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Sony's Xperia P is a step up in design, and makes a good choice if you're shopping for a smaller smartphone.This year has been a big one for mobile at Sony. After a decade of producing mobile phones in partnership with Ericsson, the Japanese company officially took over the joint venture in early 2012 and began marketing its first phones under the name “Sony.” The Xperia P is the middle child of a trio of new Android phones from Sony. It's not the top of the line or largest, but it isn't the smallest either. And like every middle child, it's going to catch flak from both ends. Read on as I try not to give the P too much of a complex. With a scant 4-inch screen, the Xperia P is smaller than your average smartphone these days, with the notable exception of the iPhone 4S, which is smaller still. While a 4-inch screen will feel cramped to some of you, others might be relieved to see a smartphone with a screen that isn't pushing 5 inches. Though it's petite, the P's size makes its boxy, futuristic design more charming than larger Sony devices like the Xperia Ion. Our review unit had a sparkly silver finish to it, which classes up Sony's love for straight lines. It also comes in red and black.
The smartphone market has grown ever tighter with even longtime electronics heavyweights finding it hard to create a hit. Sony, with its NXT line of handsets, hopes that an aggressive blend of style and multimedia prowess will be enough to lure U.S. shoppers away from Apple, Samsung, and even underdog HTC. The company's fashionable device built for this purpose is the Xperia P. Sold direct and unlocked, the $479.99 Sony Xperia P is compact, has killer good looks, but unfortunately lacks power and performance to please demanding Android experts. The Xperia P sits in the middle of Sony's new NXT line of Android smartphones, one step below the flagship Xperia S, but you'd never know that from just looking at it. With its premium metallic construction and electric-red paint job, it could easily be a flagship product. Unlike the Xperia S, which is crafted from more mundane plastic, this handset has the level of luxury only aluminum can bring. I was also struck by how much easier this phone is to handle. Measuring 4.8 inches tall by 2.3 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick, the Xperia P isn't noticeably smaller than its sibling, the Xperia S (5 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.4 inch).
Sealed in an aluminum unibody but still oozing the new NXT series style, the Sony Xperia P joins an elite club of metal-clad phones. And then there's the WhiteMagic screen to make it unique in the mobile world. In short, the Xperia P is one of the most advanced midrange phones out there. The Reality display on the Sony Xperia P spans 4 inches and has qHD resolution, featuring the traditional for the Xperia series Mobile BRAVIA Engine. What's unique to the Xperia P is the WhiteMagic technology - an extra white subpixel to the usual RGB setup pushes brightness up to extra high levels while reducing power consumption. Specialized software aims to keep both power usage and color rendering optimal at all times. The other standout feature is the aluminum unibody - if you like the solid feel of metal, there aren't too many phones that can deliver. The build of the Xperia P isn't just about the metal though - the phone is part of Sony's GreenHeart program and uses nature-friendly recycled plastics and waterborne paint. Here's the cheat sheet on the Sony Xperia P: While it was the outside of the Sony Xperia P that grabbed our attention, a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Mali-400 GPU should easily be able to keep it.
Smaller sibling to the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3-challenging Sony Xperia S, big brother of the entry-level Sony Xperia U, the mid-range Sony Xperia P is no awkward middle child, but a boundary-pushing smartphone that is knocking on the door of a number of its more expensive rivals.Advancing expectations of the mid-range handset scene, the Sony Xperia P, priced at around 340 in the UK and $490 in the US, isn't the cheapest handset on the market. But it boasts a fanciful array of specs that would have made a high-end mobile phone of the past 12 months proud, further highlighting the rapid rate of development that the smartphone sector is going through.While the Sony Xperia P might not give the iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S3 a run for their respective monies, the handset lines up, on paper, as a strong and similarly priced rival to the Windows Phone-defining Nokia Lumia 800, with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-packing smartphone boasting a zippy 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor that powers the 4-inch handset's show.
