Review Specification Sony Ericsson Xperia Active ST17i

Sony Ericsson has launched its new Xperia series with sporty style is named Xperia active. Android smartphone Xperia active is in a special design for active lifestyle users. Xperia active has a dust and water resistance with a wet finger tracking technology, which the device will still recognize the touch of a finger even in wet conditions. Xperia Active also comes with a barometer, pedometers and pulse meters. 3-inch screen size (320x480) Reality display is also equipped with Sony Bravia Mobile Engine and reinforced with Dragontail (Gorilla Glass competitor's product). There is also a 5 MP camera that can record 720p HD video and 1200mAh battery capacity. Xperia Active has a rating of IP67, which means the device has a dust and water resistance that can survive in brackish water to a depth of one meter for the maximum duration of 30 minutes. Check out the review in Techno Phones, Information about mobile phones!

Sales package
Please remember, we review the Xperia Active is a special edition Billabong, so the sales package with the standard edition may be different. Billabong edition has a very complete sales package:
* Warranty card, 1200 mAh battery, manual book, in-ear headset MH650
* Charger + data cable, 2 rear casing
* Strap, Sony Ericsson LiveView + case, ear hook

Design and Body

This phone is thick, it is very reasonable considering the anti water. Have two-layered casing, so you must open twice before replacing the battery or SIM card inserted. How to open it, you first have to open USB port and a mobile music port at the bottom, So casing can be opened. Oops, there's still a second casing, the mechanisms open it's easy, just pull a hook at the bottom. Quite easily, though stepnya more than ordinary mobile phones but this is what must be sacrificed for a waterproof cell phone, at least if you're caught in the rain or if the Active fell into the water, you do not need to panic. Moreover, not every day you need to open the battery and SIM card, right?

The design itself is quite unique and funny, because the body is short and stocky. At the bottom right corner there is a prominent places for the strap. This section lists as well as surrounding, Active is made of hard materials. Meanwhile, behind the plastic casing doff impressive mobile phone as a young child. Active Screen Dragontail despite being put on anti-gore, but still provided by Sony Ericsson. Light sensor, proximity sensor front camera and completing the top cell phones, while behind is a 5MP camera, microphone, loudspeaker and LED flash. LED notification exists, although small, in the top left of the phone.


With a size of 3 inches and a resolution of 320x480 pixels (HVGA) Active screen size exactly with Xperia X8 Xperia and Mini Pro. The screen is small for big-fingered people, despite the difficulty only arises if you want to type in portrait mode. HVGA resolution certainly looks pretty smooth on the screen that is only 3 inches. Ordinary visual angle, while it's under the sun screen display is still quite visible. Characteristics of the resulting color in the Active screen displays yellowish-white color and somehow nicer Xperia Mini Pro, Active memorable dull. Sony Ericsson equip Xperia Active screen and Bravia Engine. But because the Bravia Engine is active only when playing multimedia files then we'll discuss in that section.


Active user interface that is used more or less the same as the Mini and Mini Pro, thick aroma of Sony Ericsson Android mobile middle class, with a few shortcuts in the four corners of the screen, which has existed since the Xperia X8. Access shortcuts include Messaging, Multimedia+compas+walkmate, Contact and Dial Number. The screen consists of 5 pages and can be added shortcuts, widgets, folders and wallpaper. Themes can be replaced with a variety of attractive colors such as ruby, fluorite, orchid and others. Wallpapers were added respectively for the main menu background. To view the final application is opened you can hold the Home button for several seconds.

By default the main menu consists of 5 pages arranged horizontally, with icons consists of 4 columns x 3 rows. You can set the order of application, be default, alphabetically, the most commonly used and newly installed. Besides its layout can be changed at will by pressing the icon 4 boxes on the right side of the screen. Notification bar is available, but without any shortcuts, just a notification only. As one family member of the Android Xperia, Timescape available at Xperia Active. To do a screenshot please press the power button for few seconds and select "take screenshots".

Text Input

By default for the screen in portrait position to use this phone as a qwerty text input method, but if you feel the size of the letters are too small for your fingers, phonepad mode (abc) is also available. While in landscape mode it uses a virtual qwerty. To learn words any setting, quick fixes, word suggestion, and a vibration feedback when typing. Its own input method there are three, namely the Chinese keyboard, International keyboard (standard) and the Japanese keyboard.


When you first use the contact will have the option to import contacts from SD cards and synchronize with email accounts or your social networking such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Exchange, Sync ML and Google. For new contacts, some additional fields that can be selected is the ringtone, IM, Email, Postal, Organization, Notes, nickname, Website and Internet Call.


Interface on the writing of SMS as other Android phones, easy to use. Available display formats Threading aka chat to allow users to see their chat with his colleagues SMS. To turn it into an MMS is very easy, simply by adding multimedia files.

His name is also the OS made by Google, G-Mail on Android phones are very useful, very fast push email, its features was complete. Supports multiple Gmail accounts, and standard features such as signatures, text size, label, notification, and others. Email entry to a bar near real-time notification.

For Instant Messenger application default, there are G-Talk and WhatsApp, which features push notification. Another messenger you can download in the Android Market.


Active camera does not come with Exmor R, but with the quality of the recording reaches 5 megapixel camera and HD video recording, it is sufficient to produce satisfactory results for some people. Like the camera interface on the Xperia Mini Pro, with arrangements via slide. Features include: Scene recognition, resolution, touch capture, self timer, flash, geo tagging. Focus modes available are continuous auto focus. In addition, support smile detection and 3D panorama is also available on this phone.

