The Sony Xperia Sola is one of the new Sony phones released alongside the Xperia U and Xperia P at this year’s MWC event in Barcelona. In this article I will look at some of the key features of this handset so you can decide if it is the right smartphone for you.
The handset measures 116x 59x 9.9mm, so it is pretty average in terms of its dimensions. The front of the handset houses an impressive 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 480x 854. This resolution falls short of that offered by the flagship Xperia S, but as the budget handset is the Xperia series, it impresses in with its responsiveness and display quality.
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In order to store files such as music tracks, videos, photos and apps, a generous 8 GB of internal storage is included, which should be plenty to get started. If you require further storage, perhaps to store your entire digital music collection, the Sony Xperia Sola comes with a microSD slot like most other Android smartphones, which can accommodate a memory card of up to 32 GB providing a cost effective way to gain significant further storage.
Like the other Xperia devices, the Xperia Sola offers a great array of connectivity options, especially when it comes to connecting to the internet. This is thanks to an HSDPA connection when using 3G coverage to gain an internet connection, as well as Wi-Fi for when you have access to a local wireless network. The latter is favourable due to its minimal battery consumption and zero data fees. DLNA provides a means to wirelessly stream content such as videos, photos and music tracks to a compatible device like a TV or laptop.
As a camera phone, the Sony Xperia Sola is by no means the most innovative device out there, but for occasional users, or those who simply take the odd spontaneous snapshot when out with friends for example, it is able to provide pleasing results thanks to the 5 megapixels resolution and a number of image enhancing features such as touch focus, face & smile detection, image stabilisation and even a 3D sweep panoramic shot mode. You can also tag the location at which you took a specific photo thanks to the GPS enabled geo-tagging facility. The camera is equally at home capturing video footage, with resolution settings of up to 720p (high definition).
The Android operating system provides the software platform for the handset’s applications, which also allows you to download apps from Google Play (the recently rebranded Android Market). The previous Gingerbread’ version is the OS of choice, although it has been confirmed that the handset will also support an update to the all new ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ version, the most advanced Android incarnation so far. Although it is essentially a budget to mid-range smartphone, the Sony Xperia Sola has plenty of processing power with a 1GHz dual-core processor, so there are no performance issues.
The Sony Xperia Sola is a great all rounder. If you are looking for your first Android smartphone (which is also a stylish device) but don’t want to spend a fortune, this phone comes highly recommended.
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