The Sony Xperia P is the piggy in the middle of Sony's new Ericsson-less Xperia range -- squeezed between the higher specced Xperia S and the smaller Xperia U. 'P' also stands for 'perched in the crowded mid-range of Android phones'. The Xperia P is up for grabs from around £14 a month on two-year contracts or £330 SIM-free. The Xperia P sits at a very crowded point on the smart phone spectrum. Here in the mid-range, your money can be spent in multiple ways, and if you're buying on contract, you can bag a higher-end device than you might be able to afford SIM-free. With so much competition, you'll need to be head-over-heels smitten with the Xperia P to slip it in your pocket. Not least because Sony hasn't bothered sticking the latest version of Google's Android operating system on board -- it uses plain old Gingerbread, not Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony has said the P will get an ICS update -- possibly before the end of June -- but such timeframes often lapse. If you really want ICS now, you're better with another mid-range 'droid that comes fully loaded from the get go.
The Xperia P is the mid-range entry in Sony's Xperia NXT series of smartphones announced at MWC earlier this year. It sits below the Xperia S and above the entry-level Xperia U. Sony's strategy with this trio of handsets invites comparisons to HTC's One Series: both aim to address the low-, mid-, and high-end of the smartphone market with devices that share a common design philosophy. At first glance, everything is there for the Xperia P — a modern 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4-inch qHD display with some exciting new tech, and one of Sony's well-regarded Exmor R camera sensors. On paper, everything was there for the Xperia S as well, but while the One Series launched to near-universal acclaim, the Xperia S met with tepid reviews. Its Achilles' heel was shipping with Android 2.3, and the P fares no better in this department. So can the Xperia P rise to greater things? Or is it just a case of Sony miniaturizing its mistakes? Design / Hardware The Xperia P is a very attractive, flagship-quality device. Superficially, it looks like Sony has shrunken the Xperia S' shell to fit around a smaller display. Sure, it's still a black slab divided in two by a transparent sliver of plastic, but look closer and there are some subtle differences between the two.
Here comes Sony's second solo effort after it was estranged from Ericsson – the Sony Xperia P, which is a smaller version of the impressive Sony Xperia S, which we loved for its incredibly sharp display and smooth design. While the Xperia P may look like its older sibling, has it managed to squeeze all its great features into to that compact chassis? One thing it does share with its big brother is the see-through bar that sits below the display. This is where you'll see pressure areas that light up when you press them – one each for Home, Menu and Back. Push the bar to make them perform – it's very neat and the phone looks great, despite that odd lip beneath the bar, which does make it a bit chunkier than it should be. The back of the phone is silver, and it cannot be opened, so you won't be swapping batteries. The SIM card sits in a slot on the side of the handset. The Xperia P is really smart looking, its curvy and silver and is reminiscent of the HTC One S, although it doesn't have the solid metal body that had. It feels more plasticky, but still manages to be solid in build and more than capable of resisting scuffs. If you hate having to prise the cover off a micro USB port you'll be glad to know it has been left uncovered on this handset – plus there is a mini HDMI port should you wish to connect your phone to a monitor or TV.
Announced last February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Sony Xperia P joins the Xperia S and Xperia U in featuring Sony's NXT design. Compared with the Xperia S, the slightly smaller Xperia P is much easier to hold, and the brushed metal has a solid feel. With its 4-inch display, the Xperia P is still usable with just one hand, even if it's slightly wider than Apple's iPhone 4S. Located above the micro-SIM card tray on the left side are the Micro-USB and Micro-HDMI ports. In a change from the Xperia S, the ports don't have plastic covers. Up top is the 3.5mm headphone jack, and on the right side are your power, volume, and camera shutter buttons. Note that the handset's speakers are located on the right side, as well. That's an interesting design choice, to be sure. The handset sports a 4-inch qHD (960x540-pixel resolution) display, which Sony claims is bright enough for comfortable viewing in direct sunlight. I found this to be true and had no difficulties when using the phone outdoors. Below the display is the same opaque band that we saw on the Xperia U and Xperia S. It also lights up in various colors, which you can change, and it has the icons for the Back, Home, and Menu touch controls.
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