Features and Performance
The Xperia U comes with a dual core NovaThor U8500 dual-core 1Ghz processor with a Mali 400MP GPU and 512MB of RAM. As far as the internal memory is concerned you have 2GB for your apps and 4GB of storage for data. The user interface on the Xperia U is similar to that on the Xperia S and while everybody is launching Android 4.0 handsets, the U still comes with 2.3.7 Gingerbread on board. On paper, this may be a little disappointing for some, but with the Timescape UI on top, there’s not too much of a difference. The interface is smooth and lag free but it does have that ocassional hiccup, which has now become synoymous with Android. The dual core processor gets the work done for daily tasks and multitasking. However, it’s worthy enough to mention that a few memory intensive apps tend to slow the phone down. This became quite apparent while trying to play 720p content and exciting apps; as the home screen would take a while to load up. Overall, the interface is neat and quick most of the times but if you are installing a ton of content with that limited memory, be sure to increase your levels of patience.
We put the Xperia U through a range of synthetic benchmarks and it came out impressive on paper atleast. The benchmarks can be viewed below.
The music interface sports a slick look due to the minimalistic design Sony has given it. They’ve added a lock screen widget as well, so you simply swipe right from the time widget to find the music widget. The interface gives you plenty of options including search, automatic music information downloader and SensMe channels that categorize the song based on different mood settings. There’s also a five band graphic equalizer with a bunch of preset and custom setting options. Sound quality is good and the bundled headset gives you an enjoyable music experience with good isolation.
In a world where bigger is better, we were pretty content with the U’s 3.5-inch screen for personal viewing. The stock video player only supports MP4 and WMV but that’s where the third party apps will help you out. None of the 1080p content we threw at the phone was supported and since we’re talking about a dual core handset, it’s not particularly good news. In the real world scenario, there’s not much difference between 720p and 1080p on a phone, but if the phone’s got the hardware to run it, then it better run it. We tried third party players as well and video would either stutter too much to be playable or wouldn’t play at all, which was a disappointment
Display not as good as the One V
The display is bright enough as colours appear vivid due to the BRAVIA engine on board. However, it still doesn’t stand a chance against the Super LCD 2 display of the One V which produced rich blacks and brilliant viewing angles.
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