Sony Ericsson has released its new model of Xperia neo V, would it be an upgrade of the original Neo? Actually not, it is a downgrade forced by deadly Japan earthquake. The Neo V is almost identical in hardware terms (even the colour) to the existing Xperia Neo but Camera Sensor is the only difference as Neo V has a 5 megapixel camera whereas the original Neo has an 8 megapixel unit, in a way this new version downs unexpectedly from 8 to 5 megapixels.
At the time, when Sony Ericsson was preparing for its launch of Xperia neo V, this unexpected and dangerous circumstance of earthquake has severely affected almost all local electronics industries of Japan, including Sony Ericsson. Still, the company was not stepped back and didn’t cancel the show. They preferred five for a possible substitute as well as thought that lower price surely makes sense in such particular terms.
Generally, it seems unusual for the company to downgrade a phone like this, but newer version of Android and additional Sony Ericsson software enhancements which found on more premium handsets can definitely be capable to fill out the expected space of up gradation and off course make the phone appropriate for better user experience.
Earlier, Sony Ericsson has taken a lot of criticism for its slow roll-out of Android upgrades that would be no longer appear as now company offers new version of Android 2.3.4 for the Xperia neo V as of update to the version 2.3 in the original Neo.
Along with this latest version, the phone also gets the five new stuffs; those are 3D sweep panorama shots which can be rendered on compatible 3D TVs, Screen capture support, Enhanced Facebook integration with “Facebook inside Xperia”, Swipe text input and USB on-the-go functionality available through the separate LiveDock.
When it comes to screen, the Neo V’s 3.7-inch beats the Ray and its 3.3″ screen. The FWVGA (480 x 854) scratch-resistant screen of the neo V uses Sony Ericsson’s proprietary Mobile Bravia engine to deliver richer colors and enhance contrast as well sharpens the image and reduces noise.
Additionally, T9 Trace swipe input already met in lots of Galaxy phones in this you do not need to tap on keys, just sweep a finger across the keyboard for typing message. Even you don’t need to put space every time as there is setting to automatically put Space between the words.
This brilliant Android camera smartphone also make users to shoot HD videos and snap pictures in 3D. Yes, Neo V helps in to capture 3D panoramic images, which can then be viewed on a 3D TV via HDMI out. Here, you can share your emotions with Sony Ericcson Xperia neo V HD mobile by shooting videos or clips from your summer holidays, little baby daughter’s first smile, etc. with brilliant and sharp HD feature and can view them on the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine as well as watch them alive on your HD TV in 3D. This phone can easily get to be connected with your HD TV via Free HDMI output and enable users to enjoy images like never before on the big screen.
Sound settings with xLOUD can improve speaker loudness and shows deeper sound also. Music fans will also appreciate the rich selection of equalizer presets along with its xLOUD setting to enjoy uninterrupted listening.
Neo V held a good deal in terms of connectivity options, basics are covered by quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSPA by download rates of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload at 5.76 Mbps. It also offers Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 for wireless local connectivity, all these turns neo V into a DLNA server, letting you view media on DLNA-enabled devices like TV, PlayStation 3, etc. The microUSB v2.0 port can be used for both wired data transfer and charging.
The browsing performance is also excellent; no matter whether it is panning, zooming or the text reflow as all are blazing fast at this platform and create the standard for perfect mobile browser. Furthermore, web browser of the phone has full Flash 11 support which helps to play YouTube videos very smoothly at 360p and 480p and for trouble free Flash games.
The phone runs on 1GHz Scorpion Processor and has 512MB RAM but when it comes to the storage capacity, the phone is equipped with memory of 320MB which can be increased up to 32GB via microSD cards. Neo V also has fine user interface with multiple screens. There are over 150,000 apps available on Android Market of Sony Ericsson Xperia™ Neo V to browse. Another feature like video chat support for Google Talk surely helps the neo V to stand out in its class.
The neo V has all-plastic body but that’s not a bad thing. The shape and weight are just right and thanks to the “human curvature” design which makes the phone looks slimmer than the numbers of weight. You can enjoy the digicam-inspired design in which lens are placed centrally at the back and have slightly raised shutter key. The downside is that the glossy plastic gets covered with smudges in no time and it is also hard to clean up. The phone is powered by a Li-Po 1500 mAh battery which gives talk time of up to 6 hours on 3G.
Only 2GB bundled SD card is great negative aspect regarding the phone apart from the downgraded camera. There is bad experience of media capabilities with mp4 and 3gp video supports. Today, everything moves to the fast trend so this latest model may fail to retain with its super slow 1GHz Scorpion processor.
Make your decision as per your need and requirements of the expected smartphone, above discussed aspects both negative as well as positive aspects may be helpful to you in your decision. Sony Ericcson Xperia neo V might not be perfect as a cameraphone in a long shot but quite achievable as of decent smartphone due to its latest version and other rich features. Lower price of the phone might be a strong point in the selling of this smart android device. Design of the phone is no doubt outdated but 3D capture support and HDMI connectivity make the phone most preferable device too. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V will be available in four different and attractive colors: White, Blue Gradient and Silver.
- INR : 18889 RS
- Dollar: 395 $
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V specifications:
- 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100
- Type: Candy bar
- Weight: 126 g
- Dimensions: 116 x 57 x 13 mm
- Display: 480 x 854 pixels, 3.7 inches
- Color display: LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touch screen, 16M colors
- Cell Phone Colors: White, Blue Gradient, and Silver
- Type: MP3 ringtones
- Vibration: Yes
- Loudspeaker, 3.5mm jack
- Internal: 320 MB of storage
- Slot: microSD, up to 32GB, 2 GB included
- Other: 512 MB RAM
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G: HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
- Wifi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspots
- Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
- USB: Yes, v2.0 microUSB
- O.S: Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
- CPU: 1GHz processor Scorpion, Adreno 205 GPU, MSM8255 Qualcomm’s Snapdragon
- Message: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
- Browser: HTML
- Games: Yes + downloadable
- Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
- GPS: with A-GPS support
- Java: via Java MIDP emulators
- 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels
- LED flash
- Video calling
- Touch focus
- Face and smile detection
- Panoramic sweep 3D
- Video 720p @ 30fps
- Continuous autofocus
- Secondary camera: with VGA
- Digital Compass
- SNS integration
- HDMI port
- MP4/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC + player
- TrackID music recognition
- Document viewer
- Adobe Flash 10.1 support
- Voice memo / dial / commands
- Predictive text input(T9 Trace)
- Type: Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh
- Standby: 430 h (2G) / 400 h (3G)
- Talk: 6 h 55 min (2G) / 7 h (3G)
- Music Play 31 h