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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray - A Small Glimpse of Light

By Wong Casandra - 4 Oct 2011
Launch SRP: S$598


Light and Fleet of Foot

The Ray is not only a head-turner, but it is also a powerful phone. Admittedly, the minute screen size might deter some users from purchasing it, though in our opinion, this handset is clearly not catered towards that particular crowd.

From the get-go, the Ray is clearly catered to those looking for a powerful phone like the Arc or Arc S but dislike their bulk. However, by keeping it small, compact and accessible to a niche crowd has compromised certain additions to the phone that we might like to see - such as a camera shortcut button or an HDMI port.

Nonetheless, our experience on the phone had largely been a positive one - speedy browsing, receptive touchscreen, bright display and good imaging quality with fast auto-focus capabilities. The only disappointment we had with the phone was its average battery performance. Considering the fact that it uses a 1500mAh with a smaller 3.3-inch display, we expected a longer mileage out of it, compared to its larger cousin, the Xperia Arc.

All things considered, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray comes with a strong proposition, thanks to its decent suite of hardware components and the latest Google Android 2.3 OS with Sony Ericsson's take on its user interface. At S$598, the Xperia Ray is a value-for-money smartphone that smoothly balances form and function. If you like the Ray but prefer a bigger screen and don't mind the extra cost, the Sony Ericsson Arc or the Arc S will be the closest alternatives.

  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Unique and classy "Ray" design
Snappy overall performance
Capable 8.1-megapixel camera with f/2.4 lens
The Bad
Average battery performance
No camera shortcut button