- Daniel Bader , Mobile Syrup
The Xperia U is Sony's best entry-level device to date and proves that the more mature Android gets the better it will cater all markets.
- GSMArena team , GSMArena
The Xperia U is so comfortably ahead of similarly priced smartphones that it's one of the easiest to recommend.
An Android smartphone doesn’t need to have the fastest processor, the largest touchscreen display, or the fastest mobile data speeds in order to be great. It just has to offer the right combination of hardware and software features at a price that won’t break the bank. That’s essentially what the Sony Xperia U is all about. It’s a phone that doesn’t look like much but actually packs quite a punch. As most reviewers have pointed out, it’s one of the best models available with Android in its price range.
While it may look small in comparison with today’s latest flagship smartphones, it actually ships with a high quality color display. It uses a 3.5-inch 480x854 panel that works with a built-in ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the built-in backlighting. Its other hardware features include a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage, and a dual-core processor clocked at a speedy 1GHz.
As a phone, it comes fitted with support for quad-band GSM/tri-band UMTS networks and HSDPA data. It also has Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and microUSB connectivity. And comes with a few nifty extras, too. Most notably, it has a white strip near the bottom below its touchscreen display that lights up to notify users of certain events. For the most part, this LED notification bar is useful, but some users have complained that it can be annoying.
If that doesn’t sound like such a big deal to you, then you’ll find that this phone is very good for the price.
Need to Know: Sony Xperia U
1. High quality touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Good camera performance. (The Good)
3. Ships with an older version of Android. (The Bad)
4. Built-in LED notification bar may seem like a gimmick. (The Bad)