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Old June 5th, 2012, 06:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How are you all liking your XS now that you've had it for a bit?
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Old June 5th, 2012, 07:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm loving my sxs, great screen and camera, the only draw back for me would be the battery life especially if your stuck on UK generic .67 but a simple flash of the firmware solves it
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Old June 5th, 2012, 08:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm pretty happy with my battery life actually, last till the end of the day, camera is amazing
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Now that I eventually have an XS with NO yellow tint I am really enjoying it. The thing I like most is that beautiful screen and secondly the look of the device.

I have no regrets, even though there are some other good phones out there.
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Yep the camera is great, and the screen is gorgeous, at the moment I'm well happy with the sxs I don't think that there is another device that I would trade it in for at the moment.

And I think once we have ics this will be one great device.
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My only real gripe is the locked bootloader as after having my X10 for 2 years and rooting it within days of the devs on xda cracking it I feel like this phone is only reaching half of its true potential... Meh...
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My only real gripe is the locked bootloader as after having my X10 for 2 years and rooting it within days of the devs on xda cracking it I feel like this phone is only reaching half of its true potential... Meh...
Yes, I agree with that. I'd certainly like to root my phone in order to get more control over it.

I'm also disappointed that Sony's customer services lived down to my expectations when dealing with my yellow blotched screen, though this was eventually corrected satisfactorily.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 12:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I am able to root my phone, but tbh I don't really feel the need to which can't be said for my old ohinr, the Desire.

The UI is pretty basic, unlike my Desire that had Sense, I don't run out of space for applications unlike my Desire.
Battery lasts me the full day and to the night so all in all, I don't feel the need to root.
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For me rooting will let me use the six axis app that will allow me to plug the phone into the TV via hdmi and play some of the great games on this phone, and use things like systyl config and sd booster plus it allows avast security to do all the stuff that protects scum bags so called civil right...
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As for me, I would like to be able to do things like
* activate / deactivate GPS via Tasker
* Maximise the amount of data that can be backed up with My Backup Pro
* run an ad blocker
* etc...

... which can all only be done with root.


I'd also like a customised recovery that will enable nandroid backups.

I'm not yet sure whether I'd want to run custom ROMs, though will be interested to see what CM9 offers over and above Sony's ICS offering (when that eventually materialises).
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All of the above....,

To be honest my X10 was rooted for 2 years and I've forgotten most of what required root to work but the phone just feels locked up...
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You can't activate gps via Tasker? I've not tried but I thought you could.
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Does anyone know if I buy this in July whether it would come with ICS pre-installed or whether I'd still have to upgrade the firmware myself?
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You would have to update yourself I'd imagine
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You can't activate gps via Tasker? I've not tried but I thought you could.
No, with unrooted Gingerbread, Tasker can only take you to the location settings screen if you set an action to toggle GPS.
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I'm still enjoying my XS, after a swapping it out (mine had yellow screen tinge + had stopped running) with Sony direct and buying a very nice Imak case I am very happy still, yeah sure the SGS3 is out now but I've not encountered or expect to a app/game that requires that much power, I'm waiting expectantly for ICS, maybe that's what Sony are announcing next week?
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After having iPhones for the last 3yrs I moved to the awesome specs of the SXS.
No regrets, love everything!! (After a few days converting to Android OS)
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I've just got my XS to replace my (stolen) Desire S running CM9 (ICS).

Picked this device in part for its distinctive stand out appearance (much the same reason I did for the Tablet S). It does feel s little clunky in the hand, though sure I'll get use to it - but build quality feels way over & above the S3.

Thought I would miss ICS more than I do - though looking forward to getting it back in next few weeks hopefully!

Bit annoyed with the level of un-uninstallable pre-installed apps - managed to get rid of a few of them like the sat nav software - but can't get rid of officesuite viewer - even though i've installed OfficeSuite Pro!

