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Sony Xperia U Sim Free Smartphone - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • 1Ghz dual core processor
  • 3.5' Reality display
  • 5mp camera
  • HD Video capture 720p
  • customisable LED lighting and end caps

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Product details

Colour: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 11.2 cm ; 109 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
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  • Item model number: 1262-0728
  • ASIN: B007N1JTEM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Mar. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,365 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Sony Ericsson Xperia U smartphone
3.5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine

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Discover the Xperia U

Play, watch and listen on Xperia U with razor sharp 3.5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, crystal clear 3D surround sound and 1 GHz dual core processor for super-fast performance. Shoot and share faster on the 5 MP camera – from sleep to snap in just over a second – or record in HD. Personalise your phone with exchangeable caps, colour matching themes and the illuminating transparent element. And enjoy millions of songs from Music Unlimited and movies from Video Unlimited.

THE entertainer. Play, watch and browse more

Experience fantasy. In great quality on-screen.

Watch every moment from every movie or video in razor sharp clarity.

See every smile from last year’s party in a true detail. With its excellent 3.5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and 1 GHz dual core processor for super-fast performance, the Xperia U is perfect for playing games, watching your favourite Hollywood blockbusters from Video Unlimited or browsing the web, super fast, on a razor sharp screen and with more vivid colours.

  • 3.5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Dual core 1 GHz processor
  • Video Unlimited

Fast camera. Snap it all

Experience moments. Just snap away.

Capture sunsets, waves and spectacular dives. Fire off the shots.

Capture the moment of surprise and that tricky skateboard move with Xperia U’s snappy 5 MP camera.From sleep to snap in just over a second and 1 second from shot to shot. Or shoot in crystal clear HD and share everything with your friends on Facebook or by email and text.

  • 5 MP camera
  • Fast Capture
  • 720p HD video recording
Sony Ericsson Xperia U smartphone camera feature
5 megapixel, auto focus

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Profound sound. Give your ears a treat

Experience beats. In 3D surround sound.

Blast out the music through the speaker with xLoud loudness enhancement.

Sit back and enjoy all your tunes up loud on Xperia U’s speakers with xLoud. Or plug in for more music in 3D surround sound on your headphones. If you still want more music, choose from millions of tracks, with thousands added every week and create your own playlists and channels with Music Unlimited.

  • xLoud
  • 3D surround sound
  • Music Unlimited

More Personal. Light up your life

Experience change. Make it personal.

Let the true you shine through.

Make life more personal. Choose a theme that matches the exchangeable cap, and watch the illuminating transparent element light up in the same colour. Or see how the transparent element complements what’s on your screen with a matching colour. Whether it’s album art when you browse through your music or your own photos in your gallery.

  • Exchangeable caps
  • Illuminating transparent element

Experience power. The Android way.

Download and run your apps and content super fast.

Browse the internet. Stream the latest video clips. Download the coolest apps. Run them super fast with the power of the 1GHz Dual core Processor. Find your way with Google maps. Send your love by Gmail. Your Xperia U Android smartphone has Google Mobile services built in.

Sony Xperia U smartphone
Scratch-resistant mineral glass

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Smart Extras for Android

The announcement of Xperia U is supported by the new Smart Extras accessories to enhance the experience on Android and to your smartphone.

Smart Wireless Headset pro – the Bluetooth headset that does it all

This Bluetooth stereo headset for Android smartphones offers multifunctional features in addition to superior sound. On the display of Smart Wireless Headset pro users can read text messages, see incoming calls, access calendar notifications and much more. When detached from the phone it functions as a standalone MP3 player and radio.

SmartWatch – access apps and smartphone features with a micro display for Android

SmartWatch is a micro display accessory for communicating with an Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Consumers can, for example, discretely access text messages, social media updates and manage calls or music. The display is mounted on a strap and can be worn as a watch. Applications allowing users to personalize their SmartWatch experience will be available on Android market.

Box Contains

XPERIA U handset
mains charger
micro usb
stereo headphones
changeable end cap

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Customer Reviews

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Colour: Black
I owned a Galaxy S which was amazing for two years. It could not cope well with multi tasking or more demanding apps. I got fed up it with it and was looking for a change. I preferred a mobile phone that could perform well but at a decent price. I did quite a bit of research because I am a bit funny about technology which I am not going to rant about.

