Design and hardware
A small defect in the front is no camera to support video calling, a first minus point compared to competitors like the Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy S Advance and LG Optimus L7.
Below the screen are three touch buttons for Back, Home and Menu. Three key sensors automatically turn lights on and the light sensor vibrates slightly when pressed.
The left side only the power button, while the right side crowded with microUSB port, volume control button and dedicated shutter button. Volume control buttons can be used to zoom when the phone is in camera mode, maybe that’s why it is placed near the dedicated shutter button. Top of the camera is only a 3.5-mm headphone jack, while the bottom of the machine you will see the opening of the main microphone.
Sony Xperia Sola is the back of a 5 megapixel camera, an LED flash, hole second microphone for sound recording and stereo speakers are located at the bottom slot on the back. The back cover is made of matte plastic, do not save fingerprint and hand grip when holding the camera. Back cover plate covering the edges, feels sturdy and sure to be mounted on the machine body.
Remove the back cover plate will reveal the SIM slot and microSD memory card tray. Hot microSD card can be installed while the machine is still open but the removable SIM must be shutdown. If you try to remove the SIM card when the phone is turned on, the machine will automatically restart. You can see the battery, but note that the battery could not be removed immediately. The battery of 1320 mAh capacity machine and has talk time up to 5 hours on 3G and 6 hours on 2G, 470 hours in standby mode. Xperia Sola’s NFC antenna is integrated in the machine, not on the back cover plate phone as many others.
In general, the design of Sola is a new face of the Xperia. I personally find quality assembly machine for sure, quite thin (9.9 mm), lightweight (107 g) .
Xperia Sola screen size of 3.7 inch 480 x 854 pixels, equivalent to 256 ppi pixel density, slightly higher than the HTC One V (252 ppi). This is the screen size suitable for web surfing needs, gently playing games like Angry Birds but those who like to watch movies or play action games will find it a bit small.
Similarly the samples Sony Xperia P, Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia U, this phone is equipped with image processing technology Mobile BRAVIA engine (the same technology used in Sony’s TV) improves sharpness, contrast, saturation color photos and video while minimizing interference. In fact, the screen of Sola display vivid color, sharpness and contrast smooth good.
Wide viewing angle of the screen, but still have significant color shift when looking at the screen from the side. Xperia Sola screen can see clearly when using in the sun. I saw the outdoor visibility of this phone is slightly faster than the HTC One V and much better than the LG Optimus L7.
Similarly the samples Xperia S, P and U, Xperia Sola is still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and uses Sony’s own interface.
Although still running older versions of Android, but Sony put on some new features. The phone has a fixed 5 home screen, you can not remove or add. Scan your hands on the home screen thumbnail opens nice effects. All widgets are displayed to you visible and selected.
The updates, the updates from Facebook show on the home screen. Lock screen with a new widget that displays programs for controlling music playback without unlock the phone. Timescape, where the focus of updates from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, without changing anything on the Xperia Sola.
Another interesting factor Xperia Sola is Floating Touch. This technology is currently only used for web browsing, but you can experience it on the home screen. On the default wallpaper of the home screen, simply drag your finger from the screen of about 1-2 cm will see smoke effects move. Smoke will react to user movements you drag your finger. In addition to this experience, and the widget, shortcut or manipulate scanned left or right on the home screen new touch must still be done.
With a 3.7 inch screen, can you think will be difficult to knock the virtual keyboard, but in fact, I see the Xperia Sola virtual keyboard very responsive and easy to type accurately even if the use of vertical or horizontal. The keyboard has a complete automatic bar from and fix the mistakes.
where can you get a Sony Xperia Sola online
Surf the web with without touching
The interface of the Xperia Sola browser is simple. When you open the site, you see only the URL bar and bookmark button on the screen, along with two touch zoom buttons to zoom in and zoom out the site. Computer browser also supports Flash 11, so you will not have any problems in viewing the online clip. I found watching the video clip 720p HD resolution from YouTube very smooth, no dropped frames phenomenon or late sound compared to image .
As above mentioned, the Xperia Sola is Sony’s unique smartphone is equipped with technology (floating touch). In addition to control functions smoke effects on the default wallpaper came with the device, the touch screen technology is well used mainly for browsing.
In general, the current technology is only embossed features to attract the attention of users with the Xperia Sola, rather than bring real utility. In the future, it will probably have more features after Sony provides API (application programming interface) of this technology for application developers.
Xperia Sola has a 5 megapixel camera and a LED flash light support. This phone’s camera shutter speed is not as fast as the HTC One V, but the image quality is quite good. The photos taken during the environmental test light when viewed on a computer showing the exact colors and sharp.
Machine with dedicated shutter button, can open the camera application to capture and recording even when the phone is in locked mode screen phones like the Lumia. Unfortunately, shutter button is hard press.
This phone also lacks the front camera to support video calling. The front camera is increasingly becoming the standard for the mid-range smartphone or higher but I do not understand why Sony decided not to include it in Xperia Sola.
Xperia Sola supported recorder / playback 720p HD video at 30 fps. Video quality is not smooth as image shots even when recording in good lighting conditions. Continuous autofocus feature works in movie mode but continuous autofocus speed is not to keep up with fast-moving images or rapid panning.
Xperia Sola camera app offers a wide selection of scene, adjusting the white balance, exposure, ISO … but confusing interface, not like the HTC One V intuitive or Nokia Lumia 710. It also features a panoramic mode average conventional and 3D panoramas to view on TV support 3D.
While most smartphones now use Qualcomm and Nvidia chips, Xperia Sola to use dual-core ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor U8500 1GHz. This is quite strange chips in the smartphone market, but it works well with common tasks on your phone.
Dual core processor helps this phone works smoothly and without delay phenomenon when moving between home screens, open multi-tasking, watch movies 720p or playing popular games like Angry Birds.
About surfing, I found the speed of this phone equivalent Nokia Lumia 710 and the faster HTC One V. Xperia Sola support 3G wireless connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b and / g / n, Bluetooth, NFC, DLNA and can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices.
NFC functionality of the machine is only limited use Smart Tags to be Sony gift card included. Smart tags are used to save the preset settings (eg bedtime you need to open the alarm and turn off GPS), then tap it into the phone to adjust the settings on your phone.
This phone is fancy design, sharp screen, dual-core processor faster, the camera is quite good and is full of connections needed . However, it lacks the front-facing camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
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