- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint
The Sony Xperia P is a phone that performs, but could be better.
- GSMArena team , GSMArena
Sealed in an aluminum unibody but still oozing the new NXT series style, the Sony Xperia P joins an elite club of metal-clad phones.
The Sony Xperia P is a fashion-forward device that's sure to turn heads with its large, high-resolution touchscreen display and metallic finish.
It uses a 4-inch qHD (540x960 pixels) touchscreen panel and features a whole host of high-end niceties which include a powerful 1GHz processor, an ample amount of RAM (16GB), an 8-megapixel camera, and a unibody construction. The design is one of Sony’s more beautiful efforts, and it really stands out in a crowd of similar-looking Android-powered bricks.
The downsides of this phone are its outdated Android software (Gingerbread) and poor battery life.
An upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich might save it, but for now it’s more like the little smartphone that could. Could be improved, that is.
Need to Know: Sony Xperia P
1. Large, 4-inch qHD touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Fast processor, plenty of RAM and onboard storage. (The Good)
3. No microSD card slot. (The Bad)
4. Default software is a dated version of Android. (The Bad)
Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)
A power packed handsome phone for daily use
A fantastic screen, high-resolution and high-class feel make this a great smartphone for media fans
Sony’s Xperia P is a step up in design, and makes a good choice if you're shopping for a smaller smartphone
If beauty is your only priority, the Sony Xperia P will certainly satisfy, but power isn't this unlocked phone's forte
Fantastic screen, good hardware quality, and above average battery life
Looks nice, is well built and offers a great set of core features
Solid build quality, great display, great call quality
The Sony Xperia P is a pretty good mid-range device that offers solid build quality, quick performance, and a great display. The things that really let it down are the puny battery and the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. Sony is selling the Xperia P unlocked direct through its online store and retail outlets for $449.99. But if you are in the market for an unlocked phone, you would do well to consider the GSM version of the Google Galaxy Nexus, which offers a larger display, faster processor, and newer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system as well as support for both AT&T... Full review
Nice design, shame about the battery
Overall the Sony Xperia P is something of a mixed bag. Our experience with the Xperia S tells us that the design will divide opinion. The core hardware means this is a reasonably powerful device and the way it handles everyday tasks is a testament to that, with no complaints in that respect.
But there are some elements that just seem to get in the way. Launching on Gingerbread is a disappointment for Android fans and some of Sony's design choices when it comes to the user interface are a little disappointing. We don't mind manufacturers skinning Android, but when it makes something li... Full review
A confident, middle-sized handset with a pretty good camera and a superb screen
The Xperia P is a confident, middle-sized handset, but new smartphone shoppers may find it difficult to spend £340 (around $530; off-contract) on it. While the Xperia P has more design charm and better build quality, the Xperia S is already being substantially discounted in the UK, with a grander camera, larger screen and more capable processor. However, big phones aren't for everyone and the Xperia P's footprint lies closer to the iPhone than recent pocket-testing smartphones. It's not going to beat the competition on raw benchmark numbers, but nor did any lag or hiccups frustrate us duri... Full review
Attractive design, quite light, and pretty good display
In a not-so-far-fetched scenario, the Sony Xperia P struggles to emerge from the shadow of the Xperia S flagship and sees its sales eaten into by its own more affordable siblings, the Xperia U and sola. Many phones in a similar position would find it hard to rise to the challenge. Not the Sony Xperia P. This metal-clad warrior wants to be the maker of its own future.
But even if we look past the stylish aluminum unibody, the Xperia P still has a lot going for it.
One is a good camera that can stand its own against pricier devices and will satisfy most people's need for still ima... Full review
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- Sony Xperia P Manual (PDF)
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