Sony Ericsson Xperia neo is a slim and media-centric, candy bar phone with features like LED-backlit Reality display with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, an 8 megapixel Exmor R camera sensor, 720p video with continuous autofocus and the latest Android – 2.3 Gingerbread. Its 3.7-inch touch screen supports 16.7 million colors and a 854x480-pixel resolution. Powered by 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, the smartphone flaunts so many attributes, which include messaging and e-mail, an FM radio, a personal organizer, Sony Ericsson's Timescape interface, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB syncing and mass storage, a music player, HD video recording, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera.
Users must have noticed a certain snag or a slight pause while switching between home screens. There are no issues with video chat on Skype, taking photo notes in Evernote and scrolling Spotify playlists. YouTube and Flash videos run as smoothly as on any other smartphone. The battery provides enough juice for a day’s usage. Cold boot that usually takes around 80-120 seconds is a sure downer.
Despite its thickset profile (substantially thicker and heavier than the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc), Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo actually succeeds in making heads turn to a certain extent mostly owing to features like a smaller screen, a front facing camera and a dedicated camera shutter button on the right. Moreover, you’ll find micro USB and HDMI ports hidden behind closed doors, with a centrally placed 3.5mm audio port.
It uses a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon System-on-a-chip featuring the Adreno 205 GPU. The Gingerbread optimizations help too. Sony Ericsson XPERIA neo comes powered with Android 2.3.3. The smartphone really excels on the social networking front with facilities like Facebook contacts integration and the TimeScape widget for aggregating your incoming SMS messages, Tweets and Facebook updates.
With a relatively flabby 13mm (0.5-inch) waistline, the Neo weighs around 126g (4.44oz) weight and is just 57mm (2.3-inches). While you see back, home and menu buttons on the front, the power/lock button, camera launcher and volume rocker sit on its side.
Since the smartphone comes with an attractive price, it won’t burn a hole in your pocket for sure. If you can get along with a sluggish camera, irksome boot time and absence of smart dialing, you should definitely go for this phone.