Summary: The Xperia U is the final piece of Sony’s NXT series puzzle. In March came the flagship Xperia S, a good device that shipped with outdated software. It’s only just been updated to Android 4.0 . Our verdict? It’s not thinner, faster, stronger, or in any other way better than the pack. Next up was the Xperia P, a mid-range device that really impressed, but was difficult to recommend running Android 2.3.
Sony Xperia U: a tiny kaleidoscope with personality
13 September 2012
Excerpt: Are you the type of person who walks down the street, head down, sliding your nondescript phone out of your pocket as you go, trying not to draw attention to yourself? Or perhaps you’re more into minimalism and despise anything even slightly flashy or attention seeking? Yeah, the Xperia U probably isn’t the phone for you. It glows seven different colours.
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia U rounds off our reviews of the Xperia NXT range and ends the line up on a high. It really is the little Xperia that could with its sharp LCD screen, dual-core processor and decent camera. While the screen might be too small for some, at 3.5-inches, it's iPhone sized which seems to work for millions.
Pros: Sharp screen, Fast processor, Solid camera
Cons: Heavy user interface, No Ice Cream Sandwich, Poor Mac connectivity
Excerpt: Announced back in February at this year's Mobile World Congress , the Sony Xperia U is Sony Mobile's successor of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray . Like the ray, the Xperia U is featuring a tiny 3.5" touchscreen and was initially launched with Android 2.3 only (an upgrade to Android 4.0 is expected anytime soon).
Sony Xperia U – a rather nice affordable Android smartphone
5 July 2012
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia U is already available on sale for around $300 unlocked and without a contract (you can even find it for $250 in some stores), which is a pretty good price for what you get. The price with a contract is of course, much lower or even non-existent. The phone is worth considering if you need an affordable, compact smartphone that looks great, is well-built and has enough power to run all the apps you need.
Conclusion: So, Sony know what they're doing in the midrange. The Xperia U is so comfortably ahead of similarly priced smartphones that it's one of the easiest to recommend. Few would've believed last year that a solid dual-core experience and a display of very good quality would be available at this price point. Screen size aside, the Xperia U is better than the Xperia Arc S in almost every way and that one passed for a flagship device mere 9 months ago.
Pros: Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support, 3.5" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen of Full WVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine, Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update, Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 512 MB RAM, NovaThor U8500 chipset, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, Multi Angle shot, 720p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA, GPS with A-GPS, 8 GB built-in...
Cons: Limited storage with no expansion options, No Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of box, Some competitors are slimmer
Conclusion: The Xperia U is decent, but we can’t look past the two glaring issues. The first is the screen: maybe we’re nitpicking, but we wouldn’t be able to live with it for an extended period of time without becoming extremely irritated. Secondly, the omission of a microSD card slot, especially with the limited internal storage space, is a crying shame. Everyone may be quick to promote the cloud for content storage, but high-speed internet isn’t as ubiquitous as some may think.
Sony Xperia U review – midrange specs for an affordable price
24 April 2012
Conclusion: Nothing should stop you from getting Sony Xperia U if you’re searching for a budget-friendly smartphone running Android. The phone is ahead of its time and sports midrange specs for a low-end price. Sony Xperia U is coming to Clove UK this May 7 for £170. In Euros and USD, that’s €208 and $273, respectively.