Sony Xperia P Review


The Sony Xperia P is well capable of taking some great-looking photos with its 8-megapixel camera. Even though we took our outdoor samples on a gloomy day, the images were rich in detail and the color balance was accurate enough. The automatic scene selection worked pretty well so in 9 out of 10 cases we ended up with a properly exposed photograph. When taking photos indoors, image quality degrades noticeably, yet low-light smartphone photos rarely look good as a whole.

When light is plentiful, focusing times are very short and the shutter lag is under half a second. In low-light conditions, however, the camera surely takes its time, which is why focusing can take well over a second.

By holding down the dedicated camera button, you can take photos straight from the lock screen, and it is nice to see that the feature works like a charm almost every time. Less than 2 seconds are required for the camera to boot up, to focus on an object, and to capture a frame.

As far as videos are concerned, 1080p footage looks okay, but the continuous auto-focus rarely serves its purpose if a close-by object is introduced in front of the camera. There is a front-facing VGA camera present, but its quality is mediocre at best.

Sony Xperia P Sample Video - stabilizer off:

Sony Xperia P Sample Video - stabilizer on:

Sony Xperia P Indoor Sample Video:


Sony has thrown in a music player of its own, and we are pretty happy with it. The interface is simplistic, a useful home screen widget is present, and controlling the music playback can be done at any time from the lock screen. In addition, you gen an equalizer and a few other audio tweaks. Support for lossless audio is missing at the moment, but it will come along with the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

The video player does not boast a fancy interface, but it plays back any file format we have to throw at it. Anything of resolution up to 720p runs smoothly and looks really nice



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: 1970; 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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