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Sony Xperia U ST25a White / Yellow 3G Unlocked Android GSM Smart Phone with Dual-Core CPU / 5MP Camera

  • Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
  • Wi-Fi/GPS
  • 3.5" TFT Touch Screen
  • 5.0 MP Camera 720p@30fps, video light HD Video Capture LED Flash
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Xperia™ U
The Sony powered smartphone that's all about you
The Xperia NXT Series – next generation smartphones from Sony.
Available colors
  • color black
  • color white
Xperia U

Experience fantasy. In great quality on-screen.

Watch every moment from every movie or video in #3;razor sharp clarity.

See every smile from last year's party in true detail. Sheer video magic on your Android cell phone's 3.5" Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine. And you can easily find the latest Hollywood blockbusters on the preloaded Video Unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network.

Mobile Bravia Engine

Sony Entertainment Network with Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited are not available in every market.

Experience the beat. In 3D surround sound.

Blast out the music through the speaker with xLoud loudness enhancement.

3D surround sound

Fancy some movie "me time"? Get it with 3D surround sound. Plug in your earphones and sit back and listen as the deep bass and high treble shoot around your head.

Want more sounds? Enjoy a global catalog of millions and millions* of songs easily accessible through the preloaded Music Unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network.

Music Unlimited

Sony Entertainment Network with Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited are not available in every market.


Experience change. Make it personal.

Let the true you shine through.

Phone exchangeable bottom caps

Make life more personal with exchangeable bottom caps. The color-changing, illuminated transparent elements back up your favorite artists album art with matching colors when you browse through your music. And they change to match the shades in your photos too.

Copyright © 2012 Sony Mobile Communications AB. All rights reserved

Experience power. The Android way.

Download and run your apps and content super fast.

Browse the internet. Stream the latest video clips. Download the coolest apps. Run them super fast with the power of the 1GHz Dual core Processor. Find your way with Google maps. Send your love by Gmail. Your Sony Xperia U Android smartphone has Google Mobile services built in.

Android OS

  • newegg Experience fantasy. In great quality on-screen. Watch every moment from every movie or video in razor sharp clarity. See every smile from last year’s party in a true detail. Sheer video magic on your Android mobile’s 3.5? Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine. And you can easily find the latest Hollywood blockbusters on the pre-loaded Video Unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network. (Sony Entertainment Network with Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited are not available in every market.)
  • newegg Experience moments. Just snap away. Capture sunsets, waves and spectacular dives. Fire off the shots. With the 5 megapixel fast capture camera you can go from sleep to snap in just over a second. Fancy something more moving? Film it all in full HD video with your Sony Xperia U Android mobile phone.
  • newegg Experience beat. In 3D surround sound. Blast out the music through the speaker with xLoud loudness enhancement. Fancy some movie “me time”? Get it with 3D surround sound. Plug in your earphones and sit back and listen as the deep bass and high treble shoot around your head. Want more sounds? Enjoy a global catalogue of millions and millions of songs easily accessible through the preloaded Music Unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network. (Sony Entertainment Network with Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited are not available in every market. The number of tracks available varies by country.)
  • newegg Experience power. The Android way. Download and run your apps and content super fast. Browse the internet. Stream the latest video clips. Download the coolest apps. Run them super fast with the power of the 1GHz Dual core Processor. Find your way with Google maps. Send your love by Gmail. Your Sony Xperia U Android smartphone has Google Mobile services built in.
  • newegg Experience change. Make it personal. Let the true you shine through your Android mobile phone. Make life more personal with exchangeable bottom caps. The colour-changing, illuminating transparent elements back up your favourite artists album art with matching colours when you browse through your music. And they change to match the shades in your photos too.

Learn more about the Sony Mobile ST25a

Disclaimer

Disclaimer
This product comes factory unlocked and includes the standard Sony Mobile one year limited warranty for the U.S. with the original purchase.

