First 'Sony' Androids hit NZ

The Sony Xperia P

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Chris Keall

Sony has released its first "Sony" branded Android phones onto the New Zealand market - that is, the first since it bought Ericsson out of their joint venture.

They are the Sony Xperia P (the hero model with a 4-inch display) and the more compact 3.5-inch Xperia U.

The good stuff: Unlike most phone makers, who are spreading their bets, Sony has committed to an all-Android, all-of-the-time smartphone focus. 

And while review units won't wing in until next week, I expect they will carry on the Xperia tradition of excellent photo and video features, drawing on the expertise of the wider Sony group.

Good pictures, and video are more about more than the raw megapixel ratings (though the new Xperias are no slouch on that front - see tech specs below).

More good news: the pricing is pretty keen: $649 for the P and $399 for the U.

Based on Sony's track record in mobile phones, I'm picking you'll get some good engineering for your money. Sony is certainly stronger on the design and build front than some in the Android camp.

The not so good news: The P and the U will be Vodafone-only.

Sony will be hoping that means more focus from its exclusive telco. But good luck with that as Vodafone mixes it up with Telecom and 2degrees to push the big-name Androids of the hour (the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X) and, of course, vies with Telecom over the iPhone.

For the consumer - and I would say the phone maker, too - it's always a case of the more telcos the merrier.

Android fanboys will also be quick to criticise the Xperia P and U for running on Android 2.3.

I'd have to agree. Google's latest mobile software, Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream sandwich) is so much smoother in so many ways - none the least from the way it automatically loads all your apps, over the air, the first time you sign into your Google account.

It really jars to go back to an older version of the OS.

The good news here is that Sony says the Xperia P and U are upgradeable to Android 4.0. And update should be pushed out in the third quarter, a rep told NBR ONLINE.


RAW DATA: Tech specs:

Xperia P specifications

 

All services mentioned in this list may not be available in every market.

Colour

Silver

Black

Red

Facts

Size: 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm

Weight: 120 grams

1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor

Google Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Camera

3D Sweep Panorama™

8 MP camera

8x digital zoom

Auto focus

Face detection

Flash/Photo flash

Flash/Photo light

Front-facing camera (VGA)

Geotagging

HD video recording (1080p)

Image stabiliser

Red-eye reduction

Scene recognition

Self-timer

Smile detection

Sony Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor

Sweep Panorama™

Sweep Multi Angle™

Touch capture

Touch focus

Video light

Video recording

Music

3D surround sound

Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Clear bass

Clear stereo

Music Player

PlayNow™ service

SensMe™

TrackID™ music recognition

xLoud™

Internet

Android Market™

Bookmarks

Google™ search

Google Voice™ Search

Google Maps™ for Mobile with Street view and Latitude™

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Web browser (WebKit™)

Communication

 

Call list

Conference calls

Facebook™ application

Facebook inside Xperia™

Google Talk™ application

Noise suppression

Xperia™ Timescape™

Speakerphone

Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)

Video chat ready

Messaging

 

Conversations

Email

Google Mail™

Instant messaging

Multimedia messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Design

 

Auto rotation

Gesture input

Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)

Live Wallpaper

Reality Display with Sony WhiteMagic™ technology

Screenshot capturing

Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

Touch screen

Contains post consumer recycled plastic and waterborne paint

Entertainment

 

 

 

 

3D Album

Accelerated Adobe Flash Video

Media browser

Motion gaming

Radio (FM radio with RDS)

Send to web

Sony Entertainment Network

TV launcher

Video streaming

YouTube™

Organiser

 

Airplane mode

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Contacts

Document readers

eCompass™

E-Manual

Notes

Setup guide

Stopwatch

Tasks

Timer

Connectivity

 

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)

aGPS

Bluetooth™ wireless technology

DLNA Certified®

HDMI support

Media Transfer Protocol support

Micro USB support

Native USB tethering

NFC

PC Companion

Synchronisation via Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

USB High speed 2.0 support

USB host

USB Mass Storage

Wi-Fi®

Wi-Fi® hotspot functionality

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation

 

All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.

