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Sony Xperia P review

A feature-packed mid-range Android smartphone

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960

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For

  • Sleek, unique design
  • 1GHz dual-core CPU
  • 4-inch display
  • Impressive rear camera
  • NFC capabilities

Against

  • Sloppy front camera
  • Scratch-prone body
  • Poor multi-tabbed browsing
  • Stiff camera button
  • Fiddly micro SIM holder


A smooth, zippy handset that performs well under pressure, the Sony Xperia P uses its Android 2.3 OS and Timescape UI to good effect, with a pleasant user experience backed up by fast results and a minimal amount of delay.

Sony Xperia P review

From the box the handset is well laid out, with five home screens playing host to a well laid out selection of interactive widgets, application shortcuts and storage folders.

Although these are fully customisable, they require little manipulation to create a smartphone brimming with the most frequently used services.

If you have any familiarity with the Android mobile operating system, you'll be wiping your way through the handset's easily navigated selection of menus and settings in a matter of seconds.

If you're new to the software you'll face few problems, with an intuitive and visually appealing user interface providing a pleasant learning platform that is further enhanced by a handy digital walkthrough guide.

Sony Xperia P review

Pushing the Sony Xperia P's impressive array of entertainment-providing hardware and software features, quick hot key access to a variety of entertainment applications is available from first use on the primary home screen menu, with a Media folder offering instant access to image galleries, the inbuilt music player, FM radio and camera.

Although such features can be accessed readily enough via the main menu, their upfront availability is a pleasant, experience-enhancing inclusion.

Although largely enjoyable and simple to use, the handset's interface is not without a few minor faults.

One small yet irritating issue comes in the device's gallery software, with users scrolling through banks of images offered no image-warping, picture-stretching visual alerts that the final shot in the collection has been reached.

Sony Xperia P review

A customary inclusion of most Android handsets, this feature's omission brings a slightly stilted, briefly awkward and confusing experience that could be easily avoided.

As with most Android handsets, and the majority of smartphones in general, no matter how expensive or feature packed, the Sony Xperia P's digitally crafted touchscreen QWERTY keyboard features slightly small, fiddly keys when held in a standard portrait manner.

Although considerable spacing between keys helps reduce the number of accidental presses, this is still an all-too frequent occurrence.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS
SAR Value0.78 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia P
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density275 ppi
Height122 mm
Width59.5 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA P
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineXperia P
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Number1262-0500
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience beauty. Distinctive design.

The Xperia P Android phone stands out with its distinctive, minimalistic design.

Like all phones in the Sony Xperia NXT series, it has a simple, strong design language. And Xperia P takes it one step further - the precision crafted, full aluminium unibody gives this Android phone a unique, durable and modern look.

A clear display, even in bright sunlight.

Lounging in the sun, enjoying a YouTube clip or your favourite movie?

The 4" Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine also includes Sony's unique WhiteMagic™ technology, making the colours in your favourite clips and stills look as sharp and clear as if you were inside.

WhiteMagic adds a 4th white sub-pixel - traditional LCD screens have three; red, green and blue - to the Reality Display. The result? The outstanding combination of an ultra-bright screen and great power efficiency. Power efficient because WhiteMagic automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to surrounding light - when the light is not so strong, Sony Xperia P uses less battery power.