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Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE Supported Phones

From list of Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE supported phones you can easily find your mobile supports Jio 4G or not from here. For making HD Calls on LTE,  you must have VoLTE supported mobile – It helps you to continue HD calls over Jio 4g network without switching to 2G or 3G network.

Reliance Jio to start launch 4G service for a list of VoLTE supported mobiles from Sept 5, 2016. Jio Commercial launch to take place on January 1st, 2017. Jio is now working on network testing till Dec 31st , 2016, till then company is giving Welcome Offer to everyone having 4G phones under Jio 4g support list.

Due to Reliance Jio unlimited 4G benefits, Millions of customers are jumping into pool of 4G network. Jio 4g launch will take place in Sept 5 for all VoLTE supported phones given here.

Reliance Jio is going to serve high quality voice service over 4g network across India. Jio launches LYF mobiles with name series Earth, Water, Wind & Flame supporting both VoLTE & VoWiFi.

Which 4g Mobiles support Jio 4G Sim

Jio offer VoLTE calls for supported 4G mobile and VoWiFi calls for Jionet & JioFi. If your 4g handset supports VoLTE then you can make HD calls directly othewise JioJion app comes very handy for same service.

Also make sure your 4g phone supports any of Jio 4G bands : Band 3 (1800Mhz), Band 5 (850Mhz), Band 40 (2300Mhz).

What is VoLTE ?

VoLTE is the short form of  Voice over LTE which means HD Voice calling over LTE Network. Voice call would become clearer and superior. 4g mobile must support VoLTE feature to make HD Voice calls.

What is VoWIFi (WiFi Calling)?

VoWiFi stands for Voice over WiFi which means you can make HD calls using WiFi service using 3G or 4G mobile. Jio offers VoWiFi service under JioNet and JioFi.

Can I access Jio 4G data using 4G phone with no support for VoLTE

No matter your 4g phone supports VoLTE or VoWiFi or not, you can still access data services using Jio 4g sim – Use JioJoin app for VoLTE calls.

Way to Check if 4G phone supports VoLTE

You can easily check whether your phone has VoLTE enabled or not : Just insert Jio 4G sim > Wait until network come – You will get VoLTE sign under Status bar as well as you can

How to know which 4g mobiles support VoLTE ?

Only VoLTE supported mobiles will get access to true HD Voice call from Reliance Jio 4g network. Additional settings & updates will come from phone brand.

How to make HD calls when 4G phone has no support VoLTE ?

VoLTE is software based feature available in 4G mobile. 4Mobile brand needs to send and update to device to enable VoLTE in 4G mobile. Alternatively, you can use JioJoin app for HD Voice & Video call, if VoLTE is missing in your 4g phone.

VoLTE supported Android mobiles

Most of latest Qualcomm and MediaTek chipset support VoLTE but usually features remains hidden. A system update is required to enable volte service. Android OS version 5.1 or above as it offer customized settings for VoLTE.

List of Reliance Jio VoLTE supported 4G Mobiles

Numerous VoLTE supported phones are available in India but few of them come under Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE support list. As per list sent to us from Jio we have added mobiles in following list.

Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE supported iOS devices

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6s Plus etc.

List of VoLTE 4g Phones under Reliance Jio Preview Offer-

Brand VoLTE Phones Phone Voice Spec
Alcatel Alcatel OneTouch X1 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel POP3 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel POP 4 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel POP Start 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel Pixi 4 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel Pixi 5 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone Go 5.0 LTE (T500) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3 Laser(ZC551KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3(ZE520KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3(ZS570KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3(ZU680KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone Max (ZC550KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone Selfie(ZD551KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone Zoom(ZX551ML) 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon Q4GPlus 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon 4GTAB-7 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon 4GTAB-8 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon ACE 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon POP 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon Q4G 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee E8 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee F103(1GB) 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee F103(2GB) 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee F103(3GB) 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M4 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M5 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M5 Lite 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M5 Lite CDMA 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M5 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee P5L 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee S Plus 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee S6 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee S6s 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee S7 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee V6L 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 626 dual Sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 628 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 630 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 820 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 820Q 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 820S Dual Sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC Desire 825 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 826 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 826 DS 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 828 DS 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 830 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire Eye 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC 10 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC 10 Life style 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One A9 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One E9 S dual sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One E9+ Dual Sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One M8 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One M8 Eye 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One M9 Plus 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One M9e 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One ME Dual Sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One X9 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Holly2 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Honor 4C 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor 4X 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor 5C 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor 5X 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Honor 6 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor Bee4G 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor6 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor7 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Nexus 6P 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei P9 4G + VoLTE
Itel Itel SelfiePro it1511 4G + VoLTE
Itel Itel Wish it1512 4G + VoLTE
Itel Itel SelfiePro it1520 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus Bingo 50+ 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M370i 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M425 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M430 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M460 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M535 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M535+ 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M680 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M808i 4G + VoLTE
InFocusItel InFocus M812i 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua 4G Star 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua 4G Strong 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua 4G+ 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Ace 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Ace 2 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Ace Mini 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Craze 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Eco 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua GenX 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Music 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Power 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Raze 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua S7 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Secure 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Shine 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Super 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Trend 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Turbo 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua View 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Wing 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud 4G Smart 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud 4G Star 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Crystal 2.5D 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Fame 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Flash 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Glory 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Jewel 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud String HD 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud String V2.0 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Swift 4G + VoLTE
LG LG K332 (K7 LTE) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG Stylus 2 (K520DY) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG K535D (LG Stylus 2 Plus) 4G + VoLTE
LG LGH630D (LG G4 Stylus 4G) 4G + VoLTE
LG LGH 442 (LGC70 LG Spirit LTE) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG K500I ( LG X Screen) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG H860 (LG G5) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG K520DY 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Aura 1 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Aura Power 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L55 HD 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L52 VR 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L51 HD 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L50 HD 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L45 IPS 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le 1s 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le 1s Eco 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le Max 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le 2 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le Max 2 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6600 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A2010 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A2020 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6000 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6000 shot 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6600 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A7000 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A7700 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo K3 Note 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe K4 Note 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe K5 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe K5 Note 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe K5 plus 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe P1 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe P1m 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe S1 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe Shot 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe X3 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo ZUK Z1 4G + VoLTE
Lava LAVA A71 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A72 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A76 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A76 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A88 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A89 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A97 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava Ivory S 4g 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava V5 M 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava Pixel V2 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava V2s 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X10 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X11 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X12 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X17 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X28 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X38 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X41 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X41 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X46 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X50 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X50 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X81 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G3 Turbo Edition 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G4 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G4 Play 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G4 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto X Force 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto X Play 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto X Style 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Bolt Selfie 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 5 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 5 Lite 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 5 Lite Special Edition 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 6 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 6 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Amaze 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Blaze 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Blaze 4G Plus 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Evok 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Fire 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Fire 4G plus 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Fire 6 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Juice 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Knight 2 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Mega 2 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Mega 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Pace 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Play 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Pulse 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Tab 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Unite 4 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Unite 4 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Unite 4 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A3 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A5 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A8 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy Grand Max 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J Max 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J2 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J3 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J5 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy K Zoom 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S4 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S4 4G 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S6 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE Plus 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note 3 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note4 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note5 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note 5 Duos 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note 7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note EDGE 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Grand Prime 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung ON5 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung On5 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung On7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung On7 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Z2 4G + VoLTE
Sansui Sansui S50 FD45S 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia X A 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia X A Ultra 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia X(F5122) 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z5 Dual(E6883) 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual 4G + VoLTE
TCL TCL 560 4G + VoLTE
TCL TCL 562 4G + VoLTE
TCL TCL FIT 5.5 4G + VoLTE
TCL TCL Pride T500L 4G + VoLTE
OnePlus Oneplus One 4G + VoLTE
OnePlus Oneplus 2 4G + VoLTE
OnePlus Oneplus 3 4G + VoLTE
OnePlus Oneplus X 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO F1 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO A37 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO F1 Plus 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO F1s 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO Neo 7 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO R7k 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA A2 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Arc 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA L 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA I2 (1GB ) 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Arc 2 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA L2 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA I2 2GB 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA I2 3GB 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA I3 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Switch 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Icon T42 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Icon 2 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Mark 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Turbo 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Note 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic P55 Novo 4G 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic P77 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Cube 3 V50JL 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon Graphite1 V45ED 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon Krypton 3 V50JG 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon Q1 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon V50FA3 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon V50FG6 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Graphite1 V45ED 4G + VoLTE
Vivo Vivo V3 4G + VoLTE
Vivo Vivo V3Max 4G + VoLTE
Vivo Vivo Y51L 4G + VoLTE
Vivo Vivo Y21L 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi 2 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi4i 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi5 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Prime 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi Max 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi 3s 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo Black-1X M 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era 1X 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era 2X 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era 4G 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era 4K 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era X 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yuphoria 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yureka Note 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yureka S 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yureka Plus 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yunique 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yunique Plus 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yunicorn 4G + VoLTE

 

 

List of VoLTE Phones working with Jio 4G Sim-

If you manage to generate Jio offer code then you will get 4G sim with following mobiles-

BRAND PHONE OFFER CODE VOLTE
Apple iPhone 6 Need to get VoLTE
Apple iPhone 6S Need to get VoLTE
Apple iPhone 6S Plus Need to get VoLTE
Apple iPhone SE Need to get VoLTE
Blackberry Priv Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Coolpad Max Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Mega 2.5D Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Coolpad Note 3 Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Coolpad Note 3 Lite Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Nexus 5X Need to get VoLTE
Google Nexus 6 Need to get VoLTE
Huawei Honor 5A Need to get VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Ascend D2 Need to get VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Ascend P7 Need to get VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Nexus 6P Need to get VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 524 Need to get VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 526 Need to get VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire EYE Need to get VoLTE
HTC HTC J butterfly Need to get VoLTE
InFocus Infocus M370 Need to get VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L45 IPS Need to get VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn A71 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G3 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K7 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG X cam Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Stylus 2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Spirit LTE Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Stylo/ LG Stylus Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Optimus Vu II Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Optimus LTE III Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Optimus LTE 2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Optimus GX Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K7 LTE Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K10 LTE Need to get VoLTE
LG LG isai VL Need to get VoLTE
LG Nexus 5X Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Google Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G4 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G3 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G Pro Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G Flex 2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G Flex Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G3 4G LTE 32GB Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G4 Stylus 4G Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Spirit 4G Need to get VoLTE
LG LG X Cam Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K520 – Stylus 2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K10 Need to get VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Max 2 Need to get VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le 2 Pro Need to get VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Z2 Pro Need to get VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe Shot Need to get VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6000 Plus Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 550 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 640 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 640XL Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 735 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 830 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 950 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 950XL Need to get VoLTE
Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 (Q450) Need to get VoLTE
Micromax Canvas Mega 2 Q426 Need to get VoLTE
Nextbit Nextbit Robin Need to get VoLTE
Onida Onida I4G1 Need to get VoLTE
QiKU QiKU Q Terra Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z3 Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z4 Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia A4 Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Dual Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia SP Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z2 Need to get VoLTE
Vivo Vivo Y21L Need to get VoLTE
Zopo Speed 8 Need to get VoLTE
ZTE ZTE Blade S6 Need to get VoLTE
ZTE ZTE Blade S6 Plus Need to get VoLTE

Jio’s own LYF handsets-

BRAND PHONES VOLTE VOWIFI
LYF Earth 1 Yes Yes
LYF Earth 2 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 1 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 2 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 3 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 4 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 5 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 6 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 7 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 1 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 2 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 3 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 4 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 5 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 6 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 7 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 8 Yes Yes
LYF Water 1 Yes Yes
LYF Water 2 Yes Yes
LYF Water 4 Yes Yes
LYF Water 5 Yes Yes
LYF Water 6 Yes Yes
LYF Water 7 Yes Yes
LYF Water 8 Yes Yes
LYF Water 10 Yes Yes
LYF Water 11 Yes Yes

 

4G mobile is missing from Jio VoLTE support list !

No problem, You can either contact mobile vendor via Chat or Mail-Support or keep eyes on this page for further details on VoLTE supported phones

List of 4g supported phone without VoLTE

Phones added below support 4g without VoLTE feature. VoLTE is missing for now or may be added later via OTA update – You can use JioJoin app to make HD calls & SMS.

Brand Models
Acer  Liquide Z530, Liquid Jade 2, Liquid Jade Primo
Alcatel  Pride T500L, POP 4+, Pop star
Asus  ZenFone 2 Laser ZE550KL, Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (16 gb), Zenfone 2 ZE550ML, Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL, Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 ZE500KL, Zenfone Max (ZC550KL), Zenfone Selfie,Zenfone Zoom
Blackberry  Classic Q20, Leap, Passport, Porsche P9982, Porsche P9983, Dtek 50
Benq T3
BLU Life Mark, Life Mark
CoolPad  Note 3 Lite, Note 3 (8676i02), Note 3 Plus
Elephone P7000, S2 Plus
Gionee  CTRL V6L LTE, Elife S7, Elife E8, F103, Marathon M4, Marathon M5, Marathon M5 Plus, M5 Plus, S Plus, S8, P5L, Elife S6, F105, P7 Max, S6pro
HTC  Desire 820, Desire 626, Desire Eye,Desire 820S Dual Sim,Desire 828 DS, Desire 820Q,Desire 626 dual  Sim, One M8 Eye, One M8, One A9, One M9 Plus, One E9+ Dual Sim, One ME Dual Sim
Huawei  Honor 4x, Honor 5x, Honor 6, Nexus 6P(32 GB), Nexus 6P(64GB), Honor 6 Plus, Honor 7, Honor 7i, Mate 8, Nexus 6P(32 GB), Nexus 6P(64GB), P8, P9
iBerry  Auxus Stunner, Auxus Prime P8000
iBall Cobalt 5.5F Youva, Cobalt Solus 4G
Infocus  M425, M430, M530, M680, M808I, M812I, M460, M810
Intex  Aqua 4G+, Aqua 4G Star, Aqua Turbo 4G, Aqua Ace, Aqua Ace Mini, Aqua GenX, Aqua Super, Aqua Trend, Cloud Flash, Cloud Swift, Cloud 4G Star, Cloud 4G Smart
Itel IT1411, IT1512, it1520, SelfiePro it1511
Lava  Pixel V2, V5, A76, Iris X10, Ivory s 4G, Pixel V2, V2(3gb), V2S
Lenovo  A2010, A76, A6000, A6000 Shot, A6010, A6000 Plus, A6010, A7000, A7000 Turbo, K3 Note,K3 Note Music,  K4 Note, K5 Note, Phab Plus, S90, Vibe P1m, Vibe S1, Vive X2, Vibe X3,  Vibe P1,
Meizu M3 Note
Micromax  Canvas Nitro 3 4G, Canvas Blaze 4g, Canvas Fire 4G, Canvas Knight 2 4G, Canvas 5, Canvas Blaze 4G Plus, Canvas Pace 4G, Canvas Fire 4G+, Canvas Xpress 4G, Canvas Mega 4G, Pulse 4G, Juice 4G, Yu Yutopia, Yu Note,  Yu Yureka 3, Yu Yureka S, Bolt Ninja 4G(Q4201), Bolt Selfie (Q424), Bolt Supreme 6 (Q409), Canvas 5 lite special edition( Q463 ), Canvas Evok (E483)
Microsoft  Lumia 640 Dual, Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual, Lumia 950 Xl Dual
Motorola  Moto X 2nd, Moto G 3rd, Moto X Force, Moto Turbo
OnePlus  OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X
OPPO  X, Neo7, R7 Lite, R7 Plus, R5, N3, R5S
Pepsi P1
Phicomm Energy 653
Panasonic  Eluga Icon, Eluga I2, Eluga L2, T45, Mark, Switch, Eluga Turbo, Eluga Arc, Aluga Icon 2, Eluga I3
Qiku N4
Samsung   Galaxy J1 4G, Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy S5 Plus
Sony  Xperia M4 Dual, Xperia C4 Dual, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia  Z3, Xperia  M5, Xperia M5 Dual, Xperia  Z3 Plus, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia  Z5, Xperia  Z5 Compact, E4G Dual
Swipe  Elite 2, Elite Note, Elite Plus
TCL  Pride T500L, P561U(fit 5.5)
TP-Link Neffos C5 Max (TP702B), Neffos C5L(TP601B)
Vivo  V1, V27L, V1 Max, X5 Pro, X5 Max, V51L, X33, Y51
Wibridge BLEU WI 208
Wickedleak Wammy Note 5
Wor(l)d Space Phone 5GS
Xiaomi  Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 2 8GB, Mi4i, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi Note Prime, Mi 4C, Redmi Note 2
XOLO  X11, Era 4G, Blade Q Lux 4G
Zopo Speed 8
ZTE Grand X Max Plus, Nubia Z7 Mini

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HANDS ON: ASUS ZENBOOK 3

Asus gave its Zenbook a Mac makeover, and the result is beautiful!!!!

