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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: October 21, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Phones, phones everywhere

    Ciara O'Brien

    Today’s Tech Tools column showed off the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, which is one of Sony Ericsson’s latest smartphones. It’s one of pile of phones that SE has released lately.

    Unfortunately, we don’t have the room to include every phone in Tech Tools, so here’s a round-up of the rest.

    Xperia Arc S

    Take the regular Xperia Arc, add in a faster processor – 1.4GHz – the ability to take 3D sweep panorama shots and gesture input, and you have the Arc S.  The battery life has been extended – you get an extra hour of talk time (seven instead of six) and 460 hours of standby compared to 430.

    Oh, and they make it in more colours. Instead of silver and dark blue, you have the option of pink and black too.

    Xperia Mini

    One of the more compact Xperia phones. The Android handset can shoot HD video, and has 5-megapixel still camera, but won’t weigh you down. The Android homescreen can be customised by putting up to 16 of your favourite apps in the corners of the home screens. The downside is that the screen itself can be a little difficult to use at times, especially if you don’t have small hands.

    Xperia Mini Pro

    The Mini, but with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. This means it’s slightly less compact but infinitely easier to use. It has better talk time than the Mini, at five hours compared to four, but loses out on standby time – 331 hours versus 340. It’s also about 40g heavier. And the Mini Pro has a front facing camera, with the Mini does not.

    Live with Walkman

    Aimed at the music fans, the Live with Walkman has a dedicated button that takes you straight to your music. The Android phone also has Sony’s 3D Panorama Sweep technology, and the ability to video chat. It’s compact, but still has a 3.2 inch screen.

    • Sam says:

      These phones styles, features and looks are amazing.
      The HD video and 3D feature could be handy.

    • After I recently changed my Iphone I realised how far all the other makers are behind in this race. It’s amazing some of these phones are still coming off the lines, despite being 3/4 years behind in usability

    • Dave McG says:

      I’ve had an X10 since it was release and I had zero intention of changing phone… before it’s dwindling battery time started kicking in.
      If/ when I get a new phone, I’ll be looking at another Sony Ericsson phone first-
      While the X10 is predominantly plastic, it’s been remarkably durable as long as i’ve had it. It’s been dropped, kicked, carried it a dog’s mouth, dropped down the full stairs on a bus before being stood on by someone- and there’s only a few slight marks on the screen that you can only see if you hold it at a certain angle to a light. No cracks.

      Whatever iPhones have, i haven’t seen one that’s been robust enough to interest me.

      I’m going to be curious to see one of Nokia’s new ‘Windows’ phones when they come out though…

    • Kynos says:

      The West is completely pampered in the connectivity space just as in all others Digital Agency. When only 25% of the world has guaranteed access to fresh water daily iPhones are pretty low on the wishlist of the rest (tho’ such luxuries may be taking their place on the sunny uplands of the ‘self-actualisation’ peak of Mazlow’s Pyramid there’s a vast lower slope demanding shelter and clothing that will make do with a whole lot less in terms of electronic gubbins to help it secure said human needs). Example: 200 million Indian farmers receive government subsidies under the Kisan and Jobcard systems via their mobile phones. They don’t need bank accounts they just need small cheap functional devices. iPhones are utterly beyond their need and affordability thresholds. HuaWei is releasing a smart phone in China that will cost less than 800RMB/100USD. 1.2 billion peasants can’t be wrong.

    • Kynos says:

      Nokia 6230i I’ve had the past 6 years is still going strong despite being dropped loads of times and kicked around the bottom of boats and god knows what else. Leave it in the car the whole time now cos it fits the old phone cradle and I’m not lashing out bobs I don’t have on a new cradle for my E72 which even though it does a great job of email is forever crashing and switching itself off and not giving alert beeps when texts come in pain in the arse that. So I’ve two numbers and people know if they can’t get me on one then I’m driving so they call me on the other which is rigged to the hands free.

      Just thinking there last night, when I went to work in China in 2000 the Great Firewall was just going up and you could do all sorts of fairly simple ruses to get round it (accessing forbidden BBC webpages via Google cache, using UK proxies, even dialling the old Ireland On Line number and logging in at a ridiculously expensive per minute rate. The Sons of Heaven in Beijing were fast learners though and they closed off all those gaps and cranked up the censorship to the extent that by the time I left end of 05 they’d managed to ban Wikipedia. So, with such effective web censorship as they have, the PRC government will be well able to totally control cyber-estate, and doubtless in time we’ll see payments being extorted from businesses and newspapers and other entities with an interest in reaching the PCs laptops and ever-increasing smart and feature phones of 1.3 billion Chinese people and their ever increasing appetite for the good things of life that so many years of Uncle Mao and various Great Leaps Backwards he engendered had denied them. Serious money making oppo for the CCCP I would say there. And nothing that China likes better than serious money making oppos.

      Heh. Used be that the millowners of Lancashire reckoned that if everyone in China added an inch to the hem of their dress said millowners would be the richest men in Christendom. That was in the days of Empire when the strategy was to take the raw materials of the East back to Blighty process them into higher value added forms and sell them back to the ‘eathen Chinee. Times do change and the Chinese have turned those tables 180 degrees for sure in every way, locking the doors in many clever ways against foreign business making money there (still, even despite WTO and TRIPS and TRIMS and all that) and ensuring they own an increasing amount of the West’s raw materials production capacity, which is brought back to China processed into higher value added forms and sold right back to us. Which we pay for using money we’ve borrowed ultimately from the Chinese themselves. Talk about a finger-trap. They own us now lock stock and barell. Suppose that’s our karma too.
      Feck. Just had a depressing thought. If Ireland owned HuaWei and ye sold everyone of those 1.3 billion Chinese a mobile phone at 100USD a pop our gross revenue still wouldn’t pay off more than half Ireland’s national debt. Suppose that’s a bit pessimistic. I mean they’d want to buy upgrades from us in good time. If they’re like this Cavanman ”good time” to upgrade means every ten years if you buy the right stuff to begin with.