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Android Smartphones

Sony Xperia Z3v Verizon's version of the Xperia Z3 looks like an Xperia Z2, but it has the updated CPU and camera of the Z3. It adds Qi wireless charging, and as ever has that distinct Xperia look with glass front and back. The phone is water resistant and it has a vibrant 1080p IPS Triluminos display. It's powered by the 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU with 3 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot. This Android 4.4 smartphone has an excellent 20.7MP camera with a large Exmor RS sensor and Sony G lens. Verizon Dec. 2014 Sony Xperia Z3v review
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Sony proves that good things come in small packages. The 4.6" Z3 Compact sports flagship specs and a striking design, yet it's one of the few small pocket and hands friendly Android phones. It's ever so slightly smaller than the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Alpha with which it competes and it weighs just 4.55 ounces. The phone is water resistant and it has a colorful and sharp Triluminos display. The Z3 Compact runs on the same 2.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 as the 5" and larger competition, and it has dual band WiFi ac, an excellent rear 20.7MP rear camera with large Exmor RS sensor, LTE 4G that works with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and a big 2600 mAh battery. If you're hankering for a smaller phone and use a GSM carrier, be sure to check it out. Unlocked GSM Oct. 2014 Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review
Sony Xperia Z1S The Xperia Z1S is the T-Mobile version of the well-received Xperia Z1, Sony's newest flagship Android phone. The 5" smartphone has a full HD Triluminos display and a stunning black glass black plus Sony's signature slim and angular Xperia look. The 20.7 megapixel rear camera makes this the highest resolution Android camera phone, and image quality is indeed excellent. The Xperia Z1S has top specs including a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core CPU, 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. The phone has dual band WiFi 802.11ac with WiFi calling and mobile hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS as well as NFC. T-Mobile (unlocked GSM as Z1) Jan. 2014 Sony Xperia Z1S review
Sony Xperia ZL The Sony Xperia ZL is the more affordable and slightly smaller sibling to the Xperia Z flagship Android smartphone. In fact, Sony claims it's the smallest 5" full HD smartphone on the market, and we believe they're right. For a phone with a very large display it's slightly shorter than the 4.7" HTC One and both narrower and shorter than Sony's own Xperia Z. In terms of internals and display, the ZL is identical to the Z, but it costs a bit less because it has a plastic back and isn't waterproof like the Z. It runs on a1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with 2 gigs of RAM and it has a very good 13 megapixel camera. This is an unlocked GSM phone with LTE 4G. Unlocked GSM May 2013 Sony Xperia ZL review
Sony Xperia Z The Sony Xperia Z is Sony's flagship Android smartphone, and this time they really mean it. Previous Sony and Sony Ericsson Android smartphones have always lacked truly all around high end specs, but the Xperia Z has all the right ingredients. Of course, it's up against some very challenging competition with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. The 0.31" thick Xperia Z is clad in glass, front and back. It has a quad core 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 5" full HD Mobile Bravia 2 display and an excellent 13 megapixel main camera. Unlocked GSM May 2013 Sony Xperia Z review
Sony Xperia Ion The Xperia Ion might not be getting a lot of marketing love, but it's a sweet phone. For $99 on contract with AT&T, you get an award winning design with a sleek glass front and curved metal back, LTE 4G and a 12MP camera. The phone has a 4.6" 720p Mobile Bravia display that's simply stunning, and a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual core CPU. The bad news? It ships with Gingerbread, but it will get ICS as an over the air upgrade. AT&T July 2012 Sony Xperia Ion review
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G Now you can get your game on with Sony Ericsson's first Playstation Certified phone on AT&T as well as Verizon. AT&T has bargain-priced this capable Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone at $50 with contract. It has a slide-out Playstation controller that's a working copy of the console controller. It makes gaming much more enjoyable and you can select from a healthy selection of titles in the Market once you've played through the included games. The Xperia Play has a second gen 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 graphics, an absolutely lovely 4" capacitive touch screen, 4G and dual cameras. AT&T Sept. 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G review
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Get your game on with Sony Ericsson's first Playstation Certified phone. This Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone has a slide-out Playstation controller that's a working facsimile of the console controller. It makes gaming much more enjoyable and your characters won't fall prey to inadequate touch screen controls when playing compatible games. The phone comes with 6 games and you can download and buy 50 more from Verizon's V Cast App store. The Xperia Play has a second gen 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 graphics, an absolutely lovely 4" capacitive touch screen, 3G and dual cameras. If you're a gamer, you should check out this phone. Verizon June 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro Making a complete about-face from the trend toward Jumbotron Android superphones, the Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro are teeny tiny Android smartphones that will fit in small pockets and other tight spaces. The 3.1 ounce mini and 4.2 ounce mini pro are nearly identical with the pro version sporting a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. We look at the unlocked GSM versions, the X10a mini andmini pro that have 3G HSDPA on AT&T's 3G bands. Like their big brother the Xperia X10, they run Android 1.6, but step down the processor to a 600MHz Qualcomm model. The 2.5 QVGA displays are capacitive and sharp, and the phones have GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi. Somehow, SE managed to fit good 5 megapixel autofocus cameras with flash into the design too.
Unlocked GSM
Aug. 2010
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Sony Ericsson has gone through quite a few smartphone operating systems in the past few years. Now they're on Android, a hot and exciting new smartphone OS, and that's a good thing. Like most Sony Ericsson smartphones, this is a high end piece of hardware with a capacious 4" capacitive touch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and an 8.1 megapixel camera. Sweet. It will likely be sold unlocked rather than by a carrier, so be prepared for a hefty price tag. But it just might be capable of taking on the Nexus One, that self-proclaimed superphone. The Xperia X10a version we take a look at is intended for the US and it has 3G HSDPA on AT&T's bands as well as Europe's. Other goodies include the full Google suite of software, a GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and Sony Ericsson's enhancements to Android.
Unlocked GSM
April 2010
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a review


