Back at Mobile World Congress in February, Sony Ericsson managed to surprise attack us with the reveal of its Xperia pro. Now, nearly a full year and oodles of leaks later, that Android 2.3 QWERTY slider’s ready to find comfort in consumers’ hands. Hitting retailers globally this October, SE’s 3.7-inch enterprise-minded handset comes pre-loaded with Mc Afee mobile security, Office Suite Pro, and is designed to make syncing with MS Exchange and other email clients a cinch. Business-friendly add-ons aside, the device packs ANT+ (to keep you in peak road warrior shape), and a generous 8.1 megapixel rear camera outfitted with an Exmor R sensor for HD video and 3D Sweep Panorama capture. There’s also a Type & Send widget to make use of the device’s Smart Keyboard — which suggests reply options when slid open — letting you bang out and send off text from the homescreen. Sound like the kind of slider that’ll suit your white-collared needs? Then hit up the source below to get your order on.
Sony Ericsson Xperia pro on sale this October, corporate thumbs flex in anticipation originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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At the same time that kindly Mr. Vodafone
released the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
to the children of the world, it announced a new program that helps you gauge your mobile data needs. Data Test Drive gives you three months of unlimited, kid-in-a-candy-van access for as much mobile Tweeting
as your eyes and ears can handle. At the end of that period, the company will let you know if your current data plan would cover your usage and provide the option to increase if necessary. The program’s only open to new customers, and there’s no mention if you can down-shift your charges if you sip miserly at your data. Still, it’s better than getting a slap in the face with the wet fish of a penalty data charge.
Vodafone Data Test Drive enables users to experiment with data, see what tier fits best originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you’ve been counting down the days leading up to the Xperia Ray’s release, get set to add a few more X’s to that calendar. A recent product page over on Vodafone UK teases an imminent launch for the svelte, Sony Ericsson handset, and slims down that multi-hued selection to one gold-backed option. The 3.3-incher had previously been up for pre-order on Play.com with a purported mid-August release, only to see that date slip back into the folds of September. Whenever the phone does finally make it to market, expect to see this quadband HSPA-capable device sporting an 854 x 480 Reality display, 1GHz processor, 8.1 megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 2.3. Import-minded types can look forward to running an unlocked version on AT&T, or just wait around for a potential stateside release. Eager for more info? Then head to the source below where you can sign-up for the deets.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray shows up on Vodafone UK, inches towards launch originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s been a long road for the Xperia Pro, but the little sliding QWERTY phone from Sony Ericsson finally appears to be nearing release. After getting manhandled, posing for a few glamor shots, and going up for pre-order, the 900MHz and 2100MHz HSPA friendly handset has, months after its unveiling, glided through the FCC. Granted, those bands don’t do American fans of SE’s Android customizations much good but, on the plus side, the Pro now appears to be sporting ANT+ for all your fitness tracking needs. Unfortunately, the September delivery date still stands, so our friends across the pond will just have remain patient.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro slides through the FCC, gets turned inside out originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It may not have been the first in the world to get it, but Verizon can now at least claim to be the first US carrier to offer the long fabled, oft-leaked PlayStation Phone, otherwise known as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. It will be available for pre-order on the carrier’s website starting May 19th, and be available in stores on May 26th for the usual $199.99 on a two-year contract. That, of course, gets you the first PlayStation Certified handset with console-style controls — a real D-pad and PlayStation face and shoulder buttons, plus a pair of miniature touchpads for dual-analog gameplay on the go. You’ll also get six games pre-loaded on the device (including Madden NFL 11 and The Sims 3) but, as we saw in our hands-on with the Verizon version of the phone, you won’t get Sony Ericsson’s custom skin — Verizon has instead opted for a mostly stock UI with only some SE wallpapers and widgets. As Verizon notes, those opting for the phone will also have to sign up for a Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package, the former of which start at $39.99 a month, while an unlimited data plan will run you $29.99. Head on past the break for the full press release.
Continue reading Sony Ericsson Xperia Play hits Verizon for $200 on-contract
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play hits Verizon for $200 on-contract originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 May 2011 10:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Well, it’s not yet confirming the “late April” launch date that leaked out yesterday, but Rogers has now just started accepting pre-orders for both the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc, each of which will run you $99.99 on a three-year contract (there’s no indication of off-contract pricing). It does say, however, that the current “offer” will expire on May 2nd, which could possibly be an indication of an actual release date, or just the beginning of a different offer. What’s more, Rogers has also revealed a small surprise of another sort — it turns out that it will be carrying both the black and white versions of the Xperia Play. Hit up the link below to get your order in if you’re interested.