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Apple’s MacBook is a decent notebook, but it has problems, particularly in performance. Its Core M processor just isn’t as quick as some users desire.
Enter Asus, and the Zenbook 3, which asks a simple question. Why compromise? Core M is efficient, but is it really necessary to create a super-slim, portable system? Asus doesn’t think so. And hopes its latest notebook — which can be purchased with up to a Core i7 dual-core — will be the proof.

A form of flattery
The new Zenbook 3 looks very similar to Apple’s MacBook at first glance. And second. And third. The shared use of all metal-design with a broad, single display hinge and speakers above the keyboard makes the resemblance uncanny.

 

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Yet there are major differences. The Zenbook 3 has a smaller touchpad, and matches the color of the keys to the body, decisions that create some distance between the Apple and the Asus. More importantly, the Zenbook 3 boasts the shiniest version of the brand’s distinctive, circular pattern that we’ve seen in years. Fingerprint magnet? You bet. But it does look wonderful when clean.
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The specifications peg the Zenbook 3 at no thicker than .46 inches, and it weighs in at just a sliver above two pounds. These numbers feel appropriate when the system is handled. It’s hard to believe it’s an actual, working notebook – but then you open it, and the thin-bezel display turns on.
Yes, the new Zenbook 3 has bezels that rival the Dell XPS 13. And they’re needed. While the system is similar in size and weigh to a MacBook, it actually has a slightly bigger 12.5-inch display. That may not seem like a big deal, but the extra screen real estate is noticeable. The MacBook’s screen comes across as a serious downgrade, in terms of usable real-estate, if you’re used to a 13-inch ultrabook. The Zenbook 3 is still small, but more tolerable in day-to-day use.
The key to the plan
We weren’t surprised to hear Asus talk up the keyboard. That’s one of the MacBook’s biggest flaws, and any competitor needs to address how it’ll fix it. The Zenbook 3 claims to do so the old-fashioned way – double the physical key travel.
It was clear the Zenbook 3’s keyboard has the MacBook beat.
The few minutes we spent with the new Zenbook made it clear Asus has beat Apple in this area. We immediately noticed the extra key travel, and it helped us more readily tell when a key was activated. Asus has made the keyboard edge-to-edge, so the layout didn’t feel in the least bit cramped.
But that’s not to say the keyboard is perfect. The key travel is alright, but it’s still a step behind the best ultrabooks. That’s notable because Asus itself makes some of the best ultrabook keyboards around – the Asus Zenbook UX305CA’s keys are superb. Compared to that standard, the Zenbook 3 feels vague and imprecise.
The touchpad is a similar situation. It seems fine. But only that – fine. If the MacBook is the benchmark the Zenbook 3 is to be judged against, then this is one area it doesn’t match up. The surface appears a bit smaller (we’d have to measure to be sure) and lacks the wonderfully smooth feel of the MacBook.
Powering up
The processor inside the Zenbook 3 is a standard Core mobile chip, rather than the less powerful Core M. That is a key selling point. Our reviews have consistently found that Core M is about 30 percent (or more) behind “standard” Core.

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We can’t judge the performance of the Zenbook 3 on the show floor. But performance doesn’t deviate much, so we expect the entry-level model will be competitive with the MacBook Air and mid-tier Dell XPS 13, while the high-end model will run with the quickest laptops around.
The big question is not if the processor will perform, but instead if the Zenbook 3 will keep its cool.
The big question is not if the processor will perform, but instead if the Zenbook 3 will keep its cool. A fan that’s just 3 millimeters thick is required to keep the laptop’s thin profile, and it probably doesn’t push a lot of air. For what it’s worth, the floor models didn’t feel overly warm.
Battery life is another concern. Asus quotes nine hours — an optimistic figure. The battery is rated at 40 watt hours, which is not tiny, but also not large. For reference, the Asus Zenbook UX305UA, with a 45 watt-hour battery, hit almost nine hours in the iMacro web browsing test. We expect the Zenbook 3 will achieve seven to eight hours in the same test.

Conclusion
There’s a lot to like about the Zenbook 3, at least when compared to its target, the MacBook. Asus’ ultrabook is faster. It has a better keyboard. It’s less expensive.

We’re not blown over by this Zenbook just yet, however. Asus’ other models, while not always the most attractive, are an incredible value. The Zenbook UX305CA is super-light, but only $700 (and it’s actually $600 at many retailers). The UX305UA offers competitive performance and strong battery life for $750.

The Zenbook 3, at $1,000, is comparatively expensive. And we’re not sure it has much to offer except a smaller footprint. Asus’ problem is that it’s already raised the bar so high, that hurdling it will be a herculean task. But that, as problems go, isn’t a bad one to have.

Highs
Extremely thin and light
Uses “standard” Core i5 and i7 processors
More affordable than competitors

Lows
Keyboard travel is still shallow
Might run hot, due to thin profile

 

 

 

8 things you need to know before buying a Firefox phone

8 things you need to know before buying a Firefox phone

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With the launch of two low cost Firefox smartphones- Intex Cloud FX and Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 in India, smartphone buyers have got a lot queries. From a layman’s perspective, here’s what you get and what you don’t get in these two Firefox smartphones. Also, be clear that Firefox has nothing to do with Android. Both are completely different operating systems.

The Intex Cloud FX and Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 are 2G enabled smartphones and don’t support 3G. On the connectivity front, both devices features WiFi, Bluetooth and USB tethering. Also, both handsets are very basic in nature with the only mission being to connect users to the Internet and social networking platforms. So, multimedia experience with both the handsets are pretty basic.

Here’s what you need to know:

1) You don’t need an email ID to operate Firefox OS. In Android, you need to have a Gmail account to access most features of the operating system along with Google Play. In Firefox, users are not required to enter an email ID to access the operating system. This makes sense given the fact that Firefox wants to connect the masses to the Internet without any barrier.

2) Using Firefox smartphones are relatively easy when compared to Android. First-time smartphone users will not encounter much difficulty in operating the OS. The call, messaging, contacts and Firefox browser icons are always present on screen and the experience is more like using the home screen of Android with swiping left and right giving to access apps.

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On the home screen, there’s a bar showing “I’m thinking of…” through which users are directed to Google search. Accessing Internet on the Firefox OS is very simple and user-friendly.

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3) Firefox OS supports all major social networking apps like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Quora, Pinterest.

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4) Very low internal memory. You will need a microSD card to start your multimedia experience with the device. So, if you don’t have one, add the price of a microSD card to the cost. Both handsets support up to 4 GB of external memory.

5) WhatsApp is not available directly. Yes, you got that right. The official WhatsApp instant messaging application is currently not there in Firefox Marketplace . “Users can connect to WhatsApp via third party app called ConnectA2,” said James Ho, senior director, Firefox Mobile Devices Group.

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We tried to connect to WhatsApp on the Intex Cloud FX smartphone using the ConnectA2 third party app and we failed. ConnectA2 asked for nick name, country and mobile number to register. Then it asked to enter a six-digit code which the app sent via SMS. The SMS never arrived! We also tried the voice call feature to get the code but failed again.

The ConnectA2 app should have worked but we have no clue as to why it failed us on the Intex Cloud FX.

6) Popular games and apps missing. There’s no Angry Birds or Temple Run or Candy Crush or other other popular games. However, you can play Flappy Birds. The Firefox Marketplace is in a pretty nascent stage but soon you can expect more apps on the platform as apps can be easily ported.

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7) Consumes less mobile data. Firefox OS uses web compression techniques which reduces mobile data consumption. Also, as both the devices are 2G only, the data consumption is low when compared to 3G enabled smartphone. So, users can expect 1 GB of data to last the entire month with average usage.

8) More battery life. You can expect both the Firefox handsets to have a greater battery life when compared to other low cost Android handsets.

 

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The official WhatsApp instant messaging application is currently not there in Firefox Marketplace.

 

 

 

 

 

Motorola Moto G

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The Moto G promises to deliver a premium smartphone experience for a third of the price of current high-end phones. In India, it’s currently selling like hot cakes. Considering the hype surrounding this handset, the Moto G deserves a special review treatment. Unlike others, we don’t just run benchmarks on a phone and then write an article around it. In smartphones, performance and app count only tell you the ‘smart’ part. In this review, we will also tell you how well does the Moto G perform as a ‘phone’.

 

 

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Budget smartphones might not attract as much attention as their high-end counterparts, but there is no denying that these devices are in massive demand, especially in markets like India. Motorola’s Moto G is an attempt to grab buyers’ attention by offering a number of features at an extremely reasonable price.

After a brief sabbatical, Motorola has returned to the Indian market with its Moto G smartphone, which is an affordable device for cost-conscious consumers worldwide. This phone was designed as part of Google’s plan to focus on creating a distinctive lineup of devices for different markets. Now, with Lenovo recently acquiring Google’s stake in Motorola Mobility, we don’t know whether or not the company will stick with the same strategy.

Motorola underscored its plan to focus on emerging markets by unveiling the Moto G at a huge event in Sao Paulo, Brazil in November last year. The budget-friendly smartphone was supposed to have reached Indian shores by January 2014, and it’s here after only a short delay. As promised, it comes at a decent price.

We got our hands on the black version of the Moto G (single-SIM). Does this low price come at the cost of performance?

Look and feel
The first thing that struck us about the Motorola Moto G was its novel packaging. When it came to our doorstep, we didn’t realise that the sleek box hid a mobile phone inside. Amazingly everything from the device to the charger fits within this slim box.

The Moto G is a candybar phone. It doesn’t have any contours – the design is very basic yet modern. When we first looked at the Moto G, we mistook it for the company’s flagship Moto X.

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The G looks like a replica of the Moto X (except for its size), which is not really a bad thing considering the premium look of its elder sibling. However, the Moto G is different in a few ways. It’s definitely thicker, measuring 129.9×65.9×11.6mm compared to 129.3×65.3×10.4mm for the X. At 143 grams, the Moto G is also heavier than the Moto X (130 grams). However, we assume that for an average buyer in this price segment, thickness and weight of a smartphone are not the biggest concerns. The Moto G features curved edges that offer a good grip.

The Moto G’s front panel is dominated by a 4.5-inch screen, which is only marginally smaller than 4.7-inch display found on the Moto X. The front panel features a black strip of glass around the screen that visually differentiates the plastic front and rear panels. Notably, the Moto G does not have any logo or branding on the front.

There’s a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera which to the left of the chrome earpiece. There are no soft-touch capacitive buttons on the front panel, a design touch that is commonly seen on the Nexus range of devices. It’s worth pointing out that Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) tablet’s front panel also bears a lot of similarities to the Moto G. The new Nexus 7 features a glass strip around the screen, identical to the Moto G.

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It seems Google wanted to align the industrial design of its hardware products. The Nexus line and Motorola’s two recent phones do have a family resemblance that sets them apart from Samsung’s and HTC’s phones.

Motorola has also used a nano-coating on the Moto G that acts as light water repellent. This does not make the Moto water resistant, but it can protect the smartphone from light splashes of water, which is still an interesting touch for a smartphone at this price point.

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The curved rear panel is made of a soft-touch polycarbonate, and is comfortable to hold. Yes, it sometimes gets badly smudged by fingerprints, but this is nothing that cannot be cleaned. The panel is removable even though the battery isn’t. Motorola has announced that there will be accessories including rear shells and flip covers (both in seven colour options) and Grip Shells (in five colour options). This means that customers will have a choice of colours, something we generally see on Nokia’s Lumia range.

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The power and volume rocker buttons are placed on the right side of the Moto G, while the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top and the Micro-USB port is on the bottom panel. The placement of the physical buttons is fine and we had no problem reaching them even when we were not looking at the device. The Moto G’s back houses a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash with a speaker grille to its left. The Motorola logo is embossed just below the LED flash and is identical to the one found on the Moto X. Peel off the back panel and you can get to the SIM slot, which accepts a Micro-SIM. The unit we received was a single-SIM device, though Motorola has introduced a dual-SIM Moto G variant in India.

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The Motorola Moto G has an overall solid build, though it does feel bit plasticky. Yes, it follows a tried and tested design rather than a radically new one, but it certainly has its own identity and there’s no mistaking it for any other phone from any other company.

Screen
One of the biggest highlights of the Moto G is its 4.5-inch 720×1280-pixel IPS LCD, which works out to a density of 329 pixels per inch. Notably, the Moto G’s screen is a bit sharper than Apple’s iPhone 5s, which offers 326ppi.

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Motorola has also used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the Moto G to protect it from scratches. It’s worth pointing out that Gorilla Glass is usually found on premium devices priced at Rs. 30,000 and above.

The IPS LCD screen doesn’t have the fullest colour reproduction like the HTC One and LG G2 or the deepest blacks like Samsung’s high-end Galaxy smartphones (Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3) with AMOLED screens do, but it is bright and colours are consistently vibrant. Thankfully the viewing angles are never a problem. The screen is not very reflective and visibility in bright sunlight was also acceptable. Further, the Moto G’s 4.5-inch screen is fine for video playback and gaming.

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Text on the Moto G is always crisp and clear.

There is no denying that many brands have launched smartphones with full-HD screens of late, but after using the Moto G for some time we felt that 329ppi is more than enough for a screen of this size. Motorola has definitely upped the ante for phones in this price bracket.

Camera
The Moto G sports a 5-megapixel rear camera accompanied by an LED flash, and also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. At this price point, we didn’t expect a higher megapixel count. The camera delivers decent but uninspiring shots in good lighting conditions.

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We tested the Moto G’s rear camera both outdoors and indoors in a variety of lighting conditions and found that images taken outdoors during daylight came out well, though they were a little over-saturated and we could detect a little bit of noise at the edges. You can notice that detail is lacking if you zoom in to a photo taken with a Moto G. Other than that, we found the quality of images taken in sufficient light to be satisfactory. However, the same could not be said for indoor and low-light shots. Photos taken in artificial light (without using the LED flash) are not very impressive, as background noise does tend to creep in.

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The Moto G’s rear camera can be set to take 5-megapixel shots in the 4:3 aspect ratio, while 16:9 shots will come out at 3.8 megapixels.

