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Sony Xperia U Review

Sony Xperia U 7.5

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Interface and Functionality:

We won’t spend much time reviewing the Timescape UI on the Xperia U, as it is the same Android Gingerbread overlay we find on the Xperia S, our review of which you can read here.

It is good-looking and functional with the Mediascape shortcut, and a plethora of widgets that cover things like social networking feeds and even app and media recommendations. Moreover, the Xperia U is expected to receive its Android Ice Cream Sandwich update.

The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread - Sony Xperia U Review
The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread - Sony Xperia U Review
The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread - Sony Xperia U Review
The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread - Sony Xperia U Review
The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread - Sony Xperia U Review
The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread - Sony Xperia U Review
The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread - Sony Xperia U Review
The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread - Sony Xperia U Review

The Sony Xperia U comes with Timescape UI on top of Android Gingerbread


Sony has included the usual preinstalled apps, some of which are useful, some you can chuck, and it has also provided its Music and Video Unlimited services for consuming media with a Sony account.

Typing on the virtual keyboard was surprisingly accurate, considering the phone’s size, since the keys look quite smallish. The on-screen keyboard is well-spaced, but the keys are not as big as on the iPhone, for example, so hitting the right one takes getting used to.

Virtual keyboard - Sony Xperia U Review
Virtual keyboard - Sony Xperia U Review

Virtual keyboard



Processor and Memory:

Sony Xperia U Review
Sony is using the 1GHz dual-core NovaThor U8500 chipset by ST-Ericsson with ARM Mali-400 GPU in the Xperia U, just like on the Xperia P. It was the first mobile chipset with SMP multithreaded processing, and ST-Ericsson is the only mobile chipset maker besides Qualcomm that integrates the radio as well - HSPA+ in our case with the Xperia U - for a complete solution.

No complaints, since we can get a quite capable multicore chipset in affordable handsets like the Xperia U. The phone’s interface moves well with this chipset and the 512MB RAM are enough of you don’t overwork the Xperia U with multitasking. 

The biggest gripe memorywise is the lack of microSD card slot. The Xperia U is quite the chubby phone, so why would Sony stick us with just the 4GB of internal memory is puzzling. On the other hand, it has the generous 2GB of memory for installing applications, their cache and data, but that still leaves us with only 4GB user-accessible storage for your music, vids and so on.

There are some slight delays when transitioning here and there, but nothing an upgrade to the lighter Android 4.0 shouldn’t fix. Here are the benchmarks:


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia U 2266 5419 28,3
LG Optimus L7 1886 2842 19,2
Samsung Galaxy S II 3113 6076 51


Internet and Connectivity:

The browser is powered well by the dual-core chipset, and rendering speeds, as well as panning and scrolling are swift. The phone renders the page in real time while zooming, which usually slows things a bit, but here the delay while pinching is negligible, even when there are Flash elements to stretch or compact.

The browser of the Sony Xperia U - Sony Xperia U Review
The browser of the Sony Xperia U - Sony Xperia U Review
The browser of the Sony Xperia U - Sony Xperia U Review

The browser of the Sony Xperia U


Text reflow is also seamlessly fitting the article text within the screen width upon double tap. Since we have a very good pixel density, text appears crisp, making reading a bit easier, despite the fairly small display for today’s Android standards.

The NovaThor U8500 chipset incorporates a 14Mbps HSDPA radio, and the phone also sports Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth and DLNA for streaming to your TV. Speaking of, the Media Remote app allows you to control a Sony Bravia TV via Wi-Fi.

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posted on 28 May 2012, 08:51 9

1. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


only 4 gb memory with no expansion is a big no-no for me...:(
Waiting for ace 2...

posted on 28 May 2012, 09:10 9

3. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


That's so true :D the ONLY drawback of this phone... darn you Sony, you lost so many customers because of this decision!! lol
otherwise its a great phone...

posted on 28 May 2012, 12:44 5

11. Sarath (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


I have this phone and having usb on the go,you can connect it to any pen drive.
So it does really make up.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 05:54

32. mobilefuture (Posts: 215; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


does it really have 4gb storage or is it 8gb?? every other website states it has 8GB. please confirm!!!

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:38

36. CombatantDrip19 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


4gb is user available(for music,vids etc),2gb for games nd 2gb fr OS.the latter two are not directly available to u

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:22

39. mrRicardo14 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


does the pre-installed apps included in the 2gb free for games and apps? does this mean you kinda get 6gb of memory?

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 13:06

46. saif713 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Internal memory is 8GB, Some of its (4GB) consumed by the OS (Android). You can use 2 gb of its for storing apps. then remaining of it is yours. so u will get 2+4=6 GB.
for many people 6 GB is well enough on phone.

posted on 28 May 2012, 08:56 7

2. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


The F is with the 4gb int. memory? for a smartphone, really? they could've at least loaded it with 8gb.

posted on 28 May 2012, 10:56 1

7. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Or 32gb. They're just being cheapskates.

posted on 28 May 2012, 15:13 10

12. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Cheapskates ? Really ? The NAND memory is the most costliest part of a smartphone. This phone has an 8 GB internal memory, of which 2 GB can be used for applications and 4 GB is user accessible, meaning for songs n videos n pics n stuff.
I agree that they should have thrown in a micro sd card slot. But they're in no way making cheap phones ! Apart from this, this phone doesnt have a single flaw !

