Sony Xperia Sola MT27i Review

Sony Xperia Sola MT27i Review

Sony Xperia Sola (code name Pepper) is one of the 2012 android smartphone lineup from sony. Xperia sola equipped with dual core CPU, Bravia engine, Floating touch technology, onboard NFC chip. From the specifications and price point, we could say that xperia sola is middle class android smartphone. And now we’re going to review sony xperia sola and find out the performance of this android smartphone.

Design

Sony xperia sola has a very unique design, some people will love it and others don’t really like it. I personally don’t really like the looks of sony xperia sola…it’s kinda weird specially on that bottom area.

Even though i don’t like how it looks, but when you hold it in your hands, it feels comfortable and quite slim. Xperia Sola made entirely from plastic materials, but it doesn’t feel cheap.

Sony Xperia Sola
Height 116 mm
Width 59 mm
Thickness 9.9 mm
Weight 107 grams

Display

Sony Xperia Sola has 3.7 inches touchscreen display with FWVGA resolution, that is 480 x 854 pixels. The screen capable of producing 16 million of colours and 265 ppi of pixel density.

When you look at the screen, you will notice that it’s actually very bright, even if you take outside on a daylight, the screen is still bright, thanks to the bravia engine inside.

One cool thing about the display of Xperia Sola, is that it has floating touch technology. It means you can control the screen without actually touching it, really cool feature.

Sony Xperia Sola
Screen size 3.7 inches
Screen type LED-backlit LCD
Screen resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 265 ppi
Colour 16 Million colours
Protection Scratch-resistant glass

Hardware

Sony Xperia Sola powered by dual core processors 1 Ghz, Mali 400MP graphics, NovaThor chipset and 512 MB of RAM. With these kind of hardware specs, Xperia Sola will be able to run almost every HD game on the Google Play, as well as playing HD movies.

For storage Xperia Sola has total 8 GB of internal memory (ROM), which the actual user accessible is 5 GB. But if 5 GB is not enough for you, you can add extra storage using micro SD card up to 32 GB. I recommend to use micro SD card class 10 for better performance.

Sony Xperia Sola
CPU Dual Core 1 Ghz
GPU Mali 400MP
Chipset NovaThor U8500
RAM 512 MB
ROM 5 GB user available (8 GB total)

Software

Sony Xperia Sola originally comes with gingerbread 2.3.7 right out of the box, but there is already available ICS 4.0.4 update. Sony plans to give Jelly Bean (JB) upgrade for some phones next year, but we don’t know yet whether Xperia Sola will also get JB upgrade. Small chance that Xperia Sola will get official JB upgrade from Sony.

Sony Xperia Sola also comes with the Timescape UI, which has social media integration. And thanks to the dual core CPU, navigating the UI is very smooth, no lag at all for both gingerbread and ICS version.

As i said before, this phone has floating touch technology which allows you to highlight a link when you’re browsing the web. But it just for highlighting only, you can’t select or click a link with it. It would be very cool if it actually can select something without touching the screen.

Besides highlighting link, you can also play with the Xperia themes. You can control the background of the themes using your finger. For example moving right to left, the background will follow your finger movement.

Other cool things about this phone is that, it has NFC technology, which allows you to use NFC connectivity. On the package you will find Sony NFC Smart Tags. You can program the smart tags with any profile you want. It’s hard to explain, you have to try it your self. But really…the smart tags feature are very useful and cool too.

Camera

Sony Xperia Sola has 5 mega pixels camera on the back, equipped with LED flash and auto focus. For photo shooting, this camera has several features such as 3D sweep panorama, 3D sweep angle, sweep panorama, scenes mode, and smile shutter. Thanks to the LED flash, photo shooting for both indoor and outdoor are really good. The colours are natural and bright.

The rear camera capable of record HD 720p videos. The LED flash could be use for video recording, so it’s not a problem recording video in dark conditions. There are several features you can use in video recording, such as scenes mode, self timer, focus mode, image stabilizer, white balance, metering, exposure value, video size and photo light.

Sony Xperia Sola has dedicated camera button, so you can access the camera function without having to touch the lock screen or access the menu. Unfortunately, Xperia Sola lack of front facing camera. Front facing camera is very important to make video calls or skype.

Sony Xperia Sola
Rear camera 5 mega pixels
LED flash yes
Video record 720p at 30 fps
Front camera no

Conclusion

Sony Xperia Sola is really nice phone, great hardware performance, excellent camera, floating touch and NFC feature. The only thing that’s missing is the front facing camera, other than that this phone is perfect.

Sony Xperia Sola comes with android 2.3.7 Gingerbread right out of the box, but you can upgrade to ICS 4.0.4 if you want. But i don’t think this phone will get Jelly Bean upgrade next year. So if you buy this phone, you probably will stuck with ICS.

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