Display

 

4” Reality Display with Sony WhiteMagic™ technology

960 x 540 pixels (qHD)

16,000,000 colour TFT

Hard coated shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass

Memory

Internal phone storage: 16 GB (up to 13 GB user-accessible memory)

Networks

UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Battery life

Talk time GSM: Up to 6 hrs*

Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 470 hrs*

 

Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs*

Standby time UMTS: Up to 475 hrs*

 

Music listening time: Up to 80 hrs

Video playback time: Up to 4 hrs

 

Battery: 1305 mAh typical, 1265 mAh minimum

 

*Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique.  Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

In the kit

Xperia™ P, embedded battery, clear audio certified stereo headset, fast charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation, 4 x Xperia SmartTags, HDMI cable

 

Xperia U specifications

 

All services mentioned in this list may not be available in every market.

Colour

Black

White

Facts

Size: 112 x 54 x 12 mm

Weight: 110 grams

1 GHz STE U8500 dual core-processor

Google Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Camera

3D Sweep panorama™

5 megapixel camera

16x digital zoom

Auto focus

Face detection

Flash/Photo flash

Flash/Photo light

Front-facing camera (VGA)

Geotagging

HD video recording (720p)

Red-eye reduction

Self-timer

Send to web

Sweep Multi Angle

Sweep panorama™

Video light

Video recording

Music

Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Clear bass

Clear stereo

Manual equalizer

Music Player

PlayNow™ service

SensMe™

TrackID™ music recognition

xLoud™

Internet

Android Market™

Bookmarks

Google™ search

Google Voice™ Search

Google Maps™ for Mobile with Street view and Latitude™

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Web browser (WebKit™)

Communication

 

Call list

Conference calls

Facebook™ application

Facebook inside Xperia™

Google Talk™ application

Noise suppression

Xperia™ Timescape™

Speakerphone

Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)

Video chat ready

Messaging

 

Conversations

Email

Google Mail™

Instant messaging

Multimedia messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Gesture input

Voice input

Design

 

Auto rotation

Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)

Picture wallpaper

Reality Display with

Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

Screenshot capturing

Touch screen

Live Wallpaper

Contains post consumer recycled plastic and waterborne paint

Entertainment

 

 

 

 

Media browser

Radio (FM radio with RDS)

Sony Entertainment Network

Video streaming

YouTube™

Organiser

 

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Airplane mode

3D Album

Infinite button

Contacts

Setup guide

Stopwatch

Timer

Connectivity

 

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)

aGPS

Bluetooth™ wireless technology

DLNA Certified®

Media Transfer Protocol support

Micro USB support

Modem

Native USB tethering

Media Go™

Synchronisation via Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

USB High speed 2.0 support

USB mass storage

USB Host

Wi-Fi®

Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation

 

All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.

Display

 

3.5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

854 x 480 pixels

16,000,000 colour TFT

Anti-reflection coating on scratch-resistant mineral glass

Memory

RAM (for active apps and OS services): 512 MB

System memory (for Android firmware): 2 GB

Phone memory (for downl. apps and apps data): 2 GB

Internal storage (for photos, music, videos and downl. apps): 4 GB


Internal phone storage: 8 GB (up to 6 GB user-accessible memory)

Networks

UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

 

UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I)

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Battery life

Talk time GSM: Up to 6 hrs 36 min*

Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 260 hrs*

 

Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 36 min*

Standby time UMTS: Up to 472 hrs*

 

Music listening time: Up to 45 hrs

Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs

 

Battery: 1320 mAh typical, 1290 mAh minimum

 

*Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

In the kit

Xperia™ U, battery, exchangeable caps, stereo headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation, audio adapter

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Never EVER EVER trust telecos/OEMs about their Android update release dates. They always miss them or cancel them alltogether.

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Why bother with Sony unless they throw on a free playstation?

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