A great productivity tool from SE
12 Nov 2011
Reviewed On: flipkart.com
Overall: Well, after me awaiting for like seven months,.. the device finally reached the shelves in mumbai. flipkart was a little late (a bit too late really), and out of impatience, i bought it from elsewhere. Its been almost a month, so the review below comes out of a neat experience.nnfirst and foremost, the device - its is totally charming. the screen looks absolutely brilliant. reading text (which was my primary requirement) is really really crisp even in low brightness. the screen is vividly visible and readable in bright sunlight. n I guess I need not comment on the video and pictures. I didn't bother to turn off the BRAVIA stuff these folks keep yammering about, so can't tell the difference. But it sure looks bright and vivid than anything else in this range.nnthe accessories:nthe best part - the earplugs are just superb. I still have the ones i got in pack with SE's cedar, and these look pretty much the same except that the pin is angled. which i like somehow since it doesn't bend in my pocket when i'm on a run.nthe usb charger is weird. it had (i say had) three pins with one plastic pin for earthing which i chopped off to make it into a two pin portable usb charger. :Dnmy box came with a scratch guard.nit doesn't come with a dedicated charger. i didn't care really.nnBattery life surprised me although not more than a bit. it works upto ONE WHOLE DAY to a day and a half. now for an android device under a heavy usage, that much is worthy of appreciation. Oh, n that goes with full time 2g/wifi running.nnI've been a SE user for about five years now, and have been totally addicted to their T9 and text recognition functionality. And mark my words, the text correction on these xperia devices is the best i've ever seen on any android. the extra qwerty keyboard now seems to be a liability since i don't use it much and it just adds to the weight. The text and SE's own version of swype are really mind blowing and they also auto save new words. So I can save all my hindi/hinglish/marathi dictionary with all their swear words. That's seriously awesome. The dictionary pics up words from the contacts too. trivial, but a sweet feature.nnThe camera is another sweet dish. Snaps are stunning. The button sucks, but once you get used to it, you can seriously get good pics out of it at any resolution! The panorama is a bit buggy, but works with steady hands and of course steady environment. I prefer normal modes, so can't comment much on them. But if you know instagram from iphone, you'll love lightbox here on android. 720p recording is fun. You need to 'know' how to shoot if you expect really good videos.nnThe default browser is not so impressive. Opera mobile fills up the gap. Firefox sucks. The included office pro is a blessing since i can open the crappy docx files sent by others right here, which i can't do neatly anywhere else (i'm a faithful linux user). I've found some of the preinstalled widgets and especially SE's addon layer really impressive. The timescape is something i've found,.. pointless. Its only an eyecandy addon which is 0% productive. So is the scrollable media viewer. And No task manager. i immediately downloaded the one i used on my old android - 'task manager' from rhythmsoft. its a really really good software, and the only one i've donated to. :) The mail client is good too. Though the paneled look wasn't a turn on at first, in landscape, it does go well. The device auto registers very quickly with the network in case of coverage drop. That's cool. nnSlideout qwerty has got backlight which is great in dark. Device's built quality is fair. It didn't restart after a drop or two (i wasn't testing, it just happens). The buttons are really really cheap and i fear they might just fall off. duh!nnThe music app is good. But i prefer my sweet old mixzing player. Again, the awesome earplugs rocks the experience. I've stopped pairing my device with my creative earplugs. Music runtime, along with last.fm scrobbling on 100% battery takes it down to 50% after six hours. Watching videos from khanacademy has been one of the best things i could do on this phone. Videos can run for about three hours leaving 40%. Full length movies can be a bit of stress.nnSo to conclude, I'd say this is another beautiful addendum onto the 2011 class xperia series. I can see the price tending towards that of a premium device, but its better than anything below this price tag. The features are astounding. Battery life is acceptable. Music and video is total fun. If you think you want a device with dedicated qwerty, make sure you really really do. The virtual keyboard in portrait mode is totally amazing. If you don't think you do, go for xperia neo or get a bigger charm - the arc or arc s (that's another 6 months! lol!). On comparison with galaxy S both LCD/AMOLED and the features and image quality of these devices is nowhere close to that of xperia pro. The cam is way ahead.nnp.s there is no such thing as an iphone killer.
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