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					Sony Xperia S review: NXT of kin

The Sony Xperia S is the current champion of the NXT series and comes aptly armed
with a tack-sharp 720p screen and 12MP worth of stills. It sets a new design trend for the
Xperia line and brings massive improvements to it.

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Sony Xperia S official photos

The Xperia S comes at a time of change in the Android world with quad-core processors
and Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon. The Xperia S is priced below those
new-fangled flagships however, and in its range it's quite the fighter.

But while the OS update is just a matter of time, what most other competing phones don't
have (and can't get via an update) is the 342ppi pixel density of the 4.3" 720p screen or
the 12MP camera. Those things give it a leg up against outgoing flagships and even
upcoming upper-midrangers.

The Xperia S is more than just the screen and the camera though. Here's the short
Key features

  Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support
  3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  4.3" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of 720p resolution (720 x
1280 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; Scratch-resistant glass
  Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update
  Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm
Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset
  12 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging, Multi Angle shot
  1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  1.3 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording
  Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  32GB built-in storage
  microHDMI port, dedicated TV launcher
  microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  Stereo FM radio with RDS
  Voice dialing
  Adobe Flash 11 support
  Deep Facebook integration
  PlayStation Certified, access to the PS Store
  Accelerometer and proximity sensor
Main disadvantages

  The competition will soon have phones with quad-core CPUs...
  ...and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box
  Display has sub-par viewing angles
  No microSD card slot
  microSIM only
  Shutter key isn't particularly comfortable

The Sony Xperia S is keen to add extra value in both hardware and software terms. NFC
is picking up in popularity and the S comes with two smart tags in the box and extensive
app support for them. The microHDMI port is next, which sorts out the need for an extra
adaptor, and GLONASS support (on top of GPS) is good news for everyone who needs
accurate positioning.

The 32GB of built-in storage is pretty sweet too - the memory is non-expandable, but it's
as much as you're likely to get out of a microSD card anyway.

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Sony Xperia S live pictures

We've already reviewed the Sony Xperia S hardware, but we'll give it the once-over
before heading for the software.

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