Sony Xperia SP User Reviews

Overall user rating

9.5

The overall rating is the average of all user reviews, while the overall alternatives are the ones that has been listed most.

UI speed
9.4
Camera
7.8
Multimedia
9.7
Internet
9.7
Call quality
9.4
Battery
9.4
Reception
9.3
Display
9.5
Build quality
9.3
Text input
9.7
Everyday usage
9.5
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AndyYan posted on Aug 14, 2014, 8:04 AM
Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

10.0

A midranger that flies high above its class

AndyYan has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Attractive package and LED strip, aluminum frame, 2000mAh+ battery, single-hand-friendly, MSM8960T SoC that even beats up my Nexus 4 in most benchmarks, microSD compatible, LTE and DC HSPA+, and now available with CM11! This thing is hands down the BEST midranger you can get! Or in other words, this does not belong in midrange - folks like S4 Mini and One Mini just couldn't match. Especially as I got this beauty second-handed for only ~$100 :)
Some minor setbacks, though: Screen has bad viewing angles, and touch sensitivity is bad, even with gloves mode on, I couldn't make it respond to my touch when my body is not in contact with the aluminum frame. Plus, it doesn't have good 3G reception. For the camera, autofocus sucks, especially when recording video, where it loses focus every 5 seconds or so. Also, dedicated camera key doesn't work as expected, often failing to focus when tap-to-focus works.
Overall, this is definitely the top of your short midranger list when you're out hunting for one! Won't regret it! (unless you really, really care about the setbacks above)

Build quality
10.0
Just solid.
Reception
8.0
Weak 3G signals compared to other devices I have.
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
LTE, 42Mbps HSPA+, what do you want?
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
Autofocus and camera button doesn't work that well.
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Like you won't believe this is only dual-core. MSM8960T is a true beast.
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
A bit washed out at angles, and touch sensitivity is BAD.
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • Aluminum frame
  • Big battery
  • MicroSD compatible
  • LTE and 42Mbps HSPA+
  • MSM8960T SoC that's unbelievably fast!

Cons

  • Below average viewing angles
  • Bad touch sensitivity
  • Mediocre 3G reception
  • Occasionally wonky camera and shutter button

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iLoveAmexica posted on Feb 02, 2014, 12:06 PM
Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

10.0

too good to be a mid-range

iLoveAmexica has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

king of mid-range phones. 1.7ghz processor,
Android 4.1.2, promised 4.4 update
the battery stima mode is just awesome
A transparent light strip at the bottom which is quite sexy,
best phone with the best value

Build quality
10.0
great
Reception
10.0
excellent
Call quality
10.0
its there
Internet
10.0
gj
Multimedia
10.0
everything you need
Camera
10.0
good enough
UI speed
9.0
bit laggy
Everyday usage
10.0
ns
Text input
10.0
wow
Display
10.0
perfect
Battery
10.0
the sony xperia satima mode is awesome

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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gundamexia450 posted on Jan 06, 2014, 7:10 PM
Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

9.0

Best Mid Range Smartphone on Budget for 2013

gundamexia450 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

This phone is one of the best smartphone that have been marketed in 2013. Reasonably big and excellent processors, it can be used in everyday usage. One of the great things about this phone is that LTE capable. For a budget phone, it provides a premium and LTE capable feel. It put it in different dimension than those low brand LTE capable smartphones.

Build quality
9.0
The plastic back cover feels cheap and seem brittle, but then again, I am used to aluminium back cover smartphone. But be careful because what made the back cover stick is small numerous of clicks that can be easily breakable.
Reception
8.0
It's unlocked, so any carrier with micro SIM card is compatible with it. That made the reception decent.
Call quality
10.0
With HD voice, call quality got better. That is a plus.
Internet
10.0
With dual cores 1.7 Ghz processor and LTE capable, this phone can run fast in browsing.
Multimedia
9.0
The walkman app make music such more easier and fun to listen to, especially with all these NFC accessories.
Camera
7.0
The camera is decent enough to post on social network, but in professional perspective, it is little under average which is a disappointment from Sony.
UI speed
10.0
It is very fast, it's that simple.
Everyday usage
10.0
Everyday usage is certainty possible
Text input
10.0
Simple and that is all you need, unless you want the emoji, then grab the app from the play store.
Display
10.0
Great pixel density, very crispy for mid range smartphone
Battery
9.0
Smartphones are known for poor battery life. With the innovated Stamina Mode, the battery life can last up to two days IF only for basic usage, not a heavy gaming.

