SoSony Ericsson announced the original smart phone for an active lifestyle. Hence its name Active. Key features of this model are resistant to dust and water and scratch resistant screen that is covered with a protective mineral layer. This model comes with many accessories. What also distinguished this model, it is typical for Android Sony Ericsson 2011 models, the single-core processor running at 1GHz, 512MB RAM and a camera that has the ability to record HD.
PositioningSony Ericsson announced the original smart phone for an active lifestyle. Hence its name "Active". Key features of this model are resistant to dust and water resistance and scratch the screen covered by a protective, mineral layer.
As stated in the sales package section, this model comes with many accessories.There is pre-installed software - special applications for sport, "WalkMate" (step counter) and "iMapMyFITNESS + A" (follow-up on the map, recording the distance and speed of movement). What this model also features typical for Android Sony Ericsson 2011: Single-core processor running at 1GHz, 512MB RAM and a camera that has the ability to record HD.
The design, size, controlsSmart phone Sony Ericsson Xperia Active feature small size (92 x 55 x 16.5mm) and is comparable with the Xperia Mini, whose dimensions are 88 x 52 x 16mm. It weighs 110 grams, which is 11 grams more than the ST15. The front of the device is made of aluminum, the sides are made of plastic orange better when the back cover (depending on the removable panel) can be black or white.
Degree of protection of this unit - IP67, which means:
Complete protection against dust.Short-term immersion in water depths of up to one meter does not lead to penetration of water into the camera or threaten his work.
To prevent the penetration of moisture and dust inside the machine, under the rear cover rubbed edges are visible. The connectors are also protected. When using a USB cable or the headphone jack, a message appears stating that it is necessary to lower the external connector caps to ensure water resistance. If you want to perform an experiment by soaking Xperia Active models, it is necessary to close the lids.
Generally, the device looks like a strong case, but that does not include resistance to releasing the device from a great height, as there is no resistance to impact shock.
Device due to its shape fits nicely in your hand and can easily be placed in a shirt pocket or jeans.
The front panel is the speaker. The volume is high, and user-friendliness is high. In addition there is light and proximity sensor, but also a small LED that glows blue light during the upcoming call, but points to the missed call. If you received an SMS that the user has not yet looked at the indicator will flash green while connecting to a PC or battery charge LED light up red. Below are three touch-sensitive buttons: menu, button to return to the main screen and the "Back" button. These buttons light illuminates the white LED. Lighting is low, not blinding at night and visible during the day. Under the "Back" button is the microphone.
On the left is the On / Off button that also serves to lock the screen, a slight pressure is sufficient. On the right is the key, volume rocker and camera activation. The key stroke is characterized by shallow, and slight pressure is sufficient. The top end has no connections, while the bottom is the microUSB and 3.5mm jack.
The second microphone, speaker m, LED flash and camera lens are mounted on the back of the unit.
Under the protective cover on the back side there is a slot that is placed in the memory card.
Look of the SE Xperia active (left), Samsung Wave Y, M Wave Samsung, HTC Mozart, HTC Radar, Play SE (right):
ScreenThe device is characterized by the same parameters as in the screen Xperia Mini models. The device features 3''diagonal screen (64 x 43mm), the minimum resolution for Android - 320 x 480 pixels, TFT-LCD screen capable of displaying 16.7 million colors, and support for up to four simultaneous touch keys. The sensitivity is high.
Active Xperia features a Mobile Bravia Engine, which is borrowed from Sony TV.Viewing angles are excellent, but even under low illumination angle is slightly reduced. There is also a proximity sensor that responds well. For regulating brightness light sensor is in charge that can be manually adjusted. When exposed to the sun rays screen does not fade. With models available Active Xperia and built-in accelerometer, compass, linear acceleration sensor and G sensor.
Below are comparisons of the screen of the Sony Ericsson and Samsung ST17 Wave Y (since they are most similar in terms of the diagonal):
BatteryThe device features Li-Pol battery capacity of 1200mAh marks 500koja EP is already available on models such as the Mini Xperia, Xperia Mini Pro, X8, Vivaz and Vivaz Pro. The manufacturer claims that this battery allows up to 5 hours talk time and 350 hours of standby.
During testing the following results were obtained: standby smart phone lasted almost a week, or 15 hours of music playback with the most energetic tone (using headphones) and up to 4 hours of HD video playback with automatic backlight.
On average 15 - 20 minutes of calls a day, an hour taking pictures and video, music playback or four hours of using Wi-Fi (Twitter and Skype) and two hours of movie watching discharged battery in approximately 11-12 hours. If we compare this with the results achieved with the Xperia Mini, the result is very similar.
Over the USB port on your computer to fully charge the batteries have two hours and one hour charger.
CommunicationSmart phone supports 2G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) and 3G (HSDPA 900/2100).Speeds are up to 86 Kbps GPRS, EDGE up to 237Kbps, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPPa and 5.8Mbps, respectively.
