The best part of this phone is that it has the FRONT CAMERA which even some of the more expensive phones couldnt afford to have.
I am using this phone since May. There only major problem is the network. This phone will lost it signal sometimes and will only regain it after being restarted. The sound are fair, camera's functions are excellent and I cant wait for the ICS update.
again a good smartphone created by sony which is Sony Xperia U with god combination of its hardware and software.
How long is the battery life? 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,12 Can you guys be more specific? And are you experiencing over heat or does it turns warm coz one of my classmate says xperia neo does? thanks coz
I'm really planning to buy this phone this week, but when I read all the comments in terms of battery, There a lot of negative feedback, So I'm kinda worried if I'll just waste my money on this,
joy, 20 Jul 2012battery is very poor...What the hell are you talking about, mine gives me 3 and a half days solid battery timing
I bought this phone a month back and the recent android update from Sony has rendered it as a useless device that atleast cannot be called as a cell phone. There is absolute loss in network that would not come back unless you restart your phone. This problem is with every Xperia U handset and there has been no reply from Sony Support at their official site regarding when can this issue be fixed. So if you want a camera, music, eye catching OS with lot of specifications on paper this is a go for u; if you want to place and receive calls, dont buy this phone atleast till the next update is provided to fix this network drop issue.
PV, 19 Jul 2012Hey can anyone suggest an online store to buy an otg cable for xu in india. plsBuy samsung USB on the go cable. I got one from mobilezone. It's like 'themobilestore'. I'm from India M.P.
Modern combat 3 on Xperia u ,Working toooo smooth...
deepu, 19 Jul 2012hey friends,i bought this phone yesterday its nice phone,but can i make video call in this pho... moreCannot reply as a fact, but fairly sure I read that 3G video calls aren't possible, only skype video calls. I returned my phone so can't test, and never did since not a feature that interests me (or most people by the sound of things, fewer phones are supporting it these days).
monu187, 19 Jul 2012Is there anyone who is having issues with the phone getting hot when on a call and the phone t... moreSadly, my battery has never reached 0%. It has always randomly drained and turned off way before, when having as much as 85% still!!! Yup, also got hot, seldom fell before 30°C!
no card slot and very limited storage but all features is good enough!
fadhil, 19 Jul 2012can any one say regarding the skype..facility in sony xperia u ..and i jst wanna to confrm tha... moreI confirm that skype video calls work. Despite settings though, the phone does not vibrate to alert you to new IMs, and the ringtone cannot be changed (general Android issue) and is almost too quiet to hear. Now I know why people signed in "on a mobile device" always ignore my calls/chats...
[deleted post]That all depends on where you are. In the UK you can get it for £165 including a £15 PAYG SIM from Three, or £160 from Phones4U with an existing PAYG SIM to qualify for the upgrade price on any network but Three.
Thanks to all who have posted helpful comments here. Some have been very useful, while others rather subjective and opinionated. This review is rather long, but as it is not a random question or pointless opinion, I hope this objective review from an eXperia U owner is helpful and reveals its true colours. Speaking of colours, I won't be commenting on the (pointless and often incorrectly lit) glowing bar or the (downright ugly) optional colours to clip on the base. Much has also been said about the lack of SD card slot, limited memory and RAM, so again I won't give a subjective opinion on this. Nor the screen quality, size or ease of use. This a functional review from experience, offering insight into the problems, issues, errors, bugs I found. While I may be a noob to Android phones, this shouldn't taint your view of my view - something either works reliably or it doesn't.
According to reviews and opinions here and elsewhere, the Sony Xperia U certainly appeared to be the best set of specs in its price range, and having loved (Sony) Ericsson phones in the past, I guess I was a bit bias towards upgrading to their latest offering that wasn't too big or expensive. So, I took the plunge.
Initially I loved the phone, but then I repeatedly had problems...
Wifi hotspot tethering: As I currently don't have fixed broadband, it was necessary to tether to this phone for net access on my laptop. While I have since learned from the Three UK network that tethering is actually allowed on only one of their contract tariffs, it is possible on any, and if you have the data, why not use it? Problem is that when they think you are tethering, they cut your data. Simply disabling and re-enabling your hotspot seems to overcome this temporary setback though. What doesn't make sense are the other issues I had trying to tether. At times I would suddenly lose signal strength on my laptop and I would no longer be able to surf. Even though the Xperia had web access and was right next to the laptop, I would get a generic 1 bar of signal strength and be unable to connect any longer (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...FiFail.jpg). It wasn't always as simple as re-enabling tethering on the Xperia U though, at times this wasn't possible as even when showing as active, I couldn't deactivate the hotspot (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...potFail.jpg) and I had to reboot the phone!
