Expert Review of Sony Xperia Sola Black
Sony Xperia Sola gives enough reasons to b applauded, as it is an exquisite device with some real novel inclusions. Sony has put in a lot of effort to make this otherwise mid-range and affordable handset, truly a worthy one. The most magnificent is the touchscreen of Sony Xperia Sola. It has 3.7 inch touch display that comes with floating touch technology. For those unfamiliar with this, must understand that this is the latest technology that Sony has introduced in Xperia Sola to amuse the buyers. This magical technological intervention has made this device capable of taking inputs over the screen without touching it. The navigation just has to be done by hovering the fingers over the screen and it right away opens the desired applications and files. The finger hovering over the screen isn't the only hoax that this phone has, in fact, Sola holds up its sleeve because the screen is also capable of detecting touches through non-conductive fabric. One can work with Sony Xperia Sola wearing hand gloves also. This smartphone device support NFC SmartTags too. This amazing piece of unique technology comes with a size of 116 mm x 59 mm x 9.9 mm and is very light and easy to carry with a weight of 107 grams. The soft finish of the back makes it stick to the palm and the hand-fit is surprisingly comfortable and this compact and lightweight handset can be easily controlled with a single hand. Although technically not a part of the NXT series, Sony Xperia Sola shares some of the design choices of its other Xperia siblings. It offers a few notable features to make up for its lack of Ice Cream Sandwich and these include a super-crisp reality display with Floating Touch and a powerful dual-core processor, which promises to run Gingerbread platform perfectly smooth. It also has NFC, and the retail package comes with a couple of NFC tags to play around with. Below the capacitive screen, there are three capacitive keys for Back, Home and Menu, which become backlit, based upon what the ambient sensor detects. The left side has the power/lock key located near the top whereas the right part of the device holds the USB port for charging and transferring files, followed by the volume rocker and camera shutter key right next to one another. On the other hand, the 3.5 mm audio jack is the only thing on the top, while on the bottom there is just a primary mic pinhole and a lanyard eyelet. The back is the home for the 5 MP camera along with LED flash and a secondary mic for stereo recording and the speaker grill is situated at the bottom. There is a charge/event indicator which glows in red or green depending on charge status and blinks whenever there is something that requires the users attention. On the whole, Sony Xperia Sola is a different kind of gadget which doesn’t seem to resemble the most other Android smartphones in the market. It packs in its own punch and is genuinely innovative piece of gadget that will make its own set of devotees across the globe.
User Interface and UI functionality
Sony Xperia Sola is an astounding smartphone with an affordable price range and is running on the most accustomed operating platform, that is, Android v.2.3 Gingerbread, which is upgradeable to Android ICS version, and to have the smooth functioning of the features and applications, this device comes loaded with Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, which helps in speeding up the processing rate. The NovaThor U8500 chipset lighten up every pixel of the 3.7 inches wide LED-backlit LCD reality display. The scratch resistant capacitive touchscreen comes with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and has Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine with floating touch technology. The color combinations from 16M colors makes the screen comes alive with a pixel density of 265 ppi and the multi touch facility allows the users to give multiple commands to the device at one time. To make the graphics performance amazing, Sony Xperia Sola has Mali-400 GPU and this relatively thin, compact device is available in black, red and white colors. The magical display of this phone is its greatest attribute but homescreen and user-interface of Sola offers nothing unique. It uses the similar kind of widgets and wallpapers options that every Android handset is using these days, such as the homescreen is customizable, has virtual QWERTY keypad, screenshot capturing facility, etc. With Sony Xperia Sola Android smartphone, entertainment is close at hand. One can enjoy blockbuster movies in super-high quality on the razor sharp reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. The user can also add crystal clear tones with 3D surround sound audio through the headphones and the users will feel part of the picture and the dual core processing power also enables the users to have faster web browsing and a more responsive phone.