Available standard WiFi 802.11 b / g / n. The device can be used as a Wi-Fi access point for other devices. In addition, the smartphone provides support for DLNA wireless standard that offers compatible devices transfer and receive various media content and display them in real time.
Voice and data can be used in Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
Memory, Memory CardAs part of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active, as well as the entire line is installed Xperia 512MB of memory. For most applications, this is a sufficient amount of memory. The device has 320MB of internal memory of which 270MB is available to user, the sales package also contains a 2GB card.
Speed USB 2.0 standard with data transfer to internal memory is read 10MB/s to 21MB / s.
The phone supports cards up to 32GB.
CameraActive Xperia has a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED backlighting. Maximum resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels, video clips are recorded in 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at 30 fps. Flash operates at a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters.
Picture quality is worse than that of the Xperia Mini. The colors are not well presented, sharpness is mediocre. A possible cause of the poor quality of the protective glass. Videos also do not look better, but it is an excellent stereo sound (clearly audible, you can easily determine the right and left channels). When there is no model ST17 camera on the front.
To activate the camera you must click on the button side of the device. This key has two positions:focus (click to age) and recording (click for end).
The camera interface for taking pictures left - photo shoot mode (normal, recognizing, smile), resolution (2MP, 3MP, 5MP), recording options (portrait, landscape, sports, etc..) And a flash. On the right we have a gallery in the center of the switch between shooting modes and video recording.
Camera settings modes:
Timer, stabilizer (on / off).Focus mode (single, multiple, macro, face recognition, infinity focus)White balanceGeo taggingThe sound of the shutterMeasurement (center, middle level, item)Video mode interface to the left - shooting modes (portrait, night mode, sports, landscape, etc..) Size (MMS, QVGA, VGA, FWVGA, HD720p), exposure, focus (single, face detection, infinity) lighting (on / off).
Video mode settings:
ExposureWhite balanceMeasurement (center, middle level, item)TimerStabilizer (on / off).MicrophoneShutter sound.Gallery:
Format: MP4Video: AVC, 6000 Kbit / secResolution: 1280 x 720, 30 fpsAudio: AAC, 128 Kbit / secChannels: 2 channels, 48.0 KHzExample:
Video sample 1 (720p, MP4, 40 seconds, 32 MB)>>>Video sample 2 (720p, MP4, 16 sec., 13 MB)>>>PerformanceActive Xperia has the same chipset and Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor with 1GHz Scorpion and Sony Ericsson Arc, Ray, Mini Pro. This is characterized by Snapdragon proscesor S2, ARMv7 architecture, technology and CMOS 45 nm process development. Responsible for the graphics Adreno 205 with support for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenVG 1.1, EGL 1.3, Direct3D Mobile, SVGT 1.2, Direct Draw and GDI.
During testing there were no major problems with performance, were observed and high speed operation and a slight delay. This is understandable since similar models with the same processor and features a higher resolution screen.
Completed Tests: Active (left), Mini, Ray (right):
Test performance: Active (above), Mini, Ray (below):
Test performance: Active:
Software platformST17 Xperia smartphone powered by Google Android OS 2.3.4, which is at present completely irrelevant as it will upgrade the next version will soon be provided. This update will be able to apply the following models: arc Xperia, Xperia PLAY, neo Xperia, Xperia Mini, Mini Pro and Xperia Xperia Active, pro Xperia, Xperia ray, Xperia neo V, S and arc Xperia Sony Ericsson Walkman live with. Update can be done wirelessly and via personal computer.
NavigationSnapdragon S2, among other things has a GPS module based on gpsOne Gen8.Start up time from "cold" start is less than one minute, while the activation during the work takes less than ten seconds. It is necessary to get used to using the "Maps".
User interface and menuTo unlock the screen it is necessary to press the "Home" and then move your finger from left to right across the image trap. Home screen interface includes a new "four corners", and each of them can be placed four signs. You can drag the menu or desktop. To delete certain tags you need to drag the Recycle Bin. Every corner you may assign any shortcuts, thereby creating a large number of copies.Total number of virtual desktops is 5 and he can not be increased.
Menu consists of 12 icons in the 4 x 3 matrix. The bottom right is the key to which when clicked activates a mode in which it is possible to move tags from one place to another or moving applications. The rest of the interface is similar to previous models. Sorting can be in alphabetical order, based on the most commonly used, the date of installation or her own way.
CallingBy clicking on the "Phone" made the call. The button is large and easy to use but when it comes to the entry that is stored contacts, these numbers are not displayed.When an incoming call, the display shows the caller's name and photo. During the conversation, it is possible to include the speaker. To add a new contact, click on the icon at the top, right side. For each entry the following information:
PhotoNameLast namePhoneE-mailA ringing signalOtherUnder the call are displayed in the caller's name, telephone number, date and type of call (incoming, outgoing, missed).
