Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia U

  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Price Range: R2 995,00 to R2 995,00 at 1 store
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    • Sony Xperia U

    • R2 995,00
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  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Remarkable build and design, Excellent camera, Deep social integration, Good mobile browsing
    • The bad:
      Stiff dedicated camera shutter key, Limited storage

    Sony Xperia U has one of the most commendable build and design among its competitors. Measures a good 112 x 54 x 12 mm and having a nice matte plastic finish provides an excellent grip. To perfect the phone design, there's the 3.5" FWVGA Bravia LCD which gives commendable image quality. Just below the screen are the three standard touch buttons: Back, Home, and Search. The three buttons are nicely put on one of the unique marks of the Sony Xperia U -- the transparent strip. The transparent strip is useless but it is a thumb up for Sony because it definitely gives the phone a cool character as it amusingly changes colors according to your chosen theme. The right side of the handheld hosts the Power/Lock button, the volume rocker, and the dedicated shutter key while the left side holds the microUSB port and the SIM card slot. The top side gives you the 3.5mm audio jack and the secondary microphone while at the bottom side, you will find the primary microphone pinhole. The phone's battery gives a standard performance so expect that it would only most likely last for a day if you're a heavy user. To compensate for the average performance of the battery, Sony Xperia U provides a user-accessible battery unlike the Xperia P. Another downside is the phone's limited storage. The handheld has five homescreens to play with but unfortunately, users are not allowed to delete any or add some. There is a good number of widgets to choose from, some of which are custom-made by Sony itself. Phonebook has deep social networking integration and it provides an extensive amount of information at a manageable interface. Call quality is also good in Sony Xperia U. Both incoming and outgoing calls are hassle-free. Also, smart dialing is supported. E-mail is easy as well. Sony Xperia U's 5MP camera is excellent. You are given a single LED flash and the usual five capture modes -- Normal, Scene recognition, Sweep Panorama, Sweep Multi Angle and 3D Sweep Panorama. Image quality is relatively sharp. Colors and details are quite accurate. There is a dedicated camera key but it's still stiff and difficult just like the phone's predecessors. The handheld could capture 720p video at 30 fps and video quality is decent. It also provides continuous autofocus. Sony BRAVIA engine further highlights the phone's good image quality as it helps put noise levels down and improve contrast. The handheld's music player is aesthetically pleasing and its FM radio also does a good job. To top it off, audio quality is admirable. Also, the phone provides a solid set of connectivity options which would surely delight those who are active in social networking. Mobile browsing interface is minimalistic since it's the classic Android browser. The phone made online mobile activities as trouble-free as possible by providing manageable features and options. It is also commendable that the phone supports full Flash 11 which gives a remarkable performance in playing YouTube videos and Flash games.