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Topic # 112666 17-Dec-2012 05:44
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sup peoples

looking at getting a Sony Xperia S because it seems to have some impressive specs for its price and quite a high res screen too (720x1280). looking at the samsung galaxy S2 for example it is more expensive and yet it looses in allmost every area.

thats what got me thinking, whats the catch? even with all that its still not very popular. is it because there is something horribly wrong with it? or just not enough advertising or something.

I have read around that the battery life is quite short, but peoples have also said that its a problem with the software, not hardware, so it should be possible to fix, am I right?

I am aware that it doesnt have any expandable memory, but that shouldnt be much of an issue as it has 32gb internal storage anyway.

i am open to suggestions of alternative products aswell, although i have been looking and havnt found any that beat this one yet. 



heres some links
full specs:
http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_s-4369.php

prices
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1074844

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  Reply # 733333 17-Dec-2012 06:34
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Xperia S is definitely a good phone for that price but slightly behind in term of specifications. The camera is one of the best and Sony put minimal customisation on the ROM. Their update is also quite regular.

If you can afford nexus 4 (easy/fast OTA updates), I highly recommend that. Otherwise, Xperia S is still an excellent phone.






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  Reply # 733339 17-Dec-2012 07:26
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I own an Xperia S (since about June).

agree battery life is a bit sucky at times (depends on what you do and how you do it, otherwise you can get through the day easy enough).

Have you played with one at a sony shop? You will find they will match competitors price.

Make sure you buy the screen protector first at least.... where abouts are you? I found buying a screen protector quite hard and recently instead of shopping around in NZ I simply purchased online from clove.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 733580 17-Dec-2012 13:50
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Thanks for the replies

as for software features im not so concerned about what comes on it as im probably going to do alot of modding in that area. mostly just looking at hardware at the moment

@Gooseybhai 
have you updated it to the latest ice cream sandwich version thingy? for some reson that update was only recently released, and sony phones have been running gingerbread(2.3) until then

and if so, did that make any differences to the battery life?

another thing that would eat batteries i imagine would be those animated wallpapers they have. have you tried turning that off?

im hoping that the short battery life is caused by bloatware, because that is fixable





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  Reply # 733611 17-Dec-2012 14:24
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bakewells5856: Thanks for the replies

as for software features im not so concerned about what comes on it as im probably going to do alot of modding in that area. mostly just looking at hardware at the moment

@Gooseybhai 
have you updated it to the latest ice cream sandwich version thingy? for some reson that update was only recently released, and sony phones have been running gingerbread(2.3) until then

and if so, did that make any differences to the battery life?

another thing that would eat batteries i imagine would be those animated wallpapers they have. have you tried turning that off?

im hoping that the short battery life is caused by bloatware, because that is fixable






Hi, 

I cant remember when I upgraded to ICS (perhaps around Septemberish). 
It didnt really make any difference to the battery life but i can say it felt a bit nicer to run. 
I dont run many apps... Im always checking to see which apps want to 'hang about/run' and delete those games I no longer play etc. Im quite careful about what I download. 

No I dont use the silly battery hungry animated wallpapers etc. 

Most of my battery use stems from both bluetooth and wi-fi (more so wi fi). 
I have a huge data plan but I guess using wifi at home is a habbit. 
The other battery hungry application is the screen ! (according to the battery stats). 

Its a nice phone...but each to their own. 
I havent tried the battery saver apps yet. 









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  Reply # 733673 17-Dec-2012 15:51
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thanks for the info. so appart from the not so great battery life, is there anything else wrong with this phone i should be aware of?

thanksssies

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