Pros

  • Dual core
  • 4.6 inch
  • big battery
  • LTE capable

Cons

  • Plastic cover

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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ahonda55 posted on Nov 19, 2013, 12:48 PM
Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

9.0

Very good, but..

ahonda55 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Hello, I have this phone after HTC wildfire S and HTC One V, and my sister owns S3, well, this device is brilliant, nice build quality, nice screen nice sound and those regular things, but, some of the most daily used features are not encluded, like turn over to silent and quite when picked up and pocket mode, no Beats Audio which made a noticable difference in sound, those were in HTC devices, SONY just added the LED and some very minor features wich are not that handy for everyday usage, sorry Sony, HTC is the king when it comes to software creativity.
This phone is cost effective and fast, but it suffers from VERY VERY weak WIFI signel reception, All in all, I like it and I recommend it.
This phone screen doesn't have the OGS technology, which means that there is an air gap between the screen and the touch screen digitizer, this doesn't make a huge difference but you will notice that.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
9.0
WIFI signal reception is extremely weak, but network reception is perfect.
Call quality
9.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
8.0
This is not a 8MP camera, and it will never be
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
9.0
Display
9.0
No OGS technology Bad viewing angle, cheap HTC devices are MUCH better this way.
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Many, I really love this phone

Cons

  • Touch screen quality is not ideal
  • Camera focus and camera in general
  • A lot of practical features are missing

7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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Charlie_boy posted on Mar 08, 2014, 1:20 PM
Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

9.0

Arguably the Most Cost-Effective Mid-ranger of 1st Half of 2013

Charlie_boy has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

What pulled me into buying a phone from the mid-range segment is that these model have almost all the feature a power-user needs, less the cost of the flagship devices. (I'm just an occasional gamer, so I don't need those quad-cores)

I was looking for an android phone with dual-core CPU, at least 1GB RAM, 720p to 480p resolution within a 4.5 to 4.9 inch display, with a battery that's above average. In short, a well-performing phone with some endurance. So after using the comparison tool I narrowed it down to these: Xperia SP, Motorola Razr HD, and Samsung Galaxy Premier.

And regarding update support, it recently got updated to JB4.3 (as of Mar2014) which improved it's camera performance a bit!

Build quality
9.0
Build quality is semi-premium: [1] All glass front (scratch resistant); [2] plastic/matte back; [3] aluminum trims. The decision to put all the buttons on the right is good. Feels natural.
Reception
9.0
Signal reception is OK. I have case comparisons to HTC One V and One X+. Xperia SP shines out in low signal areas, whereas the HTC 2012 phones are already without signal.
Call quality
9.0
Calling audio is nice. The extra mic at the back makes sure the other party hears you well if you're in an environment that's a little noisy. If turned on speaker, quality is just as nice.
Internet
10.0
Chrome browsing is very fluid (processor handles websites well)! Gives you great browsing speeds, if your operator supports LTE. This is one of the best bang-for-the-buck web-browsing phone for you.
Multimedia
10.0
If there is one aspect that this phone stands out, it is in Multimedia. So many options available to you: [1] Phone has Bravia Display and above average speakers in loudness and quality. It also has an expandable storage to put i more music and videos. [2] You're also given a lot of interfacing options: MHL, PS Dual-Shock Controller linking, and display mirroring.
Camera
8.0
Camera picture quality is an issue. Although still good enough for social media. There's something wrong with how the camera focuses. You'll see it focuses great a split second but the final focus turns out bad. (edit: Camera improved in the JB4.3 update.
UI speed
8.0
A highly clocked dual-core and 1GB RAM (766 if you check what's available to apps) provides a pleasantly fast experience. The only slowdown that you'll experience is when you open/close RAM-intensive apps like 3D games.
Everyday usage
9.0
Gives you anything you ask of it with little complain. Calls, sms, email, some gaming... You'll get through the average day usually without any hassle.
Text input
9.0
Pretty much standard performing keyboard interface like most 2013 android devices. Support for non-English languages in text prediction is a great plus here (if you live in a country where English is not the primary language like me).
Display
8.0
Below average viewing angles and smudge-prone. Forgivable at night and indoors. But if you're planning to watch a movie on the bus/car in the afternoon.. We'll it's gonna be a chore avoiding the sun's reflection... Oh, and there is also degraded touchscreen responsiveness when you connect it to a computer. Just try not to use it when syncing files, i guess.
Battery
10.0
Battery performance is great due to two things: [1] Good battery capacity of 2300 mAh. Gets you through the day with some juice left. [2] Performance management tools: Stamina mode, Low-power mode, and Location-based WiFi. They get you through those busy phone-intensive days.

