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Bad: Most everything
Comment: At first you will be impressed by this phone, however after having it just a short while I started to find problems arising everywhere. Let me categorise -
- The Camera, although being 12MP is awful at taking a picture with a lot of depth/distance. The detail quality lacks significantly. It is brilliant however for close-up shots. They advertise a quick start up for the camera, though I never experienced such a luxury, it takes more around a minute. Focussing this camera is a huge pain.
- The battery, due to the immense power all the buggy features consume, this phone will not even last a day. Even if left in standby in your pocket, the battery will drain far too quickly. Another HUGE drawback is that the battery is not replaceable… At least not without removing half the phone and exposing all its inner workings.
- The design is uncomfortably big. Texting is awkward and although the corners are rounded they still poke into your hands and eventually that can start to hurt. There are very VERY few cases available for this phone so in terms of extra protection to save one breaking the massive screen, it’s quite difficult. Plus the addition of a case makes the phone even bigger than it needs to be.
- The touch screen sensitivity is poorly calibrated. Before you think it, it’s not because I’m trying to use it wrong, it’s just very uneven and doesn’t respond well, especially at certain angles I’ve found with mine.
- Phone often cuts of mid-call. Sometimes refuses to let me call someone.
- The gallery and the text messages often open saying there is nothing in them, and take around a minute (depending on how much is in there) to actually make your pictures or messages appear.
- A REALLY ANNOYING ISSUE is the back of the phone CONSTANTLY falls off. Considering there is nothing you can do under that cover except put your sim card in, it comes of stupidly easily. I can simply pick the phone up off the table and the back will fall off etc.
- Certain apps and a lot of games overload this phone. The Dual-Core is nothing special at all and almost everything that requires any type of decent graphical processing crashes or lags badly. Often the simplest programs crash such as internet, Instagram. IT WILL OFTEN CLOSE SOMETHING MID USE SO BE CAREFUL.
- With headphones, the phone sometimes decides to play music from the speaker instead which is awkward if you are in a public place. And then you’ll rush to silence it and it’ll freeze up so you’ll end up sitting on it or snapping it in half with rage.
OVERALL I would highly recommend you look elsewhere for a phone regardless of what you may think, this phone will cause more problems for you than you could imagine. There are more problems I could name right now but I think I’ve said enough for you to realise the truth about the performance of this phone.
Comment: stuck with this phone for 6 months and couldn't stand it a moment longer: 1. ridiculously low battery life, fully charge it and then after a few phone calls on a night out and your stranded without a phone. 2. phone would frequently decide to cut-out mid-phone call or refuse to function at all, redialling the same number 10 times to get through becomes tedious 3. touchscreen is either hypersensitive or doesn't respond at all. 4. cheap plastic cover that doesn't really fit and looks terrible. 5. camera is poor. 6. even the charger looks cheap. Just do yourself a favour and avoid even if offered for free. I reverted back to an old 2008 Ericsson model that actually works.
Good: A beautiful screen, a decent camera
Bad: Extremely buggy, camera's not as good as you expect it to be, battery life is poor
Comment: I've owned this phone for 18 months, sadly it's not lasted my full 24 month contract - but I'm not crying about it and here's why.
I've had it through 3 OS updates - Gingerbread, ICS and Jellybean. On Gingerbread it worked well, but as soon as the ICS upgrade was put on my phone it became horrendously glitchy. Certain apps would crash the phone - Instagram, Google Chrome, Google Search, O2 Priority Moments to name a few and as the battery is screwed into the phone's main body you can't do a battery pull to rectify these things. You just have to wait until it corrects itself. It also had this weird habit of, if I had been listening to music and paused it on the lock screen and removed the earphones, it would sometimes like start playing the song on the loud speaker minutes later causing plenty of embarrassment. Sometimes you'd try and phone someone and it wouldn't bother, and just when you give up it'd dial the number, sometimes without you realising. Sometimes you'd be halfway through writing a text or writing something into browser or a note, and it would decide "nah, don't wanna." and close the app. Only a few of these issues seemed to have been fixed in Jellybean, the apps still crash it as much as ever. The camera isn't even as good as you'd expect it to be. it may have plenty of megapixels, but the actual pictures aren't very vibrant, phones with smaller MP count take nicer photos. I was also really excited about the "Quick Capture" function, but as it turns out it's not so quick. It takes almost a minute to load up (by which time the thing you wanted to photograph is gone) and it doesn't bother with focus, so you just get a blurred picture of something that's gone on it's way already. A useless feature overall.
The battery life was poor on Gingerbread and ICS, usually lasting around 6 - 8 hours on standby, sometimes even less. The battery life improved a small amount on Jellybean probably to around 10 - 12 hours which is reasonable.
What I do love about this phone, and one thing I will miss a lot is watching videos and playing games on it. The screen is large enough and the graphics are good enough to enjoy this immensely. It's such a shame that this phone hadn't received more attention because it does have a lot of potential, and when it did work properly I loved it.
Good: Does what it says on the tin
Bad: Poor sensitivity on touchscreen sometimes
Comment: Had this for a year now, the screen sometimes lacks sensitivity. The microphone had issues to start with but sent it away under warranty, new mic fitted been good as gold since/
the aerial section (under the clear strip) isnt solid and moves around, but otherwise fine build quality. If you use the wifi, bluetooth, internet etc battery life is seriouly diminished, sometimes down to 1/2 day, so need to keep charger handy. Internet is good, good range of apps available (many free) upgraded to ICS shortly after I got it. all in all a very good phone.
and makes phone calls. The sat nav not very good if you drive a lorry for a living though, so don't give up your portable!
Good: Facial recognition lock
Comment: I've had this phone for 8 months now and I have to say it has been a nightmare to use! The touchscreen on the phone is difficult to use and unresponsive. It's so slow to use and cannot cope with a few apps open at once. It's wireless hotspot connectivity is useless via bluetooth and only minutely bearable using USB connection. My speakers have for some reason decided not to work on the phone in the last 2 months. It has a cheap plasticy feal to the phone and I'd certainly advise NO ONE to waste their time with this phone! So many times I've been in emergency situations where I need to call/text someone and the phone decides to wait 10 minutes to work! Very disappointed with this phone Not worth the money!
Bad: Useless camera
Comment: If you want a good camera and video on your phone (as Sony misleadingly advertise it is) Don't get the Xperia S.
It takes so long to focus, if it focusses at all, results in the majority of your photo / video opportunities being lost to nothing but a useless blur. So the camera and video are virtually useless
If you Google 'Xperia s camera problem' you'll see that I am not alone !
Comment: If you want a good camera on your phone don't get the Xperia S. The camera takes ages to focus if it focusses at all, and as most photo opportunities only last a few seconds this renders the camera virtually useless and the video is the same too.
Comment: crap doesnt respond well to touch,not user friendly.not worth the money
Comment: very good
Good: everything is good
Comment: its more better than iphone five
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