Sony Xperia P, aluminum P(anel)

Sony Xperia P

The Sony Xperia P is part of the new NXT series style and it has an aluminum unibody. It is part of the Sony’s GreenHeart program and has only nature-friendly plastics and waterborne paint. The WhiteMagic technology uses an extra white subpixel to the usual RGB; this subpixel pushes the brightness to extra high levels and reduces the power consumption.

The Xperia P has LED-backlit LCD display with a high resolution of 275ppi pixel density and 540×960 pixels and measures 4.0 inches. It has multitouch up to 4 fingers, Sony WhiteMagic technology, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and a scratch resistant screen. It measures 122×59.5×10.5mm and has 120g.

Internal memory has 16GB (13 GB user available) and it can’t be expanded because the Xperia P doesn’t have an SD slot. 1 GB RAM memory combined with Mali-400MP GPU and a dual core Cortex-A9 processor at 1GHz based on a NovaThor U8500 chipset are making a good hardware configuration between the dual core smartphones. The phone runs smooth with no lag.

At connectivity the Xperia P has: NFC (near field communication), microUSB slot with USB on-the-go support, bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP + EDR, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Hotspot and DLNA and good 2G/3G speeds. In 2G mode is has GPRS up to 100 Kbps and EDGE up to 296 Kbps; 3G mode supports HSDPA speed up to 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.7 Mbps. Web browsing is excellent; it supports Adobe Flash 11, zooming and page reflow are very fluid but a little lag is present if you try 720p YouTube videos.

The stereo FM radio with RDS has a simple interface and it starts to scan for available stations right after you launch it. TrackID can work within the radio app and you can even like a song on Facebook. The Xperia P has xLoud feature which optimizes the phone sound in the loudspeaker.

The 8MP camera with LED flash supports 1080p recording with continuous autofocus and video light. Its main features are 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization, face and smile detection, geo-tagging and touch focus. More options can be found in the settings menu. The front secondary camera has VGA resolution. In my opinion the Xperia P has the best 8MP camera on the market; it makes good colorful photos and in daylight you don’t need to use a compact camera to take a good photo.

The Xperia P comes out of the box with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread fully customized by Sony. An update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced. The interface has 5 panels and you can’t add or delete one. Sony has integrated some custom made widgets like Mediascape-like and Timescape. In the lockscreen you have a music player widget and even Facebook notifications.

The battery has only 1305 mAh but has autonomy of one day with normal use. If you use the phone only for call and SMS the battery can last two days.

The Sony Xperia P is an excellent smartphone, and one of few which offer this much in its price range. Its price will decrease until Sony will release the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and the Xperia P will be the best deal.

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