Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

Flick it, kick it, throw it, wet it. Drag and drop it. And watch it come back for more. The Sony Ericsson Xperia active is a survivor. The rugged smartphone has a Bravia Reality display and exchangeable covers, 1GHz of oomph and HD video, and plenty of sporty apps. It's got you - tucked under an arm strap. It goes wherever you go.

Durable smartphones are becoming an Android-exclusive niche and Sony Ericsson want in. But the Xperia active believes that an IP67-certified phone doesn't have to be all muscle and no charm.
The Xperia active is a cute little phone - the action-scene body double of the Xperia mini. Go ahead, laugh it up, Sonim. This is a phone that doesn't take much pocket space, which is a big plus in our book. And no, they don’t have to be cargo pockets either.

 The IP67-certified Xperia active is supposed to withstand water immersion in up to a meter for as long as half an hour. It's also dust-proof and shock-resistant. Before you ask, we're not going to test it to the very limit of endurance. Like we said, some real heavy duty rugged phones can sneer all they want. It's just that a compact sporty smartphone for both urban and wilderness hikes may as well have the last laugh.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 3.0" 16M-color LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480 pixels) at around 192 ppi
  • Bravia Mobile engine
  • Dust and water resistant, wet-finger tracking
  • Dual back cover design for increased protection
  • Arm case and wrist strap in the bundle
  • Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP autofocus camera, single LED flashlight, Geo-tagging, image stabilization, smile detection, touch focus
  • 720p video @ 30fps
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS, Wisepilot navigation
  • microSD slot (32GB supported, 2GB card included)
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor, notification LED
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Relevant package of apps
  • MicroUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Adobe Flash 10.3 support
  • 1200mAh Li-ion battery


 Main disadvantages

  • No secondary camera, no video calls
  • No smart dialing
  • Loudspeaker has below average performance
  • Typing is uncomfortable on the small screen
  • No DivX/XviD support
The Xperia active has the specs and looks of an Xperia mini. What you get is a full-featured smartphone with some high-end ingredients like the Reality Display, Snapdragon processor and HD video. It's a phone for an active lifestyle - it's got the proper build and the right set of apps. Sony Ericsson did not skimp on the in-box accessories either.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Details

Launch – Q3, 2011
Camera & Display
  • Camera – 5.0 Mega Pixels, Resolution 2592×1944 Pixels, Touch Focus, Geo tagging, Image Stabilization, Video, Auto focus, LED Flash, Secondary Camera
  • Screen Display – 3.0 inches, Resolution 320×480 Pixels
  • Color – LED backlit LCD Capacitive TouchScreen with 16M Colors
Special Features
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
  • Bravia Mobile engine
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Multi-touch input method
  • Digital compass
  • Touch sensitive controls
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Scratch-resistant display
  • Flashlight
  • Timescape UI
  • Audio, Video Recorder & Playback
  • MP3, MP4 Player
  • MP3 Ring tones, Vibration
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Downloadable Games
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Speaker Phone
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, G-Talk
Message Support
  • SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email
  • Instant Messaging
  • Predictive text input
  • Connectivity Options – Bluetooth, Micro USB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS
  • Data Modes – 3G, GPRS, EDGE, HTML Internet Browsing
  • Internal Memory – 320 MB, 2GB Included
  • Expandable Memory- 32GB Micro/SD Card slot
  • Phone Book – Unlimited Contacts with Photo call
  • Call Records – Unlimited
Battery Power
  • 1200 mAh Li-Ion Standard Battery
  • Battery Life – 2G: 351 hours, 3G: 335 hours
  • Battery Talk Time – 2G: 4.53 hours, 3G: 5.31 hours
  • Music Play – 25 hours
Mobile Size and Looks
  • Size – 92 x 55 x 16.5 mm
  • Weight – 110.8 grams
  • Body Colors – Black/White, Orange/Black

Specifications of Sony Ericsson Xperia Active :

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 1900 / 2100 / 800
Announced 2011, June
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2011, Q3
Size Dimensions 92 x 55 x 16.5 mm
Weight 110.8 g
Display Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.0 inches
Others - Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Bravia Mobile engine
- Multi-touch input method
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Touch sensitive controls
- Scratch-resistant display
- Timescape UI
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 320 MB storage
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB included
Data GPRS Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592?1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Touch-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization
Video Yes, 720p, video light
Secondary Yes
Features OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
CPU 1GHz Scorpion processor
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes
Colors Orange/Black, White/Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Others - Dust and water resistant
- Flashlight
- Digital compass
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- TrackID music recognition
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input
Battery Type Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh
Stand-by Up to 351 h (2G) / Up to 335 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 4 h 53 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 31 min (3G)
Music play Up to 25 h