One can fill his life with thrill and excitement by using the multimedia features of Sony Xperia Sola. For songs, one should use ‘Music Unlimited’ and download millions of favorite songs via Wi-Fi. For videos and movies, Videos Unlimited is the right choice. To get an uninterrupted high quality audio, one should use the 3D surround sound audio system of Sola and you will feel part of the show that is running on your phone. The TrackID application will help the user in recognizing the music and the xLOUD feature helps in filtering the audio file. The FM radio comes with RDS feature and the 3.5 mm headphones works as an antenna for the radio and also this 3.5 mm jack can be used to attach the device with speakers or woofers. Various audio formats such as MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA and Ogg vorbis and video formats like 3GPP, MP4 are supportable on this smartphone. The user can do audio recording in 3GPP, MP4 and AMR formats only and the video files support 3GPP and MP4 formats for recording.
Pictures and Video quality
The 5 megapixels photo snapper of Sony Xperia Sola is almost instant and takes no time to swing into action. It is has an LED flash and is capable of shooting 720p HD videos with 30 frames per second along with capturing images with a resolution of 2592 х 1944 pixels. Sony Xperia Sola's 5 MP rear camera has an awesome 16x digital zoom and 2D and 3D Sweep Panorama feature also. The additional capabilities include auto focus, face detection, flash/photo flash, Geo-tagging, red-eye reduction, self-timer, etc. One can share the clicked shots and videos on social networking sites super quickly and also view them on any external screen using DLNA connectivity. To a disappointment, this astounding piece of wonder lacks a secondary front camera to enable video chats. One can have a view to images supported by BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and WBMP graphics format and the captured image can be stored in .JPEG format.
Sony Xperia Sola smartphone is capable of facilitating easy direct Internet access via EDGE, GPRS, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and WLAN. There is embedded HTML 5 browser with Adobe Flash Lite support for the web browsing. The screen also acts like a moving cursor so highlighting and tapping the links to load the web pages is also quite exciting while web browsing. To have connections with the nearby devices it supports Bluetooth v.3.0 with A2DP and EDR, NFC and USB port via microUSB v.2.0 and USB Host.
Internal and External Memory
Sony Xperia Sola sports an internal capacity of 8 GB, where only 5 GB is available for users. Further, the gadget features a microSD memory card slot that can support memory cards up to 32 GB capacity. The 512 MB of RAM can easily run the various applications seamlessly.
Applications and Gaming
Sony Xperia Sola has a set of built-in applications including Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail and Google Maps with Street View and Latitude. More applications can be downloaded from Android Market for specific purposes. As far as gaming is concerned, one can enjoy playing motion-based games of Sony Xperia Sola along with other games. Java supporting games are also supportable on this smartphone as it comes preloaded with Java MIDP emulator. This handset is available in black, white and red variants and this smartphone comes with active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
There is a built-in standard battery of Li-Ion 1,320 mAh capacity in Sony Xperia Sola. It delivers talk time up to 6 hours on 2G and 5 hours on 3G, stand-by time up to 475 hours on 2G and 470 hours on 3G, music listening time up to 40 hours and video playback time of up to 6 hours.
The new Sony Xperia Sola smartphone features connectivity options via Bluetooth, microUSB port, Media Go Media, native USB tethering, NFC (Near Filed Communication), USB high speed 2.0 support, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n , Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA) and is also DLNA certified. This smartphone supports GSM 2G and 3G networks only at a bandwidth of 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, respectively. To download or upload file one can utilize the amazing HSDPA speed of 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA speed of 5.76 Mbps, accordingly.
Sony Xperia Sola is a standard Android handset, which is running on the most used version of OS, and offers some common features as most other Android phones have, this smartphone comes with new technologies that helps in making it differentiable amongst the lot. On the other hand, Nokia Lumia 800 opens possibility of tasting something really different and unique. Nokia Lumia 800, a smartphone based on WP 7.5 Mango is a nice choice for those looking for something distinct in terms of operating platform, looks, power and performance. Other strong competitors of Sony Xperia Sola are Samsung Galaxy Tab 750, Nokia 6700 Gold, BlackBerry Curve 9350, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, Nokia E7, HTC One V, LG Optimus Black and lot more smartphones that are prevailing in the market with the same price tag.