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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

As with most modern smartphones, the Sony Xperia P's battery life is far from the handset's key selling point, with a vast array of battery-supping hardware and software features combining to form a device that, like many of the handset's competitors, plays fast and loose with the full day charge when undertaking a string of strenuous and continuous tasks.

Although the handset has been claimed to possess a battery life capable of highly impressive figures including up to 470 hours of standby time, up to six hours of continued talk time and 80 hours of music playback, in reality the 1305mAh Lithium-Ion battery proves slightly overzealous, despite impressive results.

Sony Xperia P review

While a day's worth of reasonable activity, including calling, media playback and web browsing, is more than possible, pushing the handset past this will see you scrambling to find a free power outlet and the handset's packaged adaptor.

This charger is unnecessarily over-engineered, and due to its elongated design it forces a number of irksome space issues around the plug socket.

On the connectivity front, and complementing the standard Wi-Fi and 3G options, Sony's latest generation handset features a range of high-end, market-defining additions that have been omitted from a number of its similarly priced rivals.

Sony Xperia P review

While an integrated HMDI connector lines up alongside the micro USB charging and dock connector, enabling you to transfer your 1080p Full HD videos with minimal fuss, the handset's connectivity party piece comes in the form of its integrated NFC abilities.

On the cusp of becoming a smartphone essential, the Sony Xperia P's NFC abilities see the handset future-proofed for the imminent rise of contactless payments and data transfers.

Sony Xperia P review

Although uses for these NFC abilities are currently limited, paired with a selection of the Sony Smart Tags, you can pre-program your handset to perform a set selection of tasks based on location with no effort or fuss.

Slightly glitchy and slow off the mark, these NFC capabilities mean you can make seamless setting changes for certain situations with an office desk-based Smart Tag enabling your devices to automatically perform set tasks upon arrival that will differ to those assigned to a Smart Tag based in the home.

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.