Pros

  • LTE on a less expensive device
  • Tons of Multimedia features
  • Great Battery life & Power Management

Cons

  • Camera quality and focus (pre 4.3 update)
  • Display angles and smudge-proneness

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najib1312 posted on Sep 19, 2013, 2:58 AM
Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

10.0

Affordable price tag with Premium Feel

najib1312 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Bought this phone 3 months back for USD307. Definitely a bargain price for this specs. LTE 4G is an added bonus. The real show stealers however are Adreno 320 GPU, Transparent bar (I personally LOVE this) and the battery life (1.5 days on average).

DISADVANTAGES:
1) Camera - It's good. But when compared to other phone in similar price segment such as Xperia T/TX/V/ION/S/SL, the results are clearly inferior. The good thing is u can take a shot in less than 2 seconds and it's perfectly usable for sharing in social media sites.

2) Internal storage is limited to 5.5GB. For heavy gamers, even though the performance is flawless, the storage is a limitation.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • 4G
  • ADRENO 320
  • TRANSPARENT BAR
  • BATTERY LIFE
  • GOOD DISPLAY
  • ANDROID 4.3 SUPPORTED

Cons

  • CAMERA
  • INTERNAL STORAGE
  • NOT IN-EAR HEADPHONES

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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mudassarfa posted on Jul 26, 2013, 7:19 PM
Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

10.0

superb

mudassarfa has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

This phone is overall a very good phone especially the battery performance. Playing games are simply superb in this phone thanks to adreno 320. The graphics are very smooth and vivid. Only issue is the camera performance but I am sure that many could live with it. I strongly recomend this phone to everyone

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • almost everything

Cons

  • camera

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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mayur_arjun posted on Jan 01, 2015, 12:45 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

9.0

Best daily use phone!!!

mayur_arjun has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Camera quality is a bit poor but overall a good mid range phone. Video recording is poor under low light but under good light conditions recording is good. Front cam is not that bad under light but worst under low light. Rear cam can capture good quality photos under any condition.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
7.0
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
9.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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m.qasimali posted on Dec 12, 2014, 3:25 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

9.0

I thinks its best mid range phone.

m.qasimali has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

I thinks its best mid range phone because of its better performance better GPU for gaming ad better display of 320ppi 720p. Metallic edges, Gorrila Glass protection, the Battery Timing is pretty decent, and with many sensors that are not included in most of the mid range devices.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Dual core 1.7 msm8960T better then some Quadcore
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • Better Display 320 ppi
  • Big Screen 4.6
  • Better Battery Timing
  • Sensors
  • Metallic edge for protaction
  • Gorilla class protection
  • Mobo Bravia Engine 2

Cons

  • Non Removable Battery
  • VGA front Camera

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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andrewantwan posted on Nov 10, 2014, 7:58 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

8.0

pretty good phone

andrewantwan has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I got this phone about a month now and I can say that it is a very powerfull phone feels good in the hand great screen it can handle powerfull games like asphalt 8 with ease it just stutter a bit when moving from apps I highley recommend it if you don't mind the camera quality

Build quality
9.0
if feels pretty good in the hand
Reception
7.0
the phone front speaker is a bit low but if you use your earpieces it sounds pretty loud
Call quality
7.0
Internet
10.0
no internet lags what so ever
Multimedia
9.0
the walkman app is definitely one of the most powerfull players outthere
Camera
6.0
not the best 8mp outhere the front VGA camera is also not that good
UI speed
7.0
it lags sometimes when moving from application to another but it is just for a second ot two
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
9.0
Display
9.0
Battery
9.0
it can last more than a day with moderate usage

Pros

  • feels solid
  • big screen
  • high resolution(720 x 1280)
  • loud speaker with verry good quality
  • powerfull processor
  • very good GPU
  • new android updates(4.3 jellybean)

Cons

  • front and back camera
  • the battery could be better
  • the internal storage is only 5gb wich may not be enough for some people

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inhato posted on Aug 27, 2014, 5:43 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

8.0

XPERIA SP

inhato has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

actually this is a good phone, but not the build quality. after six months i bought this phone, it started to be a laggy phone. i love the screen, but not the camera. i really don't like the camera, it's even worse than Galaxy Grand Neo to get a focus.

