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.

Specs-wise, the Xperia Ray compares to other high-end Android devices well. Based on the Snapdragon chipset, you get a 1GHz CPU with an Adreno 205 GPU and 1GB of RAM. There is no built-in Storage but you do have a MicroSD slot. Sadly no expansion card was included in our package so if you want to store pictures and videos, you need to get a card yourself as you barely have 300MB left on-board. On the radio side, you have support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA along with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio and AGPS.

The 3.3” screen might sound a bit small as most new Smartphones are usually 3.5” or higher in size but that’s what makes the Xperia Ray special. Even with the lower sized screen, you get the same resolution as higher-end Android devices or 480×854 pixels making everything on screen appear extremely crisp with a ppi of almost 300. What could be an issue to some is the smaller size of text on the screen that could leave people with not-so-perfect eyesights struggling.

Sony Ericsson adds their Timescape UI on top of Android 2.3 that powers the Arc. I’m not a big fan of custom UIs- the only one I like is HTC’s SenseUI. The following video shows you the user interface of Xperia Ray.

As you saw from the video, the Ray is a pretty zippy little device. It completed the SunSpider test in 6548ms making it just a tad bit slower than HTC Desire S. Coming to the camera, you can always expect above average cameras from SonyEricsson and the Ray does not disappoint. The 8MP camera takes pretty good shots even in a somewhat low-light condition. The flash is small but good enough for a Smartphone.

The 1500mAh battery easily gets you through a day and then some. With moderate use, I was able to get almost two days from the Xperia Ray which is pretty impressive for an Android-based Smartphone. Priced at AED 1,799, the Xperia Ray is a pretty impressive handset from Sony Ericsson. While it has a smaller size than most Smartphones, it does not cut down on specs and features. Basically, if you’re looking for a smaller sized Smartphone, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better.

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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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