Sony Ericsson have invested a lot of time in making the Xperia neo as sleek and modern-looking as possible. Colour-wise, and the neo comes with a (very) dark blue metallic tint, that in most light really comes across as being black.
Interestingly, Sony Ericsson have opted to make the standard Android back, home and menu buttons at the bottom of the front of the device physical '” they're not touch-sensitive like on most other Android phones coming out at the moment.
Depending on your preference, you'll either love them or hate them, but they match the style of the phone and the chrome look is suitable with the dark blue backing.
Down the right-hand side of the device is the power, volume and camera button all of which are nicely set-back into the frame of the neo.
They too, sport the chromium style featured on the Android buttons which seems to match in nicely with the handset but it does feel like the power button is set-back a little too deep '” perhaps making it more prominent would make it easier to distinguish the button.