Friday, 22 July 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo hands on

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is one of the latest Android smartphones, undercutting high-end handsets like the Xperia Arc or Samsung Galaxy S II. It also has a smaller screen – at 3.7 inches – which should suit those looking for a slightly smaller phone. Read on to find out whether it matches the Arc in terms of features and performance.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is quite a bit cheaper than the Arc from some retailers, but shop around and they can be quite similar in price. The Neo lacks the wow-factor of the Arc – it’s thicker, and has a pretty standard design.

This also works in its favour, however. It’s more comfortable to hold, with curved edges, and it’s still nowhere near a heavyweight. Only the easily scuffed plastics let the design down, and it feels cheaper to hold than the Galaxy S II or iPhone 4.

The 3.7-inch screen is excellent, and if you don’t need the biggest possible display, it’s one of the Neo’s selling point. Colours aren’t quite as vibrant as on the latest Samsung smartphones, but it’s bright and easy to view in sunny conditions, and the 480×854-pixel resolution results in one of the sharpest screens currently on sale.

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