PostsTo enter text using the default Android keyboard in this model is called the "International". There are two types of keyboards: a complete and standard. The user, however, can install any downloaded from the Market.
ApplicationsThe standard set of application software for most smartphones:
Facebook. Social client network.
TrackID. It helps you find the artist and song title on the basis of short poems.
News and weather.
Quadrapop. Tetris-style game.
Monitoring data. Program oversees the transfer of data between the phone and GPRS/3G network.
Download an application. The most popular application for Sony Ericsson phones.
3D camera. New aplication which appeared in android firmware 2.3.4.Photos can be seen only on Sony Bravia TVs with 3D technology.
Xperia Hot Shots. Special application that follows the game of tennis players six known that heroines will become reality show.
Connected devices. With this application it is possible to reproduce the contents of the phone connected BRAVIA televisions and PS3 gaming console.
Wisepilot. The navigation application.
NeoReader. is a universal barcode reader that converts your mobile phone camera to scan bar codes and allows you to access mobile content over the web.
WalkMate. The program - a step counter. Easy-to-use Walk Mate Jesse aplicat activated during the day. It monitors the set of steps and the number of steps that should be completed in order to maintain daily rhythm was defined breadcrumbs.
Downloading games. The option to assume the games.
OfficeSuite. It is a tool for viewing Office documents for free. Allows you to open the following file formats: DOC, DOCX, TXT, XLS, XLSX, CSV, PPT, PPTX, PPS, ppsx and PDF files.
UEFA. official application that lets you track your football events in Europe.
Update center. Application for software updates.
Games and aplications.
Flash. This application allows you to turn the flash or LCD screen. Depending on the selected option, it may be flashing.
Manager Liveware. Enables to launch an application when connected headphones or power cord.
iMapMyFITNESS. application tracks your route, speed and stay on the road, and speed of heartbeat, thanks to ANT + technology.
Web BrowserThe device features a standard browser that works pretty fast, flash animation, and supports multi-touch. However, it is appropriate to surf the internet using such a small screen.
When the start screen displays album art, three buttons to control the player (Forwared, Backward, and Play / Pause). Under settings, there are ten preset equalizer settings (Normal, Classical, Dance, House sounding, Folk, Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop and Rock).
Speaker was very good (as with all the latest Sony Ericsson models), the sound is very clear and clean. Within the general audio settings there is an option xLOUD.This option allows you to increase volume by 20 - 30%. However, the model is poorly Xperia Active noticeable difference between enabled and disabled this feature. Also, if the phone is exposed to lead speaker will work less, but after drying it all back into place.
Sound quality through headphones is perfect, but some frequencies are too high.Otherwise, the provided headphones are not as bad as they sound, but music lovers will surely be replaced by someone else. Key is used to receive calls, exchange tracks or pause.
It has a range of 85 - 108 MHz. It supports RDS. The settings include only the option of listening through the speakers as well as searching like cells. Receiver sensitivity is good, the volume of the headphones is high.
By default, the player can play MP4 and 3GP files. When, for example, install the Dice Player, a large number of supported file types extends to MKV, AVI, H264, DivX and XviD. The maximum resolution up to 720p.
Impressionsquality of communication is high and comparable with other models Xperia range.Vibration is average, but can be felt when a device in your pocket or jacket.
Direct competitor to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Xperia Mini is Active, and the difference in price is available to the rich set of accessories.
In this last category is the Motorola Defy model sports a larger screen resolution, but the processor is weaker and does not have the ability to record HD video. Other parameters are identical.
Another smart phone like the Samsung Galaxy Xcover. Unlike ST17 SE, has a 3.65''screen. It features a 3MP camera, 800MHz processor.
By all accounts, it seems that at this point Sony Ericsson Xperia Android phone is the most affordable Active protection from water ingress and dust into the camera.
Characteristics:Class: smartphoneForm: MonoblockThe materials: plastic + shiny mineral glass across the screen, the degree of protection IP67Operating system: Google Android 2.3.4Networks: GSM / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS / HSDPA 900/2100Processor: Single Core, 1000 MHz Qualcomm MSM8255Memory: 512 MBMemory Storage: 320 MB, Memory Card 2 GBInterfaces: Wi-Fi (b / g / n /), Bluetooth 2.1 (A2DP), microUSB (USB 2.0) connector for charging / synchronization and 3.5mm headphone jackScreen: capacitive, SuperLCD 3 ", 320x480 pixels resolutionCamera: 5 with autofoksuom; video recording in 720p resolution, LED flashNavigation: GPS (gpsOne Gen8)Extras: accelerometer, proximity sensor, FM radioBattery: removable Li-Ion 1200 mAh capacityDimensions: 92 x 55 x 16.5 mmWeight: 110 grams