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The Moto G’s camera app is not stock and adds a bit of flavour the otherwise vanilla OS. Motorola’s camera app has a circular control bar that pops out from the left of the screen when tapped. Additional features include 4X digital zoom, slow motion video, burst mode, auto HDR mode, Panorama and tap to focus. The Moto G’s burst mode allows users to take up to 99 shots at once; users just need to long-press the camera soft key on the screen to start shooting. Notably, there are no ISO and exposure control settings on the Moto G.

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The 1.3-megapixel front facing camera can be used for selfies and video chats. We found that videos and images captured indoors or even outdoors with this camera were a bit grainy.

We would have liked a physical button for the camera as one has to rely on the soft key on the screen to click images.

Software/ Interface
When the Moto G reached our office, the device was running Android 4.3 out of the box. However, we soon encountered an alert that said “Please update your Moto G to Android’s latest version (4.4.2).” Motorola had rolled out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Moto G ahead of schedule in December last year.

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The Moto G with Android 4.4.2 KitKat is most updated smartphone in its price segment and offers a stock Android experience.

The Nexus 5 was the platform lead for Android 4.4 (KitKat) and the Moto G bears a lot of similarities to it in terms of software. Android 4.4 has a number of visual changes compared to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), including a new launcher that makes the interface even more minimalistic. The Moto G also has flatter design elements, more muted colours in the status icons, more transparency, and smoother transition animations.

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We noticed a smooth flyaway animation on the Moto G, similar to the one seen on the Nexus 5, while moving between the app launcher and homescreen. The Moto G’s app launcher features app icons and widgets; now due to the icons being larger, you’ll see a grid of 4×5 instead of a 5×5.

The Moto G offers five customizable homescreens, and lots of widgets and apps classified into preloaded and downloadable categories. Notably, you cannot go beyond five homescreens, unlike with the Nexus 5.

Shortcuts for the dialler, Chrome browser, main menu, Messages and camera app remain visible when you swipe between homescreens. Notifications in the tray can be expanded with a two-finger pull gesture, and there are buttons for clearing all notifications and showing the quick settings shortcuts. These include toggles for Brightness, Settings, Wi-Fi, Network, Battery, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, and Location settings. Unlike the Nexus 5, the Moto G does not have a quick Alarm clock shortcut.

Long-pressing on the Moto G’s homescreen brings up options to change the wallpaper. A choice of still, live and custom wallpapers are now available under a single menu.

Another feature that gives the Moto G a clear advantage in the affordable smartphone segment is the voice guided search feature. This was also first seen on the Nexus 5. A user can initiate a voice search on the Moto G when it’s unlocked by simply saying, ‘OK Google.’ However, it is only available when the language is set to US English.

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The Moto G also includes a revamped Phone app that now automatically prioritises contacts based on who you talk to most often. The app includes a search bar, space for the most frequently called contacts and favourites, and shortcuts to the contact list, dialling pad, call history and settings.

The Moto G also features a new Photos app that allows viewing and editing of locally stored and Google+ images. The new Photos app features deeper integration with Google+ and can be used to tag photos.

The Email app on the Moto G has also been revamped, and it now displays pictures of contacts for emails. Navigation has been made identical to the Gmail app and you can swipe messages to delete them.

The Moto G also includes Google Drive, Keep, Play Games, Play Movies, Play Movies, Play Books, Play Newsstand and Quickoffice for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can print documents through the Google Cloud Print plugin, or apps made by printer manufacturers.

Motorola preloads two other major apps on the Moto G. Motorola Migrate can help move the contents of an old Android phone to your new Moto G. Motorola Assist allows users to silence the device while you’re sleeping or driving. We tried it out, and noted that the app automatically sent a text message to callers in the time we told it we were busy.

Performance/ Battery Life
The Moto G is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM onboard. The Moto G comes in two storage capacities: 8GB and 16GB, and does not support expandable storage. We received an 8GB unit, of which only 5.5GB was user-accessible.

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Even though the Moto G falls in the budget smartphone segment, the limited storage on the device is definitely a limiting factor. Google is offering 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years for every Moto G buyer, which is additional to the standard 15GB available to every Google account user. However, cloud storage is no substitute for physical storage, especially since budget users won’t have very expensive data plans.

The Moto G definitely ups the ante in terms of innards. Brands such as Micromax and Xolo, which have come to dominate the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment, usually use MediaTek chipsets.

The overall experience of navigating through the Moto G’s interface was extremely impressive, thanks to all the power under its hood, and the fact that the UI is devoid of unnecessary bells and whistles such as transition effects. We did not experience any lag at all while launching apps, playing light games, scrolling through web pages and switching between apps on the Moto G.

With its quad-core processor running under the hood, the Moto G manages to chug along just fine. We multi-tasked all day, which included chatting via WhatsApp and Hangouts, browsing the Web and playing games like Temple Run 2 and Plants vs. Zombies 2 without any trouble. In day to day activities the Moto G worked smoothly and we were never left wanting for more power – that is until we tried a few heavy games like Shadow Gun and Dead Trigger.

The clarity of the Moto G’s loudspeaker is good, but isn’t too loud and breaks at its highest volume. Motorola does not supply any headphones in the Moto G box, which is a surprising omission.

The Moto G’s 4.5-inch IPS LCD HD screen is good for movies and videos. We were impressed with the colour reproduction and viewing angles on the Moto G.

Call quality on the Moto G was impressive and the device was able to latch on to cellular networks even in weak signal areas, which came in handy at times. Our tests were performed on a single-SIM model, although Motorola will be selling the dual-SIM version here.

The Moto G scored well in our benchmark tests. We recorded a score of 11,874 in AnTuTu, which was right behind the Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S III. Quadrant gave us a score of 8,569 which is ahead of HTC’s flagship smartphone from two years ago, the One X. On the graphics front, the Moto G remarkably reached 11 frames per second in the GFXbench test, and 5629 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme run-through.

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The Moto G packs a 2070mAh battery which is non-removable and can deliver a mixed usage time of up to 24 hours, according to Motorola. We were able to get about a day (22 hours) of normal usage on the Moto G, which consisted of Web browsing and watching videos on YouTube, a few calls lasting for about an hour, with Wi-Fi switched on, the display set to auto brightness, and the usual notifications for the messages, emails, Facebook, Hike and WhatsApp enabled.

With heavy usage, which included calls lasting for about two hours, 3G turned on all the time, casual photography and watching a movie for around two hours, an hour of casual gaming (Temple Run 2 and Dead Trigger), and notifications enabled, the device lasted for about 12-13 hours, which was not bad.

In our video loop rundown test, the Moto G was able to able to deliver 8 hours and 30 minutes of battery life.

Verdict
What makes the Moto G special is the fact that it is one of a very small number of devices running the latest version of Android, and one of the only ones priced this low to be doing so.

The Moto G scores heavily in terms of style and substance, and our only major quibbles are the non-expandable storage and below-par camera performance. The 4.5-inch HD screen is wide, and yet the phone is small enough to hold in one hand and type easily with a thumb. Most of all, praise be, the Moto G is also extremely affordable.

This phone is definitely aimed at price-conscious Indian smartphone buyers, and its array of colourful back shells will attract the style-conscious as well. Yes, it isn’t perfect, but it isn’t meant to compete against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or LG G2. At its price, we’re willing to overlook its faults.

The Moto G is available in two variants: 8GB for Rs. 12,499 and 16GB for Rs. 13,999. At this price point, no other phones offer an experience that is as good, so in that sense the Moto G is a game changer. If you have your eyes set on the Moto G, we recommend you spend the extra bucks and get the 16GB version, given the limited user accessible storage available in the 8GB version. Our only other complaint with the Moto G is the average camera, but the only phone that offers a better camera in the same price bracket is the Nokia Lumia 720, so the newest Motorola smartphone is a winner overall.

Pros: 
Crisp IPS screen; Excellent gaming performance; Latest Android Kitkat; Great music output; Good battery life.
Cons: 
Questionable call quality; Disappointing camera; Shoddy bundled accessories.

Moto G
Street Price: Rs 12,500 (8 GB), Rs 14,000 (16 GB version)

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Full Specifications:

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 / 1900 – CDMA version
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – for T-Mobile, AT&T
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – CDMA version
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2013, November
Status Available. Released 2013, November
BODY Dimensions 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm (5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 in)
Weight 143 g (5.04 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 8/16 GB, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, stereo sound rec., HDR, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black (front panel), 7 color options (back panel)
– SNS integration
– Google Drive (50 GB storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Organizer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail
– YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time Up to 24 h
MISC SAR US 1.17 W/kg (head)     1.06 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.79 W/kg (head)
Price group Rs 12,500 (8 GB), Rs 14,000 (16 GB version)
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 967:1 (nominal), 2.477 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 81dB / Noise 75dB / Ring 82dB
Audio quality Noise -92.1dB / Crosstalk -91.4dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 54h

Sony’s latest Xperia SL powered by a dual-core 1.7 for MRP. Rs. 32,549/-

Sony Xperia SL

 

The Xperia SL is considered to be one of Sony’s high-end smartphone as it features a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels.

The device runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS (upgradable to Jelly Bean) and is powered by a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor. It has 1GB of RAM. Other features include 32GB built-in storage, no microSD card slot, a 12MP camera with an LED flash with the ability to shoot video in 1080p whereas the front has a 1.3MP video calling camera @720p. It also supports NFC and Bluetooth.

The Xperia SL supports HDMI-out, DLNA, 3D and motion gaming, 3D surround sound, TV launcher and the Walkman application. Read more about the Xperia SL.

The Xperia SL is priced at Rs. 32,549 (MRP)

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Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2012, August
Status Available. Released 2012, September
Body Dimensions 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm (5.04 x 2.52 x 0.42 in)
Weight 144 g (5.08 oz)
– Touch-sensitive controls
Display Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
– Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
– Timescape UI
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot No
Internal 32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Data GPRS Up to 86 kbps
EDGE Up to 237 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Camera Primary 12 MP, 4000×3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash.
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer.
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps
Features OS Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz
GPU Adreno 220
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Silver, Pink
– 50 GB of Cloud storage (time limited offer)
– TV launcher
– SNS integration
– HDMI port
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– TrackID music recognition
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1750 mAh
Stand-by Up to 420 h
Talk time Up to 8 h 30 min
Music play Up to 25 h
Misc Price group Rs. 32,549/-

 

A refresh, instead of a proper upgrade. A replacement model rather than a successor. Is the Sony Xperia SL aiming too low? Many will probably say so, but you can’t blame Sony for trying to extend the life of a pretty solid smartphone and one of its best-received handsets.

The Sony Xperia SL might not tempt anyone already owning the Xperia S to upgrade, but then again that’s where the Xperia T steps in. The new Sony smartphone takes the path of the Arc S and tries to give a once successful flagship better chances to survive in the mid-range.


Sony Xperia SL official photos

The Xperia SL finds itself in the middle of an extremely fierce battle. It’s squeezed between the affordable dual-core NovaThor-powered droids and the flagships from the beginning of the year, which have undergone several price-cuts and are ready to conquer new territories.

The question is whether the Sony Xperia SL has what it takes to survive in these conditions. A look at its main strengths and weaknesses should help us with the answer.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support
  • 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4.3″ 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of 720p resolution (720 x 1280 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; Scratch-resistant glass
  • Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Dual-core 1.7 GHz Scorpion CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset
  • 12 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging, Multi Angle shot
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 32GB built-in storage
  • microHDMI port, dedicated TV launcher
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Voice dialing
  • Deep Facebook integration
  • PlayStation Certified, access to the PS Store
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor

Main disadvantages

  • More powerful chipsets can be had for the same price
  • Display has sub-par viewing angles
  • No microSD card slot

It’s quite obvious, that even after the speed bump, the Sony Xperia SL isn’t the most powerful droid around. There are several offerings within its own price-range to offer Krait cores and newer generation graphics processors, which might or might not matter too much, depending on wether the Sony smartphone can offer a smooth ride through the UI.

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The Sony Xperia SL studio shots

Plus, there’s the 720p BRAVIA-powered screen of Retina-beating pixel density and the very capable 12 megapixel camera, which give the Xperia SL a couple of potent weapons of its own. The design has not changed one bit, but few will deny that the Xperia S was already one of the sleekest looking smartphones around.

It appears that the Xperia SL won’t allow our jury to make an easy call, so let’s kick off this review in the hope that by the time we are finished, the picture would be more clear.

A standard retail box

The retail box of the Sony Xperia SL features the familiar GreenHeart charger, which pairs with the microUSB cable to charge the phone. An in-ear headset is also available, which rounds up all the essentials, as the Xperia SL has no card slot.

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The Xperia SL box and its contents

The only difference over the Xperia S box is the lack of Smart Tags. The Sony Xperia SL still features NFC connectivity, and you can always download the SmartTag app off the Google Play store, but if you are after the Smart Tags functionality, you’ll have to purchase them separately.

The Sony Mobile official store offers a bundle of four tags in different colors for $20, in case you were wondering. You may even be able to get cheaper offers on Ebay, the tags are universal and don’t have to be branded by Sony to work with the Xperia SL.

Sony Xperia SL dimensions

The Sony Xperia SL has the exact same measures as the Sony Xperia S – 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm. Considering that the Motorola RAZR M stands at the impressive 122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3, while touting an identically sized screen and a larger, 2000 mAh battery, the Xperia SL may certainly be considered a bulky smartphone.

The Xperia SL is also quite heavy, tipping the scales at 144g. It’s no Nokia Lumia 920, but it certainly won’t let you forget that it’s in your pocket. On the other hand, the relatively heavy weight contributes to a very solid feel, when you hold the Xperia SL in your hand.

Design and build quality

The Sony Xperia SL design is perfectly identical to that of the Sony Xperia S.It’s not a new design, but we still like the combination of square angles and curves.

The design has carried over the unique accent too, in the illuminated transparent strip. In this day it’s not that easy to find a smartphone which has as much character as the Xperia SL. It might have led to an increase in the overall volume, but it’s probably worth it. After all, the Sony smartphone doesn’t have a screen nearing 5″ in size to worry about so it can afford to spare a few millimeters for a good cause like that.

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The Sony Xperia SL next to the Sony Xperia miro

Above the screen sits the earpiece, alongside the 1.3MP front-facing camera, which can record 720p video. The proximity and ambient light sensors are here too, and there’s a charge/event indicator, which glows in red or green depending on the charge status and blinks whenever there’s something that requires your attention.

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There’s a front-facing camera and a bunch of sensors next to the earpiece

Below the screen, there are three tiny dots marking the three capacitive keys (Back, Home and Menu). The actual icons are within the transparent strip, so you might be fooled to try and push those instead (like we did) and it takes a while to get used to the correct position of the keys. What’s more, they’ve been tweaked to require a proper press rather than a light touch so it feels awkward in the beginning.

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The three keys below the screen

The transparent strip has a cool white backlight, which makes it an attractive design accent in the dark. A fusion of form and function, this strip also holds the antenna. A closer look will show you the almost invisible grid inlayed in the transparent plastic that transfers the signal.

The two wired ports – microUSB and microHDMI – are on the sides of the phone. Both are hidden under plastic flaps to keep dust away.

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The microUSB port is on the left

The right side of the Sony Xperia SL holds a couple of other controls too – a volume rocker and a shutter key. We were hoping that the Xperia SL will address our complaints about the camera key, but we are in no luck. The thing is the button is thin and has a low profile, and while it’s easy to press, the stop between half-press and full-press can be hard to feel sometimes.

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The volume rocker and the camera key are next to the microHDMI port on the right

On the other hand, an imperfect camera key is still better than no camera key at all, so we’d like to give Sony a pat on the back for including it. Not only does it allow you to launch the camera instantly, but it also greatly improves usability, despite the flaws in this implementation.

