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The processor is a single core 1GHz model, but performed very well, nipping through the apps at speed with nary a hint of lag. Benchmarking tests even ranked it a little ahead of the similarly spec'd Arc. As usual, Sony Ericsson has put its own stamp on the Android UI, with a distinctive array of icons and some pretty good widgets, notably TimeScape, which pulls together all your social networking feeds into a single stream.
An 8.1Mp stills shooter but being a single core CPU, it offers only 720p video capture
With both Wi-Fi broadband connection and 3G, browsing is fast. Very fast, in fact, with pages rendering quickly along with sharp and clear text. The browser supports Flash video too, so you can see pretty much all you need to on the web.
The 8.1Mp camera has more trickle down technology from the Arc, with its Exmor R CMOS sensor, a further trickle down from Sony's dedicated cameras. Starts up is swift – about three seconds – and into the bargain you get an LED flash, autofocus and smile detection. Picture quality is very high overall, with sharp, well-defined edges and fairly accurate colour balance. You don’t need ideal lighting conditions to get some decent pics either.
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"The Neo’s single core processor means you’re limited to 720p HD video recording rather than going the whole 1080p"
Actually, modern smartphones are built using SoCs (System-on-chip) that incorporate multiple specialised chips for things like audio/image/video encode/decode. The ARM application processor (the single core you're referring too) will rarely be called upon to do 720p or 1080p encode, however many cores it has, as in most cases it's not possible and in any case it would drain your battery in no time.
When giving the specs for smartphone chips, publications usually (over)simplify things and just spout the frequency and number of ARM cores, but that is only a very small part of the performance story.
Saying it won't do 1080p video because it's rubbish is far more accurate.
Who cares anyway, the video may be high res but the quality will still be pretty poor.
Screen and Camera Issues
I have had the Neo for around 10 days and the photo quality is not as it's cracked up to be. There are some very noticeable artifacting due to overzealous compression on the phone which cannot be disabled. There is also a very noticeable flickering of the screen in poor light due to an over sensitive auto-brightness sensor directly above the screen. How that was missed is anyone's guess.