JUST AN­OTHER AN­DROID

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

The HTC One V with a sin­gle-core pro­ces­sor and ICS is a bet­ter bet. With straight lines and a trans­par­ent strip at the bot­tom, the Xpe­ria U looks very sim­i­lar to Sony’s flag­ship Xpe­ria S. It has a 3.5 inch ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play that feels small as a lot of space has been wasted at the bot­tom for the ‘Xpe­ria’ brand­ing.

Just be­low the dis­play are the touch keys—back, home and op­tions. Be­low these is the trans­par­ent strip that il­lu­mi­nates in white, pink, green, red and so on de­pend­ing on the theme. In­ter­est­ingly, the colour of the strip changes au­to­mat­i­cally when brows­ing through the gallery or lis­ten­ing to mu­sic.

A ded­i­cated cam­era key has been added to power on the 5MP cam­era that takes some time to get used to. The im­ages cap­tured dur­ing day­light were crisp, but there was a lot of noise in low-light pho­tos. The 720p video cap­ture was also about av­er­age. The au­dio play­back was good though.

Sur­pris­ingly, it is one of the most af­ford­able smart­phones to be pow­ered by a 1Ghz dual-core pro­ces­sor. The over­all per­for­mance is de­cent. Brows­ing was smooth as was switch­ing be­tween apps. The Xpe­ria U still runs on An­droid v2.3 and Sony has not been able to roll in the Ice Cream Sand­wich up­date. The big­gest draw­back of this phone is the 8GB on­board mem­ory of which only 4GB is ac­ces­si­ble. There isn’t any ex­pand­able mem­ory card slot ei­ther. The bat­tery backup was about av­er­age with a day of us­age.

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