Not every smartphone needs to be a Samsung Galaxy S II. There’s plenty of room in the market for a reliable workhorse that delivers smooth productivity and media without maxing out your credit limit. The Xperia Neo aspires to precisely this grounded ambition, selling for £320 ($ 515) off-contract in the UK (or free on contract from £20 per month), versus £400 ($ 650) for its bigger-screened sibling, the Xperia Arc. For the money, you’ll get a Gingerbread handset with a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 8 megapixel camera, and a 3.7-inch (854×480) display. The Neo rides a not-so-fine line — it can be a trusty companion at best, or a cause of daily teeth-grinding at worst. Let’s find out why.
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