The Xperia S is undoubtedly the best smartphone to have been released by Sony (Ericsson) thus far. With an amazing screen that far exceeds the density of anything produced by Apple or its many other rivals (for now), excellent performance from both the processor and battery, and a great camera, there's little to dislike beyond the questionable touch-sensitive buttons.
If you manage to get any NFC Smart tags with the phone, you'll also get the ability to fire up apps and change system profiles (like activating Bluetooth, turning off wi-fi, setting your alarm etc) by simply touching tags that you can place anywhere you wish. Sony also has its new Smart Watch, which lets you access many apps remotely.
Shipping only with Android 2.3.7 is another slight disappointment, as I fear some customers may become confused by what will be quite a few changes brought about by the forthcoming update to Ice Cream Sandwich.
It might have made more sense to wait a few more weeks to get Android 4 installed straight from the factory.
However, pretty soon it won't matter. By all means grab a play with the phone to see if you can get to grips with those niggly buttons, but bear in mind that the Xperia S is an incredible offering, and surprisingly affordable too.
Part 1: Introduction, specs, build quality
Part 2: Form factor, media, storage
Here are some more photos of the ill-fated Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness and LG Crystal. I wonder when will we get the next transparent gimmick?