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.