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 10:58

29. bvbarmy (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


TRUE FACT: 1 GB of memory only actually costs £00.07 (7p).

posted on 29 May 2012, 00:25 2

19. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


The actual internal memory is 8 gb of which 4 gb is for user content and the other 4 is for apps and stuff.

http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-u/specifications/

posted on 28 May 2012, 09:27 1

4. amaranth (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 May 2012)


4Gbs you have got to be kidding? Really?

And why are they still selling phones with Gingerbread?

posted on 28 May 2012, 10:55 9

5. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


How is "lack of oleophobic coating" a con? I've never seen it listed as a con on any other phone without an oleophobic coating.

posted on 28 May 2012, 16:24 4

15. Jyakotu (Posts: 844; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Agreed. I didn't even understand what PA meant when I read that. Like, seriously.?

posted on 28 May 2012, 10:56 4

6. blade (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 May 2012)


4gb is really little i agree but it also available at cheap price
this is the cheapest dual core phone i would not mind buying it also it sports usb otg so for someone it might not be a serious problem
but if this phone comes with 8 gb it dfinetly a win

posted on 28 May 2012, 15:16 4

13. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)


It does has 8 GB. Just the user accessible is 4 GB. 2 GB for applications too.

posted on 28 May 2012, 10:58 1

8. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


4gb!. Sony must've been overtaken by some moron's

posted on 28 May 2012, 11:09 3

9. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


The first line under design: "boxy like a Volvo" You have to be old to lol at that XD

posted on 28 May 2012, 11:21 4

10. mooving (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 May 2012)


and the the reviewer mention nothing on Xperia Sola in comparison which almost the same price range instead recomend over last year model, ray
come on, could this be really phonearena review?

posted on 28 May 2012, 15:20 7

14. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Daniel P. : A very nice review indeed. But can you please highlight the fact that this phone actually has a total 8GB of internal storage ! 2GB is for applications and 4GB is user accessible for data n stuff ! Most people here believe that it's just 4Gb ! Please elaborate !

posted on 28 May 2012, 16:28 3

16. Jyakotu (Posts: 844; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


The phone's design looks great and way better than some of the slabs we see from other Android OEMs. Sony, honestly, has some of the better looking hardware for Android. If only Sprint and Sony were good, I would easily buy a Sony Android phone. *sighs* Also, like someone started, this phone has 8GB of storage, 2GB for apps, 4GB for users. And I'm starting to get used to lack of microSD slot. Face it, everything is about to transition to "cloud storage." Looking at the advantages now, I think it's pretty handy to have all your files stored on a website or your computer in case you lose your phone. And also, most of the cloud storage services with apps give you more than enough additional space for music, movies, videos and more.

posted on 28 May 2012, 19:43

17. Praesepe (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


This is a really good phone, its only "flaw" is the lack of microsd support. Now PhoneArena, review the Sony P, that's the real deal, I don't know where I've read it photos are even better than the S's.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:50 1

25. issy_i (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 May 2012)


have you been sleeping? Xperia P review is allready out acouple of days ago

posted on 28 May 2012, 21:53 2

18. DawsonLee (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


The only draw back would be the absence of a micro SD card slot, wished Sony could be a bit wiser on that

posted on 29 May 2012, 03:37 1

20. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


sony cud make a phone with 13mpx cammera like on the gx and floating touch on xperia sola and white magic display on xperia u + the customizable colors on the xperia u !!!! this wud be a damn hell of a phone :D + an arc back

posted on 29 May 2012, 03:42 3

21. Zerogates (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 May 2012)


its a well known fact that phones tend to slow down once you start filling them up with a lot of apps and some hd games(which are what good android games today all about)......limiting the amount of memory allocation for these can work in greatly improving the phone's efficiency.....and for those of you who need more.....OTG is always there......u just need the cable and a sufficient capacity pendrive.....the features in this phone are simply unbeatable at this price guys....

posted on 29 May 2012, 08:05

22. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I personally find the SOny Ericsson Experia designs much better than the NXT series!

posted on 30 May 2012, 06:51

23. AngelDust (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 May 2012)


Android newbie here - it is mentioned that it is upgradeable to ICS but how exactly does one go about this upgrade? Thanks in advance.

posted on 30 May 2012, 14:54 2

24. Nick_T (Posts: 170; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You will have to wait until Sony releases the software update first. Then eventually, you will get an update notification. It is hard to say exactly when this is going to happen, however, as these updates take time and release dates vary by region.

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Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia U

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.7
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Display3.5 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (280 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
ST Erricson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.41 x 2.13 x 0.47 inches
(112 x 54 x 12 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1320 mAh, 6.6 hours talk time

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