The Power/Lock key and the 3.5mm audio jack are on the top. The audio jack is left uncovered, but that’s usually the case with these and it makes sense since it will probably see plenty of use.

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The power button and the 3.5mm audio jack

There’s nothing of interest at the bottom besides the lanyard eyelet and the microphone pinhole.

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The lanyard eyelet and the microphone pinhole

The back cover of the Xperia SL is made of soft matte plastic, which feels good and hides fingerprints well. Here we find the 12MP camera lens, located very near the top edge. This means you’ll have to be extra careful not to put a finger over it when taking a photo.

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The 12 megapixel camera lens has the LED flash and the loudspeaker grille on its side

The camera is accompanied by a single-LED flash and the secondary microphone used when shooting video. The loudspeaker grille is also here.

Removing the back cover doesn’t reveal much – you’ll find the microSIM card here, but you don’t get to see the battery. What you would find is an aluminum frame painted black.

The battery is a 1750 mAh unit, which is said to provide about 420 hours of 3G stand-by 8 hours and 30 minutes of 3G talk time. The Endurance rating of the Xperia SL is 32 hours, meaning you can talk for an hour, browse the web another hour and play and hour of video a day and you’d have to charge the Xperia SL once every 32 hours.

Display

The screen on the Sony Xperia SL is certainly one of the smartphone’s highlights. It’s mesmerizingly sharp, with punchy colors and very good contrast, backed by the mobile BRAVIA engine. The fact that the Xperia SL display is one of the most pixel-dense on the market at 342ppi also helps a great deal.

Its only downside (and it’s not a minor one) is the poor viewing angles.

Anyway, the Xperia SL screen has decent blacks and even though its brightness isn’t impressive, it still managed to get a good score in our test.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Sony Xperia SL 0.51 535 1049
Sony Xperia S -> 0.48 495 1038
Sony Xperia acro S 0.61 625 1022
LG Optimus 4X HD 0.34 369 1077 0.68 750 1102
HTC One S 0 177 ∞ 0 386 ∞

 

Sunlight legibility of the screen also turned out pretty good.

Handling

We liked the clean design of the Sony Xperia SL. The transparent strip is a unique accent and subtle enough (the Xperia pureness must be glad a small part of it lives on).

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Handling the Sony Xperia SL

The curved back fits nicely in the hand, and despite the fact it adds some extra thickness, the Xperia SL is still fairly compact and pocketable. One-handed operation is almost always possible, too.

Xperia on Ice Cream Sandwich

The Sony Xperia SL runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of box and it’s got the custom Sony launcher on top of it, so the interface doesn’t feel too different. It’s not exactly identical to what you got with the Xperias that started with Gingerbread and were promoted to ICS, but we still found our way around reasonably quickly.

It’s a little disappointing that the Xperia UI found on the Xperia T didn’t make its way to the SL. It had a revamped task switcher interface with the active, on-screen widgets, which featured a live overlay over the homescreen (video player, etc.) and the more functional notification area with various toggles.

As usual, we’re starting with a short video of the user interface:

The Xperia SL has the usual five-pane homescreen configuration, but there is no option to add or remove panes. Along the bottom, there are five docked shortcuts (the app drawer shortcut and two on each of its sides). These are visible across all five homescreen panes and are user configurable: they can be either single icons or folders with multiple items in them.

Speaking of folders – they show thumbnails of the first four items in them.

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The Sony Xperia SL UI • Choosing theme • Folders

As with older Sony smartphones, you can change the color theme of the launcher according to your preferences.

The homescreen does a neat trick called Overview mode. Pinch to zoom out on any of the 5 homescreen panes and a new screen opens up with a cool transition. All active widgets gather there for easy viewing and selection.

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The Overview mode helps you find the widget you are looking for

The Xperia SL has some custom-made Sony widgets in addition to the standard set. Those include the Timescape widget (there’s a dedicated app too) and a Mediascape-like widget for photos and videos (the actual app isn’t there anymore, but the Album gallery is).

When on a homescreen pressing the menu button opens up a context menu under the status bar. It gives you two options – choosing a widget and choosing a wallpaper/theme. It’s oddly placed and easy to miss at first because the animation is so underplayed it looks as if nothing has happened.

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Widgets menu • Wallpaper menu

A cool new addition to the lockscreen, missing from the pre-ICS Xperias, is the Walkman widget which lets you control music playback without unlocking the phone. You can also enable Face, Pattern, PIN or Password unlock, in ascending order of security.

Moving and removing widgets hasn’t changed and is as simple as on droids of old – hold a finger over a desired widget and move it around. The action has a cool wobble animation to it.

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Moving and deleting widgets

The standard notification area and task switcher are of course present and accounted for, with no custom touches to them. For some reason, the notification area isn’t accessible from the lockscreen as it usually is on ICS (and on other ICS-running Xperia phones).

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The lockscreen • Lockscreen options • The standard notification area and task switcher

As a part of the ICS platform you get the Data usage app. Sony provided one on Gingerbread as well, but this one is far more accurate in calculating your used traffic. It also lets you set a limit for mobile data usage for a specific period and o gives you a breakdown of which apps have used how many of your precious bytes.

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Data usage app

Sony has added its own Backup & reset feature for Android ICS. It works for apps you’ve uninstalled and then reinstalled again, restoring them with the previous saved settings. The reset menu also lies in the same submenu.

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Backup & reset

Sony have made a lot of improvements to the standard ICS build, but also omitted some that other OEMs are opting for. For example, Samsung has a Remove all feature when you open the task switcher. Also, there are still no connectivity toggles in the notification area and there’s no option to change the number homescreen panes.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Sony Xperia SL is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset, which packs two 1.7 GHz Scorpion cores, 1 GB of RAM and an Adreno 220 GPU, which has all of 1280 x 720 pixels to push. It’s a nice smartphone setup but not class leading anymore.

We begin with the Quadrant benchmark where the Xperia SL clocks in at the last spot, which is normal considering its competition is mostly quad-cores with the occasional dual-core Krait.

Phonebook

The Xperia SL phonebook is the same as the one on the Xperia T. It has slight visual changes: the bottom bar no longer shows you shortcuts to phone, favorites, contacts, and is now a search and add number field. The contacts, phone, favorites and groups tabs have been moved to the top and can be alternated by side-swipes.

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The phonebook • The quick contacts can save you a click or two • the available options

The contact list can be sorted by either first or last name. There are two contact search options – a dedicated search field on the bottom of the contact list, and an alphabetical scroll bar to jump to names starting with a specific letter on the right.

You can sync with multiple accounts, including Exchange and Facebook, and you can selectively show or hide contacts from some accounts (as well as filter specific groups in an account), or set the phonebook to display only contacts with phone numbers or only contacts that are online.

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Filtering contacts in the phonebook

If a contact has accounts in multiple services, you can “link” their details to keep everything in one place. Their Facebook photos and interests (part of the Facebook integration) will show as extra tabs.

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Viewing and editing a contact

Quick contacts are enabled – a tap on the contact’s photo brings up shortcuts for calling, texting or emailing the contact.

Each contact can have a variety of fields (and repeat fields of the same type). There’s an Add field button and the X button lets you remove fields as needed. The fields cover anything from names (including a field to write the name down phonetically) to addresses, nicknames and notes.

There is an option to redirect calls directly to voicemail. Custom ringtones are enabled too.

Smart telephony

Receiving and making calls on the Xperia SL was great. The built-in secondary microphone is used for active noise-cancellation so calls are loud and clear even in noisy environments.

The Xperia SL phone app features smart dialing. It searches for matches in both the contacts’ phones and names. There’s voice dialing too (the quickest way to activate it is to press and hold the hardware Search key).

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Smart dialing is available • Dialer

Thanks to the proximity and accelerometer sensors, the Sony Xperia SL automatically disables the touchscreen when you lift it up during a call.

The call log is integrated in the dialer – it shows a list of recently dialed, received and missed calls in the top half of the screen and the keypad on the bottom half. Once you start typing, the call log is replaced by the smart dial list. You can hide the keypad to make more room for the call log.

We also ran our traditional loudspeaker test on the Sony Xperia SL. It managed a Good mark and will be heard loud and clear in most case scenarios. More info on our loudspeaker test can be found here.

Speakerphone test Voice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overal score
Sony Xperia T 63.7 58.9 62.1 Below Average
Apple iPhone 5 66.8 66.1 67.7 Below Average
HTC Desire C 64.6 64.7 75.7 Average
Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500 69.7 66.6 71.5 Average
Sony Xperia SL (no xLOUD) 75.2 65.8 74.8 Good
Sony Xperia SL (xLOUD) 75.5 65.9 76.9 Good
Sony Xperia Go 68.7 65.8 76.2 Good
LG Optimus 4X HD 68.7 66.6 79.3 Good
Motorola RAZR XT910 74.7 66.6 82.1 Very Good
HTC Desire 76.6 75.7 84.6 Excellent

Messaging is business as usual

Text messages and MMS use standard threaded layouts. Each thread is displayed as an IM chat session, with the most recent message at the bottom. You can manage individual messages (forward, copy, delete) and even lock them against deletion.

Search is enabled to locate a specific message in all conversations and you can also activate delivery reports.

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The messaging app

Adding multimedia (photos, videos, sounds, etc.) will convert the message to an MMS.

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Creating a multimedia message

Moving on to email, the Gmail app supports batch operations, which allows multiple emails to be archived, labeled or deleted. The app supports multiple Gmail accounts, but there’s no unified inbox for other email services.

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Gmail app supports batch operations and multiple (Gmail) accounts

However, the generic email app can do that as well. It can handle multiple POP or IMAP accounts and you have access to the messages in the original folders that are created online.

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The generic Email client has a combined inbox option

Google Talk handles Instant Messaging. The GTalk network is compatible with a variety of popular clients like Pidgin, Kopete, iChat, etc.

As for text input, the Xperia SL offers a customized on-screen full QWERTY keyboard. Typing on the portrait keyboard is fairly comfortable – the screen is big enough to house decently-sized keys that are easy to hit.

Flipping the phone to landscape gives you even bigger, easier to press buttons.

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Xperia SL keyboard is comfortable in either layout

You can also try the so-called Gesture input if hitting those keys individually doesn’t give you the desired typing speed. It works the same as Swype. Even if you’ve never used a Swype-like input before, you’ll quickly get used to it.

The brand new gallery

The Xperia SL comes with the new Sony Ice Cream Sandwich gallery, called Album.

It has a whole new interface where images are arranged into stacks of thumbnails and sorted by date. You can also opt to show all of your albums in one place. There are three tabs above the stacks – Pictures, Map and Online.

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The Album gallery

Pictures is the main tab – you can use pinch gestures to make the thumbnails bigger or smaller. Map reminds us of the iOS gallery, where all pictures with a Geo-tag are shown on a map of the world.

The Online tab uses pictures from the connected online services – Google Picasa, Facebook, etc. You have options to tag, like and comment on Facebook photos much like you did with the previous Xperia Gallery.

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The Geo-tagging à la iOS

Images in both galleries can be cropped or rotated directly in the gallery. Quick sharing via Picasa, Email apps, Facebook, Bluetooth or MMS is also enabled.

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Viewing an image

The BRAVIA engine enhances contrast and colors by sharpening the image and reducing noise. These steps normally lead to visual artifacts, but you’ll have to look at them very close up to notice. You can switch BRAVIA off, but we recommend keeping it on – it really improves the viewing experience.

Video player is new too

In keeping with the new music player and gallery, Sony has added a new video player as well. It’s dubbed Movies and it too has a new interface. It’s connected to Gracenote, which helps you find additional information about the movies you have preloaded.

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Watching a video on the Xperia SL

DivX and XviD videos support is iffy to say the least. Most of the videos we tried didn’t play on the Xperia SL and it did have issues even with mp4 files. We found that there’s an issue with audio playback as mp4 files with AAC sound weren’t a problem. 720p videos were handled with ease, 1080p videos were also watchable but not all of them. Overall, we suggest converting all your movies into the appropriate format or just downloading a video player off the Google Play Store with support for more video codecs.

Walkman music player on board

To complete the trio of redesigned Sony apps is the new Walkman music player. It retains all the functionality of the older music players but adds a little bit extra here and there.

It is divided into Playing and My music panels.

In the My music section, you can update your album art and music information like album, year, and more. SensMe is included, meaning you can filter your songs by type – upbeat, energetic, mellow, dance, etc. Creating playlists is enabled and you can also view your Facebook buddies’ activity if they too use the Walkman player.

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The music player is decent looking and snappy

The Now Playing screen offers the standard music controls, shortcuts to the library, “Infinity” key and the song cover art. The Infinity key lets you quickly look up a song on YouTube or browse for the lyrics, among others.

Currently, the only available visualization is the album art.

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The Now Playing interface • The equalizer

Finally, the Walkman player offers support for customizable equalizer settings, giving die-hard audiophiles the chance to fiddle around with the individual EQ bands.

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Sound enhancements and EQ

While the rest of the music player is the same as what we saw on the neo V, this one adds music controls to the lockscreen. Swiping them either side brings back the clock. The notification area also offers the now playing screen with music controls and the option to jump into the Walkman player.

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Music player controls on the lockscreen and notification area

The Sony Xperia SL also features an FM Radio aboard complete with RDS support – an improvement over the Neo L, which had no FM Radio at all.

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The FM Radio

Good audio quality

The Sony Xperia SL did excellently in the first part of our traditional audio quality test. The smartphone got very good scores all over and if it wasn’t for the only average volume levels it would have been perfect.

There’s some degradation when you plug in a pair of headphones, but things certainly aren’t too bad. The stereo crosstalk rises and some distortion creeps in. Volume levels remain about the same, though, which is not a common sight among smartphones. A solid overall performance, which should please anyone but the most demanding audiophiles.

And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.

Test Frequency response Noise level Dynamic range THD IMD + Noise Stereo crosstalk
Sony Xperia SL +0.10, -0.10 -87.2 87.4 0.011 0.019 -87.9
Sony Xperia SL (headphones attached) +0.52, -0.11 -87.3 87.1 0.051 0.323 -49.0
Sony Xperia T +0.11, -0.10 -86.1 87.8 0.023 0.023 -84.1
Sony Xperia T (headphones attached) +0.43, -0.11 -86.1 87.5 0.140 0.260 -62.7
Sony Xperia S +0.10, -0.09 -86.6 86.8 0.011 0.018 -86.9
Sony Xperia S (headphones attached) +0.44, -0.13 -88.4 88.6 0.264 0.338 -47.3
LG Optimus 4X HD +0.02, -0.52 -74.8 74.8 0.345 0.318 -81.6
LG Optimus 4X HD (headphones attached) +0.03, -0.51 -70.1 69.9 0.815 0.811 -64.5
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III +0.03, -0.05 -90.3 90.3 0.012 0.018 -92.6
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III (headphones attached) +0.11, -0.04 -90.2 90.2 0.0092 0.090 -53.1
HTC One X +0.02, -0.08 -82.1 82.1 0.137 0.393 -80.7
HTC One X (headphones attached) +0.10, -0.10 -80.6 80.6 0.174 0.459 -60.8

Sony Xperia SL frequency response
Sony Xperia SL frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

12 MP Camera comes with its own interface

The Xperia SL boasts a 12 megapixel camera with a back-illuminated Exmor R sensor and a single LED flash. It’s capable of producing stills of 4000 x 3000 resolution. We have every reason to believe that the Xperia SL features the same image sensor and module as the Xperia S and possibly the acro S.

The camera controls on the Xperia SL are identical to those of the Xperia S – they are available on two taskbars on either side of the viewfinder. On the left you get four shortcuts to various settings, while the still camera/camcorder toggle, the virtual shutter and a thumbnail of the last photo taken are on the right.

