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Sony Xperia U Review

June 23, 2012  by: Adi  Points: 12   Category: Gadgets  Earning $0.50   Views: 632

Sony Xperia U is a stylish and compact handset, and one of its biggest virtues seems to be customization. That is why the designers called it Xperia U, from well... "you". You can quickly swap the bottom cap in something of different color, if you are so inclined, to match your playful or business mood and time of the day. Here is a short review about Sony Xperia U.

         

Sony Xperia U is a stylish and compact handset, and one of its biggest virtues seems to be customization. That is why the designers called it Xperia U, from well... "you". You can quickly swap the bottom cap in something of different color, if you are so inclined, to match your playful or business mood and time of the day.



Body and Display:

The dimensions of the phone are 112 x 54 x 12 mm. It weighs about 110 grams. The type of the touchscreen is LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours. In capacitive touchscreens, we can't use usual stylus. Capacitive touchscreens will work only if we touch using a conductor. Our body is a conductor. So we should use our fingers to work with capacitive touchscreen phones. The screen size is 3.5 inches with approximately 280 ppi pixel density. The screen resolution of the phone is 480 x 854 pixels.

The touchscreen is protected by Scratch-resistant glass - Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, Timescape UI. It has multitouch feature also. The screen recognizes up to 4 fingers touch at a time. Multitouch refers to the ability of a touch sensing surface to recognize the presence of two or more points of contact with the touch sensing surface.

Memory:

The phone does not have a microSD card slot. The internal memory of the phone is not so impressive. It comes with only 4GB internal memory. As there is no card slot, the user can not store more items in this phone. It also comes with 512MB Random Access Memory and 8GB Read Only Memory. The features of the Phonebook include Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID etc.

Features:

The phone comes with Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sony Ericsson has planned to upgrade the Operating System to v4.0. It also comes with 1 GHz Cortex-A9 Central Processing Unit. The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual core and quad core processors. This phone uses a dual core processor. The Chipset is STE U8500. The GPU is Mali - 400MP. It has sensors like Accelerometer, proximity, and compass. It has Stereo FM radio with RDS.

GPS is also availbale with A-GPS support. Global Positioning System is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. Java is available via Java MIDP emulator.

It is available in different colours – Black, White/ exchangeable bottom caps in white, black, pink, yellow. It supports MicroSIM card. It has key features like SNS integration, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Organizer, Document viewer, Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input etc.

Connectivity:

Sony U utilizes both EDGE and GPRS technologies in order to connect to cellular networks. It is easy to get access to Internet through both Wi-Fi networks as well as HSPDA connections. It has the facility of Bluetooth connection and micro USB which help to connect with other hardware devices directly or indirectly.

Camera:

The set has a very powerful camera. It comes with 5 Megapixel primary camera. The image quality is good. The resolution of the camera is 2592 x 1944. LED Flash feature is available. The other features of the camera include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization, auto focus etc. It has a secondary camera on the front to make video calls. The phone records videos with the resolution of 720p and at the speed of 30fps.

Battery:

The phone is powered by standard Li-Ion 1320 mAh battery. The stand by time provided by the battery is up to 260 hours in 2G networks and up to 472 hours in 3G networks. The talk time is up to 6 hours 36 minutes in 2G networks and up to 5 hours 36 minutes in 3G networks. The stand by time and talk time are good for a smartphone like this.

Market Status:

This model was announced on February, 2012. It was released on May, 2012.




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