The Sony Xperia Active Review


Sony Xperia ActiveAre you the adventurous type that lives an active life and wants a nice, rugged smartphone to join you in the wild? The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is ready to answer any challenge, fearing nothing, not even water, dust or mud and it can take more than a few kicks too. Well, what do you say? Feeling tempted already? If so, read the following review and find out more about this tough fellow, as it’s not only strong, but smart too, trying to be a perfect sidekick. Featuring Sony’s own Bravia engine for awesome multimedia capabilities, a Bravia Reality Display and replaceable covers, HD capabilities and lots of sporty applications, this baby is a pleasure to deal with!
The source of inspiration for the Xperia Active was the Xperia Mini, but the end result is very different from its predecessor. Being IP67 certified, the Active is as tough as they come, being able to resist water immersion in up to one meter and for a half an hour. Pretty impressive for a smartphone, don’t you think?
But besides being tough as nails, the Active basically shares the tech specs and hardware platform of its sibling, the Xperia Mini. That translates into a Reality Display, a Snapdragon system on chip and HD video capability. But, unlike the mini, this droid is able to take a beating, hence if you’re having an active lifestyle, this is the one for you!
Let’s take a glimpse at the stuff this rugged smartphone is made of, shall we?
The Xperia Active measures 92 x 55 x 16.5 mm and has a weight of 110.8 grams. It’s not your regular supermodel phone, I give you that, but I’m sure you’ll like it, as it’s quite compact and friendly with your hands and pockets. Its back is curvy and rubbery, for offering a good hand grip and keeping fingerprints away.
Sony Xperia Active boxingThe most important thing about the Xperia Active is that its IP67 certified for being dust and water resistant, so it won’t be upset when dropping it in a dusty place or taking it for a dive, as it can hold its breath for 30 minutes, under up to 1 meter of water. Looks like the kind of the phone my noobish girlfriend needs, as she managed to drop a glass of juice over hers. RIP.
The Xperia Active features a 3 inches LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, a pixel density of 192 ppi, is powered by the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine and protected by a scratch resistant glass. The sunlight legibility, which is the most important in my opinion, is great. The touchcreen is highly responsive and reacts even when it’s wet and handled with also wet fingers. Cool or what?
The phone comes loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features the Timescape user interface, offering a very pleasing overall experience. For achieving this, it’s helped by a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset, holding a 1 GHz Scorpion processor, 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of internal storage which is expandable with a microSD card (a 2 GB one is included in the phone’s package). This rugged fellow is quite a performer and won’t bother you with any lag or freezes.
The Xperia Active comes with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus that takes photos at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels, has a LED flash and features settings for geo-tagging, white balance, image stabilization and others. The image quality is very good for a 5 MP snapper, with accurate colors and good contrast.
The phone’s video camera shoots some nice 720p videos at 30 fps.
Among other good stuff, the Xperia Active holds on its backpack a GPS receiver with Google Maps for navigation, the Office Suite for viewing document files, a great Gingerbread browser that supports Adobe Flash 10.3, a nice application called iMapMyFITNESS+ for monitoring your training through GPS and sending info about it to your account on
This concludes my review about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active and I hope you enjoyed it. This little warrior will prove itself to be a great, loyal companion and will stand by you at any time, in any place and circumstances.
Sony Xperia Active


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