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
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
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
Summary: The Sony Xperia SP has some fabulous features, including a clever, powerful eight-megapixel snapper, powerful Qualcom chip and HD Reality screen. The handset is speedy, fun to use and looks great.
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia SP is a mid-range Android smartphone that is pretty much a toned down version of the flagship Sony Xperia Z. It boasts a good screen, ample storage and handles day-to-day tasks in a timely fashion. Continue reading our Sony Xperia SP review to find out more. Take a look at Group test: What's the best smartphone?
Conclusion: The Xperia SP is a nicely made, well-specified handset that has some alluring features. Sony might do well to consider that sometimes less is more on the features and apps front and not everyone is going to want all those cross-platform, Sony-specific apps. Nonetheless, the mid-range smartphone sector has just been bolstered by another impressive entrant.
Summary: The Sony Xperia SP has a good 720p screen, an attractive chassis with a daft but useful flashing bar and it squeezes a lot of juice out of its dual-core processor too. The camera doesn't impress, but if you're after a good all-round mobile with a little flair and don't want to spend big bucks for a flagship phone, the SP is a decent option.
Pros: 720p screen, Impressive power from a dual-core processor, Good battery life, Attractive design, Relatively affordable price
Cons: Quite hefty, Unimpressive camera, Additional Sony app stores are pointless, You'll have to buy an extra cable if you want to use a PS3 controller
Excerpt: With Sony getting out of the blocks early, it's one of the first companies in 2013 to reveal its wider portfolio of devices. The Sony Xperia SP technically slips into what we'd traditionally call the mid-range, but with specs matching 2012's flagship devices, the Sony Xperia SP doesn't lack power.
Pros: Nice design, frame feels solid in the hand, good battery performance, reasonable specifications, SD card slot
Cons: The illuminated bar is a bit too much, some software quirks, camera performance isn't great