The Xperia S runs Android Gingerbread but Sony says it will get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich in the not-too-distant future. It's due in "early Q2", so it's probably around a month away. I did notice a few glitches with the software -- and Sony says it is still "ironing out some final bugs" -- so there should be another release that's more stable. In the meantime, you get Android 2.3 with some unwelcome additions in the form of Sony's Timescape software and other ugly promo widgets shouting at you to GET FILMS while wasting precious space on the phone's five home screens.
Fortunately, you can delete these widgets and add useful stuff in their place so it's pretty easy to side-step most of Sony's add-ons, Its Timescape social plug-in is especially clumsy, filling an entire home screen with Facebook and/or Twitter info, depending on what you hook up to the phone, but it only manages to fit two tweets worth of info into the space, There's a 3D panes overview of your social stream that can be fired up, This fills the screen with a scrollable stack of updates, There's no end to the number you can flip through but the stack of defender series pro modular case for apple iphone 7 plus - black panes is so ugly it gives me eye-ache, Thankfully, it's easy enough to avoid..
Ugly 3D widgets seem to be a theme as Sony has also added a 3D photo viewer on another of the home screens, which lets you flick through snaps stored on your phone in one endlessly shuffling pack. Again, it looks like something dredged up from a badly drawn marketing flyer. The good news is you can consign it to the digital dustbin and forget it was ever ruining your HD view. Phew. The first great smartphone of 2015. Beautiful and bold..with complications. The new no-compromise MacBook. A stellar on-ear headphone.
Crave-worthy curves for a premium price, The Good Very high-res screen; Fast dual-core chip; Good camera, The Bad Needs an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich; Clunky handset design; No microSD card slot, The Bottom Line The Sony Xperia S has an undeniably gorgeous HD screen, high-quality audio, defender series pro modular case for apple iphone 7 plus - black an impressive camera and plenty of clout, But it's let down by clunky handset design and software that could be more streamlined, Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic, We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read, Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion..
That's the read from T-Mobile USA Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman, who spoke yesterday at an event hosted by Geekwire. It's a surprising statement because T-Mobile--along with rivals such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless--still relies heavily on subsidies to drive customer growth. But T-Mobile, more than its rivals, has experimented with no-contract, no-subsidy options, including a monthly payment plan for phones. Currently, the company's prepaid growth is the only thing offsetting the losses it continues to take on the contract end. Brodman said if he were "king for a day," he would abolish subsidies.
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