Rogers puts Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Arc up for pre-order originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 14:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Like all good things Sony Ericsson, the Xperia Arc didn’t wait for an official announcement to make itself known. First appearing on a set of teasing posters at CES in January, it confounded us with a ridiculously thin (8.7mm / 0.3in) profile and an unorthodox concave rear, whose sighting was followed up with the revelation of a potent mix of internal components as well. The same 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and Adreno 205 graphics that you’ll find on brandmate Xperia Play are present within the Arc, and are backed by 512MB of RAM (320MB available to apps), 8GB of MicroSD storage, an 8 megapixel Exmor R image sensor, an HDMI output, and a 1500mAh battery. That tightly packed interior is then topped off with a 4.2-inch Reality Display capable of accommodating 854 x 480 pixels. Throw the latest mobile build of Android, Gingerbread, into the mix and you’ve got yourself a compelling list of reasons for riding aboard this Arc. Nonetheless, spec sheets tell only half the story and we’re here for the full disclosure — what’s the Arc like to use on a daily basis, how are its talents harnessed by Sony Ericsson’s tweaked UI, and, most importantly, do people think better of us for carrying such a stylish phone? Keep reading to find out.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc review originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Oh, woe is us. Or, to be more precise, woe is us if we wanted the Xperia Play on the UK’s O2 network on the day of its release, April 1st. The British carrier has been candid in admitting it found software bugs on the Play and is holding back release of the gamer-friendly device until those have been ironed out. We appreciate its effort in “testing the phone non-stop for weeks” and its reluctance to grab a quick buck by releasing imperfectly baked goods, but a major question remains — if this isn’t an O2-specific software problem, and we’ve heard no peep of O2 customizing the Android 2.3 build on the Play, why are no other carriers signaling a similar delay? Vodafone is still aiming to deliver UK pre-orders by April 5th and there seems to be no indication of flawed software from others. Only thing we can think of, given that O2 has the white Xperia Play exclusive, is that the white phone curse has struck again.
Update: Here’s what Sony Ericsson has to say on the matter:
“Sony Ericsson Xperia[TM] PLAY will be launching on 1 April across all UK mobile operator partners except for O2, who have decided to prolong the testing period in order to ensure that the software loaded on the phones meets the requirements of its procedures. Sony Ericsson will be working with O2 over the next couple of weeks to expedite the process and ensure that O2 customers can soon join consumers across the UK in being able to enjoy the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone.”
Xperia Play delayed by O2 UK due to software bugs, what are the other carriers doing? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Sony Ericsson’s MWC presser today may have been all about its new Play, Pro and Neo members of the Xperia family, but the CES debutant we know and love as the Arc was out in force as well. So, we thought, why not throw together our thoughts on this phone and splice them with a gallery of delicious new images plus some video action to boot? The first thing to note is that the Xperia Arc will be shipping globally in March and Sony Ericsson is aiming for the broadest possible operator coverage. Focusing on the handset itself, we’ve been wildly impressed by its design since first laying eyes on it, there’s something fundamentally attractive about the Arc’s look, something less tangible than its ridiculously slim profile. Sony Ericsson has used a similar plasticky material on the back as it does in the Neo, which doesn’t overwhelm us with any sensations of reassurance or quality, but seems to do the job. Guess some corners had to inevitably be cut along with the fat on this phone’s body.
The 4.2-inch screen is bright and lucid, though we’d warn against expecting too much from the Bravia Reality Display marketing. As we’ve mentioned before, the display enhancements only kick in when you’re consuming multimedia. Still, general performance looks more than satisfactory. Hard buttons around the body are well arranged and designed, a contrast from the fiddly keys we found on the Xperia Pro. What was consistent with the rest of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia crew, however, was the Arc’s inability to execute its pinch-to-zoom widget summary screen. It’s an ambitious function — gathering all your widgets from each screen into one cohesive overview — but, basically, it’s laggy as hell. Aside from that, general UI responsiveness could also stand some improvement, but we like where Sony Ericsson is going with the whole thing. If it keeps up its promise to repent from last year’s sins with relation to Android updates, the company has a very good chance of striking it rich with the Xperia Arc. It’s a phone that can truly get by on its looks alone. Video after the break!
Continue reading Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc preview (video)
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc preview (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Amazing! Sony Ericsson actually managed to keep something secret from us. The Xperia Pro is the one handset from its MWC presser today that wasn’t known about in advance, but we’re damn happy to see it anyhow. It features a well-spaced QWERTY keyboard that slides out much in the same way as the gamepad would on the Xperia Play. We did notice there were some software issues on our demo devices — the Sony Ericsson-customized Android 2.3 installation was nowhere near as smooth as what we’ve seen on the Xperia Arc previously, so maybe SE will need a bit more time to fashion out its software here. Physically, the Pro is compact and seems decently well built — we did find the oddly placed power button and teeny tiny volume controls a bit of a bother to locate and operate, however. Obviously, this is a big step up in size from the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, but thickness is kept mercifully in check. It doesn’t feel significantly thicker in the hand than phones that lack its hardware keyboard. We’ll have video of the device for you very shortly, but for now, enjoy the hands-on shots below.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro first hands-on! originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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