Bluetooth: Despite Google's thoughts that everything is run by Google and you could never want/require another service, I don't use them for my calendar (they reschedule and duplicate my appointments) or my contacts (they duplicate these too). I use bluetooth to sync my phone to Outlook using MPE (http://www.fjsoft.at/en/). But here I had issues too. At first I could not even get the phone found as it appeared it didn't have the serial port BT profile present. Eventually I did connect after much trouble (can't even offer advice as can't recall what finally worked), but when trying to sync it would randomly just disconnect and give me OBEX errors. So, I took a look at the phone since I never had such issues with other handsets on this laptop... At times I could not enable BT, it would say "Turning on...", but just hang and a phone reboot would be required (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...leFail.jpg). At other times no data transfer would be occuring, yet the BT icon would show active data transfer (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...iveFail.jpg) and I couldn't deactivate BT. The Xperia U is also advertised as having numerous BT profiles, yet a search would only reveal serial port (after some difficulty) and Object Push (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...leFail.jpg). While the white pages clearly state that the address book is accessible, I couldn't connect to it (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...okFail.jpg).
Network: On one occassion I turned on my phone and it simply wouldn't connect to the network. I had to remove the battery and sim and reboot to get it working again (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...rkFail.jpg).
Data: Even when I disabled data, the phone still showed it was connected on HSDPA (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...leFail.jpg).
So that's four methods of wireless connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, general Network and Data, and all four have failed :(
Charging: The USB charging cable shipped with the phone is stiff and rediculously short. This means use of the phone while charging (which is frequent) is awkward both from a handling and physical location perspective. Furthermore, sony say the supplied rapid charger must be used with the supplied USB cable to work, yet if my old phone's 950mAh battery takes about 1h30 to charge and this battery, being approx 1/3 larger at 1,320mAh, takes a 1/3 longer to charge at around 2hrs, where is the speed benefit from the rapid charger? Far worse than any of this though is the battery's reliability. Some say charging a partially charged battery makes no difference to the latest batteries, and improved performance is seen after a few charges. Well, due to this battery/phone combination, the battery had ample chance to improve its performance after many many charges in only a few days. My first real shock though came when I left home, barely used the phone, and it was off by the time I returned 5h30 later (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...yFail1.jpg). I only got 5h23m out of it, and you can see from the "Screen on" that it was barely used. The battery seemed to drain in seconds when it didn't have signal (I travelled by tube) - hardly something you want to put up with in London - and the last 15% went in no time at all and for no reason. Next test was the next day where it performed even worse. I again left home and didn't even travel underground, yet the phone was barely used and lasted a mere 4h10m, thanks to the last 85% (!!!) of the battery life draining for no apparent reason (I'd just taken 3 photos) and in no time (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...yFail2.jpg). Oh yes, and one quick phone call used far more power than one would think: a 4min call took 6% of the battery (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...lDrain.jpg), a rate that would only give about 1hr of calltime, yet it is advertised as having up to 5h36m. The last straw was when it died in my hands with 60% remaining and as usual wouldn't turn on without plugging it in when I'd already given it a top-up charge due to the steadily declining power (http://www.archlives.eclipse.c...yFail3.jpg). This is not just poor battery performance, it is unreliable and unusable - worse than my first huge brick of a phone by Motorola back in the mid '90's!
I have therefore returned to phone to Three UK, and knowing I would have some challenges doing this, researched my statutory rights first. In summary, in England you do have the right to return any faulty item within a short time scale for a full refund, regardless of what the store policy is (provide proff such as I did with screenshot that there are indeed problems). The manager I had to deal with was understanding and helpful, yet adamant he could only do a swap or repair. Having lost faith in the product, I wanted a full refund. Only after politely explaining that my consumer rights took preference to Three's policies and a call to head office did he see things my way and issue a refund. If you have problems in England with this or any other product, don't listen to their rubbish policies. Know your rights (http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/...y_back.htm). And by the way, while these rights were relevant to me as I bought the phone outright on a PAYG deal, if you upgrade, your rights are reduced and a refund is unlikely! I was lucky to have bought the phone as I did, which made sense for me since it cost far less for me to buy outright than a 24 month contract that would cost a lot more than my current contract does - always do the maths!
I'd be very interested to know if other people have experienced these or any other issues. I do like the phone, and would buy it again if I knew it was going to work reliably and the battery would last more than a few hours. Is this a Gingerbread issue that could be fixed by the ellusive ICS update, a problem with Three's branded firmware, or an issue with the Sony product itself? Whichever, I wasn't going to forefit my rights to find out and be stuck with it, but I would like to know.
I see no point in carrying very expensive and large computers in my pocket, so I really wish it had worked reliably and I could have kept the phone, cos now I don't know whether to go for Ace2 or One V, or if I had bad luck and Xperia U really is better.