Sony Xperia SP SIM-free Android Smartphone - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
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- 11.7 cm/4.6" TFT display, 8MP camera, Exmor RS, 1GB RAM, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Dual Core
- Wrap Sony's smartphone technology in exquisite style
- View razor-sharp images on the HD reality display
- Take natural-looking photos and video in any light
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High definition entertainment in a premium design
ALUMINIUM FRAME. Beauty well crafted
Xperia™ SP's elegant design with precision-crafted co-moulded aluminium frame looks beautiful and feels superb. And you can add that extra touch of style with customisable illuminations. They notify you of events like phone calls, Facebook updates and more, and complement what's on screen, either with album art or your photos.
VIVID 4.6" HD SCREEN. Closer to reality
Xperia™ SP's 4.6" HD screen is so vivid you feel like you're right in the middle of the action. Whether it's a city centre car chase or the latest movie blockbuster, images are razor sharp and colours are vibrant thanks to the Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2.
ONE-TOUCH FUNCTIONS. Connectivity made easy
This NFC-enabled smartphone lets you share movies and pictures on your HDTV with one-touch mirroring. You don't need cords thanks to NFC and Screen mirroring. And when it's time to party, just touch your phone to an NFC-enabled Sony Bluetooth™ speaker.
8 MP HDR CAMERA. Shoot in any light
Backlight? Bright light? Low light? Take beautiful photos and videos in any light with Xperia™ SP's 8 MP Full HD camera. The Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor - with HDR for photos - is optimised for difficult light settings. Superior Auto and automatic scene selection give you the best settings for each occasion, such as an indoor portrait shot or a holiday snap at the beach.
BATTERY STAMINA MODE. Better battery life
Battery STAMINA Mode improves your standby time by four times or more. When the screen is turned off, your phone temporarily shuts down the battery-draining apps you don't need. Don't miss those important notifications. You can easily choose which apps to keep running while the screen is off.
'WALKMAN' APP. Music the way you want it
Customise how you listen with the 'WALKMAN' app. Create playlists and enjoy music in soul shaking clarity with Clear Audio+2. Plug in a headset, tweak the sound with the graphic equaliser and blast it out in 3D surround sound. For more great music, check out Music Unlimited and choose from millions of songs.
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Top Customer Reviews
Firstly, the performance of the phone is very impressive - menus, messages, games and apps all load very smoothly without a hitch. Switching between concurrently running apps via the multitask menu is painless. The GPU is also highly capable for playing games, as an example, GTA vice city runs perfectly on max graphics/resolution. Battery life is very impressive, Sony have implemented a feature called Stamina mode which puts wi-fi into sleep mode when the screen is off and instantly wakes it up when the screen is on. I can typically go 2 days on a single charge - twice as long I could on my previous phone (Xperia Ray). The device runs Sony's version of Android Jelly Bean (as of 05/06/13 it runs 4.1.2). The tweaks to the stock version are neat and unobtrusive. I own a Nexus 7 and frankly I find Sony's version of Android equal to, if not better than, Stock Android.
On top of all these performance merits, the phone is incredibly well designed, both in terms of looks and ergonomics (despite having a large screen, the device is not too heavy and feels well balanced. It looks incredible, the aluminium rim is a nice touch and goes well with the white version of the phone. The back is plastic but not the glossy cheap looking kind found on other devices, it is matte and feels premium. The illuminated LED strip at the bottom is a great addition for ensuring that notifications (incoming call, missed call, unread sms etc) are not missed, the colour can be customised according to the type of notification.Read more ›
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
As a techie, I was looking at owning the Galaxy S4 or HTC One, but was put of by the size and cost of the phone (around £400!) this is similar to an S2 screen size wise. Also has integrated 4G, LTE bands 1/3/5/7/8/20. Where'as the early IPhone 5's only work on EE, this will work with all carriers, O2, Vodafone and Three.
One of the main surprises is that if you have a PS3, you can link the PS3 controller up to the phone and play games such as ridge racer without the need of touching the screen! Fantastic feature Sony!
I didn't like the main menu screen, but luckily enough, most things that run Android are customisable and installed an app called Go Launcher, available on the Google play store. All apps that ran on my Galaxy S2 work well on the Xperia SP.
The front camera is a little pixelated, but still clear, it's a feature I don't really use.
One more thing, this Xperia SP take a micro SIM, instead of the normal SIM. Luckily enough I'm on giffgaff network run by O2 and they perforate there SIMs so you can punch around the existing SIM to make it Micro
intitial thoughts -
the phone was very good looking, the heavy weight felt nice in the hand as it felt well made and well built, the phone was also quite big which isn't usually expected within the mid-range market. the charger cable was a little on the short side.
the performance -
for the price you pay this phone certainly delivers in the performance bracket. a dual core 1.7ghz processor so far is working well with numerous games with no lag to speak of as yet. the RAM is a little on the low side at 1GB however this doesn't usually affect performance of multi-tasking considerably, due to the powerful processor.
the display -
with the display being 720p it may not be as 'sharp' as the top end phones with the 1080p displays, however put side by side you would be hard pressed to find much different in graphical quality. the contrast within the display is good and the high PPI rate helps with colour differentiation in images.
the camera/video -
as most of the people on here have pointed out the camera is most probably one of the downfalls of this phone, at 8MP you would expect a decent performance from the camera, however compared to other 8MP cameras this phone just doesn't seem to cut it (admittedly I don't use the camera a ton so this downfall doesn't really bother me) the video oddly enough seems to fair a little better, it copes with motion quite well and is adequate for most uses.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this phone for around £250 eighteen months ago as it was considered a strong entry-level smart phone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Courtney
I had this phone before I lost it and it was very good. It came at its highest Android update when I ordered it this time and unfortunately this has one major bug which is when on... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph Chapman
Didn't buy this phone from Amazon but thought I'd write a review anyway. This phone has been worse than useless pretty much since the day I got it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I only received this phone yesterday but up to now I'm really pleased with all the functions on it. People run camera down but I'm quite pleased with it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
By far the worst phone I've ever had. I was really happy with it for approx. 9 months until Sony released an update for the phone - it has been atrocious ever since. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had one previously but it was damaged in an accident so I decided to buy one again. Unfortunately the replacement purchased on Amazon was not the same. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Noise Munga
Slow and unresponsive. Get used to seeing 'x program is not responding, wait / cancel' pop ups frequently. Also random shut downs. Read morePublished 8 months ago by HS