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The Sony Xperia SP Review

March 16, 2014

The Sony Xperia SPExactly one year ago, Sony released a very capable and affordable smartphone, the Xperia SP, a mid-range device that came with a nice list of specs and a lot of courage, challenging its stronger competitors. Bringing together a solid hardware platform and a beautiful body, like in “the beauty and the beast” meme, the Xperia SP comes with the proper tools for surviving in the smartphone jungle. Being basically an all rounder droid, the Japanese created an actual gem of a smartphone, the “best bang for the buck” kind of device, with a twist.
Let’s find out more about it, shall we?
The Xperia SP is a tough guy, measuring 130.6 x 67.1 x 10 mm and having a weight of 155 g, so it’s not exactly the most compact phone, but offers a nice impression of solidity. The phone has been nicely designed, as it has an attractive, matte back for providing a better hand grip and keeping fingerprints away. Its body is surrounded by a cool aluminum frame and has a transparent band at its lower side, which can be set to change in a certain color when you get notifications or when you receive a call from someone, it matches your theme and pulses with the beat of your songs when you’re using the music player. Neat, huh?
Let’s get to more serious stuff, like the display. The Xperia SP features a 4.6 inches TF capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, a 319 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass protection and, the most important, it’s powered by the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The phone’s screen is highly responsive and in terms of contrast and sunlight legibility, it does a pretty good job for a mid-range device.
The Sony Xperia SP thinThe Xperia SP comes loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, offering a wonderful user experience when browsing through the user interface. Everything goes smoothly thanks to its Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon chipset, holding a dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU and having 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card. The Xperia SP is quite a performer, as I’ve actually expected it to be. I find it impressive that even if it’s a dual-core, this guy comes pretty damn close to the level reached by of its quad-core enemies in terms of performance.
The Xperia SP comes packed with an 8 megapixel autofocus snapper that’s capable of producing photos at a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and has a LED flash companion for assisting in low light situations. The pictures taken are decent enough, I actually expected a little more from it, but it gets the job done, so don’t worry. The camera supports geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, HDR mode and others. You have the Superior mode, which tries to adapt the camera settings by detecting the type of scene that you want to take. It lets you know about what it detected and if it got it wrong (which doesn’t frequently happen), you can correct it.
The video camera shoots 1080p videos at 30 fps and features the HDR mode, image stabilization, face detection and more. It does a better job than its still sister, if you ask me, and the videos produced by it are really great.
When it comes to connectivity, the Xperia SP has you covered, as it comes with support for NFC, dual band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n,Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, quad-band 2G/3G with 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.8 Mbps HSUPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP.
You’ll enjoy surfing the web on the Xperia SP, as the pages are loaded fast and look nice on its big screen. Google Chrome is here for making everything nice and easy, having a lot of features prepared for you, like the capability of syncing with your desktop Chrome browser, for example, and much more. The browsing experience is pretty neat, as you’ll see for yourself if you check out the device.
In its basket full of goodies, our smartphone holds some important stuff, like a GPS receiver with A-GPS support and GLONASS, using Google Maps and Wisepilot for navigation. Voice guided navigation is available and you can also cache offline maps. Another treat is the Office Suite 7 for viewing your document files.
The Sony Xperia SP androidThe phone holds inside a 2.370 mAh battery and will endure more than one day of moderate usage. For extending its battery life, you have the Stamina mode which will stop the opened apps when your screen is shut down and resume them when you turn it on.
In conclusion, the new Sony Xperia SP definitely has something to say and a whole bunch of skills to show off to its mid-range competitors. For you, it may be a good choice if you’re looking for something affordable and capable enough to fulfill your needs.

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