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I recently bought the Sony Xperia p and it's just too awesome to use !!!!! Although this is a mid range smartphone , sony has packed in a lot of amazing features and made it join the elite club of smartphones .
Design and build quality
When you look at the phone, you will definitely fall in love with it!!!!! Thanks to the aluminum unibody construction and sleek design . I like the design of the phone . Its handy and fits perfectly in my palm . I dint like the dimensions of the phone as its length is greater than its breadth unlike other smartphones which have a normal length to breadth ratio . The illuminated touch buttons at the bottom are easy to use but sometimes become unresponsive (you have to touch it twice or thrice to perform the action ) .
The Xperia p boasts a qHD display with mobile bravia engine. The display is stunningly awesome with a resolution of 540*960 pixels and 16m colors. The 4 inch capacitive multi-touch screen is ultra responsive and offers enough room to swipe, flip, pinch and perform other multi touch gestures with ease.
The 8mp autofocus camera captures high resolution (3264*2448 pixels) photos and does a pretty decent video recording at 30 frames per second (1080p) .The video quality is sluggish when you capture fast moving objects . It also has a secondary front facing VGA camera which is used for 3G video calls . Some of the other notable features include geo tagging , smile shutter , image stabilization and face detection . The phone also has a HDMI port .
OS and Technical data
The Sony Xperia P runs the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system with Sony's Timescape UI . The Timescape UI is impressive and offers more fluidness to the operating system . The phone packs in a Dual core 1GHZ cortex A9 chip which can handle any application and multitask with ease . There's also a 1GB RAM complementing the processor while handling high power applications . I played a couple of graphic rich games like Asphalt , Temple run & Max Payne and i could hardly find any hiccup or lag during the gameplay. The headset also plays a host to lots of other features like GPS,Accelerometer ,Proximity sensor and NFC .
Although the phone claims to have a 1300mAh battery , I'm very disappointed with the battery life . The phone clocks just 9 hrs on extensive internet usage and lasts a day with moderate usage .
I've never been the biggest fan of Sony Ericsson phones...and I could never really pinpoint exactly why. But since Sony broke away from Ericsson and revamped the models, they seem to be more appealing. This new one is definitely a contender for any Samsung or HTC Android phone.
The first thing to note is how it feels. Having a back with a metallic finish always adds that feeling of quality compared to the plastic that backs most Samsung phones. It's a good size physically which is most taken up by the display. The back is also slightly curved so it sits nicely in the hand.
After powering this on for the first time, the first thing I noticed was the screen quality. The image is really crisp; there are no pixels to be seen. As default, the screen is not cluttered with as many different widgets as you can humanly fit into it! The phone is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread as standard and will be updateable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in due time. It has all the functionality you would expect from an Android phone.
This phone has micro USB connectivity, mini HMDI to be able to connect to a TV, the standard 3.5mm earphone jack and a dedicated camera button (which annoyed so many iPhone users for so long being without!) it also has Near Field Communcication (NFC) built in, the upcoming technology allowing you to make instant payments/information transfers.
This phone packs an 8MP camera and this may be one of the best features. It has built in flash and the image provided is superb. There are also a variety of functions, such as panoramic photos, multi-angle and 3D panoramic! It also captures video to 1080p quality. So if you're the sort of person that likes to keep memories, this definitely lives up to the requirement!
A few small things to note. The back, home and menu keys are on a see-through strip at the base of the screen. It functions well...but personally I don't see the point of it being seethrough! I personally think it takes away from the look of the phone. Also, the battery seems like it might be a bit tame. It's to be expected that smart phones should be charged every day or so because of the increasing power they have. but with minor use, the battery seemed to drain quite quickly.
But this phone certainly proves to be high end with all the functions you expect....GPS, Wifi, email, web browsing.
I think that anyone looking to purchase a quality smart phone with photo/video taking high on the agenda of uses for it should give this serious consideration over Samsung phones/iPhone. I suggest it might just be about on par with the new HTC One X.