Excerpt: I am a photography lover and smartphone photography is something that I particularly enjoy. Though a mid-range smartphone, the Sony Xperia P features an 8 megapixel camera with a single LED flash. I have taken it for a spin in different scenarios, and here share some of the photos with you. Photos taken in good lighting come out fine, though they are nothing spectacular. In poor lighting, I found the flash rather weak, and not well aligned.
Excerpt: Sony has a track record with music on their popular Walkman brand, and they have brought that to play in their smartphones. The music player on the Sony Xperia P is appropriately named Walkman. I am a music lover, and one of the things a mobile can do to impress me is get music playback right. Music, and photos. The Sony Xperia P does music better than most mobiles I have reviewed.
Excerpt: I find the Sony Xperia P a nicely designed smartphone. The size is just right for one-handed use without the display being too small (4.0 inches). The body is plastic, but does not feel or look cheap. The P is also quite lightweight, clocking at 120g. The review unit here is black. The display is quite sharp and beautiful for all tasks – whether it is for image and video viewing or web browsing. Sunlight legibility is very good.
Excerpt: The last time that we had an Xperia here at MOBILITY Towers was way back in February 2012. That was the hardware QWERTY equipped Xperia Pro . Those were the days before Sony Ericsson lost Ericsson and became Sony. Now, we have the Sony Xperia P visiting us for a while. The Xperia P is love at first sight. This is one very sexy looking smartphone. Darn! It is one of the most gorgeous smartphones on the market. No; the image above does not do it justice.
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Cons: Outdated version of Android, Suffers from death grip, User interface is heavy
Summary: At Rs. 24,500, the Sony Xperia P doesn’t really have much competition at its price point, so it’s pretty much hogging all the limelight. You have the Lumia 800 , but there’s no point going down that road. The only real alternative is the unofficially available Galaxy Nexus and that’s that one I’d pick in a heartbeat. I didn’t find anything that’s majorly wrong with the Xperia P.
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
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.