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Sony Xperia U ST25A-BP Unlocked Phone with Android 2.3 OS and 3.5-Inch Touchscreen--U.S. Warranty (Black/Pink)

3.6 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
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  • Networks: UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I); GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread); 1 GHz STE U8500 Dual Core; Internal storage: 4 GB/RAM 512 MB
  • Display: 3.5-Inch Capacitive touch screen, scratch-resistant, anti-reflection coating on mineral glass
  • Camera: 5 megapixel with HD 720p video recording
  • Black end cap can be replaced with the extra pink end cap included in the box.
  • Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 15.16 inches, 6.34 inches, 8.23 inches
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 472 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Product Description

The Sony Xperia U combines powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design that consumers can personalize inside and out. With xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, consumers will enjoy a crisp and loud sound experience. They can also stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speakers with a touch using DLNA.

From the Manufacturer

The Sony-powered smartphone that's all about you.

Experience change. Make it personal.

Let the true you shine through on your Xperia U.

Make life more personal with exchangeable bottom caps. Xperia U comes with 2 exchangeable bottom caps to fit your mood or style. The color-changing, illuminating transparent elements match colors with your favorite artist’s album art when you browse your music. It also changes to match the shades in your photos and wallpaper.

Experience fantasy. In great quality on screen.

Watch every moment from every movie or video in razor-sharp clarity.

See every smile from last year’s party in true detail. Sheer video magic on your Xperia U’s 3.5-inch Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine. And you can easily find the latest Hollywood blockbusters on the pre-loaded Video Unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network.

Experience moments. Just snap away.

Capture sunsets, waves and spectacular dives. Fire off the shots.

With the 5 MP fast capture camera you can go from sleep to snap in just over a second. Want something more moving? Film it all in 720p HD.

Experience sound. In soul-shaking clarity.

Blast out the music through the speaker with xLOUD loudness enhancement.

Want to get lost in a movie? Get completely immersed with xLOUD from Sony. Plug in your earphones, sit back and listen as the deep bass and high treble shoot around your head.

Want more songs? Enjoy a global catalogue of millions of songs easily accessible through the preloaded Music Unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network.

Experience power. The Android way.

Download and run your apps and content super fast.

Browse the internet. Stream the latest video clips. Download the coolest apps. Run them super fast with the power of the 1 GHz Dual core Processor. Find your way with Google maps. Send your love by Gmail. Your Xperia U Android smartphone has Google Mobile services built in.

Key Features

  • Google Android 2.3, upgradeable to 4.0
  • 3.5-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Fast capture with 5 MP camera
  • 1 GHz dual core processor
  • xLOUD and 3-D surround sound
  • Wi-Fi and DLNA

    Vital Statistics

    The Xperia U weighs 3.88 ounces and measures 4.41 x 2.13 x 0.47 inches.




    Android Gingerbread Operating System

    Android Gingerbread

    The Xperia U runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread). It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

    Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

    A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

    The Xperia U also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through the Google Play store, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

    Google Integration
    • Google Play store for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
    • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
    • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
    • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination



    Unlocked Phone

    This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider. It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider.

    This phone can be paired with 800/850/1800/1900 MHz UMTS/HSPA 3G networks in the United States (as well as 900/2100 MHz 3G networks found around the world, including in Europe and Asia). In areas not served by a 3G network, you'll continue to receive 2G data service via the EDGE network (depending on network compatibility).

    Note that the downloading of maps, games, music and videos and uploading of images and videos involves transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission, and the availability of particular services and features may vary by carrier.

    This phone comes with a full manufacturer's warranty (1-year).


Product Information

Product Dimensions 15.2 x 6.3 x 8.2 inches
Item Weight 4.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 12.8 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
ASIN B008D09MSU
Item model number 1261-4178
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #311,329 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
#5,035 in Cell Phones & Accessories > Unlocked Cell Phones
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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I'm a tech geek and have used many mobiles over the years. I've used Palm, Blackberry, WinMobile, Webos, Ios, Meego, WP7 and Android. So I know the differences. Having used many of them, I have made Android my primary phone. The reasons for me are simple - I like to be in charge of my device. Customization is a choice, it is not mandatory. Many iphone owners will say oh you have to tweak your Android phone to make it useful. Nothing can be further from truth. It is entirely up to the user. There are many cool things you can do with Android that you never can on any iphone.