The results of his camera is quite good for a 5 megapixel camera, but as usual the Sony Ericsson today, the level of detail is not too high, resulting in a file of 500KB-1MB only. For conditions in the room with light intensity rather the camera is pretty good although the resulting color is much reduced. LED flash is quite helpful in indoor photos unless the distance is far.

Video Recorder

720p HD video recorder featured property Active: scene, resolution, exposure value, focus modes, flash, white balance, metering, touch capture, self timer and image stabilizer. Strange indeed, the features in the video recording even more than the camera. Although there is focus mode, but video cameras equipped with continuous autofocus Active.

The results of the video nice and clear, detailed and smooth. Not surprisingly, the resulting bitrate is 6000kbps more with 29 frames per second framerate. Per 1 minute video recording that we embedd spent under 45MB.

Photo and Video Gallery

Gallery photos and videos belong to the same Xperia Active with Android phones standard galleries that include all the folders that have photos and video files. Own performance quickly although there every time you open a photo rendering. You can do the cropping and rotating images and display geographic information in the photo. Files can be shared through Bluetooth, Facebook, Gmail, Messaging, Picasa, DLNA and WhatsApp.

Standard video player Android minimal style is a video player features built-in Xperia Active. Its features are just fast forward and rewind it. You can do video editing, but only a certain video format. Video up to 720p resolution mp4 format such that you can download from YouTube are videos that can be viewed with at Xperia Active smoothly. Unfortunately as well as other Sony Ericsson mobile phones, other files such as avi and mkv can not be played, although the solution you can install third-party video players such as Mobo Player.

Music Player

The music player has 4 main categories to sort out the song: Artist, Albums, Tracks and Playlists. When the screen in landscape conditions following the rotating part looks at the screen. The resulting sound is quite loud loudspeaker, especially if you enable Xloud, which is common in the ranks of the Xperia phone. Besides the music player equalizer Active has a wide selection such as normal, classical, dance, pop, rock and others are certainly more enjoyable when wearing the headset is quite nice and the innate in-ear type.

FM radio

You must use a headset that functions as an antenna for listening to radio broadcasts. Station ID can be displayed (if any)


Xperia Active runs on Quadband 850/1800/1900/2100 dan 3G 900/2100. Then the local connectivity is a-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi (802.11 b / g / n) with DLNA, and micro USB (as mass storage and PC sync using the Sony Ericsson PC Companion). This phone can use the WiFi tethering.

Web Browser
Performance in a web browser to open the site Techno Phones or other sites that the desktop version is quite smooth, although when scrolling a bit clogged if the site has a lot of multimedia content. When performing a streaming flash video on Youtube looks pretty smoothly, except if you do scrolling. Tabs can be opened up to 8 pieces tab, standard Android smartphone. In addition there are a variety of default settings such as browser history, cookies, javascript and others. Please see the video to find out more performance from Active browser.

Default Applications

As a sporty mobile phone, of course, there are some applications that support Xperia Active.
Some of these include:
namely SportyPal Pro, Javelt, Walkmate, Flashlight and Compass.

Third-Party Applications/h2>

Mobo Player
With this third-party applications on the Xperia Active codec limitations overcome, so the phone can display video file formats other than mp4. But certainly not all video files can be played, depending on the bitrate and resolution of the video itself, for example video format. Mkv HD resolution is not smooth in the screening. Subtitle files are also supported by this application are also other settings are pretty advanced for mobile video player program.

Camera 360
Although Xperia Active has a 5 megapixel camera with a resolution, but its features quite minimal, even losing a lot with his video recorder. Therefore there is an application Camera 360 which has a myriad of cool features and effects that will make the images from your camera even more attractive. This application is available for free on Android Market.

Crazy Snowboard
Game Crazy Snowboard is a game for free (with ads of course) that you can download it on the market. Full three-dimensional game on a snowy ski area is very smooth, smooth no lag in the Xperia Active.

Benchmarking Results

Quadrant Standard: 1769 points
Neocore 3D: 66.5 frames per second
Multitouch Test: maximum of 4 touch

Durability Battery

With the 1200 mAh battery, really difficult to expect the battery life is longer if you frequently use a service or multimedia data. But because the Active screen is small then most can not survive from morning till night, the standard Android phone.


With a price of about Rp. 3 million, certainly more expensive than his brother which featured little more or less equal, the Xperia Mini Pro. But of course waterproof mobile phone that has a different price. You alone decide, whether the difference in price of about Rp. 700 thousand is reasonable for the sporty features of the Xperia Active?

* Wet finger tracking
* Waterproof
* Screen Dragontail
* Bravia Mobile Engine
* 5MP camera, LED flash 720p +

* The screen is rather darker than the Mini Pro
* The size of the small screen


2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100

Dimensions: 92 x 55 x 16.5 mm
Weight: 110.8 g

Type: LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 320 x 480 pixels, 3.0 inches (~ 192 ppi pixel density)

Type: Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Customization: yes
Vibration: yes

Phonebook: unlimited
Call records: unlimited
Internal: 1 GB (320 MB user available), 512 MB RAM
Card slot: microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB included

GPRS: Up to 86 kbps
HSCSD: Up to 237 kbps
3G: HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspots
Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared Port: no
USB: This micro USB

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