Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Review: A sleek and elegant Android phone

Last month, VR-Zone was in Tokyo, Japan to learn more about the design concept and engineering of the new Sony Ericsson Xperia ray. We also managed to get a a unit for review. So how good is the Xperia ray with its fairly small 3.3-inch screen and how does it compare to its larger screen competitors? Read on to find out.

 Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Review: A sleek and elegant Android phone

Android is growing steadily with recent statistics showing that the Google mobile operating system has taken 40 percent of the US smartphone market compared to 28 percent for Apple's iOS. This year, while we see a lot of new tablet devices, the phone makers are still churning out new smartphones which are slimmer and have large displays, and are incorporating features such as scratch-resistant glass, 3D technologies as well as high-tech LCD touchscreens for superb clarity and colors, while maintaining a low power consumption.

Sony Ericsson launched their flagship Xperia arc earlier this year which measures just 8.7mm thick, has a 4.2-inch display and weighs 117g. In June, the company unveiled their new range of phones consisting of the Xperia ray, Xperia active and the txt. In this review, we're taking a closer look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, but before we proceed, here's a quick breakdown of the specifications:-

  Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
CPU 1GHz Scorpion processor
Memory Internal: Up to 300MB free; RAM: 512MB
Screen 3.3-inches (WVGA)
Graphics 854 x 480
Display Resolution 8-megapixel camera w/ auto focus, LED flash
Connectivity 3.5mm audio, microUSB, 802.11b/g/n
  Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, aGPS
Expansion Slot microSD up to 32GB
Battery life 1500mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion
Talk time Up to 440 hour standby time; 
  Up to 420 min talk time 
Platform Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Dimensions 111 x 53 x 9.4 mm
Weight 100g