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: The Sony Xperia SP is available for roughly US $500 unlocked, which is a decent price for a device in this class. The SP isn’t currently ranged by any American carrier, but it should come for $100 to $150 on a two year contract. Now for the big question – is it worth it? If you are a spec fiend, there isn’t anything on the Xperia SP to get you excited. You’ll be better off with an Xperia Z (if you prefer Sony), Galaxy S4, or HTC One.
Sony Xperia SP review: lights, camera, performance
14 May 2013
Summary: Despite being a brand new Sony handset with LTE and plenty more to offer, no US carrier partnerships for the SP have been announced to date. Over here in the UK, however, all the major carriers are on board . While the SP hasn't yet launched with O2 and Vodafone, you can pick one up for free from £20.50 per month at Orange or £21 per month at T-Mobile, which also offers a pay-as-you-go price of £250 (around $385).
Pros: Well-built, attractive design, Good all-around camera performance, Capable performer
Cons: Underwhelming display, Only 8GB of internal storage, Terrible WiFi range
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.
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
Sony Xperia SP Australian Review: Attack Of The Clones
8 July 2013
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia SP was an interesting handset to review. The only really fantastic Xperia I have picked up recently is the Xperia Z : that groundbreaking superphone that brought the magic back to Sony. When I started living with the Xperia SP, I thought I’d be disappointed: turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong.
An aluminium build, clean UI and good performance make the Xperia SP one of the best phones in its class
Good Gear Guide.au
20 June 2013
Summary: The Sony Xperia SP is a relatively inexpensive mid-range Android phone that boasts an aluminium frame, a 4.6in screen and 4G connectivity. It has a lacklusture display but its solid aluminium build, clean UI and good all-round performance make it one of the best phones in its class.
Pros: Solid aluminium frame, Clean, intuitive UI, Good performance
Cons: Screen is a little lacklusture, Poor Wi-Fi signal range, No HDR video recording