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Cons: Outdated Android 2.3 OS, Too much unwanted software, So-so gaming performance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: 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
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Cons: Outdated version of Android, Suffers from death grip, User interface is heavy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: 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.
Conclusion: In a not-so-far-fetched scenario, the Sony Xperia P struggles to emerge from the shadow of the Xperia S flagship and sees its sales eaten into by its own more affordable siblings, the Xperia U and sola. Many phones in a similar position would find it hard to rise to the challenge. Not the Sony Xperia P. This metal-clad warrior wants to be the maker of its own future. But even if we look past the stylish aluminum unibody, the Xperia P still has a lot going for it.
Pros: Aluminum unibody, Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Bright 4" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine and WhiteMagic (fourth white subpixel); Scratch-resistant glass, Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update, Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 1 GB RAM, Mali-400 GPU, NovaThor U8500 chipset, 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and ...
Cons: No Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, Display has poor blacks, high brightness levels result in poor color rendering and loss of contrast, No memory card slot, microSIM only, Modest battery capacity of only 1305mAh results in mediocre battery life