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Sony Xperia U

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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

While the Xperia U might appear to be the next one down from the P, better battery life and general performance make this a worthy consideration if you have an eye for a smaller phone.

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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

80
 

User Reviews

100
SaddamFazal
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
80
Mohit5817
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
60
Wilfulchunk
Planning of changing another phone after using about half a year. It's easily...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
77
Average Critic Score
 
80
TechRadar
It has all the speed, power and features of the larger Android models that cost two or three times as much - your only compromise here is seeing it all through a smaller display.
 
70
Android Central
The tiny amount of media storage, and lack of any expandable options, will be a deal-breaker for many. But around this price point, it's difficult to think of a phone that offers better value for money.
 
70
SlashGear
What saves the phone is the price: there’s really not much else out there at this price bracket that combines the specs with overall performance.
 
80
phoneArena
Sony has cut a few corners to achieve the very affordable price ... Still, you’d be hard pressed to find more phone for the price.
 
80
Engadget
The Sony Xperia U is a good phone, if you are looking for something a little smaller. It is perfectly capable for most daily-use situations. It plays your media well, and snaps photos and videos that will be fine for most pedestrian users.
 
70
GSM Arena
The obvious catch here is the Sony Xperia U limited storage ... but if you can live with the 6GB provided, you'll be getting a deal that's hard to beat. Just look at the competition.
 
80
Tech Advisor
The Xperia U is one of the best smartphones we've seen for under £200. For this price you get a capable handset providing higher performance than some more expensive rivals – all with a fantastic screen and a two-day battery life.
 
80
Mobile Syrup
The Xperia U is one of the best-performing low-cost Android smartphones around. Its dual-core CPU and quality GPU blows the single-core MSM8255 in the One V out of the water. Its sharp screen, decent network speeds and good camera quality complement one another.
 
70
MacNN
The Xperia U is a great little smartphone, and especially so when considering its price. And it will only get better once Android 4.0 arrives. What would make this handset just about perfect for many is more memory or a microSD card slot for expansion.
 
90
TrustedReviews
It’s compact yet has a screen large enough for core smartphone duties, it’s fast thanks to a dual-core processor and it’s just plain easy to use. An easy recommendation for anyone looking for a phone on a budget.

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