Overall though - very happy so far.
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Its got boring quickly. No support from Sony whatsoever. I want a galaxy S3.
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Its got boring quickly. No support from Sony whatsoever. I want a galaxy S3.
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What didn't you like?
The way the camera decides not to focus for no apparent reason. The way the facebook app won't show the picture you click on. The amount of bloatware. The way GoLauncher (to avoid the bloatware) constantly freezes and/or goes back to the home screen for no reason. I'm sure there's more I've forgotten right now.

And like I said, the way Sony doesn't seem even slightly bothered in supporting it. I don't care about the Xperia U/P, I just want ICS for the 400 device I bought, which on the box has an ICS logo and quotes "ICS upgreadable". Yes, but when.
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The way the camera decides not to focus for no apparent reason. The way the facebook app won't show the picture you click on. The amount of bloatware. The way GoLauncher (to avoid the bloatware) constantly freezes and/or goes back to the home screen for no reason. I'm sure there's more I've forgotten right now.

And like I said, the way Sony doesn't seem even slightly bothered in supporting it. I don't care about the Xperia U/P, I just want ICS for the 400 device I bought, which on the box has an ICS logo and quotes "ICS upgreadable". Yes, but when.
Agree with all the above, except the GoLauncher bit. I use GoLauncher, and it behaves perfectly for me. I guess there is some kind of conflict with one of your other apps, or maybe some corrupt data somewhere. Have you tried uninstalling / reinstalling it?
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Agree with all the above, except the GoLauncher bit. I use GoLauncher, and it behaves perfectly for me. I guess there is some kind of conflict with one of your other apps, or maybe some corrupt data somewhere. Have you tried uninstalling / reinstalling it?
Yep, it only does it when I'm typing a text using GoMessenger. At any other time, it's fine.
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The only actual Sony issue there is there is the camera focusing and tbh for me, that's rare
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The way the camera decides not to focus for no apparent reason. The way the facebook app won't show the picture you click on. The amount of bloatware. The way GoLauncher (to avoid the bloatware) constantly freezes and/or goes back to the home screen for no reason. I'm sure there's more I've forgotten right now.

And like I said, the way Sony doesn't seem even slightly bothered in supporting it. I don't care about the Xperia U/P, I just want ICS for the 400 device I bought, which on the box has an ICS logo and quotes "ICS upgreadable". Yes, but when.
Camera issue is there but is rare for me, the Facebook app issue is the same for all of my friends regardless of phone model so it's the app not the phone.

I don't use go messenger, just the native text app and whatsapp and have no issues but I do use almost every other go app from launcher, lock screen, and most of the widgets and it's flawless on my phone?

The update should be out by the end of the month but don't expect a huge change though...

Sony have done their best to implement the GUI from ICS on GB much like they did with the X10 when it was released on 1.6 they had managed to port over most of 2.1
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The only actual Sony issue there is there is the camera focusing and tbh for me, that's rare
Bloatware and lack of ICS? Id say thats Sonys fault too.
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Do you understand this 'bloatware'?
Do you think it's taking space?
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I understand it uses no space. It just really annoys me that they thought it wpuld be a good idea to fill the phone with 3 pages of undeletable apps. Im clever enougn to work out for myself what apps my phone need
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New launcher, such as Launcher pro or Go launcher, you can hide stuff.
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I know, we discussed this before. I use golauncher and like I said above for some reason if im writing a text it decides for no apparent reason to delete the written message and quit to the home screen.
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Maybe you're pressing the middle dot instead of the space bar? It's no big deal either way :-)
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I thought that at first, but I'm definitely not. Maybe, but when combined with everything else it's getting on my nerves pretty quickly.
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Why not just use the native text app? Just asking as I don't like the go messenger, whatsapp works fine for me to but not every one has that...
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Ive reverted to it since. Clearly a problem though isnt it. And its booked in for tomorrow because it keeps dropping signal for no apparnt reason and refusing to reconnect unless its restarted. And its in areas where I 100% know there is signal. Wish id kept my iPhone tbh.
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I am looking to buy Xperia S and since this thread is silent for 2 months, I would like to know if there were any improvements since then?
Is it OK phone to buy compared to (for example) Samsung Galaxy S 3 or HTC one X?
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I like the s3,too big for me though.
The Xperia S is a lovely phone, especially after you get used to the size.
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There are a few drawbacks that are annoyances for me. My specific phone has a locked bootloader that cannot be unlocked. As far as I can see, it seems to be quite arbitrary whether the phone you get has an unlockable bootloader or not.

