I still find this phone look better than the latest ones offered by Sony. It has GREAT design: slim, portable in any pocket size, easy-to-hold, good in screen size to me. The pitfall obviously is its age, approaching 3 years soon. The spec couldn’t keep up the ever demanding apps market where app developers never really consider the app size would make a difference to older phones. A 4.2″ screen sounds like it is intended for people with little hands, or poor geeks who can’t afford big phones. The strangest “norm” thinking is about the OS: some people think if their phones aren’t using the latest OS, they feel like ripped off, betrayed from its phone manufacturers who can’t promise their forever upgrade wish. But there is one problem Smartphone owners need to be responsible: to get satisfied with what they have now. That’s something only we consumer can solve, not the manufacturers, which LOVE to see consumers unsatisfied and move on to new products.
So I paid RMB120 (USD20) to get a replacement case, and spend 2 hours watching youku videos and taking out parts piece-by-piece in order to rejuvenate my old Xperia phone to look completely new (from the outside).
It looks awesome. It doesn’t heal its interior with a memory limited issue, dysfunctional video capture (after custom rom update), but I’ve successfully made a good reason to keep using this lovely phone, or one less reason to throw it away in short time.