Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V

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Reviewed by GusFring (Currently owns)

-Back in November of 2011, I needed a new phone and the Neo V was a fairly cheap mid-range phone that I believed could meet my needs. Yes, it wasn’t the greatest phone at the time, but this was only meant to be a temporary fix. Shortly after my purchase, Sony announced that ICS would be coming to the 2011 lineup sometime in early 2012. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was certainly a bright spot for the longevity of this phone.
-Fast forward to the morning of April 23, 2012 and I wake up to a surprise that my phone was on the list to upgrade. It took about 20 minutes to update and I was finally rocking 4.0.3 ice cream sandwich. I can’t help but feel excited that a) Sony kept their word about bringing ICS to their 2011 lineup b) to be one of the few phones that actually have an official ICS update and c) To find out if ICS on the Neo V could keep me from purchasing a better phone.
-The first thing you noticed right out of the gate is the change from “Sony Ericsson” to “Sony” when the phone first boots up. It still boots up in about 45 seconds and becomes fully operational in 60 seconds. I immediately notice the very attractive roboto font and even the pattern lock changed
-Moving about the phone did seem more stable than with gingerbread although there was still lag present when opening up apps, but that is to be expected with a mid-range phone.
-The notifications tray now allows you to swipe away message which I found to be a useful feature.
-When you hold down the home button, the multitasking page opens up and gives you the freedom to close apps by simply swiping them away – helps with the battery life.
-Widgets are now displayed to show what they actually look like instead of having to point and find out
-All of the google applications have been given a facelift and it really shows. Combined with the new font and layouts I enjoy using them.
-Navigating the settings menu is less confusing and menus are easier to locate.
-I was able to delete some of the preloaded applications which freed up almost 15 – 30 MBs
-Camera – It’s still terrible, although it is a bit faster, like 4 seconds not 5 seconds. All I can say is it gets the job done.
-The upgrade to ICS has given this phone a breath of fresh air. Although I would prefer stock ICS, Sony uses a light skin that doesn’t get in the way. The new features have given me such a delightful experience that I can proudly say I enjoy using android. I do plan to keep my mediocre spec’d Neo V a bit longer, it took a while Sony, but thank you for delivering some yummy ICS.

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  • Design 6
  • Display 7
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Reception / call quality 9
  • Performance 7
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 8
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