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Sony Xperia V Review

March 5, 2014

Sony Xperia VEven if it’s been a while since the Sony Xperia V was released (December 2012), I think it’s a pretty cool phone to have, and it deserves a little attention and an unbiased review. Why do I think it’s cool, you may ask? Well, I’m a big fan of water and dust resistant phones, like this one. But there’s more to it, as it impresses with its looks and cleverness too. Even if this is not a true-blue flagship device, the Xperia V is actually built on a pretty good tech platform: it runs on a dual core Krait system on chip, has a 13 megapixels camera, it’s a PlayStation certified device and it is capable of recording full HD 1080p video. The best thing about the Xperia V is that it will take any amount of punishment with flying colors, unlike your usual smartphone, and that makes it really special in my book.
Read the following review and see exactly what I’m talking about! Who knows, maybe you’ll find the perfect phone in the Xperia V.
It measures 129 x 65 x 10.7 mm and has a weight of 120 g, being a light handset that sits comfortably in your hands or pockets. Its design is very attractive; having a nicely curved back with a rubbery finish that offers a nice balance and good handgrip. The phone is IP57 certified, this meaning it won’t be mad if you drop it in the sand when going to the beach or taking it to a half-hour dive under up to 1 m of water. This fellow is here to join you in your adventures or at least in the shower. Little perv. Let’s carry on.
Sony Xperia V front and backThe Xperia V features a 4.3 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, a pixel density of 342 ppi, is powered by the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and has a scratch-resistant glass for protection. The screen offers some nice, vibrant colors, a fine contrast and good sunlight legibility.
The smartphone comes loaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but is upgradeable to v4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Sony has added a few customizations to the user interface, making the user experience more pleasant.
The phone is backed by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset, having a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, which can be extended with a microSD card. The Xperia V is very snappy and performs well when you are browsing through the interface.
For snapping pictures, the Xperia V comes equipped with a 13 MP Autofocus camera that takes photos at a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels, features a backside illuminated Exmor R sensor and, also, a LED flash. The camera application features geo-tagging, image stabilization, touch focus, face and smile detection, the Superior auto mode and others. The photos produced by the Xperia V’s camera are great, with accurate, vibrant colors and good amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very capable and shoots 1080p videos at 30 fps.
Some other treats offered by the Xperia V are the Office Suite 6 for viewing document files, a GPS receiver with GLONASS and Google Maps for navigation, the Walkman music player for a nice audio experience, a capable video player that’s connected to Gracenote, a very capable browser for surfing the web and so on.
My final words about it ? Even if the Xperia V is not a recent appearance, it still kicks ass in my humble opinion, as it looks hot, it’s tough and smart and all of these qualities make for a perfect recipe. The Sony Xperia V is an useful partner that can join you wherever you want to go. For better and for worse, this is the smartphone to have for all outdoors enthusiasts, being tough as nails, your regular James Bond phone and quite a looker too!
Sony Xperia V waterproof

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