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Sony Xperia U review
- Solid construction
- Clear display
- Fast, smooth Android
- Clever Facebook integration
- Nice music player
- Awful 720p video
- No SD card slot
- Only 4GB storage
- Browser looks dated
- Stiff camera button
If you're not caught up in today's obsession with enormous display sizes, the Sony Xperia U is a great choice of smartphone.It has all the speed, power and features of the larger Android phones that cost two or three times as much - your only compromise here is seeing it all through a smaller display.The only noticeable weaknesses here are the phone's video performance, which is terrible despite the 720p claim, and the lack of onboard storage space.If you can live with those niggles, this does everything else just as well as the high-end Android flagship handsets. And the battery will last longer, too.Big thanks to Three UK for sending us our review unit.
Sony Xperia U
- Dual-core power in a pocket-friendly package; Snazzy coloured mood lights.
- Not everyone will dig the mood lighting; No microSD card slot.
The Android-powered Sony Xperia U is cheap, cheerful, cute as a button and -- provided you're not too demanding of it -- fleet of foot. Large-handed folk may find it fiddly though.
Sony Xperia U review
Conclusion The Xperia U is one of the best smartphones we've seen for under £200. For this price you get a capable handset providing higher performance than some more expensive rivals – all with a fantastic screen and a two-day battery life. The phone's maind downfalls are limited storage and old software, although this should be updated one day.
Inget betygSony Xperia U Android smartphone
- Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support
- 3.5" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen of Full WVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine
- Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update
- Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 512 MB RAM, NovaThor U8500 chipset
- 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, Multi Angle shot
- 720p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
- Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
- GPS with A-GPS
- 8 GB built-in storage (6 GB user-accessible)
- microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Voice dialing
- Adobe Flash 11 support
- Deep Facebook integration
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Transparent stripe changes color depending on screen content
- Replaceable cap at the bottom allows easy customization
- Limited storage with no expansion options
- No Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of box
- Some competitors are slimmer
Inget betygHands-on: Sony Xperia U
ConclusionThe existence of the Sony Xperia U (previously known as Kumquat) hasn't been entirely a surprise and it is one of the two NXT smartphones to round off the trio of new Sony-branded devices, with the other being the Xperia P and the earlier announced Xperia S. Out of the three phones, the Xperia U is the one with specs that clearly defines its class - its 3.5-inch display and 5-megapixel camera are clear indications that the smartphone will come with a more affordable price tag out of the three. That is not to say that the Xperia U is not as appealing or any less functional - in fact, the Xperia U looks like its cousins, clearly following in line with a human-centric and minimalist design philosophy. The familiar transparent band makes an appearance again on the Xperia U and has a large and pretty whimsical role to play (as you will find out later) in terms of providing a uniquely Xperia U and colorful experience. Here are the key highlights of the Xperia U, followed by a video demonstration: The Xperia U certainly comes across as a more fashionable option for those looking to dress up their phone with a splash of color. We found the illumination effects an interesting and a visually arresting concept which sets itself apart from not only its NXT counterparts but from competitors as well. It is clearly targeted towards a younger demographic as compared to the Xperia P and U and we are pretty sure that the aesthetics would appeal to them. Otherwise, the phone feels solid in the hands and its matte surface gives it a cleaner look and feel. The build quality of all three Sony Xperia phones is definitely impressive and the Xperia U is no exception. The Xperia U will certainly sit nicely beside the Xperia ray, another uniquely designed phone with a similar target audience. Like the ray, the Sony Xperia U sells the idea of personalization and fashion. Global availability is said to start from Q2 2012 onwards although details on its price has not been revealed yet. Most certainly, it will be priced at a lower price point than both the Xperia S and the Xperia P.