Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Android smartphone
Ticks a lot of boxes
In the picture
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.