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.
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.
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
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
An aluminium build, clean UI and good performance make the Xperia SP one of the best phones in its class
Good Gear Guide.au
12 July 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
Review: Sony Xperia SP – 4G speeds at an attractive price
25 June 2013
Summary: The mid-range market has become surprisingly less crowded in the last year, as the likes of HTC and even Samsung focus all their efforts on the very top tier. That leaves Sony with something of a void it is able to fill, with only really Nokia still competing in this space. While the Finnsâ€™ phones are pretty, they run Windows Phone and canâ€™t seriously compete with the 700,000 apps on the Google Play store for Android.
Pros: Excellent HD screen, Solid battery life, Unique notification light
Cons: Not as powerful as last yearâ€™s flagship phones, Slightly bulky, Rival phones can be had for less
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?