As a multimedia device, the new Sony Xperia S offers a number of impressive attributes. In this article I will explore some of the features which add to its appeal for those who use their phones for multimedia tasks.
View multimedia content like photos and videos, a smartphone must have a capable screen. The Sony Xperia S boasts a 4.3 inch touchscreen which is large enough to enjoy films whilst retaining its portability. The resolution of the screen is one of the highest out there, shared only with a couple of other handsets. At 720x 1280, the resolution results in a pixel density of 342 pixels per inch. This basically means that whatever you are viewing on the phone will be displayed in ultra high quality. Whether you are watching HD movies, viewing a photo slideshow, playing a game downloaded from Android Market or simply carrying out an everyday task like writing an email, everything appears in fantastic detail. The screen utilises LED backlit LCD technology, which is similar to that found in some flat screen televisions. In fact, the screen even includes the Soy Mobile BRAVIA Engine which calls upon the Sony’s years of experience as a TV manufacturer. The result is one of the best smartphone screens for multimedia use, and it will take something very special to improve on this.
An often overlooked feature when choosing a new smartphone, the processor plays a crucial role on the multimedia performance of a smartphone. Like the screen, the processor in the Sony Xperia S is one of the best; at 1.5GHxz, the dual-core processor provides an awesome amount of computing power. The processor is responsible for the performance of many parts of a phones hardware and software alike. In terms of multimedia use, the processor is responsible for how smooth the graphics appear on screen when playing a game or watching a video, as well as the response times of the screen.
Because the Sony Xperia S has the new version of the popular Android OS, you are able to download a wealth of content to the phone via the internet, such as apps from Google Play (previously called Android Market) which can increase the media functionality of the phone, or you can download games, movies etc from various sources. Therefore, a good internet connection is essential. The Sony Xperia S uses 3G as its main means of connection to the internet, whereby an HSDPA connection provides data download and streaming speeds of 14.4 megabytes per second which is among the fastest on a smartphone. Additionally, there is also Wi-Fi connectivity which may be preferable for those who have a cap on their monthly data allowance.
As you can see, the Sony Xperia S is well equipped as a multimedia device. There are many more impressive features like a 12 megapixel camera which make it an appealing device. The Sony Xperia S is now available on a number of UK networks, with several offering the handset for free on selected tariffs.