Build quality
7.0
the plastic is not solid
Reception
8.0
sometimes, it's hard to get 3G/hsdpa
Call quality
7.0
this phone always hot if i do some calls.
Internet
9.0
it's quick
Multimedia
9.0
Nice Walkman (y)
Camera
7.0
i think the sensors is not good enough.
UI speed
10.0
it's very quick
Everyday usage
8.0
Text input
8.0
Display
9.0
the sharpness is good also when the brightness at the lowest.
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Fast UI
  • Stamina Mode

Cons

  • Camera

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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johnjohn2001 posted on Jul 21, 2014, 3:58 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

10.0

OMG

johnjohn2001 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

this phone is just awesome.....it has a very fast 1,7 ghz snapdragon s4 pro dual core processor, a good 8 mpx cameraand good battery life....Also, it is very snappy and it doen't lag at all,a HD (!) display which at it price point (at least here in greece it costs about 199 euros),a led strip which make it fancier....THIS PHONE IS THE BEST PHONE AT IT'S PRICE POINT!!!!!

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • build quality
  • adreno 320
  • mobile bravia engine 2
  • battery life
  • smooth performance
  • sony's interface/UI
  • 319 ppi
  • led strip

Cons

  • camera could be better
  • viewing angles

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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iMirulFariz posted on Apr 25, 2014, 12:23 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

10.0

Awesome phone!

iMirulFariz has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

This phone is worth buying! Everything is perfect! But this phone's front facing camera isn't the best. It is just a basic VGA camera. Overall this phone is really awesome. You will not regret after buying this phone

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • Big screen
  • Enough RAM
  • Good camera
  • Loud speaker
  • Good processor
  • Good GPU
  • Good gaming experience
  • Nice body design

Cons

  • Basic VGA front facing camera

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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eefathi posted on Apr 11, 2014, 7:36 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: May 24, 2013

10.0

Great Phone!

eefathi has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

im having this phone about 4months, and now im using existenz rom with great recently updated stock kernel from sony.
im all satisfied, at first time i bought this phone, it got a little slow on xperia launcher, but with recent update from sony, it fixed.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • BATTERY!!! :D
  • bright and high quality display but not great at viewing angle
  • internet browsing is fast.
  • easy to use with one hand! (y)
  • the antutu score is even more than note 2 & Xperia Z!!

Cons

  • camera;hava a little buzzy colors
  • low internal capacity.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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milic97 posted on Mar 16, 2014, 7:35 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

10.0

cool

milic97 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

4.6inch Screen with Sony's own Bravia Engine,
1.7ghz processor,
android 4.3 jelly bean,
fast processor,
elegant slim body,
high graphic,
phone is great support growing applications and games, too good phone, not even so expensive, the best from Sonja middle class

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • ui speed
  • durable battery
  • big screen

Cons

No Cons

3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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alirezabo posted on Jan 06, 2014, 4:26 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

9.0

Nice phone with huge battery usage!

alirezabo has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I've bought this phone about 3 weeks ago, Everything is going well but the battery usage is very high and it'll drain in less than a day...
If your days are busy and you work too much with connectivity tools like wifi and 3G or etc.. think of it before buying, no other problems I think.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
10.0
Display
8.0
Battery
7.0
Battery usage in WIFI and playing games and even when the wifi is turned on without any usage is too much :(

6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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memohada posted on Nov 26, 2013, 8:25 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

10.0

the best with best price

memohada has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

the phone is at all perfect, what you find that the camera is little pit not professional, i was had xperia s with 12.1 mega pixel it was awsome but the sp did it too it's very good but not perfect in camer, any thing ils i found it more than very good especialy on the most heavy games with 3 hour online playing like modern combat 4

Build quality
10.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
10.0

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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Ashroft98 posted on Nov 19, 2013, 4:46 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

10.0

SPlendid! Performs excellently !

