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 In March came the flagship Xperia S, a good device that shipped with outdated software.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.
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. Our only two major gripes with the Sony Xperia U are internal storage and gone off Gingerbread.
Pros: Sharp screen, Fast processor, Solid camera
Cons: Heavy user interface, No Ice Cream Sandwich, Poor Mac connectivity
Excerpt: An Android smartphone doesn’t need to have the fastest processor, the largest touchscreen display, or the fastest mobile data speeds in order to be great. It just has to offer the right combination of hardware and software features at a price that won’t break the bank. That’s essentially what the Sony Xperia U is all about. It’s a phone that doesn’t look like much but actually packs quite a punch.
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia U is the smallest and most affordable offering from this year's Xperia smartphone range. This sub-£200 smartphone punches well above its weight in a number of areas. Read our Sony Xperia U review to find out more. Read more mobile phone reviews.
Conclusion: The Xperia U is quite possibly the best-value phone in Sony's latest Xperia range. This doesn't say an awful lot necessarily, given that the Xperia S is a mid-range phone with a pretty high-range price tag. The Xperia U just misses out on greatness through its poor memory capacity, which means you won't be making the most of its fine processing power as you simply can't keep that much on it.
Conclusion: It is hard not to be impressed by the Xperia U's screen resolution or by Sony's efforts to squeeze in a dual-core processor. But on the other hand, Sony's failure to allow for memory expansion and the old hat Android 2.3 are downers, and overall the handset is a bit too small for my liking. You, however, might disagree, and if the design works for you, the Xperia U is worth considering.
Pros: Distinctive design, Sharp if small screen, Capable processor, Front camera
Cons: No memory expansion, A bit too small overall