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Sony Xperia U review

Sony Xperia U review
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Retail Price: RM 579
AP Price: RM 534 - 549
The Sony Xperia U feature a 3.5-inch 800640 pixel Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine, a 1Ghz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera with Fast Capture and 720p video recording
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At a glance

+ Fairly powerful device in small package

+ Dynamic lighting strip

- Non-expandable memory

22 May 2012 – Recently divorced Sony were quick in getting back on their feet with the launch of their new Xperia lineup. One such device is the Sony Xperia U, which is supposedly the entry level model. However, do not think for a second that is in any way a low-end device, because it packs quite a punch.


Exterior, Controls and Screen

The matte finish of the plastic materials used to construct the device feels lightweight and pleasant to hold. The Xperia U is neither the biggest phone nor the most compact around; it feels just right.

Probably the most unique design characteristic on the Xperia U is the transparent strip at the bottom of phone that pulses with different colours depending on what is displayed on-screen. For example, a blue image on display means the light would render into the corresponding colour.

The 3.5-inch screen on the Xperia U makes it the same size as the one seen on the iPhone 4S. In addition, Sony has managed to port over the Bravia technology seen on its television onto the phone, allowing for some of the sharpest and clearest images we have seen on a mobile phone display.


Software, Application and Games

It is unfortunate that the Gingerbread is still present here, as having Ice Cream Sandwich on Xperia U would have made it stand out from other devices in the mid-range stable. As usual, Sony has preloaded the device with software that they think you need, which you do not. We ultimately found ourselves liking only the Timescape social networking integration UI and the great music player app.

All this will be running on a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. On the downside, while the Xperia S has 4GB for you to play around with, that is as much space as you are going to get, since there is no means of expanding Internal storage.


Camera, Video and Audio

We do not have much to say about the 5-megapixel shooter on the Xperia U, as it is fairly standard for phones in this range, and performed to our expectations

Watching movies on its screen was also a fairly enjoyable affair too, and although it could have made do with a higher resolution, the Bravia technology powering the Xperia U compensated for it.



Most of the connectivity features that you can think of are present on the Xperia U - HSDPA 14.4Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and DLNA.

More important, with everything that a little runt like the Xperia U has to do, does it have enough battery life to sustain itself? Our answer will be along the lines of “Somewhat” since our Xperia U did geto through most the day from moderately heavy usage.



We were hard pressed in finding fault with this device, as it is essentially a down-scaled version of its big brother, the Xperia S. Still, the Xperia U does not skimp on the features and can still hold its own against all mid-range devices and some of the upmarket ones as well. Given its fairly reasonable asking price, this is one of the better upper mid-range devices that you can get right now.




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