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.
Pros: Handles 3D games flawlessly, Great call quality, Rich in multimedia features, Decent battery life
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia Z flagship may have been at the forefront of the company’s 2013 handset lineup, but it’s now time for a new device to help flesh out the company’s latest portfolio. Say hello to the Sony Xperia SP.
Pros: Great build quality, Excellent user experience, Good battery life even with 4G on
Summary: A mid-range marvel with a massively impressive spec list
Pros: Attractive aluminium design, Full-featured camera, Media apps are a highlight, Impressive HD screen, Top marks go to the Sony Xperia SP's camera. The range of settings and the quality of the images it produces were well beyond what we would expect from a smartphone at this price. It's become an i...
Cons: Average processor, Low storage space, Battery drains quickly, Redundant Sony online services, As we repeatedly mentioned, the 8GB of storage space on the Sony Xperia SP really hampers it. You'll only get 5.5GB of actual usable space, which will quickly fill up with some albums, a couple of movies...
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia SP is really a very fine mid- to high-end Android smartphone. Well built, with a good range of features, it's a little down the affordability ladder from true high-enders like the Xperia Z but in most cases the compromises are understandable in view of the price.
Pros: Decent screen, fast processor, solid build
Cons: Have to wait for 4.2 Jelly Bean, no HDMI port, camera could be better
Summary: While Sony was able to generate some major buzz when it came to the forefront with its new flagship the Xperia Z, its mid-range line-up still needed a refresh. Although the Xperia P was a decent option from the company's Xperia NXT series, it didn't offer a large screen and had a low-capacity...
Pros: Good, Rich in features, Good build quality, Decent performance, Great battery backup
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range phone. There's power and flexibility on board and there's the performance to back it up, aside from a few minor quirks. The design of the handset is good too with the metal frame giving the SP a nice solid feel.
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