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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

alaTest has collected and analyzed 695 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and usability. The screen and design also get good reviews. There are some critical comments about the features.

responsiveness, design, screen, usability, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Review


An Android-exclusive feature - rugged smartphones have literally been riding the wave, since the launch of the Motorola Defy that packed quite a punch or two in it's IP67 certified shield. This year, more competitors, like the Xperia Active, the Defy+...

The Xperia Active is priced at Rs. 19,500 (MRP) and the increasing difference between the Rupee and Dollar is taking its toll on the pricing of smartphones as well. We're mentioning this because just a few days back, the market operating price for the...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia active review: The Rainmaker


Flick it, kick it, throw it, wet it. Drag and drop it. And watch it come back for more. The Sony Ericsson Xperia active is a survivor. The rugged smartphone has a Bravia Reality display and exchangeable covers, 1GHz of oomph and HD video, and plenty of...

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support ; 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; 3.0" 16M-color LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480 pixels) at around 192 ppi ; Bravia Mobile engine ; Dust and water resistant, wet-finger...

No secondary camera, no video calls ; No smart dialing ; Loudspeaker has below average performance ; Typing is uncomfortable on the small screen ; No DivX/XviD support

Durable smartphones are becoming an Android-exclusive niche and Sony Ericsson want in. But the Xperia active believes that an IP67-certified phone doesn't have to be all muscle and no charm

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Sony Ericsson Xperia active Review


Smart and rugged, two words that don't tend to go together all that often, especially when it comes to phones. A light to moderate encounter with the floor would pretty much wipe out the majority of smartphones out there and as for the rugged-phone...


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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Review


Made for the outdoors.

Water resistant, Dust proof, Hot swappable microSD

Small screen, Power/unlock button, Camera can be sluggish, No front facing camera

Included in the box is a microUSB cable, charger, earphones with mic and call/end button, ear hooks, manuals, wrist strap and an armband. A microSD card might also be in the retail package but my review phone did not come with one nor did it come with...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active review


The idea of tougher, water-resistant electronics is nothing new, but this year we've seen rugged smartphones becoming increasingly more mainstream. Motorola has had a go at this type of produc...

We’d have liked it to be a bit thinner, though, and we’re sure there will be some who would like to see a rugged phone with a more generous display size. But Sony Ericsson has delivered something of a first when it comes to tough, water-resistant...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Reviewed


Need an Android smart phone? How about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active? It may be just the phone that you are looking for, especially if you are an active person. Read the review to find out if you think the Active is for you.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is a great smart phone for individuals who have an active lifestyle. Thanks to its water and dust proof exterior and additional sport related applications the Active smartphone will be one of the top Android phones on...

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Hands on the Sony Ericsson Xperia active


Today, we took at look at the upcoming Android phone Xperia active from Sony Ericsson at it's press event held just hours ago. At first glance, it looks like the Xperia Mini with the 4 corner button interface. Well interface looks alike but the stand...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active - Android Training Buddy


The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is no ordinary phone - it is dust proof and water resistant. You can operate the phone even when the screen or your fingers are wet. Here's our quick take on the fitness-orientated Android smartphone.

Good battery lifeWell-built deviceValue for money

Small screenAverage specs

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Amazon review summary for Sony Ericsson Xperia Active


alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia Active from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

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67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson ST17a-BKO Xperia Active Android Unlocked Smartphone with 5MP Camera, Touchscreen, WiFi, GPS - US Warranty - Black/OrangeSony Ericsson ST17a-BKW Xperia Active Android Unlocked Smartphone with 5MP Camera, Touchscreen, WiFi, GPS - US Warranty - Black/WhiteSony Ericsson ST17i Xperia Active Android Unlocked Smartphone with 5MP Camera, Touchscreen, WiFi, GPS - International Warranty - Black/Orange

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xperia active


Very small, fast, excellent screen

Thought it came with arm band and wrist strap. I went back and checked and the picture doesn't show those two things. My mistake

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operator:Sim Free
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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