Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

Xpe­ria SP, the lat­est de­vice from the Sony sta­bles, ap­par­ently wants to fol­low the foot­steps of the flag­ship Xpe­ria Z and has a straight line de­sign with curved edges. The re­view unit we got was white, but framed by grey. The 4.6-inch dis­play has a 720p res­o­lu­tion with Sony's now pop­u­lar translu­cent line that il­lu­mi­nates for no­ti­fi­ca­tions at the bot­tom. The slightly curved plas­tic back panel that holds the SIM card and mem­ory card slot spoils the de­sign a bit. More­over, the bat­tery is not re­mov­able and the phone feels a bit heavy to hold.

The Xpe­ria SP has got the same old Sony in­ter­face with short­cuts for mu­sic and cam­era on the lock screen. There are no ca­pac­i­tive ca­pac­i­tive touch keys any­more and the empty space be­low the dis­play looks a bit wasted. The three nav­i­ga­tion icons are now vir­tual and re­main static across most screens.

Sony has loaded a 1.7Ghz dual-core pro­ces­sor with 1GB RAM, mak­ing this a very pow­er­ful and sprightly phone. Most of the apps loaded quickly and there wasn’t any lag while play­ing games. All this felt amaz­ingly fast and we were proved right with the Quad­rant bench­mark score of 7557, which was much higher than the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos (3817 marks) and even the quad core pow­ered HTC One X.

But mess­ing up the over­all feel of the phone is the medi­ocre 8 MP cam­era. The Su­pe­rior Auto fea­ture found on the Xpe­ria Z (that de­tects the im­age cap­ture mode au­to­mat­i­cally) is present in the Xpe­ria SP as well. But ex­pect good re­sults only un­der per­fect light­ing con­di­tion. The cam­era per­for­mance in low-light con­di­tions is aw­ful and the re­sults look worse on a large screen. Sony has packed in a big 2370 mAh bat­tery that man­aged to sur­vive a day and a half on aver­age use.

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