Regular Feature Phones and Walkman Phones

Sony Ericsson W705a The W705a is Sony Ericsson's high-middle tier Walkman phone for those who don't want to shell out big bucks for the W995a but want more than the W518a on AT&T offers. It's slim, silvery-sleek and it features the usual Walkman Player 3.0 software and the Xross Media Bar UI for all things multimedia. The phone has US 3G on AT&T's bands, is quad band unlocked GSM and it has WiFi too. Other amenities include Bluetooth with A2DP stereo, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a stereo headset plus 4 gig M2 card in the box. This phone works with any GSM carrier.
Unlocked GSM
Aug. 2009
Sony Ericsson W705a review
Sony Ericsson C905a We take a very in-depth look at one of the highest megapixel camera phones on the US market. The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a is offered by AT&T and it has an 8.1 megapixel camera with an autofocus lens, Xenon flash and an LED focusing light. Sweet! The C905a has a wealth of camera settings and controls and it takes excellent shots-- after taking 300 shots we're convinced. That wouldn't do much good if the Cyber-shot flunked on phone features and we're happy to say it has great call quality and solid calling features. The C905a has a GPS that works with AT&T Navigator, Bluetooth 2.0, an FM radio, 3G HSDPA and an M2 card slot.
July 2009
Sony Ericsson C905a review
Sony Ericsson W518a It must be Sony Ericsson month-- two new phones for AT&T and an unlocked high end Walkman phone. The Sony Ericsson W518a is a mid-level Walkman phone disguised as a super-thin flip. It's attractive, well made and not too slippery. Better still, it has very good music playback quality and runs the usual likeable XMB media interface with Walkman 3.0 software. The budget-priced flip has a GPS with AT&T Navigator, 3G, a full HTML web browser, Bluetooth with stereo support and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Not too shabby.
July 2009
Sony Ericsson W518a review
Sony Ericsson W995a This top of the line Walkman phone sports something different: an 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera. Nice, though the photos won't put it among the best camera phones. This is an unlocked GSM world phone with 3G HSDPA on AT&T's bands and it's sold with a US warranty and no contract. It features the latest Walkman music player application, the same multimedia interface as that used on the Sony PSP and PS3, an HTML web browser, QVGA display, aGPS with Google Maps, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, Bluetooth and (surprise!) WiFi. The W995a is clad in brushed aluminum and looks properly high quality.
Unlocked GSM
July 2009
Sony Ericsson W995a review
Sony Ericsson W350a An incredibly thin, 2.8 ounce Walkman music phone that's free with an AT&T contract. The W350a comes in 3 colors (blue, black and white) and it has a Walkman music player, FM radio, Music ID and access to Napster tunes. The flip houses music controls and it opens to reveal a standard keypad and phone controls. The Sony Ericsson supports Bluetooth stereo A2DP and it has EDGE for data and a 1.3 megapixel camera.
Oct. 2008
Sony Ericsson W350a review
Sony Ericsson Z750a Time to celebrate, Sony Ericsson fans: we've finally got a 3G model offered by a US carrier. AT&T is carrying the Z750a in your choice of three colors: gray with silver accents, pink and purple. It's a flip phone with HSDPA 3.5G for fast data and the HTML-friendly NetFront web browser is inside. The phone has a music player, A2DP stereo Bluetooth, a Memory Stick M2 Micro card slot, FM radio and it supports AT&T's multimedia services such as CV, MusicID and XM Radio. A pretty good little phone for $50 after rebates with a new contract.
June 2008
Sony Ericsson Z750a
Sony Ericsson W580i The new mid-level Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson is available from AT&T and unlocked from SonyStyle (we review both versions). This quad band GSM phone has EDGE for data and is small, really small. The slider design is sturdy and the curvy profile is attractive. It's available in white, black and gray and it has the usual full-featured Walkman phone music player, excellent audio quality, Music ID and an FM radio. The 2 megapixel camera takes quite good shots and there's a Memory Stick Micro slot to save photos and store music.
AT&T and unlocked
Oct. 2007
Sony Ericsson W580i review
Sony Ericsson K850i The new flagship Cybershot phone from Sony Ericsson takes aim at the Nokia N95 with its 5 megapixel camera with autofocus lens and Xenon flash. This quad unlocked GSM import phone will work with any GSM carrier, and it has triband 3G UMTS and HSDPA that likewise will work anywhere in the world 3G is available (including the US on AT&T). The phone features touch controls, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth, a Sony PSP-like media player, great music playback and a better than average feature phone browser thanks to Netfront on board. It also does email and push email with Exchange. Like the iPhone, it does that cool screen rotate when you turn the phone, but only in the Media app.
Unlocked GSM
Oct. 2007
Sony Ericsson K850i review
Sony Ericsson W810i The latest Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson not only holds more songs than an iTunes phone but it's got a great 2 megapixel camera as well. Looking more stately than the day-glow orange swiveling W600i, this phone is small, great looking and easy to use. It's a quad band GSM world phone with EDGE that's currently sold unlocked but will likely be picked up by Cingular in the US. It also has Bluetooth, an FM radio and Memory Stick Duo slot with 512 meg card in the box. Quite a lot in a small package!

