We were told the Xperia Active was a phone for the sporting masses, so when we got or hands on it we thought it would be a rubberised monster and we must say we were surprised when we received what seemed like a little phone is one of the best Android phone contracts on offer.
In fact the Xperia Active though small surprised us again when we put out hands on it. It felt very sturdy, in no way hindered by the soft but sturdy soft rubber back and also very slim – not something conducive with sturdiness – though it still feels it.
The phone is a nice device in the hand and we were more impressed again when it turned out to be water resistant and dust proof – two ticks for those that don’t adventure further from the local to be honest, but especially useful for sporting types like ourselves.
The Active also can track wet fingers across its 3inch screen and comes loaded with a number of preloaded fitness applications such as heart rate measures and other apps such as barometers and digital compasses for those very serious about their sport.
This all worked very well and the Sony Ericsson contracts uses its Android 2.3 operating system to ensure that you are offered a smooth and fast use of these applications. We also found the other applications such as the friend’s apps and the usual ones we find on Sony phones also worked a dream. This was in every part thanks to the nice speedy 1GHz processor, which we found more than capable in the device.
The phone also comes with some quite elementary kit such as a 5mp camera capable of HD recording and 3 inch screen that is 320x480p and a 1200mAH battery which keeps the phone going for the best part of a day, or in fact a very long run – though this is harder on it if all connections such as GPS are turned on.
The device also came with an arm pouch to ensure the phone was safely attached via Velcro to your arm when you ran, as well as a detachable ear hook, a wrist wrap ad a soft back cover for protection and also for grip.
The phone was quite impressive it must be said, a great device for sporting users and a quite good phone for all other use.