Sony Xperia Sola is a nice mid-range Android smart phone now available in India. This device is equipped with 1GHz dual-core processor, 3.7-inch Floating Touch Display, 5MP camera and it works on Android 2.3 .
Sony Xperia has a square design with a thin bottom differentiating it from its NXT series. It is a small device which has a sufficiently thin body of 9.9mm and weighs just 107 grams. It has a plastic body with soft touch finish for a better cover and gives a premium feel to the hand.
Xperia Sola consist of a 5MP camera with LED flash, Xperia branding and speakers at the back panel of the smart phone. At the right side, there is a volume rocker, two-stage dedicated camera button and a micro USB port. At the left side, there is a power button. Its top contains a 3.5mm audio jack and front panel has a trio of capacitive buttons placed below the 3.7-inch display.
All Keys and button placed on the Xperia Solo smartphone works smoothly and fine and offers no issues apart from the two-stage dedicated camera button which require more effort than normal to click an image.
Sony Xperia Solo has 3.7-inch display with 854x480p resolution which gives a perfect view for basic web-browsing, playing casual games, and other daily tasks. The black and white colours are little dull but colour reproduction is fine and offers a decent viewing angles.
Sony Xperia Sola has a 5MP camera with a built-in LED flash which supports up to 720p video recording. The dedicated camera button clicks images even when the device is locked. Xperia Sola miss a front camera in the device which results in one of the con of the smartphone. The camera application on the smartphone has a number of options to click a fine image such as choose scene, white balance, exposure value, ISO etc.
The performance of the camera is really up to our expectations and performs quite well but the built-in flash does not performs its task well. The images clicked were washed out and had a white layer on them.
Sony Xperia Sola has a custom interface with a Gingerbread on-board having Android 2.3. The interface is beautiful with subtle animation and effects. The device is minimal and do not consume much processing power. It also has an ability to create folders and fine screenshots.
Xperia Sola has a pre-loaded apps which add value to the consumer experience. It include Timescape, TrackID, Timer, Stop Watch, Recommender, World Clock, WisePilot, Neo Reader, and Office Suite apps which provides a full featured hub for social network feeds.
PERFORMANCE/ BATTERY LIFE
Xperia Sola is the first smartphone having Sony’s new Floating Touch Technology, which provides user a smooth navigation over the web by using the finger on the screen as a cursor without direct interfacing the options on the screen.
The device runs on ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 dual-core processor, which ensures smooth functioning without any lag in multitasking, switching home screens and playing games.
The Xperia Sola provides a great connectivity options on the device through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and DLNA. The connectivity and network reception is decent and smooth.The Battery backup is not up to the expectations. The device can get through a day without charging for a moderate users only.
It’s priced at Rs 20,449.
- Talk time (up to) 6 hours 
- Standby time (up to) 475 hours 
- Music listening time: Up to 40 hours 
- Video playback time: Up to 6 hours
- 3.7 inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen
- 16 million colours, 854 x 480 pixels
- Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- (Upgrade to Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, planned in Quarter 2 2012)
- 1 GHz STE U8500 Dual Core processor
- 5 megapixel camera with auto focus
- 16x digital zoom, LED flash
The device contains a dual-core processor which delivers a decent performance but it’s not all different from the mid-rangers offered by Sony . The absence of front camera and ICS on the device is not satisfactory for the Android Smartphone users.