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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Black 3G Unlocked GSM Android Smart Phone w/ Android OS 2.3 / 3.3" Touch Screen / 8.1MP Camera (ST18a)

  • Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Wi-Fi/GPS/Music
  • 3.3" TFT Touch Screen
  • 8.1 MP w/ 720p Video Capture & LED Capture
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9.4 mm thin and with a stylish aluminum frame: meet the Xperia ray Android phone. Watch videos and relive magic moments on the crisp 3.3' Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. There's power beneath the sleek surface too. Xperia ray is fast, responsive and has a high capacity battery.

 

 

  • newegg Elegant and Slim, but Strong When every smartphone on the market looks the same the Xperia ray stands out from the crowd. Elegant, precise lines, flowing curves…Slim, but oh-so-fast and powerful. Xperia ray comes with a responsive touchscreen and a high capacity battery. Watch videos, talk to friends and listen to music as long as you want.
  • newegg Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine Enhanced contrast, richer colors… The scratch-resistant mineral glass and 3.3" Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine makes videos and photos pop right out.
  • newegg Capture in the Dark with Sony's Exmor R Working at dusk, dawn, or just with a crummy old light bulb? Sony's Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor lets you capture high-quality, bright pictures and videos in poor light conditions. Shoot brilliant, sharp HD video with one touch of a button.
  • newegg Now Facebook Lives Inside Xperia Your Facebook albums pop up in your phone’s gallery. Comment directly on the pictures. Share recommendations and likes from the music player. Don't miss any of your friends' birthdays or other exciting Facebook events – they are all automatically visible in your calendar. Facebook inside Xperia is developed in close cooperation with Facebook to make your entertainment truly social. You only need to sign in once to Facebook during start-up of your Xperia ray– and then all the magic happens.
  • newegg Wi-Fi Connect Connect the quick and easy way. On the move, in cafés, at the airport. Your Xperia ray has Wi-Fi support.
  • newegg Front-facing Camera Your Xperia ray is video chat ready - it has a front-facing VGA quality camera, making it perfect for self-portrait pictures, too.

Learn more about the Sony Mobile ST18a

Disclaimer

Disclaimer
This product comes factory unlocked and includes the standard Sony Mobile one year limited warranty for the U.S. with the original purchase.

Model

Brand
Sony
Series
Xperia ray
Model
ST18a
Color
Black
Form Factor
Bar Phones

Connectivity

Wireless Radio
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Compatible Carrier & Service
AT&T, AT&T 3G, T-Mobile, Simple Mobile, Rogers, Fido, Red Pocket, Red Pocket 3G
3G
AT&T 3G or Red Pocket 3G Only
Wi-Fi Support
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Data transfer
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, Wi-Fi

Function

GPS Integrated
A-GPS support
Audio
MP3/AAC ringtones

MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
Message
SMS, MMS, IM
Email
Email, Push email
Additional Function
Wi-Fi/GPS

Configuration

Operating System
Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Processor
1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset
Internal Memory
Up to 300MB free
Card Slot
MicroSD(TF Card)
Card Capacity Support
Up to 32GB

Display

Main Display Size
3.3"
Main Display Color
16M
Main Display Format
TFT
Main Display Resolution
480 x 854
Touch Screen
Capacitive Touchscreen

Camera

Camera
8.1 MP w/ 720p Video Capture & LED Flash
Flash
LED Flash
Camera Zoom
16X
Auto Focus
Yes
HD Video Capture
720p
Second Camera
0.3 MP

I/O Interface

Bluetooth Support
Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
Expansion
3.5mm jack, microUSB

Battery

Battery Type
BA700
Battery Capacity
1500mAh
Talk Time
Up to 6.83 hours (2G) / Up to 7 hours (3G)
Standby Time
Up to 430 hours (2G) / Up to 440 hours (3G)
Operating Time
Music play: Up to 36 hours

Software

Software
Digital compass

SNS integration

MP4/H.263/H.264 player

TrackID music recognition

SensMe

Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk

Document viewer/editor

Adobe flash 10.1 support

Specification

Specifications
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate

Bravia Mobile engine

Multi-touch input method

Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

Touch sensitive controls

Scratch-resistant display

Timescape UI

Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Java MIDP emulator

Voice memo

Predictive text input

Size

Dimensions
4.4" x 2.1" x 0.4"
Weight
3.5 oz.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 30 days


Customer Reviews of the Sony Mobile ST18a

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  • Raj G.
  • 7/6/2012 11:31:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Amazingly compact phone -- better than other some new SE's on the market. These are particular stand-outs:
o Highest DPI of any SE phone
o Largest battery of most SE phones in its class -- 1500mAh
o Smaller than any other SE phone currently on the market, as of July 2012
o Keypad smallness can be obviated by installing Swype, which works amazingly well.
o FM radio!

Cons: o Only single-core
o No mechanical buttons for back & menu buttons, making it easy to touch them during touch screen operations
o Needs bootunloader to be unlocked to install CyanogenMod, even though phone comes "unlocked". (If you don't know what this means, then it doesn't apply to you:) )

Other Thoughts: Oh how I will miss Sony making this phone. So sad that the marketplace is asking for larger fatter phones.

