Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

In december of 2011, I purchased a Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. The reason for this was because my HTC ChaCha did not manage internal memory well; or well enough for me at least. Having said that, I must admit though that I can be a creature that is rather demanding. My wife seem to be quite happy with her HTC ChaCha so, take what I feel about its capabilities with a pinch of whatever.

Apart from the build of this phone, the Sony Ericsson XPeria Pro, I am quite happy with the phone. It never crashed on me yet but, anyways, in this podcast, I tell you a bit about the phone and let you experience what it sounds like.

Quick specs are at the end of the article:

Phone specifications

General:

  • 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
  • Announced 2011, February
  • Status Available. Released 2011, October

Body:

  • Dimensions 120 x 57 x 13.5 mm
  • Weight 142 g
  • Keyboard QWERTY
  • Display Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size 480 x 854 pixels, 3.7 inches (~265 ppi pixel density)
  • Multitouch Yes
  • Protection Scratch-resistant glass
  • – Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • – Timescape UI

Sound Alert types:

  • Vibration; MP3 ringtones
  • Loudspeaker Yes
  • 3.5mm jack Yes
  • Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included
  • Internal 1 GB (320 MB user available), 512 MB RAM

Data:

  • GPRS Up to 86 kbps
  • EDGE Up to 237 kbps
  • Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
  • USB Yes, microUSB v2.0

Camera:

  • Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,
  • Features Video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
  • Video Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, check quality
  • Secondary Yes, VGA

Features:

  • OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
  • Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
  • CPU 1 GHz Scorpion
  • GPU Adreno 205
  • Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
  • Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
  • Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
  • Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
  • Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
  • Colors Black, Silver, Red
  • – SNS integration
  • – Type & Send feature
  • – HDMI port
  • – MP4/H.264/WMV player
  • – MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • – TrackID music recognition
  • – Organizer
  • – Office Suite Pro document viewer/editor
  • – Voice memo/dial/commands
  • – Predictive text input

Battery:

  • Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh
  • Stand-by Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
  • Talk time Up to 6 h 55 min (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
  • Music play Up to 31 h

A quick look at the Nokia E5

In this podcast, Junaid Mahomed tells us what he thinks of the Nokia E5 and why the Nokia N97 Mini really sucks.

The Nokia E5 has a qwerty keyboard and from what Junaid told me, he selected this phone due to this fact and the fact that it didn’t have a touch screen. I can see where he is coming from.

This phone was anounced in April of 2010 and made available in August of that same year. However, here in South Africa, this phone is not available to visually impaired users on any of the networks as a speaking phone.

This means that, should you as a blind or visually impaired person want to use this phone with speech, you’d have to purchase the phone and then purchase Nuance talks or MobileSpeak from Code Factory separately.

Quick specs are at the end of the article:

Body
Dimensions 115 x 58.9 x 12.8 mm, 75 cc
Weight 126 g
Keyboard QWERTY
Display Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 320 x 240 pixels, 2.36 inches (~169 ppi pixel density)

Sound
Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes,

Memory
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB included,
Internal 250 MB; 256MB RAM

Data
GPRS Class 32
EDGE Class 32

Speed
HSDPA 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA 2.0 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP & DLNA technology
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Camera
Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, fixed-focus, LED flash,
Video Yes, VGA@15fps
Secondary No

Features
OS Symbian OS v9.3, Series 60 rel. 3.2
CPU 600 MHz ARM 11
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
Colors Carbon Black, Chalk White, Sky Blue, Copper Brown, Silver Grey
– Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PDF viewer
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Voice command/dial
– Organizer
– Predictive text input

Battery
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
Stand-by Up to 635 h (2G) / Up to 670 h (3G)

Talk time
Up to 13 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 15 min (3G)
Music play Up to 38 h