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Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V blue Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V blueThe original Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo had a very warm reception when it was launched but due to the earthquake that hit Japan there was a shortage of the 8 megapixel cameras that were used for the Xperia Neo. Hence the Xperia Neo V, a successor to the original phone. The V in the name is a Roman number which refers to the 5 megapixel camera, strictly speaking this is not an update a such, as the changes were forced by external circumstances. There are of course other changes in this latest model such as a more recent version of Android (Android 2.3.4) and a lower price tag due to the lower specification camera.

The retail box includes a USB cable, phone charge, headset and 2Gb memory card (the original Xperia Neo come with an 8Gb card). The phone looks identical to its predecessor and still looks pretty good even though made almost entirely from plastic. The front of the phone house’s the display with three physical buttons below along with the front-facing camera. On the top of the handset there are a standard 3.5 mm audio jack, a microUSB port and a microHDMI port. The right side of the phone is where you will find the usual volume rocker and unlock key along with a dedicated camera button.

The 3.7 inch screen has a resolution of 480 × 854 pixels utilizing the Sony Bravia Mobile Engine technology and offers sharp colour and good contrast, not quite on par with Samsung‘s AMOLED displays but pretty good never the less. The camera is capable of taking very high-quality snaps, despite losing 3 megapixels and can also record video in 720p resolution at 30 frames per second, although it has to be said there is a small loss of detail compared to the original Neo.

Powering the handset there’s a single-core 1 Ghz Scorpion CPU using the Snapdragon chipset with 512 MB of RAM. This configuration provides decent performance but it's obviously not as fast as the more recent dual-core smartphones. The latest version Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread offers some worthwhile improvements including a screenshot tool and easier Facebook integration. But next year the Neo V is to be upgraded Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

For music lovers the Xperia Neo V features an FM radio with TrackID and the phone also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB and microHDMI. Annoyingly the HDMI cable is not included so has to be purchased separately. The web browser is a joy to use and supports Flash 11 and the Neo V comes with the full office suite of tools and there’s always the Android Market for anything else you need.

Overall the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is a pretty good smartphone and fares well against similar priced opposition. The fact that it’s getting Ice Cream Sandwich soon is a real bonus which makes the package look even more attractive.

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