Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Smartphone Review

By on September 19, 2011
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Big on specs, small on size, the Xperia Ray is an awesome mini smartphone.

Good: Love the small form factor, excellent camera and good battery life
Bad: Timescape UI is not that great
Price: AED 1799
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

One of the advantages of Android is that there are multiple manufacturers making multiple form factors so you’ll find one in pretty much every shape and size that you can think of. One such manufacturer, Sony Ericsson, loves to play with designs as we’ve seen with the Xperia Arc. They also like releasing smaller sized devices as we saw with the X10. Today, I have the Xperia Ray which is also extremely thin and small- especially after the onslaught of Super Phones.

Measuring just 53 x 111 x 9.4 millimetres, the Ray fits really nicely in your hand and in your pocket. It’s dimensions reminds you of the time before phones became smart- and that is a good thing. Not only is the unit small in size, it is also reasonably light, weighing in at just a 100grams- that includes a 1500mAh battery.

The design on the Xperia Ray is simple and straight forward. It’s not as thin as some of the newer handsets but the small width and height more than make up for it. Like most new Smartphones, most of the front side it taken by the touchscreen and in the case of the Xperia Arc, it is the 3.3” screen. Below the screen, you have three buttons of which only the center home button is clickable. You have a back and menu button on the two sides of the home button which are touch buttons with a backlight. Above the home button, you have an Arc shaped multi-colored light that not only acts as a notifier but makes the unit look pretty awesome. Sadly, Sony Ericcson continues to ignore the search button found in most other Android devices that can sometimes make life a lot easier.

On the top of the device, you have a power button on the center as well as 3.5mm audio jack. The right side has volume keys while the left has a USB connector, That’s pretty much about all the buttons you will see on the Xperia Ray. On the back, you have an 8MP camera along with an LED flash that is also capable of recording 720p video.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Raf

    Nice review Abbas, I just want to point out to the typo of saying “Arc” instead of “Ray”.
    Especially: “the Arc is a pretty zippy little device” which is the untrue! :)

    • Abbas Jaffar Ali

      Must’ve been too busy playing with it while writing the review :)

      Thanks for pointing it out. I’ve corrected it.

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