The last time that we had an Xperia here at MOBILITY Towers was way back in February 2012. That was the hardware QWERTY equipped Xperia Pro. Those were the days before Sony Ericsson lost Ericsson and became Sony. Now, we have the Sony Xperia P visiting us for a while.
The Xperia P is love at first sight. This is one very sexy looking smartphone. Darn! It is one of the most gorgeous smartphones on the market. No; the image above does not do it justice. While it is a mid-range device, you would be forgiven for assuming that it costs more than its price bracket. The unit we have here is black.
The Xperia P comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich installed. Sony says that there is a planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean) “from the end of March” 2013. The P has got a 4-inch display, an 8 megapixel camera (Yaaaay!) with LED flash, and runs on a Dual-Core 1GHz processor and 1 GHz RAM. Built-in memory is 16GB and that is all you get, as there is no microSD slot on this baby.
In the short time it has been here, the Xperia P has proven a smooth performer. I am not sure why though, but it feels small in the hand. Which is odd, because I am currently using a smaller display smartphone, the Lumia 610. Perhaps it is because while bigger, it feels much lighter in the hand than the 610. Or maybe it is because the last Android smartphones that I handled were giants – Galaxy Note II and HTC One X. Perhaps. Still, because of the moderate display size, one-handed use of the Xperia P has been cool.
I have played some music on the device and it has been impressive. The audio reproduction is miles ahead of the 610.I think that the Xperia P will generally make a good impression on me, barring any shocking bugs and glitches. I am however apprehensive about that 1305 mAh battery. It is small. But then, who knows what sort of power management Sony has built in?
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.