The menu key brings up two pages of extra settings – scenes, resolution, smile detection, geotagging, image stabilization and focus mode among others. You can customize three of the shortcuts on the left (the shooting mode shortcut is fixed).

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The new camera interface

There are five capture modes to choose from: Normal, Scene recognition, Sweep Panorama, Sweep Multi Angle and 3D Sweep Panorama. In Normal, you pick the Scene settings manually or you can enable Scene recognition and let the Xperia S take a guess (it’s fairly good at it).

The 3D Sweep Panorama is business as usual – you press the shutter key and pan the phone across the scene. The resulting panoramic photo can be viewed in both 2D and 3D (on a compatible TV).

The Sweep Multi Angle is much more impressive – you take a photo in the exact same way, but the result is very different. It produces something like a lenticular card, providing a different perspective when viewed at an angle.

Tilting the phone lets you look at the object from different sides. A shot of a moving object looks like an animated GIF or creates interesting and sometimes comical distortions.Photos taken in Sweep Multi Angle mode are handled by a separate app called 3D album, and not listed in the regular gallery. And just to make it clear again – the Xperia SL doesn’t have a 3D screen, but rather cleverly relies on its sensors to detect the handset movement and it changes the on-screen image accordingly.

The Xperia SL features a Quick launch option, which lets you customize the phone’s behavior upon a press of the camera key when the phone is locked. The default option is Launch and capture – it unlocks the phone, starts the camera and instantly snaps a photo.

It’s hard to frame the first shot right from this mode, but you can quickly take another photo as the camera reloads quite fast. The other option is to just unlock the phone and start the camera, or you can disable the feature altogether.

The Sony Xperia SL proved to be a very capable shooter. It produces images with loads of detail and great colors, especially at base ISO when there’s plenty of light. The camera was also very fast to start up and locks in on targets very quickly, rarely missing to focus or focusing on the wrong thing.

Noise is kept well under wraps – it’s only visible in areas with solid color like the sky, windows, etc.



Sony Xperia SL camera samples

Detail is very impressive even from very up close and having the physical shutter key really adds to the ease of use when shooting with the Xperia SL.

Overall, the camera on the Xperia SL shows a tendency towards regaining the past legacy of Sony Ericsson as a good cameraphone maker. What we like about it is that even with the right hardware on board Sony have tweaked the software just right so that it produces good results in every condition.

Image quality comparison

The Sony Xperia SL enters our photo quality comparison tool butting heads with its siblings, the Xperia S and the Xperia acro S. Feel free to choose any other adversaries you wish – the tool’s page will give you all the information on how to do that and what to watch out for.

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Sony Xperia SL in our Photo Compare Tool

Okay video recording

The Sony Xperia SL captures 1080p and 720p videos at 30 fps, currently the upper limit of what you can expect from a smartphone.

The camcorder has similar settings to the still camera, including focus mode, metering, exposure value, image stabilization and so on. The layout of the shortcuts can be customized here, too.

The Xperia SL camcorder features continuous autofocus. It may take a few seconds to refocus after you re-frame but that’s better than repeatedly attempting to lock focus and ruining your video.

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Switching to camcorder modeFullHD videos are stored in MP4 format (19Mbps bitrate) and the frame rate nails the 29fps mark. The Xperia SL videos come with stereo sound recorded at 131Kbps bitrate and 48kHz sampling – all pointing to slightly superior video recording compared to the Xperia S.

While numbers show a potential for high quality the actual end result isn’t as good. The Xperia SL produces smooth videos with okay colors but the level of detail isn’t inspiring and the videos look blurry and lack the proper sharpness you get with devices like the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S III.

Here is a 1080p video sample captured with the Xperia SL.

720p videos are a slightly different story. While audio bitrate and sample rate remain the same, the video bitrate measures around 12Mbps.

If you want to look closer at the video quality, you can download 1080p and 720p samples taken straight off the device.

Video quality comparison

We’ve added the Xperia SL to our video comparison tool. See how it fares against the likes of the Xperia acro S and the Xperia S.

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Sony Xperia SL in our Video Compare Tool

Full-fledged connectivity

The Sony Xperia SL has quad-band 2G and 3G. Mobile data speeds are boosted by 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA.

Local connectivity is covered by Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, so you can easily share content from your phone on a DLNA TV or music player. There’s also Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.

MicroUSB handles the charging and connecting to your PC and there’s also USB On-the-go support so you can attach external flash drives to the SL.

Media Remote isn’t preinstalled on the Xperia SL but you can get it through the Google Play Store. It will serve as a remote control for DLNA-capable BRAVIA TVs and Sony DVD/Blu-ray players too. There are a few versions of the interface ranging from simply changing the channels to mouse input and viewing disc history.

The Media Remote app is also available for free so that other Android smartphones can use it too.

The Xperia SL also comes with Sony’s Smart Connect app, which replaces the former LiveWare manager, although the functionality remains basically the same. With Smart connect, you can automate a lot of tasks and settings on your device, like launching an app when you connect an accessory, or turning features on or off depending the phone’s on charger and what-not.

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LiveWare manager can, for example, launch the music player as soon as you connect a headset

Web browsing is nice on ICS

The Sony Xperia SL enjoys the well known Android ICS web browser. This browser has a streamlined interface, incognito browsing and other cool features.

The browser is quite minimalistic; all you get is the URL bar with a tabs shortcut. Hitting the Menu key you get more options – Refresh, Forward, Save to bookmarks, Share page, Find on page, full settings and a couple of more – Request desktop site (no more hunting for that “Desktop” option buried at the bottom of the site) and Save for offline reading.

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The web browser was redesigned

The full settings menu includes some really interesting options. For example, you can set your search engine to Yahoo or Bing, you can adjust text size and the level of which double tap will zoom in.

The browser borrows several features from its desktop counterpart: when searching for something, if the browser is confident you’ll click on a certain search result, it will start preloading that page right away so that it opens faster if you do click it. You can set this feature to work over Wi-Fi only to preserve data.

The other trick is the ability to open Incognito tabs.

Speaking of tabs, the tab switching interface looks exactly like the Recent apps list. You can even close tabs by swiping them off the screen.

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Switching tabs works the same way as switching apps does

Quick controls (available as a Google Labs extra) reveal five controls (New tab, Tabs, URL, Bookmarks, More) when you slide your finger in from the side. These really go a long way in improving the browser experience. Another cool feature from Labs is Full screen, which squeezes in a little more screen real estate by hiding the status bar.

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The Quick controls

The Adobe Flash Player app has been omitted from the Google Play store so if you don’t side-load it from somewhere the SL will only be able to handle HTML 5 videos out of the box.

You can also opt for the much-improved Google Chrome web browser. It’s very smooth and doesn’t crash nearly as much as when it was in beta mode. The interface is pretty simple – you get a combined URL and search bar on the top. To the right of it there’s a tab switcher button with the number of open tabs on it. Hitting the menu button reveals options like new tab, bookmarks, look at closed tabs on other devices, request desktop site, etc.

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Google Chrome

Switching between tabs is very intuitive. You just swipe to the left or right to move between various open pages. In the tab interface you can also swipe away tabs you don’t want anymore.

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Switching tabs in Chrome

Chrome offers full synchronization with your Google account. Just type it in and it will immediately connect to all of your devices with Chrome installed. The only thing that doesn’t get synced are your passwords.

Great organizing skills

The Sony Xperia SL doesn’t come with many organizational apps preinstalled. There’s no office document viewer, for instance, although you can get one from the Google Play store.

There’s a Notes app that comes with the Xperia SL. It’s pretty simple to use – you can select the color of the note and just start typing. There’s a handwriting recognition option too allowing you to draw with your hands on the Xperia SL or just use a stylus of some kind.

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The Notes app

The Power Saver app helps you extend your battery life by toggling things like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth screen brightness, auto sync and background data on and off automatically when the battery charge falls below a certain user-defined threshold.

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The Power saver app

The calendar has three different types of view – daily, weekly and monthly. The lower section of the screen is reserved for a list of upcoming events. Adding a new event is quick and easy, and you can also set an alarm to act as a reminder.

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The organizer centerpiece – the calendar

The Calendar also pulls info on upcoming events from your Facebook account. Facebook events appear just like regular calendar entries, but you can’t edit them on the phone as they are read-only.

There is a nicely touch-optimized calculator aboard. The buttons are really big and easy to hit, and you can expand it to include advanced functions (trigonometry, logarithms).

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Regular Calculator • Scientific Calculator

The alarm clock app supports multiple alarms, each with its own start and repeat time. The Alarms app can also work as a desk clock – you have a big toggle for the brightness, as well as weather info and shortcuts to a gallery slideshow and the music player.

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The Clock • Creating alarm

The stopwatch, world clock and timer are available within the clock app.

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World Clock • Stopwatch • Timer

The Google Play store is full of free apps that will cater to all your organizing needs.

Offline Google Maps and Wisepilot navigation

The Sony Xperia SL comes with a GPS receiver, which took about a minute to get satellite lock upon a cold start. You can use the A-GPS functionality to get near instantaneous locks. Alternatively, network positioning will do if you only need a rough idea of your location.

Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we’ve covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere.

3D buildings are shown for some of the bigger cities and you can use two-finger camera tilt and rotate to get a better view of the area.

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Google Maps

Google Maps uses vector maps, which are very data efficient. The latest version has an easy to use interface for caching maps – you just choose “Make available offline” from the menu and pan/zoom around until the desired area is in view (there’s an indicator showing how much storage caching that area will take). You can later view cached areas and delete ones you no longer need.

Note that there’s a limit to the size of the area you can cache – you can’t just make all of Europe available offline, not even a whole country. We managed to cache a big city and some surrounding regions before Maps told us the area is too big. Also, there’s no address search in the cached maps and you can only cache map data in supported regions of the world.

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Making an area of the map available for offline usage is very easy

You can plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View. The app will reroute you if you get off course, even without a data connection.

Wisepilot is also part of the Sony Xperia SL package, with a 30 days trial of the full navigation license and downloadable maps for offline navigation.

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WisePilot navigation

Play Store has everything

Running on Android ICS, the Xperia SL has access to the latest apps and the ample built-in memory will guarantee you won’t have trouble with space.

The Store is organized in a few scrollable tabs – categories, featured, top paid, top free, top grossing, top new paid, top new free and trending. The in-app section is untouched though and it’s very informative – a description, latest changes, number of downloads and comments with rating. There is usually a demo video and several screenshots for most apps too.

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The Google Play Store

There are all kinds of apps in the Google Play Store and the most important ones are covered (file managers, navigation apps, document readers etc.).

Final Words

Sony has finally caught up with the competition in the Android mobile space. Once plagued by update issues and lack of powerful processing skills, the Xperia smartphones played an underhanded role and failed to make a serious impact, giving way to bold Galaxies and Desires to grab a strong hold.

With offerings that are now sporting dual-core Krait-clad processors and more megapixels than the fingers on both your hands, it seems Sony’s Xperia is gathering friction again. So where does that leave the Xperia SL? An almost exact match to the Xperia S, but arriving an extra year later, the Xperia SL can’t help but be demoted to midrange ranks.

Sony has the high-end well covered. With the Xperia T roaring into markets all around the world it’s the midrange and low-end that need attention. Sony already has plenty of battle-ready smartphones waiting to tackle the opposition but a seasoned expert like the Xperia SL couldn’t hurt. The Xperia J, Xperia V, tipo, miro, go and acro S, etc. could all use an experienced veteran such as the Xperia SL to keep carrying the Xperia flag.

But should you go for it and churn out the considerable amount of cash Sony is asking? Let’s have a look at the competition, shall we?

The Xperia S, naturally, is first to spring to mind. It costs a serious chunk less than the Xperia SL and is basically the same phone. It finally got the Android ICS treatment and it has the same processor which can be overclocked if those 200 MHz are all-important to your geeky self-pride.

Then, there’s the Xperia acro S. It’s pretty much the same package but adds expandable storage and a pinch of underwater and dust resistance. It also matches the Xperia SL on price.

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Sony Xperia S • Sony Xperia acro S

A glance in HTC’s direction reveals a couple of good-looking droids with Beats Audio on board. The One X has a bigger, gorgeous screen, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor that’s more than adequate and a stunning polycarbonate finish with eccentric smooth accents. It will set you back a bit more than an Xperia SL but is more likely to receive Android Jelly Bean than the Sony smartphone. The One S overtakes the Xperia SL on processing, having a potent Qualcomm S4 CPU ticking inside its mechanical chest. It’s also cheaper and, one would argue, prettier than an Xperia SL. But it loses on display resolution bringing forth only a qHD screen, albeit of the gorgeous Super AMOLED variety.

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HTC One X • HTC One S

If you’re not too hung up on the latest processor or expandable storage you could opt for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Android purists will also prefer it because of the timely software updates and the lack of custom launchers on top. It also costs considerably less than an Xperia SL whilst bringing an HD Super AMOLED screen on board with a comparable dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250

And finally, we give you the LG Optimus 4X – a quad-core Tegra 3 device with a 4.7″ True-HD IPS display of 720p resolution, which has LG’s affordable mindset behind it. It will set you back slightly less, while giving you more in terms of hardware. It also adds a microSD card slot to the equation making the choice a practical no-brainer.

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LG Optimus 4X HD P880

We think the Xperia SL has reasons to compete but coupled with an overly ambitious price tag which could prove harmful. And if you’re an owner of an Xperia S you really won’t be able to find solid grounds on which to upgrade to an Xperia SL, other than the name that is. So why go for it at all? Well, it’s a solid smartphone, has ICS right out of the box, a beautiful HD display and a potent snapper on the back.

It all comes down to the capabilities you put the most stock in. If those are timely software updates or the latest processor tech, then you’d be better off with another smartphone. But if a high-res screen and camera are all-important to you, there’s little chance you’ll regret an Xperia SL purchase.

 

 

 

Source: GSM Arena

Sony Xperia Miro: Officially launched in India at Rs. 15,249/-

Sony Xperia Miro

Sony Xperia Miro has been available online in India since last week, the Japanese giant has officially launched the device in India yesterday, pricing it at Rs. 15,249 (MRP).

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Specifications:

Also known as Sony ST23i, Sony ST23a

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100 – ST23i
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – ST23a
SIM Mini-SIM
Announced 2012, June
Status Available. Released 2012, September
Body Dimensions 113 x 59.4 x 9.9 mm (4.45 x 2.34 x 0.39 in)
Weight 110 g (3.88 oz)
– Touch-sensitive controls
Display Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 2 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
– Anti-reflective coating
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB storage (2.2 GB user available), 512 MB RAM
Data GPRS Up to 86 kbps
EDGE Up to 237 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama
Video Yes, VGA@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer
Secondary Yes, VGA
Features OS Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM7225A
CPU 800 MHz Cortex-A5
GPU Adreno 200
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, Pink, White with silver, White with gold
– SNS integration
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
– TrackID music recognition
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by Up to 470 h (2G) / Up to 545 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 5 h (2G) / Up to 6 h (3G)
Music play Up to 36 h 30 min
Misc Price group Rs. 15,249/-

 

 

REVIEW:

Introduction

In a world full of phones you wish you could afford, the Sony Xperia miro is one you don’t have to wish too hard for. In honesty, Sony didn’t work themselves too hard, but when you’re putting together a portfolio from scratch, you want it built on solid foundations.

The Xperia miro is another simple package joining the ranks, filling in the blank space between the Xperia tipo and the Xperia go. The miro is a notch above the tipo, and costs an extra few bucks – Sony went about it strictly by the book without taking unnecessary risks.

