Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Review

ST17a (ST17a)     See other variants reviews Score: 5.6/10
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is a little outdated Android phone released back in 2011, with a quite powerful processor speeding at 1000 MHz, a 5 MP back facing camera and a small 3-inches display. But let's get into some more detail.

This cellphone is quite thick for nowadays standards, being as thick as 0.65 inches. Apparently Sony didn't care about the weight at all, releasing a 3.91 oz heavyweight product.

Sony designed this phone with a interesting 3 inches screen, and a 480 x 320 resolution, providing this device with a nice graphical experience. Its screen uses TFT capacitive technology, and is multi-touch enabled.

Sony decided to sell this phone with a good 1000 megahertz processor, included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255 system chip with 512 MB RAM memory. Collaborating with graphic intensive applications, this cellphone also has an Adreno 205 graphics processing unit clocking at 245 megahertz. This cellphone comes with a 327,68 MB internal storage memory, a mediocre amount that might be enough for some basic users having that it also has an SD extension slot to store songs, photos and videos and even some games and apps that allow external memory installation.

This cellphone only features a 5 megapixels back facing camera. It can also shoot HD 1280x720 videos. Additionally, the camera has a lot of valuable features: auto-focus, flash, face detection shooting, digital image stabilization, geo tagging and smile detection shooting.

This phone offers wifi connection (and it can provide it to other devices around, acting as a mobile hotspot) or 3G fast internet connection, using HSPA, UMTS and EDGE technologies. This phone uses a SIM card for GSM services.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active also includes some interesting features like Bluetooth (allows communication with other bluetooth devices and accessories), GPS (Global Positioning System) and NFC, and multiple sensors like Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer and Compass.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active comes with a 1200 mAh small sized Li-Ion removable battery, and while it may seem very low, this phone is very optimized so it has a surprisingly long battery duration. Sony informs a talk time of 4.9 hours and a stand by time of 351 hs for this cellphone.

This phone is priced around 290 dollars, which is very expensive for a phone this level. Sony packs the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active with microUSB cable for charging Synchronisation and file transfer, Wrist strap, Exchangeable cover, Charger, Sport stereo headset, 2GB microSD memory card, Arm case and user documentation.

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Device Type:Phone
Operating System (OS):Android 4.0, 2.3
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Product code:ST17a
Dimensions:3.62 x 2.17 x 0.65 inchesMetric9.19 x 5.51 x 1.65 cmImperial
Weight:3.91 ouncesMetric110.85 gImperial
Scratch Resistant Glass:Yes
Accessories:2GB microSD memory card, Arm case, Charger, Exchangeable cover, Sport stereo headset, Wrist strap, microUSB cable for charging Synchronisation and file transfer, user documentation
Release date:2011-06-22
Price:$ 290.00


Screen Type:TFT (16M colors)
Size:3 inchesMetric7.6 cmImperial
Resolution:320 x 480 pixels
Pixel density:192 pixels per inchMetric75.59 pixels per cmImperial
Touch screen:Capacitive, Multi-touch


Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255
Processor:Scorpion (Single-Core 1000 MHz)
RAM Memory:512 MB (333 MHz)
Graphics Processor:Adreno 205 (245 MHz)
Internal Memory:327,68 MB
SD Card Slot:microSD, microSDHC (up to 32 GB)


Battery type:Li-Ion
Capacity:1200 mAh
Stand-by Time:351 hours
Talk Time:4.9 hours


Back camera:5 megapixels
Max video resolution:1280 x 720 (HD)
Camera features:Auto-Focus, Digital Image Stabilization, Face Detection Shooting, Geo Tagging and Smile Detection Shooting


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:SIM
GSM Bands:850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS Bands:800, 1900, 2100
Technologies:HSPA, UMTS, EDGE and GSM

Other Features

Sensors:Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor