Sony XPERIA U

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The Xperia U is a compact Android smartphone that boasts a dual-core processor - and is budget friendly. It also gives an amusing light display that pulses as you swipe

THE GOOD

1GHz dual-core processor, Swype interface, 3.5" TFT screen, 5-MP camera with LED flash

THE BAD

The light show is not for everyone, no expandable memory

User Reviews (48)

6.6 read reviews
Talk Time6 hours
Standby Time19.7 days
Network (Band)Quad GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Operating SystemAndroid 2.3
Software Memory512 MB RAM
Display Resolution480 x 854 pixels
Display Size3.50 inches
Display Colours
Dimensions112 x 54 x 12mm
Weight110g
GPSYes
Camera Resolution5.0 megapixels
Video CameraYes
Camera FlashYes
Camera Features5-megapixel, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, and image stabilisation
DataAir Interface GSM/HSDPA
Browser
Bluetooth2.1
TV OutNo
TouchscreenYes
Memory Card
Internal Memory4 GB 
MMSYes
E-mailYes
JavaYes
Wi-FiYes
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Sony Xperia U Review

With the increasing demand for mobile phone technology advancement from the general public, Sony releases its new model called the Sony Xperia U. The Sony Xperia U is considered the more practicable version of the Sony Zxperia S and Sony Xperia P. This is can be called as the more affordable alternative with the same set of impressive features. For people who are looking for a reasonably priced gadget, this one is certainly worth considering.

What We Like

This device utilizes its 1 gigahertz dual-core processors to process the data within the mobile phone efficiently. This means that the applications and functionalities of the phone can be used and opened without hassle for the users.

The 5 megapixel camera is one of the remarkable features of this device. This can also be optimized for a 720 pixel HD video recording function. This can be operated with the Sony Exmor image sensor which offers to take vivid images with lesser noise and disruptions. The VGA front camera can also be utilized for video call with colleagues and loved ones.

This device takes advantage of the Mobile BRAVIA engine which offers the display screen which shows sharper images and graphics suitable for video playbacks, application usage and gaming downloads.

The external design of the device will surely catch the attention of users because of the engaging transparent bottom part. This bottom portion can change its color depending on the picture being viewed, incoming calls or simply the preference of the users.

This device is installed with the 3D surround technology which will surely improve its audio and video output. This also ensures an improved multimedia entertainment value that can be derived from the device.

The device utilizes Android as its primary operating software. Through this, users can choose from a wide array of applications and games in the Android store that they can install in their mobile phone.

The other features that can be highly beneficial for the users include Google applications, document viewer, organizer, predictive text input, voice memo, audio player, and active noise cancellation.

What We Don’t Like

Memory is still an issue for this device. Although it has a 4 gigabyte internal memory and 512 megabyte RAM, the lack of an external card slot greatly limit the storage capacity of the device. This might be a no-no for people who store a large amount of files in their mobile phones.

As compared to its smart phone competitors, its 1 gigahertz dual-core processor might be a little disadvantageous because of the proliferation of the quicker quad-core processors in other mobile devices.

The fact that this device will be sold using the outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread might be considered as a letdown for some users. This might be a little disappointing for users who expect that this will carry the latest Android operating system update.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the Sony Xperia U lives to its promise as a low-cost Android mobile phone. This device can be considered as a good offer in the market considering the numerous features it presents despite its cheap price. Users should take all of these points, both positive and negative, when deciding to buy this mobile phone or not.

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Avg. Rating

6.6

damn, this phone looks hot! but come on! why is no memory card slot getting popular! its the easier way to transfer files from the phone to another phone or pc! tsk

8out of 10

My friends liked it a lot that is why I was convinced to buy it. But it is not really that impressive. It lacks some kick when it comes to features and capabilities. It is just amazing.

8out of 10

seems like a dissapointing phone... too many features lacking... bluetooth is just one of them...

5out of 10

This recenlty released phone is just amazing. It's a little bit too much for my budget but i think it is all worth it. After all, it's a Sony phone.

9out of 10

the experia u is an interesting phone with great features. battery is always a problem among touchscreen phones so get over it people! buy this if you like it, don't be intimidated.

8.5out of 10

like some of the people here, i am dissapointed with this phone. no sd card support, good luck transfering music and files! what were they thinking? what a waste of money sony!

4out of 10

This is a higher end phone. It features fast processor speed that is capable of smooth multitasking. I like the design, it is simple but not bland. The battery life isnt bad either, it can last a whole day. I've been using this for almost a month now.

8.5out of 10

It's not just fast and smooth, its also elegant. it runs on gingerbread but you can upgrade it to ice cream sandwich. i customized a lot of things on this and it was a very pleasant experience. i love playing with it.

8.5out of 10

my new favorite phone!

9out of 10

if you go for Sony ericsson, go for Xperia U! Definitely the best phone you can have this year!

8out of 10

This is one of the best things that happened to gadgets! I fell in love with this phone the moment I saw it and got tied to it when is tarted using it. Definiety a must try for everybody. Get this one now. Do not mind the price as it is really one of a kind.

8.5out of 10

My whole heart was not into it when I bought this phone. I was having doubts because it has been just released an not so many people really know abou t it. And I was really happy I did buy it. It’s fast, call quality is superb and everything about it is just perfect!

9out of 10

Fast, nice to look at, and did I mention fast? Excellent!

9out of 10

great phone for overall use! believe me! bought this 3 weeks ago and it rocks!

8.5out of 10

I feel proud having this Smartphone. Though it lacks a microSD slot, still its overall performance is marvelous. It is my partner in progress!

8.5out of 10

Fantastic phone! I can easily swap the bottom cap in something of different color.

9out of 10

The display has some grid like dots on the screen, which are kind of annoying. But the screen is pretty responsive doesn’t lag much.

8out of 10

Love this phone the audio quality is really good, it has a clear sounds that I wanted to listen into my favorite music.

8.5out of 10

I had this phone for about 4 months and I was waiting and waiting for the ics, but it never came. I am so disappointed with the works of sony.

7out of 10

Yesterday I upgraded my xperia U to android 4.0.4 it works great in this handset, no issues or bugs, the only disadvantage is the battery back up.

8.5out of 10

Awesome phone, a bit expensive but I super love it and the good about sony is that it manage the whole features to work good on its best.

9out of 10

I just bought this Sony Xperia U, the big issue is the battery life so poor it only last hours , I am so so upset. The software are doing dull screen for battery saver. Camera is not even lasted for long it was damage and cant be fixed the light is getting darker as it goes older. Then when I upgraded this phone somethings wrong it always hangs and I cant find some features that is downloaded before.

6out of 10

Standby time are always given for optimal conditions, which never happen in real life. If you have fair good reception, you should manage 2 to 3 days in standby. If not, look and see what applications and options are hogging the battery, Also if you are in a borderline 3G area, phones used a lot of power switching 2G-3G-2G-3G and more.

8out of 10

This phone offered dual core power at a very cheap price, offering a great camera and stunning screen as well. I my self own Xperia S but one of my cousins and lot of my friends have this phone. Probably the only problem with this phone is the low internal memory and no way to expand it. That is so annoying.

8.5out of 10

Amazing phone, best phone in mid range ever, nice look, picture and video clarity is amazing. Sony bravia Engine is specialization of Sony, internet speed is very last due to dual core processor, if you have a budget around 15-16k then don’t think more just grab it now, you will never waste your money.

9out of 10

I bought this smartphone week ago and this is the best, Because I installed a lot of apps and there is no any slowing down thanks to dual core processor. I love the size of the phone and metro style look it physically has, fits on your hand, video playback and games are super smooth, fast w-fi, 720p video recording is great, but camera is not that good! anyway, for this price this phone is Amazing.

8.5out of 10

I bought it yesterday, mobile is very cute, beautifully designed, and good music, but earphone coming is cheap although sound is good. Battery back up is comparatively good with other, If you own for HD games then it is very bad mobile, coz of low RAM, and no expandable memory storing many video is also limited. Whatever feature mentioned above, in new mobile there is 3.7gb internal memory and 1.5gb phone memory is shown, al tougher it is about 4-5 gb free memory.

8out of 10

The xperia U its a good phone looks and feels good, i like the display because have a good resolution for a 3.5" the only bad thing its the camera, good photos with light and bad photos with low light, my old xperia mini has better quality photo but in performance its awesome for the price you pay, in conclusion I’m happy with this phone.

8out of 10

I have bought this phone few weeks ago. so starting with camera it’s not pretty good, but video clarity is good. More games or apps u install, interface gets laggy sometimes or hangs. Internet surfing is pretty good. Look’s are great love it. Speakers are not good. But main problem is with the RAM. It’s show around 368MB ram. So for that I have installed RAM Booster which is pretty good app. And Storage is less so you have to live with that. And don’t upgrade to ICS.

8out of 10

I have a Blackberry Bold 9700 running os 6. If I see that little wheel one more time, I WILL throw this phone. Just threw it! Screen cracked, back cover broke. At least I have an Sony Xperia U waiting in mom's cupboard. It sucks I can only use it from 7 December cause it’s my birthday present. Hope it’s as awesome as it looks.

8out of 10

I bought this phone a week ago and its amazing, processor speed is superb, touch is much batter than Samsung cheap phones, times cap is very nice, camera is 5mp but it shoots pretty good and pictures are amazing compare to Samsung 5mp , music is very nice when earphone is plugged in, most of the HD games are compatible, memory is limited that can be managed via usb on the go, in short this is a good phone to have and I am happy to have it.

9out of 10

Great phone. Considering the price, it's totally worth buying. There are things that I don't like. The screen is small and it's hard to see at night. Playing games with it is fine. internal memory is not expandable, but it's pretty big enough. Just don't install too many programs or apps that you hardly use. This is my phone for a month and a half and I like it.

8.5out of 10

i think hte ace 2 is much better than this? does this got hd screen? can i upgarde da ram? i think it will make a different if there is high ram?

8out of 10

I hear a lot about the problem (purple circle) so I was hesitant to buy this XPERIA U. I read it in a lot of forums and reviews. I decided to buy it for my sister, so far she's ok with it.

8out of 10

My headset stopped working on my cell phone, but works on other cell phones when I use other headset on my cell, thy work, so my headset n port, both r working properly. but dust work on my cell when connected 2 the port.

7out of 10

I purchased Xperia U 3 months ago and was working fine in the beginning but now I am having problem with the screen as when I try to type messages, the unwanted alphabets get selected and also the messages gets sent, I tried rebooting the mobile and tried lots of time but no use, too worst phone.

6out of 10

Lack of internal memory only 4 GB I can’t not store a larger amount of file.

7out of 10

I really like this phone it has a good TFT screen with a good camera quality. Also have a nice phone features and remarkable battery life.

8out of 10

The phone is good nice performance it runs very well and good interface with a good camera features. But the only problem is not enough memory and lack of external card slot.

7out of 10

This phone looks very attractive the screen is so bright and clear, the performance runs very smooth with no lag. And also pretty nice touch screen it’s so sensitive perfect for scroll-in and web browsing.

8out of 10

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