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Sony Xperia miro official pictures

The looks of the Xperia go – minus the rugged treatment – with the Xperia tipo’s internals. It’s a fairly straightforward mixture that will also fill the price gap between the starter package and the rugged smartphone. Lots of choice for different budgets is the secret to a large and loyal user base.

Let’s have a look now at all the features and the possible deal-breakers.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band UMTS support
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 3.5″ 16M-color LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480 pixels) at around 165 ppi
  • Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 800 MHz Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7225A chipset
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage (2.2GB user available)
  • microSD slot (32GB supported)
  • 5 MP autofocus camera, single LED flashlight, geotagging, smile detection, touch focus
  • VGA video @ 30fps
  • Secondary VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery

Main disadvantages

  • Middling screen quality
  • Non-hot-swappable microSD slot
  • No hardware shutter key
  • No DivX/XviD support
  • Occasional lags in the user interface
  • Mediocre audio output

The major improvements over the Xperia tipo are the bigger LED-backlit screen, the higher-res camera and the secondary cam for video calls. The screen is the same size and resolution as the Xperia go’s but isn’t the Bravia-backed Reality display we’ve seen on a number of Sony and Sony Ericsson handsets.

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Sony Xperia miro live pictures

That and the single-core CPU, as well as the non-rugged build, has helped the Xperia miro lower the price considerably. Overall though, it’s clearly a bet on the safe side – the Xperia miro is perfectly on par with its main competitors. So let’s give this fella a chance and see what it’s really made of.

Unboxing the Xperia miro

The Xperia miro’s retail package contains only the basics. We’ve been there with the Xperia tipo – a charger and a USB cable is all you get.

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The Xperia miro retail box

There is no headset or a microSD card, though lots of fan videos on YouTube show the presence of a headset. We guess all retail boxes (unlike our review package) will come with a headset inside after all.

Sony Xperia miro dimentions

The Sony Xperia miro looks very much like the rugged Xperia go – it’s nearly the same shape and size and has similar measurements. It weighs 110 g and stands at 113 x 59.4 x 9.9 mm.

 

Sony Xperia miro design and build quality

The Sony Xperia miro returns to the signature rectangular design of the NXT line – we don’t think the rounded corners did the Xperia tipo much of a favor. The finish is simple and inexpensive but by no means of poor quality. In fact, the back of the handset doesn’t feel as coarse as on the Xperia go and the tipo, which is earning the miro a few bonus points.

The styling is very clean and simple. The trademark chin creates a very subtle bulge around back – as opposed to the perfectly flat rear panel of the Xperia go. This allows are more comfortable and secure hold, especially when you need to loosen your grip on the phone to reach all the way down to the capacitive controls below the screen.

Above the screen, a proximity sensor and a status LED are hidden within the bezel. The VGA front-facing camera is to the left of the earpiece.

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Front cam and earpiece

Below the HVGA display is the usual arrangement of three capacitive controls. The Back, Home and Menu keys are sufficiently-spaced and haptic-enabled. A tap and hold on the Home key will launch the task switcher. Right below the Home key there is a hidden status LED that glows while you charge the phone, blinks upon an incoming call and does a breathing effect as you you turn the screen on.

A dedicated app from the Google Play store will let you further customize the status LED’s behavior. It will integrate with some of the phone’s apps and offer more notifications with customizable color.

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Touch-sensitive Back, Home and Menu keys below the screen

The left side features the microUSB port. The volume rocker is at the very top on the right. The very thin single button has surprisingly good press.

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The sides of the Xperia miro

The lock/power key and the 3.5mm audio jack are at the top.

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The 3.5mm jack and power key

At the bottom we find the mic pinhole and a lanyard eyelet.

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The bottom of Xperia miro

At the back of the Sony Xperia miro we find the 5MP camera lens and the LED flash. The loudspeaker is just below the Xperia logo.

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The camera lens and the loudspeaker

The battery cover wraps around the sides of the phone and fits firmly in place, with little to no gap where the two halves meet. Underneath, the SIM and microSD slots are outside the battery compartment but are not accessible unless you remove the battery.

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A peak under the battery cover

The Xperia miro seems more than reasonably powered by a 1500 mAh battery, which is rated at up to 470 h of 2G stand-by or up to 545 h of 3G idling. Talk time stands at 5h (2G) and 6h (3G) – not too impressive but still it should be enough for a day or two.

Display

The Sony Xperia miro has the same display size and resolution as the Xperia go – a 3.5″ HVGA LED-backlit LCD unit. WVGA screens would occasionally be available in this price range, but we’re not sure the Xperia miro’s GPU would’ve coped with the higher resolution.

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Sony Xperia miro’s dislay

The image quality is nothing to talk about really. Contrast looks fine and colors are quite vibrant but there’s nothing you can do about the low resolution. Fine text is where it fails particularly bad – fonts in widgets and icon labels look bad. With no BRAVIA engine on board, you can’t enjoy the software image enhancement Sony is offering on other phones.

Here go the Xperia miro results from our traditional display tests. You can find more about the testing routines here.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Sony Xperia miro 0.24 235 998 0.52 515 993
HTC Desire V 0.33 340 1027 0.48 506 1054
Sony Xperia tipo 0.75 561 751
HTC Desire C 0.23 186 814 0.5 360 723
HTC One X 0.15 200 1375 0.39 550 1410
Sony Xperia U 0.35 287 831 0.55 515 930
Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus 0.27 239 873 0.6 528 888
Samsung Galaxy Pocket 0.31 238 774 0.62 468 753
Samsung Galaxy Y 0.40 247 624 0.72 471 625

Handling

The compact and lightweight Sony Xperia miro is a pleasure to handle. The rubbery finish and the subtle chin at the back provide commendable grip. The handset is well put together and the simple finish looks durable.

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The Sony Xperia miro held in hand

User interface: Ice Cream Sandwich styled by Sony

The Sony Xperia miro runs Android 4.0 out of box, just like most of the Xperia smartphones we have reviewed recently. The interface is still covered head to toe by the custom skin that Sony used to style Android ever since Gingerbread.

 

 

The Sony Xperia miro has the usual five-pane homescreen configuration, without an option to add or remove panes. There are four docked shortcuts (two on either side of the launcher shortcut). These are visible on all five homescreen panes and are user configurable: they can be either single icons or folders with multiple items in them.

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The Sony Xperia miro UI

Speaking of folders, one of the differences is that they’re now displayed a bit differently – they show thumbnails of the first four items in them. Not a major change, but gives you quick peek of what’s inside.

The homescreen does a neat trick called Overview mode. Pinch to zoom out on any of the 5 homescreen panes and a new screen opens up with a cool transition. All active widgets are displayed in a type of floating cloud, and selecting one takes you to the homescreen where that widget is located.

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The Overview mode helps you find the widget you are looking for

The Xperia miro has some custom-made Sony widgets in addition to the standard set. Those include the Timescape widget (alongside its dedicated app) and a Mediascape-like widget for photos and videos (the actual app isn’t there anymore, the standard gallery is back).

Adding a widget is done through a special scrollable interface which displays all available widgets. To browse through them, you have to scroll up or down and tap on the one you want, which places it on your currently selected homescreen. To remove it, simply hold and drag the widget to the trashcan icon which appears on the bottom of the screen.

The widget selector can be a little tedious if you’re trying to go to a specific widget, but is a great way to see what you have available to you.

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Widgets menu • Selecting and adding widgets

A cool new addition to the lockscreen missing from Xperia phones of old is the music player widget, which lets you control music playback without unlocking the phone. You can also enable Face, Pattern, PIN or Password unlock, in ascending order of security.

The standard notification area is present and accounted for, although for some reason it isn’t accessible from the lockscreen as it usually is on ICS (and on other ICS-running Xperia phones).

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The lockscreen • Lockscreen options • The standard notification area

Social phonebook

The visually customized phonebook of the Xperia miro is virtually the same as on vanilla Android and can store extensive contact information. A tabbed interface allows you to access your contact list, recent calls, and info from social networking services.

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The phonebook • The quick contacts can save you a click or two • the available options

The contact list can be sorted by either first or last name. There are two contact search options – a dedicated search field on top of the contact list, and an alphabet scroll to jump to names starting with a specific letter.

Quick contacts are enabled – a tap on the contact’s photo brings up shortcuts for calling, texting or emailing the contact.

You can sync with multiple accounts, including Exchange and Facebook, and you can selectively show or hide contacts from certain accounts (you can fine-sift specific groups from an account), or set the phonebook to display only contacts with phone numbers or only contacts that are online.

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Filtering contacts in the phonebook

If a contact has accounts in multiple services, you can “link” their details to keep everything in one place. Their Facebook photos and interests (part of the Facebook integration) will show as extra tabs.

Each contact can have a variety of fields (and repeat fields of the same type), there’s an Add field button and the X button lets you remove fields as needed. The fields cover anything from names (including a field to write the name down phonetically) to addresses, nicknames and notes.

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Viewing and editing a contact

There is an option to redirect calls directly to voicemail, and custom ringtones are enabled too.

Capable, but quiet telephony

Receiving and making calls on the Xperia miro was trouble-free. Calls were reasonably loud and clear even in noisy environments.

The phone app features smart dialing which searches for matches in both the contacts’ phones and names. The call log is integrated in the dialer – it shows a list of recently dialed, received and missed calls in the top half of the screen and the keypad on the bottom half. Once you start typing, the call log is replaced by the smart dial list. You can hide the keypad the make more room for the call log.

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Smart dialing is available only for numbers

Thanks to the proximity sensor, the Sony Xperia miro automatically disables the touchscreen when you lift it up during a call.

We also ran our traditional loudspeaker test on the Sony Xperia miro, and the results weren’t bad. With xLOUD turned off the phone got a Below Average mark but turning xLOUD on turns it into a whole other beast entirely. If you often miss your calls, we suggest keeping this option on at all times. More info on our loudspeaker test can be found here.

Speakerphone test Voice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overal score
Sony Xperia sola 60.9 59.0 61.7 Below Average
Sony Xperia miro (no xLOUD) 65.0 62.1 66.6 Below Average
Sony Xperia tipo 65.7 61.7 71.8 Below Average
Apple iPhone 4S 65.8 64.5 74.6 Average
HTC Desire C 64.6 64.7 75.7 Average
Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500 69.7 66.6 71.5 Average
Sony Xperia miro (xLOUD) 69.7 64.6 75.9 Good
Sony Xperia Go 68.7 65.8 76.2 Good
Sony Xperia neo L 65.8 65.4 76.9 Good
Motorola RAZR XT910 74.7 66.6 82.1 Very Good
HTC Desire 76.6 75.7 84.6 Excellent

The usual messaging integration

Text messages and MMS use a standard threaded layout. Each thread is displayed as an IM chat session, with the most recent message at the bottom. You can manage individual messages (forward, copy, delete) and even lock them against deletion.

Search is enabled to locate a specific message in all conversations and you can also activate delivery reports.

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The messaging app

Adding multimedia (photos, videos, sounds, etc.) will convert the message to an MMS.

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Composing a message • Attaching an image automatically makes it an MMS

Moving on to email, the Gmail app supports batch operations, which allow multiple emails to be archived, labeled or deleted. The app supports multiple Gmail accounts, but there’s no unified inbox for other email services.

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Gmail app supports batch operations and multiple (Gmail) accounts

However, the generic email app can do that as well. It can handle multiple POP or IMAP accounts and you have access to the messages in the original folders that are created online.

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The generic Email client has a combined inbox option

Google Talk handles Instant Messaging. The GTalk network is compatible with a variety of popular clients like Pidgin, Kopete, iChat and Ovi Contacts.

As for text input, the Xperia miro offers a customized on-screen full QWERTY keyboard. Typing on the portrait keyboard is not as convenient as on some of the larger screens seen in the Xperia line, but is still fairly comfortable.

Flipping the phone to landscape gives you even bigger, easier to press buttons.

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Xperia miro keyboard

You can also try the so-called Gesture input if hitting those keys individually doesn’t give you the desired typing speed. It works the same as Swype, and even if you’ve never used Swype input before, you’ll quickly get used to it.

The Album gallery is here

The Xperia miro comes with the new Sony gallery, called Album, which is now available on most Ice Cream Sandwich Xperia smartphones.

It has a whole new interface where images are arranged into stacks of thumbnails and sorted by date. You can also opt to show all of your albums in one place. There are three tabs above the stacks – Pictures, Map and Online.

Pictures is the main tab – you can use pinch gestures to make the thumbnails bigger or smaller. Map reminds us of the iOS gallery, where all pictures with a Geo-tag are shown on a map of the world.

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The Album gallery

The Online tab uses pictures from the connected online services – Google Picasa, Facebook, etc. You have options to tag, like and comment on Facebook photos much like you did with the previous Xperia Gallery.

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Geo-tagging in the Album gallery

Images in both galleries can be cropped or rotated. Quick sharing via Picasa, Email apps, Facebook, Bluetooth or MMS is also enabled.

Video player leaves much to be desired

Sony has added a new video player as well. It’s dubbed Movies and it too has a completely redesigned interface. It’s connected to Gracenote, which helps you find additional information about the movies you have preloaded.

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Watching a video on the Xperia miro

Codec support is almost non-existent – you can play MP4 and 3GP files. DivX and XviD videos were a no go and so were AVI files.

You can download a video player off the Google Play Store with support for more video codecs but chances of getting a video (one not shot with the phone itself) to play smoothly are pretty slim.

Walkman player

Coming to complete the trio of redesigned Sony apps is the new Walkman music player. It retains all the functionality of the older music players but adds a little bit extra here and there.

It is divided into Playing and My music panels.

In the My music section, you can update your album art and music information like album, year, and more. SensMe is included, meaning you can filter your songs by type – upbeat, energetic, mellow, dance, etc. Creating playlists is enabled and you can also view your Facebook buddies’ activity if they too use the Walkman player.

The Now Playing screen offers the standard music controls, shortcuts to the library, “Infinity” key and the song cover art. The Infinity key lets you quickly look up a song on YouTube or browse for the lyrics, among others.

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The Walkman music player

Currently, the only available visualization is the album art.

Finally, the Walkman player offers support for customizable equalizer settings, giving die-hard audiophiles the chance to fiddle around with the individual EQ bands.

While the rest of the music player is the same as what we saw on Sony Ericsson handsets, this one adds music controls to the lockscreen. They replace the clock, which might be annoying if you just want to check the time. Still, the clock slides out of view, so you have about a second to see what time it is (or just look at the small clock in the upper right corner).

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Music player controls on the lockscreen and notification area

FM radio with RDS and TrackID

The Sony Xperia miro is equipped with an FM radio, which has a neat and simple interface. It automatically scans the area for the available stations and places “notches” on the frequency dial for easier scrolling to the next station. There’s a Force mono option to use in case of poor reception.

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The FM radio app • TrackID

The TrackID service is also available and works within the radio app. You can even like a song on Facebook.

Mediocre audio quality

Unfortunately, the Sony Xperia miro shares its audio-related internals with the Xperia tipo. This means that you’d be getting rather uninspiring output, and pretty low volume levels.

When connected to an active external amplifier the Xperia miro got only average scores, and imperfect frequency response. All this combined with the poor volume adds up to a mediocre overall performance.

The good news is there’s little degradation when headphones come into play. Stereo crosstalk rises only a little, but since it was quite high to begin with, you are only left with an average reading. The distortion levels remain under control and better than many other smartphones we have seen, but the rest of the readings are still only average and the volume levels leave lots to be desired.

