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Sony Xperia U Review
Call quality is very good on the Xperia U - loud and clean voices in the earpiece, and on the other side they said we could be heard very well, with distinct sound and strong volume.

The 1320mAh battery is rated for 6 hours and 36 minutes of talk time, which is about average, and up to 6 hours of video playback. With moderate to heavy usage you should be able to last a full day, and even one more if you don’t grab the phone that often.


Sony has cut a few corners to achieve the very affordable price of the Xperia U, like the lack of oleophobic coating and microSD slot, but these are still overshadowed by the cool design and the contemporary specs like a dual-core processor and screen with good pixel density.

Where it really dropped the ball, however, is the camera module - we’ve seen better 5MP shooters in Sony handsets dating back to 2010, especially in the video capture department. Yet something had to give, otherwise we’d have the perfect phone for the price, considering the very good call quality, strong and clear loudspeaker, and the removable battery with decent endurance.

Still, you’d be hard pressed to find more phone for the price. You either have to go back to Sony’s single-cores of last year, like the Xperia ray with its slimmer design and better camera, or open your wallet wider, and pony up for an HTC One V, which has a better camera and Android ICS.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is also a good choice one price level up - it has uninspiring design, but is fast and takes very good pictures. If we venture outside the Android universe, we might consider the Nokia Lumia 710 a better offer in terms of camera capabilities, albeit with a single-core processor.

Software version: 6.0.B.1.564

Sony Xperia U Review:


  • Very good specs and design for the price
  • Two seconds sleep-to-snap camera mode
  • Good call quality
  • Strong and clear loudspeaker
  • Transparent strip illuminates with different colors


  • Subpar video quality
  • No microSD slot
  • Lack of oleophobic coating

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Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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


Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 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...


Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 17, 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.


Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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


Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 30, 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


Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

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


Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 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.


Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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


Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Or 32gb. They're just being cheapskates.


Posts: 13; Member since: May 03, 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 !


Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

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


Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 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/


Posts: 4; Member since: May 28, 2012

4Gbs you have got to be kidding? Really? And why are they still selling phones with Gingerbread?


Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.


Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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


Posts: 32; Member since: May 28, 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


Posts: 13; Member since: May 03, 2012

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


Posts: 284; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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


Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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


Posts: 1; Member since: May 28, 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?


Posts: 13; Member since: May 03, 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 !


Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.


Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 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.


Posts: 5; Member since: May 27, 2012

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


Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

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


Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 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


Posts: 2; Member since: May 29, 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....


Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

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


Posts: 1; Member since: May 30, 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.


Posts: 182; Member since: May 27, 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.
Xperia U
  • Display 3.5" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor ST Erricson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1320 mAh(5.60h 3G talk time)

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