The Sony Xperia S has just landed in its pure, unlocked, and unadulterated form. Onboard are a fresh update to Android 4.0, a 12-megapixel camera, and apps for downloading media from Sony's entertainment library.
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A smooth back
On back of the Sony Xperia S are its 12-megapixel camera and LED flash. The phone's smooth back doesn't have much ornamentation save for the clear band that wraps around the entire base of the device.
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Light and magic
Here's a closer look at the clear bar that runs around the Sony Xperia S' base. Inside are icons for Android functions that aren't actual buttons. In fact, the capacitive keys, little dots, sit above them and are tough to see, let alone press.
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Turn it up
The Sony Xperia S' right side holds a dedicated power button, volume control, and HDMI port.
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The HDTV connection
Hidden under a flap on the Sony Xperia S' left side is its HDMI port for outputting video to HDTVs.
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Power and audio
On the top edge of the Sony Xperia S are a power button and 3.5mm headphone jack.
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Sealed under a flap on the Sony Xperia S' left side is its Micro-USB port.
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Battery not removable
The Sony Xperia S uses a 1,700mAh battery that is not removable.
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Camera settings aplenty
The Xperia's 12-megapixel camera has lots of scene modes and capture functions.
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A simple keyboard
The Sony Xperia S offers a basic virtual keyboard that doesn't have many frills but is easy to type with.
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Sony Video Unlimited
Sony adds its Sony Video Unlimited app to the Sony Xperia S, offering movies and TV shows for rental or purchase.
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Sony Music Unlimited
Tapping into the vast Sony Music library, the Music Unlimited app streams music and playlists for online and offline viewing.