Also, I already had to get my phone swapped due to the "yellow blotches" screen proble, which was a painful process, took far too long, and saw handled badly by Sony. Now, my replacement phone is getting a yellow tint. I really cannot face going through the Sony repair centre process again, so I'm left with a defective handset.

Also, the ICS update (which took too long to arrive) has left my phone somewhat laggy, so I'm having to either put up with this, or revert to GB. Neither of these options should be necessary on a well QAed phone.

Hopefully, I'm just unlucky. QA and customer service issues aside, it is a good phone, especially if you are not too concerned about being able to carry out functions that require an unlocked bootloader.
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I have zero experience with hacking phones but I found this page with bootloader unlock process. Maybe you should try that? AddictiveTips Blog ArchiveWhat Is Bootloader And How To Unlock Bootloader On Android Phones [Complete Guide]
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I have zero experience with hacking phones but I found this page with bootloader unlock process. Maybe you should try that? AddictiveTips Blog ArchiveWhat Is Bootloader And How To Unlock Bootloader On Android Phones [Complete Guide]
Thanks, though I believe that such processes will only work on handsets where the service menu states that the bootloader is unlockable. Mine (and many other SXS owners') state that it is not unlockable. There are some hackers on XDA that have been trying to find a method to circumvent this, but without success so far.
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QA and customer service issues aside, it is a good phone, especially if you are not too concerned about being able to carry out functions that require an unlocked bootloader.
Well I am completely new to this technology so I don't even know what bootloader is and which functions are connected with it (I never had a smartphone before) so unless I figure this out, I think I will be satisfied with its original functions
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As a stock phone, it's still a good device.
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You can unlock the bootloader for some xperia s hansets, check out the third thread on the Xperia S Android Development section on xda. I would like to buy one. How can i find out if i can unlock the bootloader before buying the phone?
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I have to say that I love the phone, but dislike the apparent lack of interest by Sony in supporting their "flagship" product.
I also am totally frustrated by the Sony PC Companion (PCC). After many attempts to get PCC to actually recognise my phone - and failing probably 90% of the time - I've now gone over to a really superb piece of software called MyPhoneExplorer. I recommend it to anyone.
So, allowing the massive problems people seem to be experiencing with yellow screens, overheating, ICS bugs etc., etc., I look forward to Sony fixing all the problems, getting the PC software stable (and useful!), and supporting us users properly. Jelly Bean anyone?
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hi everyone just got mine today, went to check out the s3 but didnt like the design, even though the sxs is a bit edgie and needs some getting used to holding it since it aint that thin either, overall its a great phone and the screen is amazing and it should be with 340+ ppi
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You can unlock the bootloader for some xperia s hansets, check out the third thread on the Xperia S Android Development section on xda. I would like to buy one. How can i find out if i can unlock the bootloader before buying the phone?
Whilst your checking the phone before you buy it in the shop just type into the dialer *#*#7378423#*#* to enter the service menu and then go into service info, configuration and see if it says bootloader unlock allowed or yes, if it says no then you can't.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:40 PM   #47 (permalink)
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I'm also planning on changing my phone in a month or so. Currently I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace which I think is good for the price.

I'm not planning on rooting a phone (I don't want to loose the warranty), and so far I think this is a very good value for the money.
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I'm also planning on changing my phone in a month or so. Currently I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace which I think is good for the price.

I'm not planning on rooting a phone (I don't want to loose the warranty), and so far I think this is a very good value for the money.
I also had an Galaxy Ace, then bought an SXS. After looking for a few hours at SXS, Ace will look of very low res though at the time of buying I remember it looked to be very crisp. But I still believe Samsung has designed their software well, than Sony.
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