With Sony of Japan now in full control of the smartphone business (Ericsson aside), they seem to be using the same successful marketing strategy they use with their computers, cameras, videocams, televisions, and other consumer products--which is to give customers lots of C-H-O-I-C-E-S. It's the same strategy Korean Samsung is employing. These two companies can do it because of their marketing and support muscle from their other products. This is something cellphone-only companies will find difficult to match.
Another useless Sony phone...how many of these will they release until they will realise that they go on a wrong direction?
Do yourself a favor: if you want a Sony phone, get an xperia U which is from another planet, or get an Arc S (if you can still find it). They'll both serve you much better than this entry level crap for the same price or for only a few bucks more.
Another great review and analysis! I enjoy these reviews that don't just state the obvious. Comparing models from different companies in the conclusion part is great! Keep it up gsmarena!