Released in October 2011, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is all about style and comfort and perfect for those who seek a lot of “Sony Style.” However, this handset is actually a downgraded version of the original Neo. The price Japan paid for the Neo, includes the camera going down to 5MP from 8MP.
The fatal Japan earthquake brought the electronic industry and technology to a standstill. Many companies including Sony were affected and someone or the other had to take the blow. That someone, unfortunately, was Xperia Neo. Now lets come to the detailed review of this handset.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is one of the manufacturer’s first handsets to ship with Android 2.3.4 out of the box. Available in radiant blue, silver, white, and now in red too, also sports a 3.7 inch display, which is sharp and graphical enough to enjoy videos. It also has a 5 megapixel camera and one of the most attractive features is the 3D sweep panorama. There is 1GHz processor by Qualcomm Snapdragon.
Other features include:
- Video chat
- Google Talk
- Face book
- Google messaging
- Instant messaging
- Android Market
- 3.5mm audio jack
- DLNA certified
- Micro USB support
Including these is an accelerometer and proximity censor. Plus there is a stereo FM radio with RDS.
It has a talk time of up to 7 hours and standby up to 400 hrs. It has the facility of Bluetooth but not infrared.
Some other helpful features include the facility of voice recording, video player and radio.
The internal phone storage is up to 300 MB but this can be expanded because it also has a memory card slot for a micro SD of up to 32GB.
Previously there were certain problems within the Xperia Arc S keyboard which have been recalibrated in this set with a latest Japanese software upgrade which makes messaging more convenient.
Features such as HDMI output and 3D image capture make this handset stand apart. It also sports a front facing VGA camera.
On the other hand, the covers of the micro USB and HDMI ports can be found at the head of the phone which makes them too delicate and easy to fall off.
Besides these captivating features, there are certain other flaws in this handset as well. First, as already mentioned, the camera has been downgraded to 5MP. Then, the display has got some poor viewing angles. Xperia Neo V lacks the facility of speed dialing. The loudspeaker has a below average level performance.
Moreover, there is a very limited codec support. Plus, the slot for memory card is under battery cover which causes a lot of discomfort. The round ends of the handset give it a neat oval shape but the problem lies within the weight which is 126g.
Video codec support is lacking in the Sony Ericsson family. We cannot say that Android Market was not there in the hard times, like Mobo player or Rock player.
The most upsetting setback is that although the set was downgraded, the price tag has not taken much of a downfall with it.