And here come the full results so you can see them for yourselves:

Test Frequency response Noise level Dynamic range THD IMD + Noise Stereo crosstalk
Sony Xperia miro +0.13, -1.28 -75.4 77.5 0.019 0.098 -76.9
Sony Xperia miro (headphones attached) +0.50, -0.85 -75.5 77.4 0.021 0.144 -65.9
Sony Xperia tipo +0.12, -1.22 -75.9 78.2 0.018 0.119 -79.1
Sony Xperia tipo (headphones attached) +0.43, -0.85 -76.0 78.1 0.020 0.154 -52.4
Sony Xperia go +0.03, -0.05 -86.7 87.0 0.0084 0.019 -87.3
Sony Xperia go (headphones attached) +0.44, -0.10 -84.8 85.3 0.421 0.364 -71.7
Sony Xperia U +0.03, -0.04 -87.3 87.5 0.0091 0.020 -87.7
Sony Xperia sola +0.03, -0.04 -81.6 82.2 0.085 0.185 -83.5
Sony Xperia sola (headphones attached) +0.45, -0.10 -81.8 81.8 0.189 0.416 -52.8
Sony Xperia U (headphones attached) +0.45, -0.10 -86.4 86.6 0.393 0.352 -66.5
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 +0.20, -0.27 -88.7 87.6 0.0086 0.018 -88.9
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 (headphones attached) +0.37, -0.08 -88.6 87.6 0.044 0.221 -57.9
Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus +0.14, -1.30 -88.2 88.1 0.010 0.065 -84.1
Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus (headphones attached) +0.12, -1.12 -86.0 88.1 0.018 0.186 -43.1

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Sony Xperia miro frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

Camera is as plain as it gets

The Xperia miro has a 5 megapixel auto-focus snapper and coupled with a single LED flash. It’s capable of producing stills with a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.

The camera interface features two taskbars on either side of the viewfinder. On the left you get four shortcuts to various settings, while the still camera/camcorder toggle, the virtual shutter and a thumbnail of the last photo taken are on the right.

The menu key brings up two pages of extra settings – scenes, resolution, smile detection, geotagging, image stabilization and focus mode among others. You can customize three of the shortcuts on the left (the shooting mode shortcut is fixed).

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The new camera interface

There are five capture modes to choose from: Normal, Scene recognition, Sweep Panorama, Sweep Multi Angle and 3D Sweep Panorama. In Normal, you pick the Scene settings manually or you can enable Scene recognition and let the Xperia miro take a guess.

The 3D Sweep Panorama is business as usual – you press the shutter key and pan the phone across the scene. The resulting panoramic photo can be viewed in both 2D and 3D (on a compatible TV).

The Sweep Multi Angle is much more impressive – you take a photo in the exact same way, but the result is very different. It produces something like a lenticular card, providing a different perspective when viewed at an angle.

The Xperia miro has the megapixel count to be considered a decent cameraphone but not the image quality to back that up. Images come out overly contrasty with low levels of detail while colors have a bluish tint. Noise levels aren’t too bad, but to achieve them the miro applies overly aggressive noise reduction, which eradicates a lot of fine detail.

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Sony Xperia miro camera samples

Overall, the Xperia miro is a major step back from other 5 MP Xperia smartphones like the sola, U, go, etc.

Image quality comparison

The standard test shots from the Xperia miro are in our Photo Compare Tool database. We’ve aligned it against the Xperia sola and the Desire C but you’re free to pit it against the large number of available devices we’ve tested.

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Sony Xperia miro in our Photo Compare Tool

Okay video recording

The Sony Xperia miro captures VGA video at around 25 fps, which is all we can expect out of a single-core processor and a 5MP camera.

The camcorder has the same interface as the still camera and some of the same settings.

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Switching to camcorder mode

Videos are recorded in MP4 files with a bitrate of 2 Mbps and stereo AAC sound (133Kbps, 48kHz). The resolved detail isn’t great, as expected from a VGA shooter, but at least the videos are smooth. Sadly, once again, the colors are off more often than not.

 

Basic connectivity

The Sony Xperia miro has quad-band 2G and dual-band 3G. Mobile data speeds are boosted by 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA.

Local connectivity is covered by Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct with DLNA, USB on the Go support, and there’s also Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP on hand.

The miro comes with Sony’s Smart Connect manager, which can be set to perform certain actions whenever a accessory is connected, or during certain times of the day. For instance, you can set it to start the music application whenever headphones are plugged in, or set the phone to silent at night.

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Smart Connect gives you some cool automation options

Android browser

One of the biggest advantages that the Sony Xperia miro gets from running Android ICS is the updated web browser. This browser has a streamlined interface, incognito browsing and other cool features.

The browser interface is quite minimalistic; all you get is a URL bar with a tabs shortcut. Hitting the Menu key gives you more options – Refresh, Forward, Save to bookmarks, Share page, Find on page, full settings and a couple of more – Request desktop site (no more hunting for that “Desktop” option buried at the bottom of the site) and Save for offline reading.

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The web browser has been redesigned

The full settings menu includes some really interesting options. For example, you can set your search engine to Yahoo or Bing, you can adjust text size and the level of which double tap will zoom in.

The browser borrows several features from its desktop counterpart. For example, when searching for something, if the browser is confident you’ll click on a certain search result, it will start preloading that page right away so that it opens faster if you do click it. You can set this feature to work over Wi-Fi only to preserve data.

The other trick is Incognito mode – there’s no global setting, but you can open individual Incognito tabs.

Speaking of tabs, the tab switching interface looks exactly like in the Recent apps list. You can even close tabs by swiping them off the screen.

Quick controls (available from the Labs settings) reveal five controls (New tab, Tabs, URL, Bookmarks, More) when you slide your finger in from the side. Those really improve the browser experience. Another cool feature from Labs is Full screen, which squeezes out a little more screen real estate by hiding the status bar.

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The Quick controls

Flash is not available on the Xperia miro. In order to use it and watch Flash videos you’ll need to side-load the Adobe Flash player from somewhere.

Great organizational tools

The Sony Xperia miro comes with a solid set of organizing options, including a document viewer.

The app in question is the OfficeSuite viewer and it has support for viewing document files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF, including the Office 2007 versions). If you want edit as well as view, the Pro version (a $15/€13 update) can do that.

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The OfficeSuite document viewer

Reading documents is reasonably comfortable and panning is blazing fast. There’s built-in file browser and cloud storage integration (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and SugarSync).

Tap on the Manage my files button and you get into the full-blown file browser. It can do all the basic stuff (new folder, copy, delete, etc.), plus batch operations, search for files and ZIP multiple files and folders.

The calendar has three different types of view – daily, weekly and monthly. The lower section of the screen is reserved for a list of upcoming events. Adding a new event is quick and easy, and you can also set an alarm to act as a reminder.

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The organizer centerpiece – the calendar

The Calendar also pulls info on upcoming events from your Facebook account. Facebook events appear just like regular calendar entries but you can’t edit them on the phone, they are read-only.

There is also a calculator aboard. It is nicely touch optimized – the buttons are really big and easy to hit. You can expand advanced functions (trigonometry, logarithms).

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Regular Calculator • Scientific Calculator

The alarm clock app supports multiple alarms, each with its own start and repeat time. The Alarms app can also work as a desk clock – you have a big toggle for the brightness, as well as weather info and shortcuts to gallery slideshow and the music player. There’s no world clock, stopwatch or timer though.

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The Clock • Creating alarm

Finally, the Sony Power Saver app lets you automate certain power saving functions for your device, such as whether to dim the display or disable certain connectivity features when the battery falls below a certain level.

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The Power Saver app

Offline Google Maps and navigation

The Sony Xperia miro comes with a GPS receiver, which took about a minute to get satellite lock upon a cold start. You can use the A-GPS functionality to get near instantaneous locks. Alternatively, network positioning will do if you only need a rough idea of your location.

Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we’ve covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere.

3D buildings are shown for some of the bigger cities and you can use two-finger camera tilt and rotate to get a better view of the area.

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Google Maps

Google Maps uses vector maps, which are very data efficient. The latest version has an easy to use interface for caching maps – you just choose “Make available offline from the menu” and pan/zoom around until the desired area is in view (there’s an indicator showing how much storage caching that area will take). You can later view cached areas and delete ones you no longer need.

Note that there’s a limit to the size of the area you can cache – you can’t just make the entire United States available offline, not even a single state. We managed to fit New York and some surrounding area before Maps told us the area is too big. Also, there’s no address search in the cached maps and you can only cache map data in supported regions of the world.

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Making an area of the map available for offline usage is very easy

You can plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View. The app will reroute you if you get off course, even without a data connection.

Google Play meets all your needs

The Sony Xperia miro runs ICS, so it has access to most of the latest apps, but the limited amount of app storage means you’ll need to be careful with large apps or move a lot of the apps to a microSD card.

The Store is organized in a few scrollable tabs – categories, featured, top paid, top free, top grossing, top new paid, top new free and trending. The in-app section is untouched though and it’s very informative – a description, latest changes, number of downloads and comments with rating. There are usually several screenshots of the app in action, and oftentimes a demo video as well.

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The Google Play Store

There are all kinds of apps in the Google Play Store and the most important ones are covered (file managers, navigation apps, document readers etc.), so if you wish you could do something more with your phone, odds are it’s in the app store.

 

Final words

The Sony Xperia miro is made exactly by the book – just not sure whose book it is. It seems all major manufacturers have near identical offers in the Android low-end. And while Sony is only catching up, some makers have had the time to perfect the entry-level smartphone concept.

To be fair to the Xperia miro though, it’s on the spot considering the most recent competitors in this price range, and it looks no worse than most – however subjective that is.

The HTC Desire comes with ICS of course and has the same screen size and resolution. It’s marginally more compact though, which is mostly down to less screen bezel – and no fancy status LED. The processor is the same, only clocked lower at 600 MHz. More importantly though, the two are very well built and equally comfortable to use. The current pricing is slightly in the Desire C’s favor.

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HTC Desire C

The LG Optimus L5 is based on the same MSM7225A chipset, but costs a bit less than the Xperia miro and comes with a bigger 4″ display. The bigger screen is not a clear-cut advantage though considering the resolution stays the same. The rest of the specs are identical, from the OS version to the imaging capabilities.

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LG Optimus L5 E610

As usual, Samsung aren’t short of options in this class either. The Xperia miro finds itself tightly squeezed between the Galaxy Ace Plus and the Galaxy Mini 2. None of them has ICS though – Samsung promised JB updates, but did not say when.

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Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500 • Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500

Entry level smartphones will be enjoying increasing demand and no maker can afford to not do anything about it. Starting strong with the NXT line, it seemed one possible route for Sony was to maintain a small but focused portfolio around the upper midrange. Exactly what HTC were doing at one point. Look at them now – they have generations of entry-level droids and are no stranger to dual SIMs.

So Sony too recognized the need to spread its portfolio wider. Entry-level and low-end smartphones are not exciting stuff but they end up in many pockets through carriers. To people in the know, who are willing to go SIM-free, the Xperia U is an absolute no-brainer, offering a dual-core CPU, a high-res screen and HD videos for the price of an Xperia miro.

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Sony Xperia U

That’s not how this game is played though and manufacturers know it. They’re keen to bring new players in and entry-level handsets like the Xperia miro are the invitation. Borrowing and mixing DNA from the Xperia go and the tipo, Sony have filled the price gap between the two – and given potential users more choice. As things look though at this point, the choice in the Android low-end boils down to brands, not specs.

 

 

Courtesy: GSM Arena

Nokia Lumia Series 3: Lumia 800 Nokia’s first flagship Windows Phone device

LUMIA 800:

NOKIA’S FIRST FLAGSHIP WINDOWS PHONE DEVICE

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Reviewing the Lumia 800 is a hard and, dare I say, unprecedented task. Never before have we seen a phone like Nokia’s N9 — a benchmark setter in some design aspects, yet a complete dead end in terms of software ecosystem — and now the 800 arrives ensconced in a nearly identical physical body. How do you begin to grade a device that feels, superficially at least, like a cuckoo — a parasite occupying the shell that rightfully belongs to another? Well, you probably start by dispensing with such romantic notions and treating the Nokia Lumia 800 as what it is: a Windows Phone 7.5 handset with a competitive, if unremarkable, spec sheet and the full backing of Nokia’s engineering, development, and marketing might.

The similarities shared between Nokia’s Harmattan and Windows Phone devices aren’t actually the most pertinent topic of inquiry here. What will truly matter to end users of the Lumia 800 is how much of an upgrade this new flagship phone represents relative to previous, Symbian-powered generations of Nokia hardware and, potentially, the rest of the current Windows Phone crop. Whether you’re actively contemplating jumping aboard the good ship Microkia or just a curious onlooker, read on for all the answers.

VIDEO REVIEW

Video review

HARDWARE / DESIGN

THE EFFORTLESS GRACE OF THE N9′S DESIGN HAS BEEN REPRODUCED WITH THE LUMIA 800

Photographing the Lumia 800 is an exercise in deja vu. Except for the addition of a dedicated camera key, the relocation of the dual-LED flash, and the introduction of capacitive Windows Phone keys up front, this is the N9. I’d usually be first to protest if a company decides to recycle a design quite so flagrantly, but in this case, it’s more a matter of why wouldn’t you? My lasting impression of the N9′s case was that it was akin to Apple’s unibody MacBook Pro — so tantalizingly close to perfection as to make you wonder where future upgrades could possibly come from. Three years after its introduction, that MBP design is still going strong and Nokia should have to make no apologies for sticking with a similarly splendid piece of engineering.

The Lumia 800 / N9 design ethos is all about effortless simplicity for the user, but it’s backed by a stupefying amount of calculation, modeling, and testing behind the scenes. What you see and feel in your hand is a seamless piece of soft-touch plastic, curved on all sides and gently tapering toward flattened-out top and bottom surfaces, fronted by a curved screen. It’s natural and pleasant to the touch, with great ergonomics and weight balance — the diametric opposite of the cold and impersonal appearance of most modern technology. Being able to meld that aggressively minimalist monobody design with a fully functional smartphone is where Nokia’s manufacturing chops really shine through.

IT’S NATURAL AND PLEASANT TO THE TOUCH, WITH GREAT ERGONOMICS AND WEIGHT BALANCE

Perfection does elude the Lumia 800, however, and it’s almost entirely down to the few physical keys this phone is adorned with. Its right side plays host to a volume rocker, a power / lock button, and a dedicated camera key, neither of which does a great job of what are typically routine tasks. The volume rocker and lock button sit too close to one another and are almost flush with the phone’s side, making for difficult tactile recognition. They’re also a bit loose and generate an innocuous, though irritating, rattle when you move the 800 around. The shutter release button is better: it’s firmer and more pronounced, has more travel, and reacts to pressure without a definite click at the bottom (something that can introduce motion blur in the resulting photos). The latter is a good thing for camera results, but it’s less intuitive from a user perspective. While I’m bemoaning buttons, it’s arguable that the Windows Phone capacitive trifecta under the screen is a little too close to the touchscreen, leading to some unintentional taps.

Nokia is sticking to the three color options introduced with the N9 — black, cyan and magenta, all featuring a soft matte finish — with each of those being the hue of the actual polymer the phone is built out of. That means no matter how deeply you may scratch the Lumia 800, it’ll maintain the same consistent color. It’d actually be quite the challenge to force any nicks or scuffs to appear on this handset as that polycarbonate stuff it’s made of is deceptively strong and resistant to abrasions. The same can’t be said of the elliptical metal plate built into the center of its back — finished to a mirror sheen, that surface seems a magnet for little scrapes. Nokia bundles in a very good silicon case with the Lumia 800, however it has a cutout specifically designed to expose the reflective metal on the back, rather offsetting its protective qualities.

