Product Type: Sony Mobile Communications Smartphone
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The best Sony yet!
Sony XPERIA P
Member Name: renegade852
Sony XPERIA P
Advantages: Excellent camera, physical quality
Disadvantages: Less than average battery life
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.
Summary: A picture takers delight!
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