The earpiece on the Sony Xperia P is surely among the best ones we have heard lately. It does an excellent job delivering clear, natural vocal tones that are free of distortion even at the loudest setting. The microphone's performance is also well above the average as it captures voices that sound loud and distinct on the other side of the line. We should also mention the built-in loudspeaker, which is situated in a very unusual spot, namely on the phone's side. It is enhanced by Sony'x xLOUD technology, and after testing it out we can concluded that it is definitely loud enough for a decent hands-free conversation. Ringtones also sound loud enough to be heard even if the handset is inside your pocket.

The smartphone's 1305mAh battery is rated for 5 hours of 3G talk-time, which is somewhat below the norm for a device of this class. In stand-by mode, the handset should last for nearly three weeks before its battery is drained, which is more acceptable. If used as a music player, on the other hand, the Xperia P surpasses many of its competitors by delivering 80 hours of continuous music playback. Just let us remind you that the battery is non-removable so swapping it on the go is not an option.


The Sony Xperia P is only an inch away from being the ultimate mid-range Android smartphone – packed with cool features, yet relatively inexpensive considering what you're getting in exchange. And what you get is a great camera, pretty interface, snappy dual-core processor, and one of the brightest smartphone displays to date, all encased inside of a solid aluminum package.

The only things that drag the smartphone down are its imperfect color representation and the aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sure, a promised software update will take care of the latter, yet the former is something we will have to settle down with.

If you are determined on getting the Sony Xperia P anyway, chances are that your needs will be fulfilled, but we would advise you to check out a few alternatives first. For example, if you are more into AMOLED displays, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is worth considering as it is another great Android mid-ranger that should bear a more affordable price tag. The HTC Sensation may be over a year old, but it does not lag behind in terms of specs and comes at an identical price point.

Sony Xperia P Review:


  • Display with outstanding outdoor visibility
  • Camera is really good
  • Great in-call audio quality


  • Gingerbread at launch
  • Display colors could have been more accurate

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22 Reviews



52. Apian

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Great midrange phone,, I think this phone had crap Batteray.. and not get KitKat OS, sadly..

50. lovingzana

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2013

i want this fhone..what price for this fhone

49. camohan

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Just updated my Sony Xperia P (India) to 4.1.2. The update is superb.. for all those who cant update, pls update ur phone from Sony Update Service..It requires 580 MB of data to be downloaded so updating thru SUS is recommended.. Enjoy..!!!

48. achin

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

only sony mid range phone with 1gb of ram


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

in my device i dont see any significant changes except for that if feels much more smoother/snappier and sleep mode to save battery is bit more less consuming which is really good, compare to my last update. aside from that i dont see any major or significant change..

46. camohan

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

@ Reyner Any significant changes? And what do you meab by snappier?

44. camohan

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Thanks reyner for your comment, i was about to update the phone but for now i would wait for xperia blog to confirm...!!!


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

the 1.75 software updte is already confirmed by xperia blog i aalready updated mine the only difference is it feels much snappier this time it doesnt fix my previous bug though

42. camohan

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

New update for sony xperia p 6.1.1.B.1.75 is now available. getting this on PC companion, but nothing mentioned in the sony website ( as per sony website global latest software version is 6.1.1.B.1.54) nor any notification on update center in mobile for availability of update. Can anyone confirm?


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

nope it xperia blog confirms it! i also have that update but i haven't update my phone yet im still waiting for other xperia p users review im too scare to try it for i heard there are "FEW" who had encountered problem or did not fix any current problem they had..

39. camohan

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Since it doesnt have a SD card slot,can the APK files stored in my Pendrive be accessed on the mobile thru OTG?

40. nevinjohn

Posts: 9; Member since: May 03, 2012

Yes. It's possible.

41. camohan

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

THanks NevinJohn..!!


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

the operating system is good i bought my Xperia p with ICS out of box and it works really well i bought it in xperia concept store the battery is good for me it last about 10-12 hrs with 3g connection i guess that depends on the user though camera is fantastic as well as multimedia i highly recommend the phone for the price as well as the quality.

37. fouadwagdy

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2012

i mean operation system ,thx

36. jaygun

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

This phone has some major issues. I had it for 1 week and sold for bargain. 1. Very bad signal strangth. The 3G signals fluctuate always. 2. The battery is a pain. Cant even last 6 hours at regular usage 3. The call quality, which mentioned in the review as axcellent is terrible. the earl piece makes your ears cry in pain cus the very sharp conture of the top margine of the handset. The speaker is loud for sure but the sounds are too sharp and artificial.

34. fouadwagdy

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2012

i will buy this phone soon but iwant to know can i update his OP to ICS ?


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

im sorry what do you mean by OP? in xperia concept stores they are already selling an ICS out of box


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

i have it from 2mos now the phone itself is good ics out of box gives the battery life last for almost a day(depending on the usage of the user) but i consider myself as a power user that always connected via 3G and the battery last for about 10-12 hrs i highly recommend this phone for the price of it ,the built quality, design, multimedia, camera if 16gb is enough for you then theres nothing to worry. it runs very smooth though there are gitters at home screen every now and then but its not enough to entirely hate the device and it will not ruin the entire experience..

32. matsosg1

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

So if i buy this phone i can't change the battery?? and what is ICS? Thanks

31. vignesh.ssv

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Cam pics appears yellowish. try taking an indoor pic of ur face alone with flash on.

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.

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

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??????

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.

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.

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.

23. Hoopled

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

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

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?

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
Xperia P
  • Display 4.0 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware ST Erricson NovaThor U8500, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 1305 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2

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