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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

Contacts

Sony Xperia P review

Although skinned with Sony's latest user interface, Android clearly runs this show, with the Sony Xperia P's contact options a classic representation of the Google software's simplicity, ease of use and no-nonsense core values.

Accessed via a simple tap of the appropriate app icon, the Sony Xperia P's contact options are largely the same as those found on most Android smartphones, with an alphabetical run of those you know.

Offering more comprehensive communications than some, the handset enables you to sync your contacts list with social network accounts such as Facebook to gain auto populated images and additional means of communication.

Sony Xperia P review

While creating new contacts is a simple affair via a couple of quick clicks, with a selection of well laid out fields making the process as painless as possible, accessing those you most want to talk to is even easier.

With a home screen-mountable widget, you can pin your most frequently used contacts front and centre for instant access as and when desired.

Calling

Once contacts are created, calling those you know is a simple process, with all stored phone numbers available without the need to go around the houses in some tiresome, time-consuming drive through multiple menus.

Sony Xperia P review

Sadly, once connected, the handset's calling abilities don't meet the same high standards.

A less than standout performer, the Sony Xperia P drops points to its competitors with slightly muffled connections resulting in calls that at times appear distant, far from sharp and some way off the HD audio expectations of a market-defining phone.

With so many bells and whistles incorporated on modern smartphones, strong call quality appears to have fallen slightly by the wayside, and although we didn't experience any dropped calls, even in areas of strong, full signal, calls felt weak.

It's an area where Sony could introduce massive improvements for future models.

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.