Sony is making a lot of noise about its four screens strategy -- which is business speak for "we're making TVs, laptops, tablets and smart phones now". This means it's pushing integration between the devices. For instance, if you own a Sony TV, you can use the Xperia S as a remote control. The S also has an HDMI port to hook up to a TV, and when you do so, a launcher pops up letting you play media from your phone on the big screen. Personally, I've never felt the urge to plug my mobile into a TV, but you could rent or buy a film on the Xperia S and watch it up big, should you so desire.
Of course, all these screens need content to fly -- and that's where the Sony Entertainment Network comes in, underpinning the hardware with a generous back catalogue of music, films, TV shows and games, Sony services being pimped on the Xperia iphone case naruto S include its Music Unlimited subscription service, which offers a catalogue of more than 10 million songs for either £4 or £10 per month, and its Video Unlimited shop for buying or renting film and TV shows, Sony's PlayNow Arena app store is also pre-loaded, just in case you felt underserved by the thousands of apps on Google Play, And for books, you're pushed in the direction of the Google Books service..
All these options for accessing media mean the Xperia S isn't the most streamlined of creatures, but you certainly can't complain that there isn't enough stuff to stick on your phone. The design of the Sony Xperia S stands out thanks to a striking transparent plastic strip near the base of what is otherwise a fairly standard-issue black (or white) slab. Sony has added a clutch of similarly stripped handsets to its Xperia range -- including the Xperia P and the Xperia U -- so the clear strip (or "transparent element" as Sony likes to call it) is no longer unique to the S.
To my eye, this strip has the look of a marketing exercise -- it exists to solve the "how can we make our slab phones stand out from all the other slab phones?" conundrum, It's confusing as it looks as if it houses the back, home and iphone case naruto menu keys, because it contains the symbols for them locked inside its clear plastic heart, But you don't actually press on the strip to activate any of these functions, Instead you need to press the three touch-key dots above each symbol, It's inelegant to say the least, especially as the touch keys aren't always super-reactive and seem to require perfect finger placement to work..
The strip does function as an indicator -- pulsing with white light when there's an incoming call. But it's so subtle you'll hardly notice it unless you're in a darkened room. It also lights up when you're swiping around the home screens but there doesn't seem much logic to when it glows. It's a case of surface glitz over functional substance. The handset is a solid slab, with squared-off sides and a convex back that rests easily on the palm when you're not using the device for making calls. However, the slabby shape is an ergonomic nightmare when you hold it up to your ear for long periods -- certainly if you have small hands like me. After 10 minutes on the phone I was getting finger cramps.
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