The last 2 weeks , everyone was craving for the update of their Sony Xperia Sola cellphone from GB to ICS , those who did not get the update even starting abusing Sony calling it Sony = $ony , and there were also rumors of a temporary stoppage of rollout of update , but users even now reporting of getting updates in countries like Germany(I believe I was one of the fortunate ones to get it relatively fast in India on 3rd of this month). Yes its true the update was badly executed , unlike the ios updates of Apple where they roll out the update in one go , but those crying for update must understand Sony is not the company that is rolling out update of an os every 2 months and of course Sony is trying their best to keep up the pace even for non-flagship models like Sola and U. So let me start this with thanking them for what they provided me. I am writing this for those who are yet to update their Sola to ICS , yes there are few things you need to understand and accept before updating your phone.
1.Concern of battery life
Those who have updated must be knowing this from day one , there is a huge drain of battery on ICS compared to GB , for me on regular 2G network with data always on, the maximum I am getting is somewhere around 7-8 hours , and on 3G it drastically reduces to below 4 hours , without data on just on voice you can get upto 12 hours.
How to improve battery life?
1. Avoid the live wallpaper (cosmic flow) it is the main thing that is draining your battery , yes it looks cool , but a static wallpaper can save you some hours on charging.
2. Always close the apps after you have closed them by long pressing the home button and swiping it away and a task manager can also help in this.
2.Not the perfect update
Those who are planning to update it must know this is not the perfect update Sony has ever released , bugs are there , from a lag while accepting call by swiping , games getting freezed (Frontline commando),Chrome app's initial lag , bugs are there on every corner. So what I am saying is prepare to accept some bugs and lags , for me GB was a much stable android version for Sola at this moment ( I do believe Sony will update it soon to correct these bugs after this rollout is over).
3.Why do you really need ICS?
The whole important question , why do you need an update , update is always meant to be something good but in this case its not that all good , so if you are a geek who looks for everything to be new and upto-date , yes you can get the update, but for those who really do not care for the android version but just need a decent stable phone that wont crash while taking apps and accepting calls I recommend you to stick with the GB version until Sony comes up with bug fixes for this version.