- A proper file manager/USB storage: what is it and why it matters? If you used any USB flash drive, you know how it works. You just plug it in and it shows up as a drive and you can drag and drop ANY file in it. Android works the same way. There is no special itunes/zune-like software you need to manage your phone. It's sad that Apple charges so much for higher capacity iphones yet the storage can not be managed in any way YOU please. It's strictly designed to be a consume devices - music and video.

- "AirDroid" - simple and free app for Android that allows you to do nearly everything from a browser interface without even touching your phone. this includes file transfer, app management, send/receive txts and much more. this is very convenient because you can have your phone in your pocket.

- "mysms" or "mighty text" - these are also handy as they allow you to send/receive sms without even touching your phone as long as your phone has working signal. pretty awesome in office environment.

Mind you, 90% of Android customization can be done by anyone irrespective of tech knowledge. There is no rooting(aka jailbreaking in Ios world) needed.
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Screen Size: 3.5" HD 16:9 ratio, not HD resolution, but good enough for people under 40 years old with good eye sights.
Phone Size: good for pocket, small.
Storage Size: 8 GB, 4 GB usable, bit small but workable.
Design & Construction: Xperia line, very attractive
Battery: User removable
Sim: Regular mini sim (not micro or nano)
Supported Language: All supported languages in Android Gingerbread, biggest plus here.
Wifi: Tested on N, fast.
Camera/Video: Front and back, good for general use.

Battery Cover: Pretty hard to remove, actually you press your thumbs at lower part of battery cover to push up.
No NFC support.
The only negative is the storage size and material of the phone, but overall it's a great entry level android phone for all ages.
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Purchased 3 years ago (11/6/12) almost to the day.

Picture shows its last android software version update was too 4.4 (ice cream? IIRC)
Currently this mobile just sits but works as new and condition still great. Photos were taken with my current mobile, a Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked Cellphone, 32GB, Midnight Blue (U.S. Warranty), a phone capable of running the latest android software version (6.0 Marshmallow)

Did enjoy this device and liked Sony's tweaks to the android platform. Really liked their walkman app and wallpapers. As far as the hardware, the led bar is pretty cool. Moved on to another device (and another and another) after it lost software upgrade support.

Would consider purchasing another Sony, just always seems to be some short coming and in hopes that changes soon. Kept this one around thinking it could as a back up and it still works over wifi with no sim.

A good mid range mobile device during its day. Its "taken a beating and keeps on ticking".
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I bought it because I love the look, but the phone gets very warm with several minutes of use. worst part is even when I stay at the same spot, the signal can change from 4bar to no signal, so I had many dropped calls.
After I came out of basement which has no signal, the phone will not search for signals, so I have to restart it in order to have service again, very anoying.

update: it's getting worse, have to restart it several times a day, because it always goes to "no service" or "emergency call only" even when i stay on the same spot, have to restart to conect to network to make calls,it's a piece of crap, wish i returned it .
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Excellent product for the unbelievable price! ...
It was just what I was looking for and works prefect and correctly! ...

I could not have picked a better ...

5 Stars for esrte product! ..
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Hi,
I purchased this phone as it was Unlocked. So that I could use it in India. Now, When I started using it in India, I came to know that it is not unlocked. So I am very much disappointed. Since I returned from US, the warranty will also be invalid. So I will not be able to contact any sony service center. But I had to spend more money to unlock the phone.

Why is it mentioned in the product description as "Unlocked" when the phone is still locked. I need the unlock code for this mobile.
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Here's why: I bought this to have a back-up phone in the event that my primary phone is being serviced, as my cell is used primarily for business. This Sony Xperia U's touchscreen does not respond to touch (which makes answering phone calls impossible), is extremely slow to respond when it does accept touch actions, and the apps continually freeze. Don't bother with purchasing.
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