There are times when you simply do not want to carry around a huge device like the HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S II and you instead would like a more compact device to suit your needs. This is where the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray comes into play: it's a compact, thin, mid-range device with a focus on media capabilities and still enough power behind it to make everything run smoothly.

There are two models of the Xperia Ray that differ in the 3G bands for different regions. Everything else about the two models is the same, including the Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset (1 GHz single-core Snapdragon with Adreno 205), impressive 8 MP camera for a mid-range device and pixel-packed 3.3-inch 480 x 854 display.

The biggest surprise for me when getting this device out of the package was the relatively tiny size compared to the Galaxy S that I use as my daily driver. The Xperia Ray fits width-wise into the 4-inch display on my Galaxy S, is considerably shorter in height and is half a millimetre thinner as well.

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