Today, Sony announced the availability of its another phone – the Sony Xperia Advance. The phone is contract free, so you don’t need to sign up any long term contract, and unlocked meaning that the phone is compatible with any GSM carrier, such as AT&T or T-Mobile in the US.
The dust-proof and water-resistant Sony Xperia Advance loaded with 3.5-inch touch screen, dual-core processor, 8 GB memory and Android 2.3 can be purchased today from Newegg for $249.99, and from Amazon starting at $246.76.
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Do not expect any top shelf device for this price, because the Sony Xperia Advance does not offer anything out of this world, but to be honest the specs are not too bad. One major plus is that the phone has IP67 certification, which means that it is dust and water proof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes and scratch resistant, making it the perfect phone for field trips.
The Xperia Advance packs a relatively small screen, which is only 3.5 inches (480 x 320 pixels) measured diagonally, but since it is Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine capacitive touch screen with wet finger tracking and anti-reflection coating on mineral glass you should not complain too much.
The Advance is powered by a dual-core 1GHz NovaThor U8500 Cortex-A9 processor with a Mail-400 GPU for graphics and 512 MB of RAM to complete the picture. There is 8 GB of internal memory, with approximately 4 GB available to the user, and since the phone has a microSD card slot, the storage capacity can be expanded up to 32 GB, with another 50 GB in Box added as a bonus by Sony.
As every smartphone manufacturer nowadays, the Xperia Advance also has a camera. It is a 5 megapixel shooter with LED flash, auto focus, 16x digital zoom, 3D sweep panorama, face and smile detection and HD video recording (720p). With all these functions you will be able to capture every important moment and share it with anyone you wish.
The Sony Xperia Advance runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, which is probably the biggest disappointment since this particular version of the operating system is old and outdated to put it mildly. Luckily, Sony promises update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and we are keeping fingers crossed that it will happen any time soon. The phone comes preloaded with several Google apps, for example Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, as well as other apps, like Document viewer, Micoach, Walk Mate, SensMe, Twitter and Facebook.
The Advance allows synchronization with Exchange ActiveSync and Google Sync, and has DLNA, Bluetooth v. 3.1 and Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
Since the Sony Xperia Advance is available SIM free in the US, it should cooperate well with any GSM carrier you choose for talk and , but it seems that with some you may experience minor data problems. For example it will work with just fine AT&T’s 3G HSPA network, but on T-Mobile it will support only 2G.
Other features of the Xperia Advance include: WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, HTML5, Adobe Flash, stereo FM radio with RDS, music player with xLOUD Experience (audio filter technology from Sony) 3D surround sound and TrackID music recognition, Noise Suppression, handwriting recognition, motion gaming, aGSP, native USB tethering, USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support. It comes in three color versions: white, yellow and black.