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5.0 out of 5 stars 4G in a smaller package, 21 Jun 2013
This review is from: Sony Xperia SP SIM-free Android Smartphone - Black (Electronics)
Coming clean, I didn't buy this from Amazon, but thought it could do with a review anyway!

Like a few people I know, I felt the latest superphones (Galaxy S4, HTC One and Xperia Z) are just too big to use comfortably one handed; ok, they aren't as Dom Jolly phone gag as the Note 2 and the other phablets, but I didn't want a 5" screen.

Rather than wait for the S4 mini or HTC one mini, I decided to get rid of my Atrix (decent phone, shocking software support from Motorola) and get the Xperia SP on EE's 4G as its the only option, and what can I say - its lightning quick!

Despite not being blessed with 2GB of RAM, the phone is extremely rapid - BBC iplayer is faultless, tested against a iPhone 4S the SP wiped the floor with the Apple phones browser and streaming ability!

The metal frame feels very lush, yet much more sturdy than an all plastic phone such as Atrix/Galaxy models.

The flashing light bar may not be to everyones taste, but so far I think its pretty cool.

I haven't owned an S4 or iphone etc, but having come from an Atrix and owning a Nexus 7, this is one seriously good mobile - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Now to think about a case for it maybe... hmmm... lol
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2013 18:49:11 BDT
Jack Jones says:
Is the wifi ok with you? i have heard of numerous problems, just need some reassurance so i can buy it. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2013 11:15:43 BDT
N. Dickens says:
Mine has been fine - in fact its been better at connecting than the Atrix and there is an option for the phone to connect to remembered wifi sources even when the wifi option is off.
I have set this up for my home wifi and it works a treat, and saves having to connect daily to avoid eating all my data allowance!
Its all the luck of the draw IMO - Nexus 7 had reports of an update that caused bluetooth to fail constantly, but mine was fine!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2013 07:03:04 BDT
http://talk.sonymobile.com/thread/127552?start=10

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 13:50:42 BDT
Do not buy this phone, the Wi-Fi is terrible, the phone signal is also terrible, all the new models are the same, plus the Experia Z tablet

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2013 20:16:17 BDT
I'm just about to go for one of these I think - is the music good? :)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 11:45:06 BDT
El Zilcho says:
I got this a few weeks ago. Had to have the original replaced because the ear speaker had a really annoying buzzing/vibration during voice conversations (like it was loose). The new one is fine. Much better voice quality than the 3GS I came from, especially with all the enhancements turned on.
Music is pretty damn good for a single speaker. It is a bit annoying having to put it screen-down though because it's on the rear, but no biggie. It goes pretty loud on Walkman and Spotify but for some reason on Netflix the max volume I can get is pretty feeble, and that's even using one of those 'tennis ball' speakers that, with the iPhone, would make the table shake. Also I have noticed that in headphones the max volume is lower than with the iPhone, but is loud enough for me. Another annoyance is that the in-line volume control on my Klipsch headphones does not work! It did on the iPhone. With the SP only the pause/play works. I've not tried the supplied earphones but have heard it may not even work with those - something about not getting enough power from the phone. It is disappointing...
Overall I am very happy with the phone, and it definitely does a lot of things better than iPhone. It is my first Android phone and I took to it really easily but here and there are a few little disappointments like SMS not showing up on the screen when they arrive.
Finally, regarding WiFi, I have not had any issues. OK, it often does not show full bars at work or at home, but I have cement floors in both places and it still loads web pages super-fast in Chrome - such a pleasant change from the 3GS (and faster than my girlfriend's 4S).
Oh, and in regards to a case, I got the "SAMRICK - Sony Xperia SP & Xperia SP LTE - 'S' Wave Hydro Gel Protective Case" from Amazon and am very happy - thick enough to be protective around all edges, looks cool, perfect fit around the phone and all the buttons/holes, nice grippy edges, and cheap as chips :)

Posted on 25 Aug 2013 12:39:56 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2013 17:44:37 BDT
Petegeoff says:
Who do you work for? Mine is very good.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2013 12:41:28 GMT
I am inclined to agree.

There are actual benchmarks on the internet...eg http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_sp-review-924p5.php

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 17:30:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2013 17:32:30 GMT
Check the Price, genius - this phone can be had for 199.99 (+ 31.50 cashback from TCB) pound for pound this is the best phone on the market and the Samsung S3 for example still costs more than this phone even though every benchmark has it kicking the S3's ass.
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