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  • David A.
  • 4/15/2012 7:45:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBrilliant Phone

Pros: Thin, sharp, loaded with Sony features

Cons: no 4G

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  • Paul M.
  • 4/11/2012 7:23:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe little phone that could

Pros: The Xperia ray is one of the few or maybe even the only one of the small and good Android phones. It is pletty fast, has a decent batter life, includes the full range of modern smart phone hardware including but not limited to the image stabilizer for the camera AND you can get it with the US warranty for under $300. Additionally, Sony promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2 or Q3 this year, will wait and see.

Cons: Wi-Fi connection gets stale (quite often) with some routers and/or some wireless router settings. It happens with my Netgear WNR3000 but not when I use open Wi-Fi say in Starbucks. Restarting Wi-Fi on the phone (temporarily) fixes the problem.

Other Thoughts: Some people complained about the phonepad keyboard layout but that can be easily changed to a (full) regular Android keyboard in International keyboard settings / Portrait keyboard : Full keyboard

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  • Loi T.
  • 4/9/2012 8:19:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmall like Little Mac, Punches like Iron Mike

Pros: It is very pocketable, which was what I was looking for. You know how hard it is to find a small and fast Android phone? Very! I had an HTC Aria and I love that thing, but it is pokey even with CyanogenMod loaded. The memory was miniscule. I had to be really want an app to have it installed. No fun and games at all on it. So I nearly had a heart-attack when I found out Sony made this little beast. And it is a beast! Enough memory to install all the apps I want without having to choose which one to cull. The processory is a 1GHz Snapdragon (single core) which is a fine processor. Do you know what I came from? 600 Mhz on the Aria! The battery life is usable. From what I can gather so far, it'll last about 8-10 hours of moderate use. Standby will last almost 2 days.

Cons: There is not alot of heft to the phone even with the 1500mAh battery. It's back shell is thin plastic. Not metal. That isn't a complaint since it won't interfere with reception. The complain is how delicate it can feel. I might be overstating it since I've only had it for a week. I just bought a gel skin for it and it feels much better now. Not like I'm holding a hollow egg any more.

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  • Thomas W.
  • 4/5/2012 4:49:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWiFi Dropping

Pros: Nice looking

Cons: Wifi not working

Other Thoughts: Anyone find a solution for the WiFi dropping connection? Nice phone otherwise
http://forums.techarena.in/portable-devices/1430295.htm

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/9/2012 2:39:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWhy do phones keep getting larger? This one is small and ROCKS!!

Pros: I am totally impressed by this phone. Screen is awesome, colors, brightness, dimness, quality etc... Responsiveness is great. I dont know what other reviewers were talking about with too responsive or not responsive enough, it works great, even with animated menus on. If your not used to capacitive touch, maybe that is their problem?

Camera is great, with flash!

Processor is crazy fast. 1 ghz scorpion or snapdragon, sites quote different names, either way FAST!

Battery life is decent. All day, 2 or 3 short calls, inet browsing, 10ish texts, and bluetooth to car stereo with web stream on the drive in and home (15min ea) = 20% or so by 6pm. Not bad i think.

Speakers are awesome, reminds me of my nokia N-series days. If you had one, you know what i mean.

WIFI tether works out of the box.

Can install non-market apps no problem.

Back cover is the color of the phone, so dont like it, just buy another, BAM, phone is a diff color. (ahh yes, the nokia days!)

The best....

Cons: built in touch keyboard. Seriously? a numberpad? LOL go to the market and download a new one. easy fix.

Google and sony apps everywhere, cant uninstall them. Have to root for that. Phone is by no means slow or crippled with them though.

Lastly, If you have fingers that are as fat as hotdogs then this phone is NOT for you!

Other Thoughts: Buy it if your tired of phones as big as VCR tapes........

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  • Shlomi S.
  • 1/11/2012 8:01:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswow, what a phone!

Pros: easy to use
screen is great
sits nice in my pocket

Cons: at&t

Other Thoughts: after downloading a new keyboard this phone is perfect!
surrounded by iphone fans , i wanted a phone that can match the design and performance WITHOUT paying ridiculous money and get stuck with apple annoying itunes and ect .
the screen is sharp and easy to read , the phone is fast and responsive and easy to get used to ! and the design .. cant get my hands of it ! bravo sony im happy

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  • Matthew B.
  • 11/15/2011 8:56:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs3G works with AT&T only

Pros: I DON'T OWN THIS PHONE YET, but I do own the X10 Mini, which I love, but hate the fact that 3G does not work with T-Mobile. I can get Edge, but that is not so fast. I don't want to switch to AT&T. Just keep that in mind.

Cons: No 3G with T-Mobile.

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  • Mohammad A.
  • 11/11/2011 1:19:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuperb,screen and battery rock!

Pros: Beautifully constructed
Solid feel,nice weght
Great sized screen 3.3" is not small people,colors are amazing(just wow!!!)
Snappy interface
Used the little battery it came with for over an hour,seems to be doing great
Qwerty keyboard in portrait works fine
Packed with features
Speaker sounds good
Elegant notification light
Cameras good

Cons: None so far ,should have bought it earlier :)

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