Minor issues aside, the Lumia 800 is exactly the sort of delight for the senses that you will have expected an N9 clone to be.

DISPLAY

THE CLEARBLACK DISPLAY LIVES UP TO ITS MARKETING BLUSTER
Sticking with the N9 lineage and a recent preference for AMOLED in its flagship phones, Nokia has installed an 800 x 480 AMOLED display inside the Lumia 800. What was a 3.9-inch panel on the N9 has shrunken to 3.7 inches (and lost 54 horizontal lines of pixels in the process) in order to accommodate the Windows Phone keys. Yes, the Pentile Matrix RGBG subpixel arrangement is present here too, though as with the N9, I have to stress that it has almost no distinguishable impact on the display’s quality. If you put your eye right up to the screen, you may notice some color fringing on white text in front of a black background, but that’s it. Pixel density at this 3.7-inch size and WVGA res feels just about right for Windows Phone and the Lumia 800 does it justice with very clear, richly saturated imagery. As usual with AMOLED, some users will find the colors rendered a little too rich, though there’s sadly no option to tone down saturation as there is on Samsung’s Galaxy S II.

One thing nobody can complain about, however, is the way the Lumia 800 renders — or doesn’t render, to be precise — blacks. It features the anti-glare polarizer that earns it Nokia’s ClearBlack Display designation, which to us simple humans just means that its screen is less reflective than most and dark shades appear truly dark. Most of the time, you’ll struggle to distinguish where the display panel ends, creating the wonderful illusion that onscreen imagery is simply suspended atop the surface of the phone — it’s a very organic appearance that lends Microsoft’s Metro tiles an extra air of sophistication.

Nokia’s spec sheets don’t list it, but a visit to Corning’s website confirmed that the Lumia 800 does indeed have a Gorilla Glass front, much like the N9, N8 and E7 before it. That should provide you with an extra sense of security when using this phone since Gorilla Glass has shown itself to be a reliably rugged screen for mobile phones.

BATTERY LIFE, RECEPTION, AND AUDIO

DISAPPOINTING TO SEE NFC AND INTERNET SHARING OMITTED FROM THE 800

From my brief time with the Lumia 800, I’d say its battery life has been marginally less impressive than the N9, though that’s not unreasonable given it’s having to power a 1.4GHz processor. Anyone coming from Nokia’s previous Symbian family — which typically sacrificed brute firepower for longer endurance — will have to adapt his or her expectations to a new reality. I got to 23 hours while subjecting the 800 to my usual routine of push email updates, web browsing, music playback, photo and video capture, and lots of idling. It’s an effort to simulate real world use, but the only thing constant about the real world is that it’s different for everyone, so take it as nothing more than an indicator. Nokia lists the Lumia 800 as offering longer talk time (13 hours on GSM / 9.5 hours over 3G) than the N9 (11 and 6.5 hours, respectively) but shorter standby time. When it comes to the Windows Phone competition, HTC’s 1.5GHz Titan lasts just about as long as the 800, though the 1GHz Radar offers a little more stamina than both.

Reception on the Lumia 800 has been consistently good, allowing for clear calls and generally speedy web connectivity. While on the subject of wireless connections, I do have to express disappointment at Nokia’s decision to disable Windows Phone’s Internet Sharing feature. That’s the facility that allows you to share your Lumia’s 3G connection with nearby Wi-Fi-capable devices, turning it into a mobile hotspot. Nokia may look to enable it in a future update, however it wasn’t deemed a top priority for launch and the company chose to focus on improving other areas of the phone experience. Also missing from the Lumia 800 is the NFC connection included on the N9. NFC is still a rarely used sideshow for the smartphones that have it, so I can definitely see why Nokia nixed it, but almost everyone is pushing for its wider adoption and its absence from the 800 casts a bit of a shadow over its long-term prospects.

What the Lumia 800 does have is Bluetooth, which is harnessed nicely by a Bluetooth Contacts Transfer app. It does what its name suggests and helps to bridge the software incompatibility that arises between Nokia’s new Windows Phone and its line of legacy devices — provided they too have Bluetooth on board, of course.

The loudspeaker at the bottom of the Lumia 800 may look identical to the one on the N9, but it’s subtly different. Whereas the N9′s speaker was impossible to muffle, the 800′s is much more susceptible to being muted by pressing something against it — that basically rules out listening to music on the phone while standing it in an upright position. Aside from such an eclectic concern, the sound produced by the Lumia 800 is very good indeed. The usual size limitations imposed by the smartphone form factor do apply, but it’s good enough that you will actually want to listen to music through it. Nokia’s bundled ear buds, on the other hand, are not. They’re quite terrible, sit loosely in the ear, and your best course of action may be to never unpack them so as to keep up the phone’s resale value.

CAMERA

THERE ARE SOME COLOR BALANCE ISSUES, BUT THE CAMERA TAKES SOME VERY DETAILED SHOTS

Yet another hand-me-down from the N9 production line, the Lumia 800′s camera is composed of the same 8-megapixel sensor and f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens as on the MeeGo Harmattan phone. That’s generally a good thing, as the Lumia 800 is capable of filling those eight million pixels with tons of detail and Nokia’s been very frugal with its noise reduction. Nonetheless, issues of color fidelity do arise, ostensibly caused by Nokia’s post-processing which occasionally introduces an artificial green hue to pictures. This probably has to do with the camera’s automatic white balance misreading the scene; whatever the reason, it takes away from the ease of use and reliability of the Lumia 800′s camera, which are the two most paramount considerations when you’re building imaging equipment for phones.

Less critical, though still important, is the speed of operation and this is where the Lumia 800 shines. Microsoft has emphasized quick camera operation with Windows Phone from its start, and the Lumia 800 keeps up that standard beautifully. A long press of the side-mounted camera button sends you right into the camera app and tapping anywhere on the screen instructs the camera to focus and auto-expose the image based on the information in that spot. You can also half-press the physical camera key to get the camera to do the same in the center of the picture. Focusing speed isn’t sublime and there are none of the N9′s special software optimizations for speeding things up — the Lumia 800′s camera software is stock Windows Phone — but relying on Microsoft’s already strong platform isn’t a bad choice here, performance is still satisfyingly quick.

MOTION BLUR DETRACTS FROM WHAT’S OTHERWISE VERY HIGH QUALITY 720P VIDEO

The dual-LED flash works very well on nearby objects and avoids washing out scenes when it’s called into action. It’s intelligent enough to recognize how much light it needs to provide, so if you focus on your hand in a dark room, it’ll light it accurately, but if you focus on the black phone in your hand, it’ll readjust for the phone and over-expose your hand. That may not sound ideal, but the good aspect of it is that it works predictably and reliably.

Video recording, much like stills, benefits from some really nice detail, however motion blur is exhibited a bit too readily for my liking. If the Galaxy S II was capable of handling motion perfectly at 1080p resolution back in April, your new flagship phone should be able to do the same at 720p without bother. Nokia doesn’t live up to that standard with the Lumia 800, unfortunately. Another way in which this phone falls short on the imaging front is in its omission of a front-facing camera. Sure, most people consider them gimmicky and video conversations aren’t exactly threatening to overtake regular voice calls, but front-facing cameras have become essentially standard equipment nowadays and it’s odd to see Nokia skimping on one here.

SOFTWARE

Nokia’s historic move to a new mobile operating system is finally complete. Gone are the days of trudging through outdated Symbian menu systems, no longer will you be laughed at by your trendy app-loving peers. Nokia’s latest handset runs Windows Phone, a truly up-to-date OS with a future bright enough to justify the Lumia branding.

So why does it feel so underwhelming?

WINDOWS PHONE

The first issue is one of familiarity. We’ve seen both Windows Phone 7.5 and the Lumia 800′s chiseled physique already, so combining the two is like making yourself a banana sandwich, new and potentially tasty, but not an altogether unpredictable combination. The Lumia 800 is a device embodying all of Nokia’s phone manufacturing nous and relies on Microsoft’s best mobile software to date, but what it doesn’t do is create something new and altogether better out of those components. The two parts are welded together, whereas what the world really wanted to see was for them to melt into one spectacular new juggernaut that would do battle with iOS and Android. Windows Phone isn’t there yet and if any one phone will push it into that stratosphere, the Lumia 800 won’t be it. The Lumia 800 equipped with all of the N9′s software bells and whistles might have been that hero device, but alas, time constraints have forced Nokia to serve up a very ordinary helping of Mango with almost no improvements of its own.

Nokia has been consistent in saying that it’ll endeavor to bring the swipe gestures, the double-tap-to-wake, and everything else that was good about the N9′s UI over to Windows Phone, but the fact remains that those goodies are not present in the Lumia 800 today. What you get are sadly superficial tweaks: Nokia alerts, ringtones, wallpapers, and a “Nokia blue” theme are scattered around the phone, while the Metro tiles, email client, calendar, and all other native apps are left untouched. There aren’t obvious ways to improve on them, mind you, as Microsoft has done a really stellar job of refining the basic Windows Phone user experience. Still, it would have been nice to see Nokia implement the awesome onscreen keyboard of the N9, along with its terrific haptic feedback, in the Lumia phone that’s probably being built on the exact same manufacturing line.

Nokia Drive and Nokia Music are the two big additions on launch day. Drive provides offline navigation with voice turn-by-turn instructions and Music includes a Mix Radio streaming service that’s loaded up with genre-based playlists of free music. Both are actually very good at what they do and are sure to figure in your long-term use of the Lumia 800. The Mix Radio library is being built out continually, so there’ll be more and more content for you to access in the future, while the Music app also pulls in the venues for upcoming gigs near you. I still would’ve liked to see Nokia do more than just throw in some added apps, although unlike HTC’s underwhelming Hub for WP7, Nokia’s additions offer real added value for the user. Moreover, Nokia Maps — the new name for Ovi Maps — will be available for the Lumia 800 and all Windows Phones within the next couple of weeks, so we can at least say that the Microsoft-Nokia partnership is headed in the right direction.

ECOSYSTEM

Perhaps the main reason for Nokia’s abandonment of MeeGo and embrace of Microsoft was the need to have a thriving software ecosystem to empower its handsets with. The Windows Phone Marketplace isn’t quite up to that standard yet, however Microsoft is putting good tools in developers’ hands and Nokia’s presence adds extra clout and credibility to the platform. Stephen Elop’s vision of Windows Phone as “the third ecosystem” behind Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android looks set to indeed materialize, meaning that prospective Lumia 800 owners should have plenty to look forward to. Skype’s absence from the Marketplace, for example, will soon be rectified by the folks working in Microsoft’s freshly inaugurated Skype Division.

The gravitational pull of Microsoft and Nokia’s collective determination can reasonably be expected to produce the critical mass of good apps for Windows Phone to truly compete with the best — it’s just that at this particular moment in time, it continues to lag. While closing the gap on Android and iOS, Windows Phone doesn’t improve on them in any dramatic way. Its multitasking overview is good, the live tiles offer information more quickly and easily, and its calendar is arguably the best of the bunch, but those are small advantages. iOS still wins when I want to browse the web or check out a new app and Android is still the best platform for users of Google services.

THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF MICROSOFT AND NOKIA’S COLLECTIVE DETERMINATION SHOULD ATTRACT PLENTY OF DEV TALENT

I’ve been using the Lumia 800 alongside an Android handset and an iPhone 4S recently and one thing’s abundantly clear: all three platforms are getting the basics right. Push email is arriving at more or less the same time, calendar alerts are going off simultaneously, notifications are mostly unobtrusive, pinch-to-zoom is smooth, web browsers are rendering pages correctly, and email conversations are threaded. What will make the difference going forward are things like the extra layer of polish that iOS can offer, and Windows Phone, as the new entrant to this competition, will need to beat the others to such new features and improvements if it wants to attract defectors to its cause.

An honorable mention is earned by Microsoft’s windowsphone.com website. As the name suggests, it’s the web portal unto your ownership of a Windows Phone, and allows you to browse the Marketplace and send apps directly to your device. There are also guides for novices as well as a pretty comprehensive My Windows Phone menu. The latter allows you to find your phone (with disturbing accuracy), ring it, lock it up with a password and a message for its lock screen, or even wipe it completely. In a classy little touch, Microsoft has also made the color theme of the website match the theme of your phone, which can actually be useful if you’re managing multiple Windows Phones and need a visual way to distinguish between them online. Everything on the site worked exactly as advertised, and though the functionality it offers isn’t unique, it’s a great extra to have and a wonderful base from which to build and expand the WP web ecosystem.

WRAP-UP

WINDOWS PHONE PROVIDES A MODERN AND ATTRACTIVE UI AND THE LUMIA 800′S HARDWARE MAINTAINS NOKIA’S REPUTATION FOR HIGH BUILD QUALITY

The Lumia 800 is exactly what it looked like when it was first announced at Nokia World: it is an N9 running Windows Phone. Ironically, in moving from the wildly imaginative Harmattan to the more straight-laced Windows Phone OS, this smartphone has undergone the reverse of the transition Stephen Elop wants to see Nokia make. He wants the company to stop being known for unexciting reliability and to start inspiring greater emotional attachment in its users. The N9 was that irrationally loved device, and no matter how hard the Lumia 800 tries, it simply isn’t as thrilling. For anyone still stuck on one of Nokia’s Symbian devices, the 800 is an obvious upgrade. It lacks the N8′s superb camera, but otherwise it easily trumps anything and everything in the company’s recent portfolio. Windows Phone provides a modern and attractive user interface and the Lumia 800′s hardware maintains Nokia’s reputation for attention to detail and insistence on high build quality. The picture is less clear for those considering alternative Windows Phones, as the Lumia 800 actually falls behind by not including a front-facing camera or mobile hotspot capabilities. Choosing your favorite there will depend on how much you love the Lumia 800′s sterling physical design and how much faith you place in Nokia’s ability to execute on its ambitious plans for software differentiation. The Lumia 800 has the potential to be great, but today it’s merely good.

GOOD 

  • Excellent design
  • Attractive display
  • Brightest future of any recent Nokia phone

BAD 

  • No Internet Sharing
  • Fiddly volume rocker and lock key
  • No front-facing camera

REPORTED PROBLEMS

  • On-screen keyboard is disappearing during typing. Nokia has addressed the problem with a software fix in the update 8107.
  • Nokia Lumia 800 is claimed to have “sound quality problems” when using low impedance headphones like the supplied ones. Nokia has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix.
  • Battery life. In December 2011, Nokia confirmed that some Lumia 800 devices do not use the full capacity of their battery. They also state that “only a charger with an output of 1000mA will fully charge your Lumia 800 battery.” During 19–20 January 2012, two updates were made available—battery related software update and another of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango build 8107. Nokia has stated that reported issues are fixed with the update and it triples the battery life.
  • Problems with camera focus in certain conditions. Nokia has confirmed this and is working on a fix.
  • Daily Mobile reports an issue with screen flickering.
  • Multiple reports of trouble turning device on.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Also known as Nokia Sea Ray

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-819
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – For Canada
HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-801 CV
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2011, October
Status Available. Released 2011, November
BODY Dimensions 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc (4.59 x 2.41 x 0.48 in)
Weight 142 g (5.01 oz)
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
CPU 1.4 GHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5, RSS feeds
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No
Colors Black, Cyan, Magenta, White
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)
Stand-by Up to 265 h (2G) / Up to 335 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 13 h (2G) / Up to 9 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 55 h
MISC SAR US 1.27 W/kg (head)     1.08 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.94 W/kg (head)
Price group  Rs. 22,000/-
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
Loudspeaker Voice 60dB / Noise 59dB / Ring 61dB
Audio quality Noise -87.3dB / Crosstalk -87.8dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 35h

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