Sony-Ericsson Xperia Pro

Sony-Ericsson may be no more, but the Xperia Pro lives on

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Sony-Ericsson Xperia Pro Sony-Ericsson's Xperia Pro is intended as a business-focused smartphone.
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By  Mark Sutton Published  February 24, 2012

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Key Specs

Band mode: GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900, UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
Bluetooth: yes
Camera: 8MP rear facing supported by Exmor R processor
Memory: Internal 1GB with 8GB card supplied
OS: Google Android 2.3

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With the end of the Sony-Ericsson joint venture, the Sony Xperia Pro is one of the last handsets to be launched under the brand that has delivered solid performance in high quality handsets.

The Xperia Pro, which is billed as a business-focused smartphone, is no exception from its predecessors in offering a good deal of functionality, without being that flashy or having any show-stopping capabilities.

The handset is thin and light, with a slight curve to the form, making it easily pocketable. The all-plastic finish, while using recycled plastics for those that care about these things, is a little bit lacking in comparison to devices such as iPhone, and did look like it might get scratched easily. The plastic backplate to cover the battery and SIM card felt a bit flimsy, and although it locked in place OK, it felt like it wouldn't stand up to being taken off and put back on a lot.

In terms of start-up, Sony-Ericsson did a good job of providing a lot of configuration menus, to make it simple to transfer contacts from an existing phone and set up the handset with your operator.

The phone runs on Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, and the 3.7 inch display offers a good high quality picture. Touch input via the screen was mostly OK, but occasionally seemed a little off, and the sensor to switch between landscape and portrait was a bit too sensitive, switching screens around a little too often for our liking.

As a business-focused phone, the handset comes with a good range of applications pre-loaded, including various Google apps, social networking apps, Office Suite Pro, Moxier Pro and McAfee security, although there are no games pre-loaded - which is just inexcusable if you are the sort of person who checks out the games first on a new handset.

Stand out features for the Xperia Pro are its photographic capabilities and its full keyboard.

The phone packs front-facing camera for video calls, but its main rear-facing camera does all the work, with 8.1 megapixels, 16x digital zoom, LED flash, and uses an Exmor R CMOS mobile sensor, to produce high quality images that are expected from a Sony Ericsson handset, and it's also capable of HD video recording 720p.

The full-slide out keyboard is another good feature, with big, clear keys making it easy to type messages quickly, although if you are used to a BlackBerry, it occasionally takes a bit of getting used to the expanded keyboard. The slide feels solid enough that it the keyboard shouldn't break off or wear too quickly.

The fact that the Sony-Ericsson joint-venture is over, with Sony taking on the handset business from now on does raise some questions over what support you can expect for the Xperia. While the price of the Xperia is OK, there are also a lot of contenders in the market that offer newer versions of Android at the same point.

Pros: Full-sized keyboard is a plus, good performance overall.
Cons: Plastic finish lacks the luxury touch.

A good handset, but no more Sony-Ericsson and better contenders make it a hard sell.

2541 days ago
Dipin Hari
User rating: 4 stars

Pros: Best in price range, awesome keyboard

Cons: Power button too small, need to update to 4.0

In this price range, whatever the phone has to offer, it definitely exceeds expectations. It looks a little bad only when comparing to smart phones way above this price range. So you get all you penny's worth and much more.

2669 days ago
Rukshan Fernando
User rating: 4 stars

Simply amazing..

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