Sony Ericsson has released a number of phones into the range that the Xperia Ray belongs to, the most notable ones being Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. While the budget category of the phones may be similar, they vary vastly in their features. While the Walkman is directed at the music buff in you, the Xperia Go, which by the way, is a solo venture by Sony, is made for rough and tough use. The Xperia Ray is a looker, and comes with some great features. Let’s have a look at all its features.
Xperia Ray is very thoughtfully crafted. The size is almost perfect, which means its neither too large where your finger can’t reach some parts, and neither is it too small which slips out of your hand. The screen is 3.3 inches, and has two touch buttons below it, accompanied by a semi-circular home button, which doubles up as a lock key. On the left of the phone, you have the volume rocker. On the right is the microUSB port and the top houses the power button and the 3.5mm headphone jack. This system, we believe, is the most convenient. A camera button would have helped, though.
The front part is aluminium and back cover is plastic with a slight rubber coating, which is good for grip and touch. Its 9.4 mm thick, hence slips very comfortably into your pocket, and very light at 100g. We wouldn’t call this the sturdiest of phones, but its average and would fare like the other phones. It has a scratch resistant display, so you can be assured.
The Xperia Ray comes loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512 MB of RAM to take care of smooth and effective navigation. The Timescape UI is very convenient and is a joy to use. The 3.3 inches of screen with 854×480 pixels does a good job, and it’s bright and crisp with good viewing angles. The Sony comes with its own Bravia engine, which enhances display, so the contrast and picture quality is enhanced, so HD videos play really well. You also get an 8 MP camera with LED flash, and the image quality is impressive. It also has a 0.3 MP front facing video camera which enables video chatting as well. It has 300 MB of available internal memory, and you can always expand it by adding external memory through microSD cards. It also comes with screen capture, which is an interesting addition. Also, you can share or like your favourite songs from the music player itself. The battery is 1500 mAh and gives a standard of 6 hours of talktime and very decent standby time.
At around Rs. 16500, this phone is a very sweet deal. It is equipped with superb looks and design, and good hardware on which the Android and Timescape UI run very well. It shows better performance than expected on this hardware. This is one very pretty phone, which packs in quite some punch as well.