Summary: It’s one of the dirty secrets of the mobile business: last year’s flagship phones are often better value than this year’s mid-tier phones, and while there’s plenty to like about the Sony Xperia SP, that’s still true here. On contract, you can find a bigger, more powerful Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X for the same price - and if you’re buying SIM-free, the £239 LG Nexus 4 with a full HD screen and Android 4.2 is even better value.
Sony Xperia SP hands on review: massively impressive
8 March 2014
Conclusion: Although not blessed with the looks or specs of the Xperia Z, the Sony Xperia SP is a phone that still deserves a raised eyebrow of appreciation thanks to the combination of spec list and likely price. The body is smooth and feels quality in the hand, and while the screen is slightly dwarfed by the larger chassis, there’s no doubt this is a phone that could fly off the shelves if enough people get fed up with the notion of spending loads of money each month on a handset.
Sony Xperia SP Review: Meet the King of Midrange Smartphones
3 September 2013
Excerpt: Sony Xperia SP: King of Midrange Smartphones We’ll jump the gun a bit and go straight to our verdict. The Sony Xperia SP, based on our experience with it in the last week, is arguably the best smartphone as of this writing that you can buy in the Php14,000-Php15,000 price range. It’s a killer mid-range smartphone with stunning design and ...
Summary: Ambitious mid-range device 4.6-inch display with HD resolution, powerful hardware and a design similar to the Xperia Z top model's: At the first glance, the Sony Xperia SP appears to have all advantages on its side. Our test uncovers what the smartphone can really do.
Pros: high build quality, stable case, good display, high performance, decent battery life, latest Android Version 4.1, The bright display scores points with a decent quality. It is a nice feature that the main camera can record in 1080p.
Cons: reflective display surface, average main camera, narrow viewing angles, Resolution is not everything: Although the main camera can shoot pictures with 3104x2328 pixels, the image quality is not completely convincing.
Conclusion: For a mid-range LTE phone we’re hands-down impressed. At just £250 on T-Mobile right now, the Xperia SP is arguably the first true competitor to the Google Nexus 4 out there in terms of value. Despite lacking four cores and a unibody design, it betters the Google phone in many ways, offering LTE, a much better battery life and expandable memory, not to mention a superior camera experience.
Pros: Great build quality, Excellent user experience, Good battery life even with 4G on
Conclusion: There is no such thing as a perfect smartphone, and the Sony Xperia SP won't be the one to break that rule. However, looking at its pros and cons after testing it extensively, we can confidently conclude that its a mid-range smartphone worthy of attention. It is a capable multimedia device suitable for those who want the benefits associated with high-end devices – the large, high-resolution screen and fast processor, to name a few, but in a mid-range package that doesn't...
Pros: Handles 3D games flawlessly, Great call quality, Rich in multimedia features, Decent battery life
Conclusion: The midrange Android market has long been a Sony stronghold, and is becoming ever more enticing with offerings like the Xperia SP. We are looking at a more than reasonably powered and competitively priced smartphone with an HD screen, whose robust performance and capable hardware make it the hidden gem in Sony's growing lineup.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with 42Mbps HSDPA and 5.8 Mbps HSUPA; 100Mbps LTE, 4.6" 16M-color 720p TFT capacitive touchscreen with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and Corning Gorilla Glass protection, Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm S4 Pro MSM8960T chipset, 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound, VGA front-facing camera, W...
Cons: Screen has mediocre viewing angles, Not particularly slim and quite heavy, Non user-replaceable battery, Will compete with a number of quad-core smartphones
Summary: While Sony has focussed all its energies towards the flashier Xperia Z, they could have had gem on their hands with the Xperia SP. It surprised us with the sophistication of its build, and its rather capable hardware. Despite that, its pricing is still too close to more desirable and powerful phones. Wrong pricing will probably be the downfall of what is otherwise a very capable phone.
Pros: Very well built, Text readability is brilliant on the display, Translucent bar below the display is a neat visual element, Consistent performance as a primary phone, Battery will last a day and a half under medium usage
Cons: Very disappointing camera, particularly in low light, Tad on the heavier side