Sony Ericsson has introduced to the local market its latest handsets that were released during the third quarter. This includes the first two smart phones that are capable of shooting 3D Panoramic Sweep images using a single lens only. These are the Xperia Ray and Xperia Active priced at P19k and P17K at the Cyberzone of SM City.
Here’s the summary of the specifications of Xperia Ray. For the full specs, click here: (images & specs courtesy of gsmarena.com.)
As compared to iPhone 4s: the Xperia Ray is a little shorter (iPhone 4s= 115.2); 5.6mm less wide (iPhone 4s=58.6mm); but much lighter (iPhone 4s=140g). While iPhone has 16/32/64GB built-in storage, Xperia Ray has a 1GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD. Click here for Xperia Ray vs. iPhone 4s comparison.
Xperia Ray’s OS–Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) is planned to be upgraded to v4.o(Icecream sandwich). Its CPU is powered by 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset. Internal storage is 1GB and 512MB RAM with external microSD support up to 32GB.
The Xperia Ray can take images in 4:3 aspect ratio @ 8MP resolution and in 16:9 ratio @ 6MP resolution. The volume rocker at the side can be used to zoom in/out the lens in taking still images but very erratic zooming movement if you use it in video recording.
The Xperia Ray’s HD camera is powered by the Exmor R image sensor technology typically found in Sony Alpha professional digital-SLR cameras, which gives a clearer picture even under low-lighting conditions. It has bigger aperture and is capable of recording 720p high-definition video.
I have a hard time taking panoramic shot feature of the Xperia Ray. I still have to try the 3D Panoramic Sweep, also. In the meantime, here are some of the shots by Xperia Ray that are worth our attention.
Video recording for the Xperia Ray is excellent. You can choose some settings to suit the scene and subjects you are recording. It has Scene Recognition feature that helps the camera to determine common situations using pre-programmed scenes, like:
- OFF – the camera automatically adjusts settings for a video.
- PORTRAIT – optimized to give slightly softer skin tones.
- LANDSCAPE – the camera focuses on distant objects and the focus mode is set to infinity.
- NIGHT MODE – light sensitivity is increased for poorly lit environments.
- BEACH and SNOW – use in bright environments to avoid underexposed videos.
- SPORTS – for fast-moving objects.
- PARTY – for indoor and poorly lit environments.
This 30-second clip was taken in a low-light environment during a class slide show presentation and with out using the Photo Light (LED flash) of Xperia Ray. Take note of the audible sound picked up by the Xperia Ray’s microphone.
The screen display in recent Xperia handsets have vivid images. SE calls it “Reality Display” and is powered by their new Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
One of the Android apps that i have tried with the Xperia Ray is the vscreens app that let Ray projects images and videos to bigger screen like laptops and LCD screen. Read my post about vscreens app.
The other outstanding app is the Google Docs which gives you all the access of your documents on Google Docs online.
To close this review, Xperia Ray has some not-so-negatives:
- The display screen at 3.3 inches is a little bit smaller for a smart phone though its design is sleek and looks decent;
- To prove that the display screen is inadequate for a smart phone, typing in landscape mode is a little bit disappointing because of the small keys in the virtual QWERTY board;
- Gaming apps are power hungry and will cause your battery to run out in a day;
- The physical home button is somewhat hard to press;
- It would have been better to shoot and click the camera had a physical shutter button is incorporated in the design. Tapping the display screen to execute the shots is distracting and may result in jerking of the camera; and
- The panoramic shots are hard to execute.
Disclosure: Sony Ericsson provided the review unit of this post.