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
Summary: The Sony Xperia U surpasses the similarly-priced competition in many ways. A 3.5-inch screen definitely isn't for everyone — at least at this aspect ratio — but apart from its size it's a premium display. In fact, virtually every area of the phone is endowed with features and finish that belong on a far more expensive device.
Excerpt: When it was launched last year, the Xperia U was a favourite among the Expert Reviews staff; its slim, compact design and high-density screen made it a pleasure to use. It was also a bit of a bargain SIM-free. Since then, the handset has both dropped in price and been updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so we have updated our review.
Excerpt: Another time for all Ericsson lovers to cheer up, as Sony Ericsson-one of the big giants in the handset industry has recently introduced a new member i.e. Sony Xperia U in its Xperia NXT Series. Alike other Smartphones in the line, this new born baby also runs on Android v2.3 Gingerbread operating system, which promises to deliver incessant and swift performance.
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.
Sony Xperia U review: A compact prepaid Android phone that offers good value for money
Good Gear Guide.au
4 October 2012
Summary: The Sony Xperia U is an entry level model targeted at pre-paid users. When you consider its price, the overall package of excellent build quality, good battery life and intuitive software represents good value. There are a couple of drawbacks, the main one being a lack of memory, but if you can get your head around that, the Xperia U offers excellent value for money.
Pros: Good build quality, Intuitive user interface, Decent battery life
Summary: • Equipped with a petite 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels • Availability of advanced applications like Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar and Google Talk on these phones • User can also access common tools like Organizer, Document viewer, Voice memo/dial/commands and Predictive text input • Presence of application like Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic • Messaging options like SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM and Push Email...
Pros: Equipped with a petite 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels , Availability of advanced applications like Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar and Google Talk on these phones , User can also access common tools like Organizer, Document viewer, Voice memo/dial/commands and Predictive text input , Presence of application like Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic , Messaging options like SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM and Push Emai...
Cons: Absence of external micro SD card , Less memory capacity i.e only 4 GB , Options of skype application is not available , Not very suitable tech savvy users