Ashroft98 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Peforms like a charm!More like a lower High End device to me rather than a higher Mid Range device.Camera sometimes work like a miracle but sometimes don't.It does possess with some software related problems.But with the 4.3 update,it will absolutely solve those and fully exploit the potentials inside this beast.Thankful to have this awesome piece of machine.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
3D games runs flawlessly like Asphalt 8 and MC4
Camera
8.0
Image become very noisy and blurry.
UI speed
9.0
Lags when you open large RAM consuming apps like Chrome and Google Search.
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • More to a high end than mid range
  • Has Mobile Bravia Engine 2 that boosts the image's colour and saturation
  • Fits smuggly in jeans
  • Beats Xperia Z, Galaxy S2 and S3 in Antutu

Cons

  • Not so much in viewing angles
  • VGA front camera

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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WilsenL posted on Oct 11, 2013, 12:38 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

9.0

Mid Range terbaik (best mid range for smartphone)

WilsenL has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Saya mencari kualitas smartphone untuk mid range dari berbagai sumber dan dari teman-teman yang menggunakan, mereka lebih cenderung ke sony xperia sp. dan hasil yang saya dapat sony xperia sp bagus. walaupun kekurang sedikit touch screen kurang responsive apabilan secara horizontal. tapi saya menggunakan gloves mode untuk membantunya. But this smartphone the best for mid range.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
Kamera depan masih VGA dan apabila di setting manual future white balancenya kurang.
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
9.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • Gloves mode
  • Battery 2370 mAh
  • Bravia Engine 2
  • 319 ppi
  • HD 720p

Cons

  • Kamaera Depan VGA
  • 8 Gb internal memory

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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Makato posted on Sep 01, 2013, 9:34 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

10.0

like it ;)

Makato has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

is a good mobile phone with good finishing touch, good display, I'm just disappointed with only VGA front camera, is a good mobile phone and recommend. is the best upper mid-range product. All games run very smoothly indeed.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
8.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
7.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • bravia display
  • good camera
  • cool design
  • long battery life
  • HDMI connector for TV
  • fast cpu
  • and others

Cons

  • vga front camera

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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VictorHu posted on Aug 20, 2013, 12:01 AM
Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

9.0

Dont Buy White Version

VictorHu has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

OVERALL I like this phone.With LTE..SD card slot..corning gorilla glass..HD quality display...HD camera.

But the camera results is noisy when you zoom it (5MP) but it clear when 3.2MP.
The white version I had, got spoiled in silver paint for aluminium frame. One inside the edge between aluminium frame and the glass. Other in USB port. It looks the quality of silver paint is bad. WHEN I try to zoom it all over silver paint, I found many spoiled silver paint. I try to replace it one to one replacement on the store and I got same defect for all white (me and store open 3 sealed xperia sp white). When I look at other color (black), black version got smooth paint on the aluminium frame.

That is why I suggest you don't buy white version. Buy black or red.

This phone worth of it except the white version.

Build quality
5.0
White version has low quality finishing for silver paint on aluminium frame.
Reception
10.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
6.0
Zoom the result and you will find a noise. Seems like software issues. But it goes well if setting was 3.2mp.
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
8.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
8.0

Pros

  • All Future function ready such as LTE, big screen.
  • easy grip and cool lock button.
  • Illumination light

Cons

  • noise on camera result (pic).
  • bad finishing quality for white version.
  • navigation button in display.
  • no dual network.
  • vga front camera. How we use face lock phone

10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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samuelcl posted on Jul 08, 2013, 9:35 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

10.0

Great Phone

samuelcl has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

The phone is great, it lasts me a couple of days even after heavy usage. And the LED strip is a really nice touch to the phone, It gives the phone a distinct look as compared to all most all the phones out there that look like a square with a round edge slab.

Build quality
10.0
No problems with the build quality, it just looks terrific (especially with the notification bar in the dark)
Reception
10.0
No problem with the phone's radios.
Call quality
10.0
Pretty loud speaker and doesn't have any stuttering in the sound.
Internet
9.0
Has somewhat a lesser wifi signal receiving range than my old phone
Multimedia
10.0
Haven't experienced any problems with my apps.
Camera
7.0
The compression algorithms ruined some of the photos I took.
UI speed
10.0
Swift and capable of multitasking.
Everyday usage
10.0
Lasts me an average of 2 days even after using a PSP emulator, browsing the web, texting and listening to music.
Text input
10.0
The on-screen keyboard is big enough to fit my fingers without the problem of sliding to other keys.
Display
10.0
Great display, crisp and bright.
Battery
10.0
Lasts me an average of 2 days, even after listening to music, texting, browsing the web, and playing games.

