I have this phone for more than 2 years now. It has had its own problems but now its okay-ish. Using cyanogenmod (CM 12.1) on unlocked bootloader, cm11 is more stable choice perhaps. Just make sure not to overwhelm your phone with apps that require lots of ram. Camera is average but im used to it. (grainy pictures). BUT battery it came with - is still good after 2 years so I can see why it is built-in. Been using screen protector and a case around it and ive dropped it many times from low height but its all good! It hasnt visited warranty/repair shop.
OK, listen up.
The phone itself is OK. The problem is that you people don't know how to update the software (from 4.1 to 4.3)
1. You make a factory reset with an option to delete all files on the phone (make sure to transfer all your images, music etc on your PC first)
2. You plug in your phone to a PC and ONLY THAT WAY you make the update, via the PC Suite.
3. After the update you make another factory reset with an option to delete all files on the phone
Do this, and you will have a great Xperia SP.
Personally, I am happy with the phone. It has been my best Android so far.
Where do I start with this phone... I got it a couple of years ago and when I first got the XSP it was fine, it was running 4.1 everything was good... Until Sony unleashed the 4.3 update. Since then I have had to wipe the phone clean 3 times and do factory resets. The phone likes to crash A LOT! Every time I pick up the phone I get "Facebook has crashed wait report or close", "Browser has crashed wait report or close", "Snapchat has crashed wait report or close", "System UI has crashed wait report or close" Texting crashes it ...Phone calls crashes it and turns it in to a useless brick where then I have to scramble to find a pen, fork, toothpick or something to hit the reset button under the back cover. I do not recommend this phone at all! If a friend tries to give you this phone..unfriend them.
I have upgraded from Sony xperia sp to Lenova VIBE P1m, trust me, I mean it, an update worth doing.
Sony asked me to replace motherboard by paying 7k(rs) when I asked them to repair the my phone which stopped charging.
After buying this I was prepared to accept poor performance in Lenova vibe p1m, but it was not as bad as xperia so was in terms of battery back up which was exceptional when compared with'SP', and gaming performance was also far better since it had 2gb of ram(I learned that adreno 320 is not the only thing required for smooth gaming), and even multi tasking seems way out of the league of xperia Sp.
I loved xperia sp and is still thankful for the device, but as time moves on, you got to see what's best for you.
For nearly 8k I bought it.
DEEPAK, 15 Feb 2016My phone C5302 switches off automatically, even in full charge. Sony care told me to change mo... moreI had the same problem. My phone once died and I had to change the motherboard. Luckily it was still under warranty. Paying out of your pocket to change motherboard is too expensive, it costs almost as much as new Xperia SP. It has nothing to do with sealed battery though, I have had failing motherboard on a phone with user-replaceable battery.
i have this phone and i like it. simple design, disco led, powerfull performance. i can play so many HD games. no lagg no hang, that was great phone :) faster, smoother, powerfull
masai, 11 Feb 2016Have read your positive comments about Sony Xperia SP and am now encouraged to get mine. Kindl... moreDo not buy this phone, it sucks big time. Have been using it lots of software bugs and the phone hangs & switches off in between regularly. There are better phones available in this cost. Had been using sony since the time i started using mobile but this is my last sony phone
AnonD-177419, 04 Jan 2016You can install CyanogenMod CM12.1 (Android 5.1.1) if your phone's warranty is over. There is ... moreMy phone C5302 switches off automatically, even in full charge. Sony care told me to change motherboard. Iwill never buy a sealed battery phone again and from Sony also.
AnonD-237609, 29 Jan 2016I've used this phone for 2 years, and it still work perfect in every aspect. Thank you Sony.Have read your positive comments about Sony Xperia SP and am now encouraged to get mine. Kindly advise me on which to buy between models C5303 and C5306. Thanks.
Soto, 29 Jan 2016Replace the battery. Dear battry timng is soo gud ....
Dr Ndre, 08 Feb 2016useless,do you even know this phone?What is useless? Your phone, my comment or something else? For the record, I am a proud owner of this phone for almost 2 years.
Anonymous, 29 Jan 2016I am using Sony Xperia SP for about 2 years. This phone is the worst I ever had. There are so ... moreI wouldn't ban Sony just because XSP was a failure. However, the issues with this phone did tech me a lesson, that any flagship of yesterday is more capable and durable than a newly released mid-range phone.
Xperia SP 4.3 12.1.A.1.207 (stock ROM)
- root with TowelRoot
- install Root Booster w/Stability Boost
- install Xposed Installer
* APM+ (Customize your power menu!)
* BootManager (Prevents apps to start on boot)
* Gesture Navigation (by FemBlack@XDA)
* Greenify (donate)
* MaxLock (donate)
* NoMoreOverlay (by Harry Cheng)
* Screenshot Delay Remover
* Sequence Unlock (Unlock your phone with a sequence of your volume keys)
* SystemUI Patcher (Mod SystemUI.apk for Xperia)
* Ultimate Dynamic Navbar
* XBlast Tools (by FemBlack@XDA)
* Xperia MultiMiniApps
Super XPERIA SP now!!! :))