If you’d rather get the device without a contract, you’ll have to shell out $499.99 for the privilege. There’s no link for us to share, and for you to head to, though. You’ll need to pop into a Sony store to get an Xperia S, that’s the only way for now. Locate the one closest to you over here.
Apparently there’s a limited quantity of phones in each store, so it probably wouldn’t hurt to call first and see if they have any left.
The Xperia S is decent for a flagship smartphone in this day and age, but it’s let down by the fact that it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sure, Sony has promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, but for now the handset runs a legacy version of the OS. If you can live with that, and with the brick styling, you’ll probably love it.