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Sony Xperia P review: Ironclad

Sony Xperia P review: Ironclad - read the full textSealed in an aluminum unibody but still oozing the new NXT series style, the Sony Xperia P joins an elite club of metal-clad phones. And then there's the WhiteMagic screen to make it unique in the mobile world. In short, the Xperia P is one of...


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> In reply to Guy @ 2012-06-04 23:27 from 0C0H - click to readIt doesn't show poor black. Read the results carefully and you will see that they made that judgement while having the phone up much brighter than other phones and probably brighter than it needed to be.
this review is a screen and battery nightmare. Can gsmarena please retest and analyse where needed

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  • 2012-06-05 02:42
  • UFGN

why u guys want to buy a phone which display shows poor black is beyond my understanding

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  • 2012-06-04 23:27
  • 0C0H

> In reply to rush @ 2012-06-04 12:53 from uvgb - click to readAdreno is proprietary Qualcomm gpu series, and are integrated on their system on chip family - Snapdragon and Krait chipsets.

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  • 2012-06-04 20:43
  • vfxa

I'm using it right now, everything looks owsum except it has a very weak network comparing with my iPhone that I'm using it at the same time!!

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  • 2012-06-04 20:27
  • p7A}

my camera shutter key is not working please help!

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  • 2012-06-04 18:18
  • wc7c

please tell me that xperia p is having mali 400 gpu or adreno 205?? The pdf provided by sonymobile site states that SX P is having adreno....
Bluetooth 2.1 in xperia p will make any difference with the phones having bluetooth-3.0??but i dont want theoritical answer as i know that 2.1: having 3MbPS speed and 3.0: having 24MbPS data transfer rate....please someone state the practical difference....

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  • 2012-06-04 12:53
  • uvgb

lol "smart tag" another xperimental s**t from sony, haha good job for magicwhite! best unnovation ever lol

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  • 2012-06-04 06:27
  • v0Xt

Every technological innovation is moot when it doesnt have the capacity to utilise the innovations.
Whitemagic was meant to help increase power efficiency but sadly it has failed. Sony has done a big mistake with the battery. Maybe they over estimated the efficiency of the NovaThor chipset and counted too much on the Whitemagic tech. The Galaxy s Advance has the same chipset,with a power efficient Super AMOLED and 1500MaH batery. Sony could have a learned a thing or two from this phone..and realise that the NovaThor isnt THAT great -_-

However, it will find buyers among those who want a good looking phone and dont do heavy tasks regularly like wifi browsing or gaming.

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  • 2012-06-04 06:03
  • utuY

> In reply to Ray M @ 2012-06-04 05:29 from vjuP - click to readIf you've read the review more carefully, you'd have found it does not:
It clearly says the bottom part (which holds the antenna) is plastic so there's no death-grip.

I like this phone; except for 3 things.

1) metal is cool - but scratchprone. My 1year old E55 with Aluminum back looks like trash

2) No micro-SD. Seriously? How hard can it be to put a card slot in?

3) Pathetic battery. I love all the NXT phones (esp. Sola) but a 13xx battery? Wasted!

Also, Sony Ericsson became SONY a while ago- you need to get out more.

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  • 2012-06-04 05:52
  • tRnj

The phone looks very matured with metal casing but is it gonna be like another iphone4 case where the recption would be badly affected by the metal casing and antenna layout/design?
What happened to the Sony Ericsson name? Have they shed the Ericsson joint-venture?

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  • 2012-06-04 05:29
  • vjuP

Great phone.i love it.but cant afford it. :-(

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  • 2012-06-04 05:19
  • iwpJ

What's up with you Cowz.
Coz... I totally AGREE! :P
I've research and compare XP to other phones and eventually prefer XP better. But never had a chance to go hands-on with it yet. So I too was looking forward to know what the White Magic has in store for me. Questions:

1) If I'm prefer my Galaxy SL at 40%, what % will I have to set in XP for the same brightness? Sry I don't have lux meter.

2) Yes, the display does look awful at 90% brightness, but both pictures seems like taken indoors. Wonder how is it outdoors with bright sunlight? As in put i4S, S3, XS & XP side by side with screen facing the sun. At that time, is a non-posterized display prefered over a readable screen?

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  • 2012-06-04 03:09
  • PUi6

> In reply to Cowz @ 2012-06-03 21:34 from vxKC - click to readtotaly agree! I also want an answer because i want to know if it worth the change, instead of Arc S.

