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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

With the inbuilt cameras enabling you to generate your own premium content, the Sony Xperia P also features a number of impressive multimedia playback options, including integrated MP3 abilities, a video player and the Android standard YouTube shortcut.

Sony Xperia P review

Putting a slight spin on the stoic base Android handset MP3 players, the Sony Xperia P has brought a bit of flair to its music player, with almost Windows Phone-esque tile icons offering direct access to tracks, albums, artists and playlists.

Further bolstering the handset's musical abilities, Sony has thrown in a trial to its Music Unlimited service, giving users expansive track listings on demand.

Accessible direct from a homepage widget, the Sony Xperia P's musical abilities are deeply ingrained within the 4-inch device, with the Android smartphone's 16GB of internal storage offering ample space to hold a broad range of music, video, app and picture-based content.

Further enhancing the handset's music and all-round media abilities, the Android 2.3 smartphone features a surprisingly strong inbuilt speaker, with the Sony Xperia P more than capable of pumping out tunes and video-accompanying audio to high volumes with little of the distortion, rattle or tinny notes that are associated with most phones.

What's more, thanks to the speaker's positioning on the top right-hand side of the device, you don't need to fear hands slipping across the audio output when holding the handset in a conventional manner.

The 960 x 540p resolution hosting 4-inch LED backlit LCD display isn't the sharpest on the market, with a 275 pixels-per-inch image density.

Sony Xperia P review

But the Sony Xperia P is more than capable of eye-catchingly attractive and superbly high-end results with little motion blur and bright, vibrant colours, thanks to the 16 million colour contrast ratio.

Making for further comfortable viewing, the Sony Xperia P's inbuilt ambient light sensor, while anything but a unique feature, performs well under challenging tests, offering well balanced brightness settings for more pleasurable media absorption in a variety of environments.

A selection of minor image editing abilities is available, alongside an inbuilt FM radio, used in conjunction with the signal-receiving pair of basic in-ear headphones found boxed with the device.

The Sony Xperia P is a well-rounded media phone that remains comfortable in the hand throughout use, thanks to its well balanced 120g weight and compact 10.5mm thick form.

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.