Sony Xperia P review

A feature-packed mid-range Android smartphone

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An increasingly integral part of the modern smartphone, the Sony Xperia P's internet capabilities are up there with the best of them, with a wide variety of features to enhance the browsing experience and bring a near PC-like online environment to the handset's impressive 960 x 540p resolution, 4-inch display.

Sony Xperia P review

The Sony Xperia P and its pre-installed generic Android-based browser are by no means the speediest web offering on a mid-range smartphone, either over a 3G or Wi-Fi internet connection.

But once pages are available, images and text are sharp, with integrated Flash video capabilities further enhancing the user experience and aiding information absorption.

Keeping track with the big boys, the Sony Xperia P touts text reflow functionality, enabling you to receive a comfortably viewed, well-scaled array of text when zoomed in, removing the need for continuous side scrolling back and forth to access the full page of content.

Sony Xperia P review

While this feature is a welcome addition if you double-tap the display to zoom in on content, in an odd omission, if you stick to a pinch-to-zoom method you'll miss out on the reflow offers.

Slowing the browsing experience slightly, the lack of in-browser back, forward and refresh keys can result in an overly fiddly experience, with the Android essential back and menu buttons providing an unnecessary multi-press method of achieving relatively simple navigational manoeuvres.

Another feature accessed by the touchscreen menu key, the browser's multi-tabbed capabilities are far from the most efficient, with no visual preview offered in the simple, stoic and lifeless list of page names.

Despite being capable of supporting eight simultaneously opened web pages, this multi-tabbed offering does not encourage you to use its full capabilities - issues further compounded by the round-about method of access.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS
SAR Value0.78 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia P
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density275 ppi
Height122 mm
Width59.5 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time470 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA P
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineXperia P
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Number1262-0500
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Experience beauty. Distinctive design.

The Xperia P Android phone stands out with its distinctive, minimalistic design.

Like all phones in the Sony Xperia NXT series, it has a simple, strong design language. And Xperia P takes it one step further - the precision crafted, full aluminium unibody gives this Android phone a unique, durable and modern look.

A clear display, even in bright sunlight.

Lounging in the sun, enjoying a YouTube clip or your favourite movie?

The 4" Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine also includes Sony's unique WhiteMagic™ technology, making the colours in your favourite clips and stills look as sharp and clear as if you were inside.

WhiteMagic adds a 4th white sub-pixel - traditional LCD screens have three; red, green and blue - to the Reality Display. The result? The outstanding combination of an ultra-bright screen and great power efficiency. Power efficient because WhiteMagic automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to surrounding light - when the light is not so strong, Sony Xperia P uses less battery power.