Pros

  • Huge battery
  • SD Card Slot
  • DualShock 3 compatibility
  • LTE capable radios
  • LED Strip

Cons

  • Camera compression algorithm takes some details away from the pictures taken

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simplysam.singh posted on Jul 05, 2013, 6:55 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

9.0

Awesome Midrand phone

simplysam.singh has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

I think its best phone ever i have seen in this price range good music quality, Bravia Engine 2 very impressive, Camera is not good at all but we already have SLR so doesn't matter for me, Dualshock 3 gamepad support good for me because i love games and this phone gives me everything that what i want from a midrange smartphones.
Thanks to sony

Build quality
10.0
because it deserves
Reception
9.0
because it deserves
Call quality
8.0
because the call speaker is not good at all
Internet
10.0
good speed
Multimedia
10.0
because of BE2
Camera
5.0
average average
UI speed
9.0
impressive
Everyday usage
10.0
because it deserves
Text input
9.0
touch sensitivity is good of this phone
Display
10.0
mind blowing display thats y
Battery
8.0
not good at all

Pros

  • S4PRO Processor
  • Adreno 320
  • BE2
  • fast processor

Cons

  • camera
  • low internal memory for atleast 2-3 HD games
  • front camera

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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bhaskarkumar posted on Jun 02, 2013, 7:01 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

10.0

sony's [sp]ecial

bhaskarkumar has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

best upper mid-range product
if u want an high-end performance at a decent price tag from a trusted brand go for it without any hesitation.
better than its competiters in this price range.
it also beats all the flagship models of last year like samsung galaxy s3 and HTC one x.

Build quality
10.0
it is surrounded by aluminium frame with plastic back panel(it is so thin and delicate)with signature power button. the transparent strip below is just awsome. it is mixture of metal and plastic and coated by corning gorilla glass for the display in one word about its build quality and looks [AWSOME]
Reception
10.0
its signal reception is good without any breakdowns
Call quality
10.0
call quality is also great can attend the calls even in noisy places
Internet
10.0
it has chrome as default browser. it can load even quite heavy pages with ease.
Multimedia
10.0
sony is specialist in this category.it is a winner among its rivals in this category. it has sonys media applications like walkman,movies,and album it is also powered by bravia engine 2 which is a treat to watch videos. it has also other apps like track id,FM radio to users delight.
Camera
8.0
it has 8 megapixel camera with exmor RS sensor. photos produced are just average. pepole who love to take pictures will be a bit dissapointed. but for normal use it is decent.
UI speed
10.0
it has snappdragon pro processor which is clocked at 1.7 GHZ and 1 gb ram. it can run any kind of application or game pretty smooth. even on multitasking there is zero lag.
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
text input is good. it also supports number of regional languages.
Display
9.0
it has an 720 p resolution screen. display is pretty crisp and sharp.it is also powered by mobile bravia engine 2. viewing angles are mediocre but all the users will operate in head on position so its not a big deal. over all its a good display.
Battery
10.0
it has battery capacity of 2370 MAH which is more than capacity of sony's flagship xperia z. for heavy users it can last a day for moderate users it can last more than a day.

Pros

  • good looks
  • decent battery back up
  • fast processor

Cons

  • average camera

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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cheetieng posted on May 24, 2013, 7:59 AM
Posts: 2; Member since: May 07, 2013

10.0

SP!!

cheetieng has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

No doubt it's the best phone at this range. It's a beast ! beats the hell out of the S3 like it's nothing. People might say that S3 is better because it's a quad core. Well guess what you could google it if you want to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Dual Core processor is way above the Exynos Quad Core and if you need more proof, the phone's scores in Antutu is 16486 , Quadrant is 7584 and Nenamark is 59.9 FPS . Scores which the S3 couldn't even dream of. And it even packs the monster Adreno 320 GPU, the same one used in Xperia Z & ZL. Battery backup is really good indeed. Lasts a whole day with moderate usage like gaming , watching videos and listening to music and also with the internet switched on the whole time. The LED strip on the bottom is indeed an attraction. Don't hesitate ! Just go for it.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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