1) Cost
The two options I were weighting up was the Xperia U (£125 approx as an upgrade from Phones4u on PAYG at the time this was written) or the Star N8000 (£125 approx sold on Amazon).

2) Performance:
The spec seemed better with the Star as it has 1GB of RAM. The Sony has 512K. I assumed Star would outperform. According to various U tube Antutu benchmarking videos however I noted the following scores (the higher the score the better):

Samsung Galaxy S: Score 3007
Star N8000: Score 3200
Sony Xperia U: Score 5333

You can imagine if I got the Star I might have been a bit cross.

3) Looks:
- The Sony is small, like a mobile phone should be and not look like a tablet. It fits in the hand well and the pocket.
- It has square corners not round corners. I dont understand why a lot of phones have the round corners, probably health and safety or something. Its my personal preference by the way. Maybe I am sick of rounded corners now. Square cars is still a NO for now.
- The light strip is a cool touch. The phone feels like it comes to life when you use it and is customisable.
- It says SONY above the touch screen. I feel proud to be the owner of this device. I remember the days when you see 'Sony' it meant expensive but quality.

4) Software
- Running gingerbread 2.3. Apparently will be upgraded to Ice cream sandwich 4.0 in September.
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Colour: Black
I'll get it over with first: the well-discussed (if you've followed the forums and read other reviews) lack of a memory card slot is a bit naff, but with a small screen you're not likely to loading it up with oodles of videos. Bear in mind there is 6GB user memory altogether (2GB for apps, 4GB for media), not 4GB as many say. Know your needs, and take your pick. Rather annoyingly, the phone's memory does not appear as a standard mass-storage device when you plug it in with USB, instead it uses MTP for which support without installing bloated extra software is somewhat patchy. However I have successfully coaxed it to work with Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.

The design is surprisingly decent, build quality average to good, and the screen is luscious - do fit a screen protector (at least one should be supplied) immediately to keep it that way. Some may not be so keen on the widescreen 16:9 ratio compared with the iPhone's 3:2, which does mean that although both are nominally 3.5" screens, the iPhone's is more spacious for portrait mode messaging. Android 2.3.7 works well enough so far, and Sony admit the specs (especially 512MB RAM) are a bit borderline for the promised ICS upgrade, so not sure whether I will bother with that. Battery life isn't too shabby, thanks to the efficient NovaThor processor - with light use, 2 to 3 days between charge seems about order of the day, but obviously not everyone's definition of "light" is the same. The camera is fair, with the 4mm f/2.6 lens well recessed to keep it protected, and a physical shutter button (also activates the camera from sleep) though it is quite stiff.

The supplied handsfree headset is about as cheap as Sony could muster, but the socket is a standard 3.
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The design an quality is brilliant. It looks very flashy and works well. Installing the SIM card was easy.However, the camera is sub-standard compared to most Sony products, and the keypad is a nightmare to use. Nevertheless, I'm really pleased with my new phone.
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Colour: Black Verified Purchase
Good little phone. Has never let my daughter down and plays all games she has downloaded.
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Colour: Black Verified Purchase
To change my phone from an old LG to this is a pretty big step up, one which I have to say I am chuffed with. The U's turned out to be a very sleek and intelligent piece of kit thus far. The design, quality and ergonomics all seem to be there: it looks professional enough, it doesn't weigh too much and the widescreen aspect touchscreen is also pretty good. The battery does really well and I quite like the built-in camera. The gimmicky lightstrip is very fancy indeed and the interchangeable end caps lets you make the phone more personal to you if you're so inclined, but these things are just sideshow distractions; it's a mobile phone in the end. I don't expect to go above the memory usage with all of my music, gaming or applications (I have an iPod Touch for that) but it's nice to know that what I do eventually want to put on won't trouble the memory limits. My Facebook and Twitter networking works fine on it so it's all good.

As with other people I find that the lack of external memory space (Memory cards, MicroSD, etc.) is a little odd, but when you think about it's internal storage capacity, it becomes a little more forgivable. I'll have to wait until I post some of my music onto the device to test the memory, but I'm happy with this purchase overall. Time to shift my contacts...
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