This is my first smartphone, bought to use with straight talk. Did not plan to do a lot of browsing. This fit my budget for a 2012-release phone and the Xperia phones have good customer satisfaction. It came down to the U or the P, which is a fair amount pricier but the same phone (processor) with more memory and an SD slot plus a slightly larger screen. ignored friend's advice that I get the pricier phone for the additional memory (he's a gamer), and so far I don't regret it. Lots of memory left ovcr for the several apps I have installed, and no need for an external SD card if you aren't into video or music. Even then, there's the Cloud if you have wi-fi. Reception is good and calls are clear. typing is definitely a little cramped on the 3.5" screen, but it has an auto landscape mode that makes it acceptable. If you are a texter or use a huge number of apps, the P might make sense. I'm good with this
Upsides: great price for the CPU and graphics. great look and feel. comes with a sony screen protector but no case, which is needed as it is a delicate little thing. would be a great phone for someone with delicate fingers, I get by. says you can upgrade to ICS but I have enough trouble figuring out 2.3 so until it is clear the upgrade is needed I'll stick with it
Downside: battery life is limited. My old flip phone used to hold a charge for most of a week, and this one needs daily feeding, more if you leave the wifi on. I am sure the color stripe (which has no perceivable useful function and cannot be turned off) has some role in this, but a 1200 mA-hr cell doesn't go far . Wonder if it will accept larger cells.
An excellent phone, would buy again. Comes with a 12 month Sony warranty in original box and shrink wrap. Nicer than the Motorola Atrix I demoed, despite having a slightly narrower screen
Addendum: have seen other reviewers comment on damage to the phone. This is a fairly delicate plastic-body and screen phone. One would be foolish not to clad it in a case + screen protector. The Ecell case (available on Amazon for about $5) is really nice as a minimalist case, and will protect as well as make it less likely to drop the phone. There are also some beefier cases out there.
Addendum #2" I wear Carharrt pants with side-leg cell phone pockets and even with the case, this phone fits in there like a glove. Try that Samsung S II
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