Sony Xperia P Review
Sony Xperia P is easy on the hands for its kind. Measuring 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm and weighing 120g, holding it for as long as you want is not a hassle. Furthermore, the solid metal feel to it despite being relatively light is something which deserves appreciation.
The phone’s design is similar to its predecessor, the Sony Xperia S. Its transparent strip which glows with an attractive white backlight is familiar. Above the screen are the usual earpiece, brand logo, VGA front-facing camera, light sensors while just below it are the transparent strip and the three staple keys: Back, Home, and Menu. The left side hosts the microUSB and microHDMI ports and the SIM card slot. On the right side you will find the Power/Lock button, the volume rocker, the single loudpseaker, and the dedicated shutter key. The dedicated shutter key, although better than its most recent predecessor, is difficult to manage. The top and bottom sides are uninteresting with the 3.5mm audio jack and lanyard eyelet respectively. The back side holds the 8MP camera along with the LED flash. The disappointing part of the design however is the inaccessibility to the handheld’s internals. The battery isn’t user-changeable and there is no memory card support.
Powered by a TFT LCD reality display of 540 x 960 resolution and Sony BRAVIA engine, images are sharp in the Xperia P. There are non-customizable five-pane home screens. There’s a good number of widgets with a few of them custom-made by Sony. Its dual-core NovaThor U8500 processor at 1 GHz and 1 GB of RAM provides an amazing performance. Phonebook gives a complete set of options in an excellent interface. It also has deep social integration. The phone also has active noise cancellation feature; thus, call quality is superb. Smart dialing is enabled as well. There’s nothing new with the messaging and e-mailing system and both works fine.
Sony Xperia P’s camera does a good job although not that impressive. It is better to its predecessors with its 8MP and single light which can capture of up to 3264 x 2448 but there’s noticeable noise in the stills. There is a fair amount of details and decent color accuracy however. There are five modes available: Normal, Scene recognition, Sweep Panorama, Sweep Multi Angle and 3D Sweep Panorama. The features of stills are similar to the videos and there is nothing spectacular with the latter. Videos play well but the resolution might be a disappointment to some.
The handheld offers commendable connectivity options. Its 3G connectivity is a good score with 14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA. Sony Xperia has the usual Gingerbread interface. It is minimalistic with just the URL bar and bookmark button in a page. There are no features but you will be highly satisfied with its remarkable browsing performance. The dual-core processor takes the spotlight with outstanding panning, zooming and the text itself. To top it off, there is Flash 11 support which the YouTube and Flash games enthusiasts will definitely give a thumb up.
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