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Cons: Outdated Android 2.3 OS, Too much unwanted software, So-so gaming performance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Cons: Outdated version of Android, Suffers from death grip, User interface is heavy
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia P is only an inch away from being the ultimate mid-range Android smartphone – packed with cool features, yet relatively inexpensive considering what you're getting in exchange. And what you get is a great camera, pretty interface, snappy dual-core processor, and one of the brightest smartphone displays to date, all encased inside of a solid aluminum package.
Pros: Display with outstanding outdoor visibility, Camera is really good, Great in-call audio quality
Cons: Gingerbread at launch, Display colors could have been more accurate
Sony Xperia P review: WhiteMagic isn't really magic, but the Xperia P is a superbly constructed smartphone let down only by a few small issues
Good Gear Guide.au
31 August 2012
Summary: Sony's Xperia P feels every bit like a premium smartphone. It's aluminum build, bright and vivid screen and good camera make it a valid alternative to some more expensive rivals. However, many potential buyers may be off put by the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich software, less than stellar ergonomics and a lack of expandable memory.
Pros: Premium look and feel, Excellent, bright screen, Good camera, particularly outdoors
Cons: Outdated Android OS, Not the best ergonomics, No expandable memory
Excerpt: The design of this year's Xperia range of smartphones is extremely similar from phone to phone, each looking distinctly square but in varying sizes. The Xperia P is the middle of the road size at 59 x 122mm which fits more comfortably in the hand than the Xperia S . It is somewhat lighter at 121g but effectively the same thickness, at 10.5mm.