JUST ANOTHER ANDROID
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.