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Sony Xperia S LT26i-BK Unlocked Phone with 12 MP Camera, Android 2.3 OS, Dual-Core Processor, and 4.3-Inch Touchscreen--U.S. Warranty (Black)

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  • 4.3-Inch Reality Display with HD Resolution (1280 x 720)
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (4.0 ICS Upgrade Q2 2012)
  • DLNA, Wi-FI, Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity
  • Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 15.16 inches, 6.34 inches, 8.23 inches
  • Weight: 6.24 ounces
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 7.3 hours
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 450 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

The Sony Xperia S (also known as the Xperia HD or Nozomi) is the first device to be released under the Sony brand. Featuring a range of new features, the Xperia S is a handset that offers the latest in convergence technology.Debuting Sony’s ‘Iconic Identity’ design approach, the Xperia S sports a look that is instantly recognisable across all of the Xperia NXT series. A transparent element at the base of the phone creates an iconic silhouette, emphasizing and underlining the display. The element also integrates the phone’s antenna component and creates illumination effects. The Xperia S is the most powerful Sony handset released to date, featuring a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. While there is no MicroSD slot, there is 32GB of internal storage and, with cloud storage becoming ever more important, we may see an offer similar to Box’s 50GB of free storage for Sony Ericsson devices that is currently available.

From the Manufacturer

Experience thrills. In HD.

First day of the summer. Last day at the beach. Memories may fade, but the Sony Xperia S smartphone keeps them bright. Share the moment and video chat in HD.

Or record it all in full HD video. View in razor-sharp clarity on the stunning 4.3 inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Want more? Simply plug your Xperia S into your TV’s HDMI port and enjoy your content on a bigger screen.

Experience now. With lightning-fast capture.

A single key press takes you from sleep to snap in just over a second. With the 12 MP camera of Xperia S, you’ll never miss another shot again. And you can keep on shooting. No delays, no missing the subject. Low light? No worries. The Exmor R for Mobile camera sensor lightens up any gloomy day. Then share your pictures on a big screen. A single swipe on the display, and you can enjoy them on your tablet, TV or laptop via DLNA.

Experience winning. On an Android smartphone.

Xperia S is a PlayStation Certified smartphone, giving you a high quality mobile gaming experience. Enjoy a wide range of games on the fantastic HD display. Or easily connect to your TV and play on the big screen. Boredom is not an option.

Experience bliss. Sony Entertainment Network – anytime, anywhere.

Download a movie from Video Unlimited. Connect your smartphone to your TV and the TV launcher pops up automatically. Enjoy millions of songs from Music Unlimited. It’s all on Sony Entertainment Network and found with a common sign-on ID and digital wallet through your smartphone.

It’s the perfect fit for a life full of entertainment.

Key Features

  • Google Android 2.3, upgradeable to 4.0
  • 4.3-inch 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • Fast 12MP camera with Exmor R for mobile image sensor
  • 1.5 GHz dual core processor
  • PlayStation Certified
  • HDMI and DLNA

    Vital Statistics

    The Xperia S weighs 5.08 ounces and measures 5.04 x 2.52 x 0.42 inches.

    Android Gingerbread Operating System

    Android Gingerbread

    The Xperia S runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread). It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

    Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

    A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

    The Xperia S also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through the Google Play store, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

    Google Integration
    • Google Play store for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
    • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
    • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
    • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

    Unlocked Phone

    This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider. It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider.

    This phone can be paired with 800/850/1800/1900 MHz UMTS/HSPA 3G networks in the United States (as well as 900/2100 MHz 3G networks found around the world, including in Europe and Asia). In areas not served by a 3G network, you'll continue to receive 2G data service via the EDGE network (depending on network compatibility).

    Note that the downloading of maps, games, music and videos and uploading of images and videos involves transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission, and the availability of particular services and features may vary by carrier.

    This phone comes with a full manufacturer's warranty (1-year).

Product Information

Product Dimensions 15.2 x 6.3 x 8.2 inches
Item Weight 6.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 1261-1875
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By Artyom Ivanov on November 2, 2012
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I own this product for about 2 months. I am quite happy with this phone. Yes, I love Sony and I always support them. This phone is battle tested during my 2 tours to China)

This phone has distinctive design and it's not Iphone that everybody around you has. Xperia S lies perfectly in hand, it's easier to hold than Iphone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S2. This phone is good for mens hands. This phone uses Micro SIM only. Comes with preinstalled screen protector.

