When you talk of Smartphones, Android is definitely a choice. Sony has also started to show its presence in the market. Sony has added one more device to its Xperia family. The new member of the Xperia family is known as Sony Xperia U. The Sony Xperia U was announced in MWC 2012 at Barcelona.
The mobile targets the youth as it’s a good phone which is priced lower than other phones in its category. I have spent some time with Sony Xperia U, so I decided to write a review for you guys. Here’s a detailed review of Sony Xperia U.
Tech Specs of Sony Xperia U:
- 1 GHz dual core processor
- 512 MB of RAM
- 5 Mega Pixels Primary Camera 720p video recording
- Android v2.3 (Planned upgrade to v4.0)
- Secondary Camera
Build and Looks of Sony Xperia U:
Sony always comes up with new designs and innovations. This time too it didn’t disappoint us when it brought to us Sony Xperia U, a new addition to Xperia family. Believe me, the phone has got brilliant looks. It lighted up my eyes straight away with its glossy effect! The materials used for building the shell of the phone is of good quality. So, the phone won’t lose its glossy effect anytime soon.
The Sony Xperia U isn’t one of the big phones in the market. It’s an average sized phone. It’s easy to grab single-handedly and you can drop it in your pocket with ease. The Sony Xperia U doesn’t fall under the category of slim-form factor phones. But still it is handy as it’s just 12 mm thick. The phone is very light in weight, just 110 grams and is available in two colors i.e. black and white. The phone looks trendy with the bottom caps. The bottom caps can be changed as per your choice (White, Black, Pink and Yellow).
On the front panel the phone showcases a screen of 3.5” inches. The three touch sensitive buttons are placed just below the screen. Above the screen there’s a speaker for voice conversations. A secondary camera resides just beside the speaker.
The volume rocker, dedicated camera button and the power key are placed on the right panel of the phone. The 3.5mm jack is on the top panel of the phone.
Turn the phone back, you will find the primary camera of the phone. The LED flash is just above the camera. A speaker resides just beside the primary camera of the phone. The official logo of Sony is at the bottom.
Overall, the build quality of Sony Xperia U is good. The materials used for the shell was better than that of Samsung Galaxy S II. The glossy feel of the phone was a plus point and it won’t lose it anytime soon.
Features and Performance of Sony Xperia U:
Sony Xperia U is powered by a dual core processor of 1 GHz and a DB8500 GPU on STE U8500 chipset. It has got 512 MB of RAM. Browsing the files on Sony Xperia U was delight. It didn’t take much time to open the folder. Multitasking is also good. I tested this feature by running a few applications in the background and then played Angry Birds. The performance was good till the time there were 3 applications in the background i.e. Music player, Reminder and Facebook.
As soon as I opened 4th application in the background, the performance suffered a bit. I noticed a bit lag in the game while switching the levels. The RAM is definitely on the lower side. A 256 MB more of RAM would have given the phone a kind of boost which I was looking for.
The 3.5” inch LCD capacitive display is good and gives quick response. This is not one of the best in the line. We have seen some better AMOLEDs in the Androids and in Windows Phones too. But the Multi touch feature of the display is really good. The display of Sony Xperia U offers 4 fingers Multi-Touch. The resolution of the screen is 480 x 854 pixels which is decent considering the size of the display.
The Sony Xperia U has got a primary camera of 5 Megapixels. The quality of the images clicked outdoors was good. It falls behind when compared to the images of HTC Sensation. Indoors the quality of the images does suffer a bit. Even with LED flash coming into play, there wasn’t any major improvement in the quality of the images clicked indoors. The camera provides features like Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama and image stabilization.
The camera also offers HD Video recording ay 30 frames per second. The quality of the HD videos was good enough.
The sound quality of the Sony Xperia U is really good. The phone is powered by Sony 3D surround sound and audio technology. The audio output from the music files was really good. The call clarity of the phone is also excellent. It was easy to converse even in a low signal zone. The phone has got the 3.5mm audio jack. So you can plug in your favorite earpieces and have fun on the go.
The Sony Xperia U has got just 4 GB of internal storage. This is disappointing. You can’t even extend the storage by any medium. Just 4 GB of storage for an Android Phone is very less. A 16 GB of storage is must in an Android phone.
Talking about connectivity, the Sony Xperia U offers GPRS and EDGE connectivity. The device can speed up to 14.4 MB per second on a HSDPA 3G. It has got Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP. The device also supports microUSB v2.0 and it has got USB On-the-go features just like Nokia N8. The phone has also got Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Sony Xperia U ships in with Android Gingerbread v2.3. The Interface was really good and acted like an eye-candy. According to Sony, the ICS update for the phone will arrive in the second quarter of this year.
Sony Xperia U has got a standard Li-ion battery of 1320 mAh. Under the regular usage the battery lasted for two days.
Verdict on Sony Xperia U:
The Phone is currently announced in India and UK. In India the phone will go on sale on 10th of May. In the Indian market the Sony Xperia U will cost र17,399. In Amazon UK the Sony Xperia U is priced at £229.99. Looking at the device, it is priced a bit on the higher side. In US the expected price of Sony Xperia U is around $300
Ratings of Sony Xperia U:
- Features – 7.0
- Performance – 6.8
- Build – 7.0
- Price Tag – 6.5