Sony Xperia S v Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

In this video we take a look at the Sony Xperia S against the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the phone from which the Xperia S has evolved. 

Sony Ericsson is becoming part of Sony

Ok, so this has been well documented in the press already, but Sony Ericsson have sent out an email to customers confirming that they are becoming part of Sony, and promoting heavily the Xperia S, the first ‘Sony’ branded handset.

What is interesting is that Steve Walker, Chief Marketing Officer says that in the future we can expect more leading edge Sony capabilities and easier connectivity to other products and improvements across multiple screens.

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Sony SmartWatch

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Sony/Sony Ericsson has announced the SmartWatch, an Android watch that connects to your Sony phone via Bluetooth and keeps you updated and your hands free.

An evolution of the LiveView the SmartWatch allows you to catch up on tweets, text and emails as well as see who is calling you and more.

Scratch and splash proof the multi-touch display feels like a normal watch on your wrist, but it is just a bit more intelligent.

Specialised apps allow you to customise it to do more for you and make it more personal.

Understand how it works by watching the promotional video below:

Compatible phones include the Xperia Arc S and the just announced Xperia S.

Sony Xperia S

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has kicked off in the USA and there has been a whole host of announcements already.  We will brig you news of the major announcements, the first of which is the Sony Xperia S.

You notice the lack of ‘Ericsson’ in the name?  This is because the Xperia S is set to be the first Sony branded smartphone.

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My word, smartphones have changed

I have been a battle-hardened iPhone user for some time, hardened by poor battery life, software glitches and some bizarre faults on the new iPhone 4S. And still I battle on in the belief that it is the best smartphone of them all, like so many others do.

A parcel arrived today containing 4 Android smartphones; the Experia Arc S, Motorola RAZR, Google Nexus and HTC Sensation XE and my eyes opened up wider than they have for some time. These phones are not like the iPhone; they are impossibly thin, have large screens and don’t feel like phones at all. It is not possible for phones to be this way.

How can a phone that is a sliver of technology do so much in such a small space? How can it have such a large screen and still feel pocketable and tough? I don’t get it. These phones are not like the iPhone at all, the phone that millions proclaim to be the second coming, yet they are somehow years ahead in terms of design. They feel like 2012 and in my eyes the iPhone is suddenly relegated back a few years to a design that does not fit in the same micro-generation.

Hardware counts for a lot and is incredibly important in all aspects of smartphone ownership. Every time you use your smartphone, the hardware makes or breaks the experience. It is responsible for the quality of music, video, photos and everything else. But if you can have something extra and house it all in the latest possible housing and make it feel magical, why not?

For hardware alone, that parcel of Android goodness has opened my eyes to what else is out there and it is a lot more creative, sleek and beautiful than I originally thought.

5 x FREE Movies and 90 Days Music Unlimited

Sony Ericsson are really pushing out some fantastic deals at the moment and the latest is 5 x FREE blockbuster movies and 90 days access to Music Unlimited.

If you have/do purchase a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia arc S, Xperia Neo V, Xperia Active or Live with Walkman handsets between the 1/11/2011 and the 31/01/2012 and you live in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the United Kingdom you are eligible for this offer.

CLICK HERE to find out more.

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Make your smartphone do more – Sony Ericsson LiveDock

With the Sony Ericsson Xperia LiveDock, you can make your Xperia smartphone do a lot more for you.

Use your device as a media hub.  Play movies, view photos, browse the web and much more with the following setup.

Android 4.0–March/April for Sony Ericsson Xperia Phones

If you are like me and just cant wait until you can get Ice Cream Sandwich on your Xperia device then you better find something else to ocupy your mind for a time as it wont be until late March/early April that us Sony Ericsson Xperia users will get the joy of Android 4.0.

The benefits:

- Any bugs should have been found and rectified

- Sony Ericsson should have had plenty of time to get it all right and roll it out quickly

The drawbacks:

- It is a long time to wait and new hardware will most likely be out!

Either way I know and I am sure you do, that its not just that simply to update a phone.  Endless scenarios and certifications have to be passed and completed etc.

Read the full statement from the Sony Ericsson Blog below:

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Sony Ericsson Xperia LiveDock Demonstration

The following video demonstrates the Sony Ericsson Xperia LiveDock and how it works with your Sony Ericsson smartphone.

Sony Ericsson Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans

It is as if they planned the announcement but just after Motorola announced their upgrade plans in more detail, Sony Ericsson have now come out with more details on their process.

The long and the short of it is that they are saying we are working on the upgrade to the phones and will bring it to you as soon as possible.

However it goes into a little more depth to explain the processes behind the scenes and why it takes longer than any of us would like.

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