I was given the amazing Sony Xperia U to review this week. The Sony Xperia U is a mid-range phone from the NXT series of Sony phones. If you’re considering a mid range phone then this is a definite contender if you don’t plan on filling the phone with large amounts of stuff because it doesn’t have a SD card slot. However, because this is a dual-core it is pretty snappy and efficient with day-to-day tasks.
Size quality and Looks
The white is just gorgeous! I really do have a preference for white phones, they’re so much sleeker and chic. It’s a little thick, but fits in your hand really nicely and you can easily do things like sms and call with one hand
It’s got a very nice mood lighting feature that lights up as you do tasks and to add to that, the bottom is replaceable. It’s a cap that’s easily removable so you can customise the phone to your liking, which is very hard to find these days.
I really do think that being able to type on a phone is one of the MOST important things when considering a phone. ALWAYS try to type on a phone before you buy it. Just ask the consultants at the store to assist you and they should do so.
This phone’s standard typing interface wasn’t that good. I found it to be quite a struggle to type, but once I installed Swiftkey (my preferred typing app) it had improved sufficiently.
Generally, the phone was great, with minimal usage it gave me just over a day of battery life. Also, if you have good signal on 3G the internet is really good and I had no trouble streaming video ( be careful though – check how much you pay per MB first with your service provider)
This phone is Android and runs the older 2.3 Gingerbread, but it is scheduled to receive a later version this year. That means that you have access to the Google Play store and will definitely have access to TONS of apps.
Also, the phone comes with a pre-loaded Sony app called Timescape which you can see in the picture. It’s a cool way to view your Facebook and Twitter feeds. It is a little confusing though and does take some time getting used to.
Photo, Video and Sound
The phone has a camera button which is great when you want to take pictures on the run but the button is a little sticky and needs a little effort when pressed. I took pictures using this inside a dimly lit restaurant and they came out really well.
The speaker is definitely loud and slightly less tinny than you would expect.
Comfortable in hand, very light
Effortless use experience, responsive touchscreen
Camera great in low-light
Twitter on mobile is very slow and unresponsive
4gb memory without SD card slot
Bad video quality
Overall : 7/10 for value for money and interesting cover
Thanks for reading my Xperia U review Also, if you have any tech questions you can tweet @zaamissbowtie with the #techchic hastag or just pop me an email:)