Cingular & Unlocked GSM versions available

July and Sept. 2006
Sony Ericsson W810i review
Sony Ericsson K800i This import Cyber-shot camera phone earns its name with an excellent 3.2MP camera that features autofocus and a Xenon flash. The K800i has more than a camera, offering an MP3 player, Memory Stick Micro slot, FM radio, RSS reader and Bluetooth 2.0. It's a triband phone that's best for T-Mobile users in the US and it has GPRS for data.
Unlocked GSM
Sept. 2006
Sony Ericsson K800i review
Sony Ericsson W300iThis is one of Sony Ericsson's most affordable Walkman phone models, and it sports a good set of features including a great music player, Memory Stick Micro slot, VGA camera and Bluetooth. It's a quad band GSM flip phone that's available direct from Sony Ericsson unlocked or from Cingular in the US.
Sept. 2006
Sony Ericsson W300i review
Sony Ericsson W600i This is Sony Ericsson's first US Walkman phone with an integrated high quality MP3 player and FM radio. The phone has 256 megs of memory to hold tunes, and comes in a striking orange color with a swivel design. It's a GSM quad band world phone with EDGE for data, Bluetooth and a 1.3MP camera. It's offered by Cingular in the US. c
Jan. 2006
Sony Ericsson W600i review
Sony Ericsson S710a This GSM phone's claims to fame are its amazing 1.3MP CCD digital camera and swiveling design. Closed it looks like a regular candy bar phone, swing it open to reveal the roomy number pad. Add in Bluetooth and a large, vivid display and you've got the S710a. It's a GSM phone with EDGE that supports the 850/1800/1900 MHz bands and is available from Cingular in the US.
July 2005
Sony Ericsson S710a review
Sony Ericsson K700i This phone follows in the fine tradition of the T610/T616 and the T630. Like those very popular phones, it's very small and light, features a built-in VGA camera that takes 640 x 480 pictures, Bluetooth, and an MP3 player. It's a triband GSM world phone that supports GPRS for data, web and email. It's available around the world, and from importers in the US.
Unlocked GSM
Aug. 2004
Sony Ericsson K700i




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