Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Android smartphone

Ticks a lot of boxes

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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 hog, but its impressive looking nonetheless. As with the Arc, but not the Play – SE’s logic isn’t always apparent in these matters – the HDMI output allows you to view hi-res video and games on your TV. That said, you’ll need to supply your own HDMI cable. During tests, it worked a treat – simply plug and play.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

Music sounds pretty good from the supplied headphones, which not always a given for earphone freebies. There’s also a ten-setting equaliser, plus the option to search the web for related videos for each of your tracks.

There’s 1GB of on-board storage, but before you get too excited, only around 320MB of it is user accessible. An 8GB micro SD card is supplied and you can beef that up to 32GB. The battery offered no surprises, delivering just about a day of fairly heavy use, so pretty much par for the course.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

Visually appealing, aurally sound and nifty with it

Verdict

The Xperia Neo has much of the cool technology sported by Sony Ericsson’s top-notch Xperia Arc but at a fraction of the price. It’s not as slim, but if you can put up with the bulk, it’s really a bit of a bargain. ®

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Android smartphone

Mid-range Android handset with a 3.7in screen, 8.1Mp camera and an HDMI output.
Price: £370 RRP