Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo 3 Stars

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Look and feel

This proves itself a really great media handset thanks to an 8mp camera that also boasts Sony’s Exmor R sensor and HD video functions. Not only that but it offers HDMI out and DLNA wireless sharing.

Ease of use

The gently curved, shiny plastic case manages to feel solid but without being weighty. The display measures a decent 3.7in, but thanks to Sony’s widgets and icons, appears smaller.

Features

Not a bad battery life for a smartphone – we eked out 15 hours when running push mail, Wi-Fi and 3G.

Performance

Amazing still picture quality and excellent video, but the handset is let down by its 1GHz processor, which meant it was sluggish when opening apps.

Battery life

The responsive screen helped to give a smooth user experience, but we were disappointed by lags and freezes. A setup screen would have made it easier to sync email and social networks.

Pros:
Fabulous camera that works even in low light; stylish design; responsive touch-screen, top Facebook functions: HDMI out.
Cons:
Freezes and lags when opening or switching apps; disappointing onscreen keyboard; disappointing Timescape widget only of use for Facebook users.
Rating:
  • Look and Feel 3 Stars
  • Ease of use 4 Stars
  • Features 5 Stars
  • Performance 3 Stars
  • Battery life 3 Stars

Final verdict: 3 Stars

While the Xperia Neo looks good, and has an excellent snapper, its basic functions such as calls and text – and its interface – let it down.

Review by Mobile Choice