The Xperia Active is a different type of handset for Sony Ericsson. As well as running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it’s also dust proof and water resistant, which means you can use it in the rain or on a beach, without worrying about it getting damaged.
Wet-finger tracking ensures the 3-inch touchscreen continues to work even when your fingers are wet – we tried it out at a Sony Ericsson demonstration and it remained surprisingly responsive.
Sony Ericsson’s also pitching the Active as a sports phone, and it includes a selection of apps to help improve fitness, along with a wrist strap and stereo headset so you can listen to tunes on the Active as you exercise.
Measuring 92x55x16.5mm, the Xperia Active is unobtrusive enough to sit in a pocket or bag and comes with a extra cover you can swap, if you fancy a change.
Elsewhere there’s a 5-megapixel camera, which also capture 720p HD video, it also includes an LED flash and bright f/2.6 aperture for shooting at low light.
There’s a rather disappointing 320Mb available internal memory, although Sony Ericsson includes a 2GB micro SD card for storing pictures etc.
We’ll bring you a full review of the Xperia Active over the next few days, but here’s a look at what’s in the box.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: box contents
Alongside the usual USB cable, AC adaptor and wrist strap and stereo headphones (which plug into the 3.5mm jack) and ear hooks
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: battery
The back of the phone is swappable, with an extra back included in the box. There’s a removable plastic layer (top right) between the battery and the case offering extra protection against water
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: bottom connections
You can see how thick the seals are protecting the microUSB connector and headphone port
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: bottom connections open
Charge the phone using microUSB. The supplied headphones look to be marginally better than those typically supplied with mobile phones, but a 3.5mm jack, means you can use your own
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: side
Turn the phone on and lock it using this button on the side
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: side contols
Use these buttons to adjust the volume and take a picture. They’re made of plastic and feel a little cheap
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: wrist strap
Suppled with the Active is a sports armband, which you can use for running or walking. The controls still work through the plastic and attaches to your arm using velcro
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: Main menu
Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some tweaks, the interface can be customised with apps and widgets and you can choose which features to have in the four corners
Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: main menu
Choose to order the menu options alphabetically or by frequently used