Summary: The Xperia P is the mid-range entry in Sony's Xperia NXT series of smartphones announced at MWC earlier this year. It sits below the Xperia S and above the entry-level Xperia U. Sony's strategy with this trio of handsets invites comparisons to HTC's One Series: both aim to address the low-, mid-, and high-end of the smartphone market with devices that share a common design philosophy.
Pros: Rock-solid build, WhiteMagic display is a revelation, High-quality camera
Cons: Outdated Android 2.3 OS, Too much unwanted software, So-so gaming performance
Conclusion: Considering where the Sony Xperia P fits into the NXT line, it does a good job of championing the design language, functionality and strengths Sony's new phones have come to represent. It's a good fit in the hand and pocket, has a decent camera and the screen looks fantastic. The buttons are easy to press along the transparent strip, and it works as a phone too.
Pros: Wonderful screen, Bold design, Good camera
Cons: Outdated version of Android, Suffers from death grip, User interface is heavy
Conclusion: The Xperia P is not a record-setting handset, though it’s WhiteMagic screen is certainly a winner in my book. The design is clean and the hardware is fast enough to satisfy most users. Assuming the update to Android 4.0 comes through for everyone with the P (some users have gotten it already), it could be a good option for those looking for a smaller handset. Phones keep getting larger and larger. It’s good to see a solid phone in a smaller size.
Pros: Super bright WhiteMagic screen, Compact size is a plus, Voice calls sound good, Sleek Sony design
Cons: Button layout uncomfortable, Android 4.0 update still pending, No microSD, Crappy front camera
Summary: The Sony Xperia P is the mid-range member of Sony's NXT line of smartphones that was introduced earlier this year. Already available in Europe for some time, the Xperia P can now be purchased in the U.S. direct from Sony and a handful of other retailers.
Pros: Solid build quality, great display, great call quality
Cons: Dated software, poor video quality, short battery life
PHOTOVIEW: Sony Xperia P Android Smartphone with NFC
27 July 2012
Excerpt: Announced back in February at this year's Mobile World Congress , the Sony Xperia P is Sony Mobile's little brother of the Xperia S which was announced back in January. Like all Xperia NXT smartphones, the Xperia P has a simple and strong design but takes it one step further with its precision crafted full aluminum unibody.
Summary: The Xperia P looks good on paper, even though it only sports a 1.0GHz dual-core NovaThor processor. However, we were a bit disappointed that the internal storage is only 16GB and there’s no option for expandable memory. Also, because of the unibody design, the battery is not user-replaceable.
Sony Xperia P review: a solid, mid-sized smartphone waiting for Android 4.0
3 June 2012
Summary: The Xperia P is a confident, middle-sized handset, but new smartphone shoppers may find it difficult to spend £340 (around $530; off-contract) on it. While the Xperia P has more design charm and better build quality, the Xperia S is already being substantially discounted in the UK, with a grander camera, larger screen and more capable processor.