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  • 2012-06-03 21:43
  • JGxM

> In reply to himanshmodi @ 2012-06-03 21:14 from t}yP - click to read:) no I just want the review test results to be more accurate and hence useful.
I would have preferred a larger battery too. I wish that the back was not curved and was a uniform 10.5mm so that they put a larger battery in. Surely that would allowed for a 1700mAh battery.
Overall this GSMarena review is quite well written and performed ans is really useful. I saw a really poor review from another really well known website today that said that WhiteMagic uses more power because the phone has to power an extra sub-pixel. How rubbish is that.
GSMarena are really good but I wish they would correct the test method on their battery tests.

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  • 2012-06-03 21:34
  • vxKC

Sorry to post again. I am not a Sony or SE fanboy (have never owned a SE or Sony smartphone) but I had been looking to buy this phone.

This review does mention the compact nature of this phone and that is why I am looking at possibly getting this phone. The comparisons in the conclusion are all with larger phones. Basically there are no comparisons in the same size with similar functionality.

For web browsing especially this phone has a great screen (full sub pixels + good battery life) and 540x960 pixels.
The Galaxy S Advance and HTC One V are pretty much the same size. They have 35% less pixels and smaller 3.8" and 3.7" screens (the Samsung Galaxy S Advance would have about 50% the amount of rgb subpixels taking into account the pentile aspect).

It's an industry where manufacturer's are convincing us to accept larger and larger phones because they can't or no longer want to try to get more tech into a small device. It's like the evolution of software where code is now less efficient because is does not need to be as 'tight' now that we have so much processing power. The problem with phones is that they are not really offering more power they are just fitting more power into larger devices and that isn't really progress.
The Xperia P is a breath of fresh air. It is one of the few phones to buck that trend.

It is sad that the battery got such a bad review. The screen technology to save battery looks like a good idea and in fact if the tests were run properly I am sure for application and UI activities where the screen is on the results would have been much better (beat the S2 in web browsing battery).
Obviously for non-screen activities the new processor should have done better (like the quoted Sony talk times) and so there looks to be an issue there.

All in all I think I may get this and buy the external battery (maybe 6000mAh) I had been meaning to buy for long trips. I had been meaning to get one anyway as my Defy+ is almost dead after a plane flight spent playing games.

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  • 2012-06-03 21:24
  • vxKC

> In reply to Cowz @ 2012-06-03 19:14 from vxKC - click to readYou really want people to like this phone, ehh? See, the point is that 1300 mah battery is really tiny in absolute terms. People whose accounts are getting synced all the time, or the ones who play games a lot will really struggle with 1300 mah - even if they put the brightness levels at 25%. And 1300 mah will last lesser than 1750 of some other model. There is absolutely no excuse for Sony to have put such a small battery. But if the plan is to get people to buy xperia s... well, i might end up being one consumer who will fall for that!

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  • 2012-06-03 21:14
  • t}yP

m using this phone frm d 27th happily satisfied no such complains with battery easly last for 12hr or more camera is awsome n d smile detection is cherry on the top frm myside 9/10 n ics update will make +.5

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  • 2012-06-03 21:06
  • XjHG

review says phone shows poor black is that really true?

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  • 2012-06-03 20:40
  • 0C0H

> In reply to Blondy_Latvia @ 2012-06-02 09:17 from MfxH - click to readIt is not as bad as they make out. It is just the result of a VERY poor test method and VERY poor displaying of results.
If they wrote the display brightness on the battery test output you would be very surprised. Again, at a 50% brightness setting the Xperia P puts out 50% more brightness than a Galaxy S2.

Considering the S2 only lasted 10% longer browsing I would say that the S2 at the same brightness output is worse.
Same or the phone test if the screen was off (and not putting out 50% more brightness) then it would probably beat the S2. So only the video is poor.

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  • 2012-06-03 19:14
  • vxKC

> In reply to Bilou @ 2012-06-01 23:26 from 36Fk - click to readIt's not a 'terrible battery', it's just a mediocre battery made to look worse by a poor battery test. Read the comments against the test method.

The screen is 50% brighter than the S2 and 100% brighter than the Sensation when set to 50%. The battery comparison details do not even mention the brightness output (really the tests should be done on the same brightness).
GSMarena should go to more of an effort to point that out as the Browsing and Video playback times will be greatly effected.
Also when do the phone call battery test is the screen off or on? The Xperia P turns the display off (as most new phones do) when next to the ear.

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  • 2012-06-03 19:08
  • vxKC

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