Great sound quality for calls, nice selection of ringtones (some of them are very unusual). Display is also topnotch. Colors look more natural than on Iphone 4S and Galaxy S2. Camera makes good shots during outdoor sessions but a bit noiser in low light conditions. Still it's very good camera. I used this phone once to shoot a rock show, results were far from perfect. Sound was very messy.

There are plenty of apps for this phone. I have downloaded Amazon mobile which works perfectly. Also I have some other apps - Topface, Russian "Vkontakte" app and others. Gmail is very well made - it's easy to compose a letter, you can search thru your e-mails. My only gripe is about calculator - there are no M+, M- and MR buttons, which are very useful. Shame on you Sony! Anyway you can download free calculator from Google Play. Social networking is very convinient. I have even downloaded one game - "Wind-up Knight" which looks good and fun to play.

I have never ran out of the juice completely but I can tell that usage of photo camera and Wi-Fi takes a lot of power. I am not big fan of smartphone gaming (I have PS Vita for gaming) that's why I can't comment on power consumption in games. All in all you can use it up to 3 days without recharging if you don't use much of Wi-Fi and camera.

Another solid effort from Sony. Get well guys!)
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If/when you decide to buy this phone, ensure that you have a -----> MICRO <----- SIM card, not a regular sized one. Either I missed this spec entirely or it was never mentioned, just beware. Aside from that hiccup, the phone is freaking awesome.
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Very impressed with the phone, I couldn't imagine someone being dissatisfied with getting this phone. Huge screen, awesome resolution, excellent camera, battery last even longer than expected.
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After going through several Samsung, Nokia and HTC phones and managing to break almost every single one of them, I decided to shake things up a bit and buy the sleek, attractive Sony Xperia S.

- Ease of use. I bought this phone unlocked and it was incredibly easy to set up with AT&T. I just brought it into one of the stores and they set everything up at no charge. Beware that the SIM card required is a micro-SIM card, so you will need to get this changed out if you're going to use AT&T. I've heard that they sometimes charge, but they didn't charge me anything when I went in. The nice lady at the store also warned me that the internet sometimes doesn't work with unlocked phones, but this one works just fine.

-Battery life. This phone has the longest battery life of any smartphone I've ever used. I expected it to be around 70% at least by the end of the day, but my charge never dropped below 85%. Of course I use the power saver feature to dim the backlighting and an app killer to keep the running programs down, but with just those two things I was able to preserve my battery for at least two days before I needed to charge it. And that's including dozens of text messages, some light Wi-Fi use and feature-browsing. It also charges very quickly.

-Attractive. I love the clear illuminated bar on the bottom. I have gotten several comments on how nice and different this phone looks. The display screen is bright, colorful and most importantly, shatter-resistant. Of course I bought a screen protector as soon as I could because I'm klutz. Also, the Android OS WILL automatically upgrade when you turn on either the data internet or Wi-Fi. It updated just fine for me and I have all of the apps and games I want on it.

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I love this phone, so much that I'm considering getting a back up when my current one fails one day. =)
It's so not main stream - everybody has a Galaxy, iPhone, HTC... nobody I know has a Sony phone, let alone THIS Sony phone. =)

The design is unique, it looks sleek and elegant, yet it is sturdy - not one to easily break because it's so thin. It fits my hand perfectly. I like the way the screen goes all the way up to the edge of the phone and that the home/back buttons are "hidden" - just 3 little dots lined up at the bottom, don't take up any room on your screen. The little light bar at the bottom is neat. Gives it a slight retro feel.

It's fast, has a ton of features, lots of nifty little SONY gadgets and it can be upgraded to Jelly Bean. The camera is fairly decent. Not perfect but it does the job. There are a ton of settings for the camera function which makes it interesting to play with.

Battery usage is good, compared to others. I can go 2 days without having to charge it, and I text a fair bit. Bright backlight, running apps in background, activated WiFi and GPS will drain the battery, though.

I got the unlocked version because I hate the idea of being tied to a provider. This means freedom to take my phone wherever I please. Just as they do over in Europe where it's unheard of to have your call phone locked to a service provider. It's currently working with AT&T via micro SIM card.

I would recommend this phone without hesitation.
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