Sony Xperia U

  • Sony Xperia U
73
Based on 42 scores, 89 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    3
  • Good:
    21
  • Average:
    10
  • Bad:
    8

Pros:

  • Very good specs and design for the price.
  • Two seconds sleep-to-snap camera mode.
  • Good call quality.

Cons:

  • Subpar video quality.
  • No microSD slot.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Good Gear Guide on

Sony's Xperia U is the baby of the new Xperia NXT series, short for next generation. It follows the same design principles of the Xperia S and Xperia P models but has a more compact frame.Sony really wasn't kidding when it said its new NXT" series of...

By DigitalVersus on 60

The original design and quality finishing make the Xperia U an attractive device. It fits well in your hand and has good sound, but the camera function and responsiveness are disappointing. Probably the biggest drawback to this phone is the low,...

By Computeractive on

The Xperia U is the cheapest entry-level model in Sony’s new range of Android smartphones and costs £190 without contract, or around £150 on pay as you go. Despite the price, it has the same dual-core 1GHz processor as the mid-range £270 Xperia P and...

By PCWorld New Zealand on 80

Sony’s Xperia U looks and feels very much like an $800 smartphone. It sports a dual-core 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch 480 x 854-pixel display, with a reasonably high dot pitch of approximately 280ppi.There’s a good quality 5-megapixel camera, and while...

By geeksquad.co.uk on

Sony have been taking on the might of HTC and Samsung for a comparatively short time, but with handsets like the newly released Xperia U and Go they are making great headway. Agent Barry Campbell puts Sony's latest (and shiniest) smartphone through its...

By FoneArena on

The Xperia U handily surpasses its competition but has some shortcomings due to which we can’t give it full marks. The 3.5″ display is particularly small and the 16:9 ratio of the screen makes it hard to type. If you can deal with that, the display...

By Good Gear Guide on 75

The Sony Xperia U is an entry level model targeted at pre-paid users. When you consider its price, the overall package of excellent build quality, good battery life and intuitive software represents good value. There are a couple of drawbacks, the...

By The Verge on 74

The biggest issue we had with the other NXT series smartphones was software. Sony seems to be having trouble letting Gingerbread go, and the Xperia U doesn't buck the trend: it launches as yet another Android 2.3 smartphone, over half a year after...

By Expert Reviews on 80

A satisfying phone to hold and use, which is particularly good value SIM-free...

By TechRadar on 80

If you're not caught up in today's obsession with enormous display sizes, the Sony Xperia U is a great choice of smartphone. It has all the speed, power and features of the larger Android phones that cost two or three times as much - your only...

By TechRadar AU on 80

The Sony Xperia U is a solid, well made little phone, that manages to squeeze a high-res and very sharp display into a modestly sized chassis. The dual-core processor handles everything from apps to web use without fuss, making it an impressive performer...

By IT Pro Portal on 70

It is hard not to be impressed by the Xperia U's screen resolution or by Sony's efforts to squeeze in a dual-core processor. But on the other hand, Sony's failure to allow for memory expansion and the old hat Android 2.3 are downers, and overall the...

By TechTree on 50

The Xperia U's 1320 mAh battery manages to keep the device running for almost 5 hours, under heavy use. With normal use, expect it to last for around 10 hours. The handset has an impressive design, snappy UI, and great sound quality. On the other hand,...

By Tech2 on 60

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By CNET UK on 80

The Android-powered Sony Xperia U is cheap, cheerful, cute as a button and -- provided you're not too demanding of it -- fleet of foot. Large-handed folk may find it fiddly...

By 3G UK on 70

The Xperia U is the tiniest of the Xperia series to dates, and manages to fit in most of the range’s great features, such as a very decent snapper, dual-core chip, and colourful, sharp display. Only battery life proves unimpressive. If you want to...

By PC Advisor on 80

The Xperia U is one of the best smartphones we've seen for under £200. For this price you get a capable handset providing higher performance than some more expensive rivals – all with a fantastic screen and a two-day battery life. The phone's maind...

By GSMArena on

So, Sony know what they're doing in the midrange. The Xperia U is so comfortably ahead of similarly priced smartphones that it's one of the easiest to recommend. Few would've believed last year that a solid dual-core experience and a display of very...

By Know Your Mobile on 80

It's a popular price-point and there are already plenty of big names occupying the space – is there room for one more? We spent a week with the Xperia U to find out.Sony's new Xperia brand handsets are blockier, thicker and more slab-like than Sony...

By Engadget on

We admit that we've spent a lot of time talking about what this phone is not. So, now we'll sum up exactly what it is. The Sony Xperia U is a good phone, if you are looking for something a little smaller. It is perfectly capable for most daily-use...