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Sony Xperia P review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £280
inc VAT

A fantastic screen, high-resolution and high-class feel make this a great smartphone for media fans


Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread), 4.0in 540×960 display


The Xperia P also played our DivX, Xvid, H.264, MOV and MPEG4 test videos, but we couldn’t view our MKV video at a watchable pace. In addition to its various local media apps, the Xperia P also lets you stream media from DLNA-enabled media servers on your network. This is hugely convenient and it means you don’t have to download specific apps for your device just to do this, but we were prevented from playing the same files that worked on local storage, such as our Xvid video.

Sony Xperia P

The Xperia P is also great for browsing the web thanks to its large screen, but it does feel a bit sluggish when loading web pages. Indeed, it rendered the BBC News home page in 14 seconds, which makes it slower than the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, which rendered the same page in 10 seconds.

Sony Xperia P

The Xperia P comes with 16GB of storage and provides up to 13GB for users, but you can’t expand storage with a microSD card, which puts the Xperia P at a disadvantage to phones such as the Galaxy Ace 2. The Galaxy Ace 2 is like a nicer phone to hold (the Xperia P is so smooth it almost feels as if you’re going to drop it), but even so, we’re still enamoured by the Xperia P’s high-res screen, smooth animation and fast response. It’s a great option if you use your smartphone to watch videos.

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Main display size4.0in
Native resolution540×960
CCD effective megapixels8-megapixel
Internal memory16384MB
Memory card supportnone
Memory card included0MB
Operating frequenciesGSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 2100
Wireless dataGPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSPA


Operating systemAndroid 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)
Microsoft Office compatibilityWord, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewers
FM Radioyes
AccessoriesUSB charger, HDMI cable, headphones
Talk time5 hours
Standby time20 days

Buying Information

SIM-free price£275
Price on contract0
Prepay price£280

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