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Sony Xperia U: Better than most phones I've owned
Sony XPERIA U
Member Name: illusiveman
Sony XPERIA U
Date: 20/04/13, updated on 22/04/13 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Runs on Android OS, Touch screen very responsive, large internal storage
Disadvantages: Battery Life, no MicroSD card slot
---When I first heard of and purchased---
Until about July 2012 I had been using a Nokia C3 and had slowly started thinking about upgrading to a new phone as my current Nokia was about 2 years old and was starting to wear out.
I had been looking around at different phones and was going to avoid a touch screen phone as I had owned a Nokia XpressMusic before the C3 and found it was really terrible so I was hesitant to try out another touch screen phone.
I found the Xperia U on the Carphone Warehouse website and was initially attracted by the 8gb of internal storage (I believe it uses 2gb for system, 2gb for apps and the other 4gb is for your media such as music and video etc)
I was still hesitant so I looked up videos on YouTube demonstrating the phone being used, I saw from the videos I watched that the touch screen was very responsive and so I decided I would try out the phone in a store.
After trying the phone in the store I decided to order the phone when I got home, the phone arrived within 2 days and tried it out as soon as I got my Sim card plugged in.
---What I use the Phone for---
I mainly use the phone to text and occasionally browse the internet which I find the phone does very well, although the on screen buttons for the QWERTY keyboard could be a bit bigger as I find myself accidentally pressing the wrong letter.
I find the touch screen very responsive almost like using a an I pod or an I phone and the android OS runs well without any problems (I have had the odd freeze or crash since updating the phone from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich.
The app store works really well and is easy to navigate, it is divided into Apps, Music, Books, Magazines and Movies and can easily just search for the app I require.
The notification bar at the top of the screen is also useful for telling me when an app has downloaded and installed, it also tells me if someone has sent a text or a message on Facebook, although since updating to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich firmware version I find that the phone doesn't play the notification sound and just vibrates so I find that messages may go un answered until I get the chance to check the phone.
---Issues / Disadvantages---
One issue is the battery life, I find it doesn't last more than about 3 days and it isn't helped by the fact that the alarm clock can't be used while the phone is switched off thus causing further drain on the battery life.
Overall I would give this phone a 4/5 rating as the phone is still very good apart from the problems I mentioned above, I hope this review helps anyone looking for a cheap alternative to the more expensive options available from Apple or Google
Summary: Sony's version of the Iphone
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