The screen on the Sony Xperia acro S promises great things and it delivers - it's mesmerizingly sharp, with punchy colors and very good contrast. It's backed by the BRAVIA engine which, as we've seen before, does very well on screens with high pixel-density - and the Xperia acro S display is one of the most pixel-dense at 342ppi.
The only downside (and it's not a minor one) is the sub-par viewing angles.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Sony Xperia acro S||-||-||-||0.61||625||1022|
|LG Optimus 4X HD||0.34||369||1077||0.68||750||1102|
|HTC One S||0||177||∞||0||386||∞|
|LG Prada 3.0||0.19||184||993||0.81||835||1031|
|Sony Xperia S||-||-||-||0.48||495||1038|
|LG Optimus Black||0.27||332||1228||0.65||749||1161|
|Apple iPhone 4S||0.14||205||1463||0.52||654||1261|
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus||0||112||∞||0||247||∞|
Sunlight legibility on the Xperia acro S screen is good, if unspectacular, as shown by the readings in our dedicated test.
We also put the Xperia acro S screen under our microscope and unsurprisingly we found it to pack the finest pixels we have seen to date.
The display under a microscope
The curved back fits nicely in hand and the Sony Xperia acro S is generally easy to handle. As we already mentioned, it would have been perfect had it been a bit slimmer, but it's not too bad as it is.
You will immediately notice a difference if you use the acro S after, say, the 8.5mm Galaxy S II, which has a screen of the same diagonal (and slightly larger size due to aspect difference), but the Sony smartphone is not hard to operate by any means.
Up next is our tour of the software interface on the Sony Xperia acro S.