Sony Xperia P Review


To no surprise, we have the Timescape UI running on the Sony Xperia P. We have discussed its traits more than once already, so check out our Sony Xperia S review to find out more. Sadly, Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread comes pre-installed, which is quite frustrating given how long Ice Cream Sandwich has been around for. Fortunately, an update will be released this summer.

In portrait mode, we find the on-screen keyboard a bit tricky to use, so typos can be common. Thankfully, the auto-correct feature will take care of them on the fly, and the auto-complete bar can be quite useful.


If you are into social networking, the Timescape app will surely come in handy. It aggregates your Facebook and Twitter feeds for easy following of friends' activity, and the widgets it is accompanied by make doing so even more convenient. The Recommender app could also be quite useful with its suggestions for apps and games that you might be interested in.

Processor and memory:

With a 1GHz dual-core processor – the NovaThor U8500 by ST Ericsson, the Sony Xperia P should theoretically have no troubles performing every day tasks with ease, especially when it is equipped with a whole gigabyte of RAM. That is mostly true for the times when a static live wallpaper is used, but live wallpapers (more than a few of which come pre-loaded) introduce a slight lag when navigating through menus and home screens. Still, that does not affect the device's overall usability much. We tried playing a complex 3D game – Frontline Commando, and it ran without any difficulties. Inexplicably, Fruit Ninja, which requires far less processing prowess, dropped frames when too much objects were present on the screen.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia P 2187 5404 29,4
HTC One S 4867 7012 60,7
LG Optimus L7 1886 2842 19,2
Samsung Galaxy S II 3113 6076 51

Even though a microSD card slot is not present on the Xperia P, the 16 gigabytes of on-board storage should be enough for the needs of most users. That is, unless they shoot too much 1080p video, as every minute of footage occupies roughly 100 megabytes of storage space. The actual user-available storage is as follows: 11.26GB for files, documents, and media, and 2GB allocated for installed applications.

Internet and connectivity:

The stock web browser on the Sony Xperia P feels unpolished, so getting an alternative from the Play Store is highly recommended, in our opinion. Scrolling through heavy web pages is often laggy and gets quite unresponsive at times. Other than that, pages load pretty quickly and you get goodies like pinch to zoom, text reflow, multiple windows, and Adobe Flash support.

Hooking up to the internet is done either via Wi-Fi b/g/n or by using 3G at up to 14.4Mbps on the downlink. Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, and the FM radio complete the list of mandatory connectivity features. There is also a microUSB port for wired file transfer and charging. The Micro HDMI port makes connecting the smartphone to a TV possible, although a cable has not been included in the set. Last but not least, you get NFC, which allows Sony SmartTags to be used, yet keep in mind that no tags have been included in the set.



1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

first,, and btw this phone is good for the mid ranged... so if u want it go get it

17. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I really realllllly reaaaallllllllllyyyyyy want one!!!!

2. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

also why is it rated bad at gingerbread at launch.. the galaxy s advanced may never get ics but this fone mite

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Probably because Gingerbread is over a year old, we're only five months away from receiving what comes after ICS, and "may never get ICS" and "might" mean exactly the same thing. I'm surprised that this phone somehow managed an 8.5 with a year old processor, tiny screen, and outdated OS. The One S, another mid-range smartphone, uses the latest version of these, yet only managed an 8. But, if PhoneArena says so...

12. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

There is a considerable price gap between the Xperia P and the One S. This may not be true for all markets, but in the U.S., an unlocked Xperia P can be bought for as little as $435, while an One S starts at $520 unlocked. The Xperia P deserves its high score given the great experience we had with it.

30. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Looks at this phone now! Xperia P Has ICS :)

11. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

Because Ice Cream Sandwich has been out for so long, yet we have an otherwise great phone that still runs Android 2.3. Kind of like buying an ultrabook with Windows Vista. It may be weeks, if not months until ICS reaches this phone, and consumers do not like to wait. Chances are that the Galaxy S Advance will get updated to Android 4.0 one day. Nothing is official yet, but since the Galaxy Ace 2 is getting Ice Cream Sandwich, it seems logical for Samsung to update the Advance as well.

3. Grishm

Posts: 54; Member since: May 18, 2012

6 hours of talk time on 2G is far too low! I don't see any reason in preferring Xperia P to Xperia U other than a slightly bigger and brighter display. Worse, the price difference between the two is a whopping INR 8000.

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Nonsense, man. Xperia P is WAY better than that fail called the Xperia U - we're talking a much better camera, a whole different league of display, DOUBLE the storage. And it has a premium, beautiful design and built - it's an aluminium phone!

18. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

if only if they combiend xperia p and u

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This is the one android that matches the iPhone in terms of class and style - and kicks it out of the park in value for the price. Brilliant package and the best phone Sony has produced so far imho.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I don't really follow Sony that much. Are any Xperias going to be sold in the US? I'd like to see one in person. They're beautiful phones, but are sadly behind the times as far as internals.

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well, Sony is having big plans for US market in the future. Since the Ericsson stake re-purchase in the joint venture, they are raising their ambitions with mobile division-it will be one of their core businesses. What is confirmed for now, is the Xperia Ion release on AT&T soon(although that's a way too late, admittedly). As for the bigger plans - i sense they are holding up some announcements for the Q4 And man, i can tell you Xperias are by far the most stylish android phones. Xperia Arc is the best(in terms of sheer beauty) designed phone ever, imo.

9. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Buddy........u really know what beauty is

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

you too, buddy :)

51. cellabonez

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

i am from jamaica and my carriers dont sell sony and i certainly know you can buy a sim free version from their site , all the way

10. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

This is an ultimate mid ranger ,,,,, its sheer beauty and powerful performer in terms of specs

14. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Even though the phone has Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch and its a con, I'm glad with the score. It's a good looking mid ranged phone. :)

16. rsiders

Posts: 1981; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Why don't new phones like Ice Cream Sandwich? I'm convinced that phones released in December will still have Gingerbread.smh

19. amaranth

Posts: 4; Member since: May 28, 2012

Why the hell are they still selling phones with Gingerbread? I wouldn't buy one, anyway, not with what ever follows ICS out in just a few months.

20. rrgmmrege

Posts: 2; Member since: May 24, 2012

good phone looking forward to buy it...... do NFC tag come anolg with it ...?? coz many of the video on youtube show red and black NFC tags in d box it self .....

21. issy_i

Posts: 5; Member since: May 27, 2012

People who got this phone, please lett us know how the battery performance is :) i really want this phone but will only buy when battery can last atleast a day with light/moderate usage phonearena sux becouse they skipped the most important thing in smartphones >> REALTIME BATTERY LIFE

22. Hoopled

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

So far... 1. I cannot connect bluetooth to car hi-fi. Worked with every other phone I have had. 2. I cannot figure out how to delete emails without going into each one and deleting individually. Seriously...300 odd junk emails a day...takes forever. 3. I cannot connect to other devices on same wi-fi network. finds them, then reports an error. 4. How do I add a picture of a contact that doesn't use FB?

23. Hoopled

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Can delete batches of emails! Added pictures Still cannot connect to car hi-fi

24. rao97

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I love this phone. I think it's the best mid range phone right now. It has all the specs I need. The best thing about Xperia P is its design, its just really good. I don't have it right now but i will buy it soon for sure.

25. ppfrglrsh

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

so far sony is able to attract people by its so called "WHITE MAGIC" nd tranluscent element .At first glance its looks amazing & looks solid coz of its aluminium body. Moreovr going toward its specs *pretty good 8 mp snapper *got VGA cam in fornt (could hav had 1.3mp) *1300mAH battery which the "MAJOR DRAWBACK " seriouly if ur making a beast with 960 by 540 pixels nd BRAVIA Engine *it has Gingerbread wow sony is trying harder nd harder to f**k up its phone nd moreovr they r not making "XPERIA SX" global which indeed a more better phone.

26. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Battery life is dreadful. Sony claims whitemagic is more power efficient but it's not. Moreover, it has some problems with black color. Really nice phone but battery life ruins everything. Huge nits? Nokia did 1000 nits display more than a year ago. And battery wasn't so nasty.

27. kkrss

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

it has a novathor u8500 processor , which is d weakest one around nowadays ... is it still worth a buy??????

28. SamadKhan

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

well guyes who think phone is good or bad... i purchase 10dayz before its running awesum great camara for photos and videos and no problem wid battery afta 2 dayz i purchase i thout battery is bad coz only 6 or 7 battery backup den i installed GO POWERSAVER frm android market and now i dnt hav any problem wid battery its working awesum am playing games and 2g internet bt when we are using WIFI or 3G internet battery backup is less like others phones( its common think) wifi and 3g use more battery ... thnx SONY nyc phone .. easy to put n hands.. and NFC is working great... -Samad Khan

29. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Bought this for my son on his b'day last week. He switched from his Samsung to Sony now.
Xperia P
  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor ST Erricson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1305 mAh(5.00h 3G talk time)

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