 4 inches or more. 3 inches is too small a size. Having said this, the scorpion processor can handle anything thrown at it. It truly has mindblowing graphics. The screen has a very high resolution and can produce crisp realistic colours. It is truly a joy to watch videos or play games on this monster. nnThe camera on this cell phone is terrible to say the least. It is an understatement when i say that the cell phone takes terrible photos. At 5 MP, this is certainly not expected from a company which manufactured the cybershot line of cellphones.nnIf you are looking for a good camera phone, a good multimedia phone, and a phone with long lasting battery life, this phone is not for you. These criterias wont apply to you if you are not a heavy user and only use your cell to play the ocassional games or log on just to check your email. nnOverall, i would recommend this phone to anyone who wants a rugged phone first and foremost, which can withstand all attrocities you can throw at it. It truly is legendary in this aspect, and one of the best ones i have seen. The touchscreen is very responsive, as is its colour reproduction with one of the best screens out on the market. My rating would be 4/5 were it not for the camera, battery life and the samller screen size.

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