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Sony Xperia U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1524 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the camera and screen. The design and value for money are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical reviews about the features.

responsiveness, value for money, design, screen, camera


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Xperia U review


Sony's Xperia U joins the line up of smartphones the company announced under their NXT series. Along with the U, Sony now has the Xperia S, P, Sola, Go, Acro S and Miro in the market, which gives customers quite a handful of options to choose from....

The Sony Xperia U is priced at Rs. 16,400. If the dual core processor had got you excited during the launch, chances are high that you’ve already purchased this device. But, that’s not the whole story. For a grand more, you get the HTC One V, which may...

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Sony Xperia U review


The Xperia U is the final piece of Sony's NXT series puzzle. In March came the flagship Xperia S, a good device that shipped with outdated software. It's only just been updated to Android 4.0. Our verdict? It's not thinner, faster, stronger, or in any...

Dense, bright display ; Snappy, agile performance ; Enduring battery life ; Great call quality

Ships with Android 2.3, not 4.0 ; Chubby design feels a little awkward ; LED lights not for everyone

You’ll have trouble finding a better device at this price point

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Sony Xperia U review: Fun united


The Xperia S has all the spotlight to itself in the NXT series, but history has taught us that Sony (and previously Sony Ericsson) can do wonders in the compact class. In two generations of minis and the Xperia ray, the Japanese have delivered packages...

Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support ; 3.5" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen of Full WVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine ; Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update ; Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 512 MB...

Limited storage with no expansion options ; No Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of box ; Some competitors are slimmer

So, Sony know what they're doing in the midrange. The Xperia U is so comfortably ahead of similarly priced smartphones that it's one of the easiest to recommend.


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Sony Xperia U


More Info Sony Xperia P review Sony officially debuts Xperia U at MWC 2012 Sony Xperia U gets torn to pieces, FCC destroys something beautiful There's an oft-used idiom about small packages, which frequently doesn't apply to the world of technology....

Smooth performance ; Bright screen ; Comfortable to use

Limited storage space ; Old Gingerbread OS ; Some minor software quirks

While the Xperia U might appear to be the next one down from the P, better battery life and general performance make this a worthy consideration if you have an eye for a smaller phone.

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Sony Xperia U Review


Sony pushed the Xperia S out of the door back in March, but the Xperia P and Xperia U have lagged behind a little in making it to market. Both of those devices are finally with us, and just like HTC, Sony seems to be banking on three phones hitting...

It really comes down to how much you’re willing to spend and what you’re willing to sacrifice. If the screen doesn’t bother you (try and find a demo unit to see for yourself before committing), and you can live with 4GB of storage, then the Xperia U is...

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Sony Xperia U Review


The Sony Xperia U begs to be noticed with its removable bottom caps in different colors and boxy design, clearly aiming for the younger crowd, but its capable hardware and affordable price actually make it suitable for everybody. We have a dual-core...

Very good specs and design for the price ; Two seconds sleep-to-snap camera mode ; Good call quality ; Strong and clear loudspeaker ; Transparent strip illuminates with different colors

Subpar video quality ; No microSD slot ; Lack of oleophobic coating

Sony has cut a few corners to achieve the very affordable price of the Xperia U, like the lack of oleophobic coating and microSD slot, but these are still overshadowed by the cool design and the contemporary specs like a dual-core processor and screen...

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Sony Xperia U Review


Announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, Sony released a while bunch of new Xperia 'NXT' smartphones, ready to take on Samsung, HTC, Motorola and...

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Sony Xperia U review


Despite some successes last year with devices like the Xperia Arc, Sony's gotten off to a shaky start in 2012. It was first to market with a new flagship device, in the form of the Xperia S, o...

Like the Xperia S, the U is furnished almost exclusively in soft-touch plastic, aside from the capacitive keys and 3.5-inch display. The back is slightly curved, to allow it to easily fit into the hand, and the focus on straight, clean lines sets it...

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Sony Xperia U Review


Sony released a scattershot of Xperia phones last year, and has decided to take a more measured approach this year, unveiling the NXT series at MWC 2012. That included the Xperia S and Xperia P, but today we'll be reviewing the Xperia U, the smallest...

The Xperia U sounds like a very average device: it doesn’t do anything particularly well, but it’s not a bad phone at the same time. What makes the phone interesting is the price point that Sony is hitting. Three UK offer the phone for £180, which...

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Sony Xperia U Android Smartphone


Announced back in February at this year's Mobile World Congress, the Sony Xperia U is Sony Mobile's successor of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray. Like the ray, the Xperia U is featuring a tiny 3.5" touchscreen and was initially launched with Android 2.3...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD1080p / HD720p


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication:No / Yes
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Operator:3 / EE / LIFE MOBILE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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