Model

Brand
Sony
Series
Xperia U
Model
ST25a
Color
White / Yellow
Form Factor
Smart Phones

Connectivity

Wireless Radio
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Compatible Carrier & Service
AT&T 2G/3G, T-Mobile 2G, Rogers, Fido
3G
AT&T 3G Only
Wi-Fi Support
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
Data transfer
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, Wi-Fi

Function

GPS Integrated
A-GPS support
Audio
MP3 ringtones

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
Message
SMS, MMS, IM
Email
Email, Push Email
Additional Function
Wi-Fi/GPS

Configuration

Operating System
Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
Processor
STE U8500 Chipset, Dual-core 1 GHz CPU, Mali-400MP GPU
Internal Memory
8 GB (4 GB user-accessible), 512 MB RAM

Display

Main Display Size
3.5"
Main Display Color
16M
Main Display Format
TFT
Main Display Resolution
480 x 854
Touch Screen
Capacitive Touchscreen

Camera

Camera
5.0 MP
Flash
LED
Camera Zoom
16X
Auto Focus
Yes
HD Video Capture
720p@30fps, video light
Second Camera
0.3 MP

I/O Interface

Bluetooth Support
Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
Expansion
3.5mm jack, microUSB v2.0

Battery

Battery Type
Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Capacity
1320mAh
Talk Time
Up to 6.6 hours (2G) / Up to 5.6 hours (3G)
Standby Time
Up to 260 hours (2G) / Up to 472 hours (3G)
Operating Time
Music play: Up to 45 hours

Video play: Up to 6 hours

Software

Software
MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk

Organizer

Document viewer

Feature

Features
1 Telephone - ST25a
1 Battery - BA600 (1320mAh)
1 Charger - EP800
1 PHF Stereo - MH410c (CTIA)
1 USB cable - EC-450
1 Screen protector - ET948
1 sim card adaptor
1 SAR leaflet
e-Manual (Eng /XL preloaded in phone)
QSG (EN/XL)
Removable White end cap and yellow end cap

Specification

Specifications
Touch-sensitive controls

Multitouch: up to 4 fingers

Scratch-resistant glass

Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine

Timescape UI

Sony 3D surround sound audio technology

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization

Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass

HTML5, Adobe Flash

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Java MIDP emulator

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Voice memo/dial/commands

Predictive text input

Size

Dimensions
4.4" x 2.1" x 0.5"
Weight
3.9 oz.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 30 days


Customer Reviews of the Sony Mobile ST25a

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  • Adam K.
  • 12/5/2012 7:42:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Value for Power User

Pros: Bright, high resolution screen. Smooth processing of most applications. Similar shape to iPhone, so holsters are easy to find.

Cons: Fixed memory.

Other Thoughts: For a budget phone this is a great deal. I was looking for an upgrade from an old Hua-Wei unit and found this phone. After owning it for a bit I can say that the value is definitely there, particularly with the free upgrade to ICS provided by Sony. Combine that with the freedom of an unlocked phone and this becomes a great package. Thank you Newegg and Sony!

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  • Nicolas M.
  • 11/28/2012 8:12:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUtilitarian and Unique, not Elite

Pros: Individual Design - modern and flat sided, its not the typical oversized flattened out almost oval. Plus, you can stand it up vertically or horizontally, a feature I never thought about before owning.

A transparent stripe that looks cool and lights up to become super useful in giving you a heads up from wherever in the room.

Removeable Battery, what used to be a necessity, now a rare luxury.

Replaceable battery cover and bottom cap mean you could entirely change the color of the phone from matte white to matte black.

CPU & GPU will handle whats asked of them
(***stuttering in use is probably related to RAM, or media encoding)

Gaming- It can play the games everyone's grown used to. Angry Bird, Tunnel Run, a square jumping over triangles.

BUT, you can also download a Playstation emulator and play amazing games like Final Fantasy IX. I didn't think I'd be gaming much but this was a most pleasant surprise for such a very small (modestly powered) device.

Cons: RAM, could use more of it...

Camera, is not my friend. Though I'm typically not good with cameras. I don't like the dedicated camera button, it seems to take lesser pictures compared with the on screen option.

Battery life is only ok and it'll make it through the day with normal use with typical things on GPS/some WiFi (but the battery is alson replaceable)

Other Thoughts: Its an interesting phone that will get attention from others.
Probably pretty often.

Something that almost everyone that reviews the device says is that the memory is too limited with only 4gb whatever memory+2gb for app storage. Usually when people talk about storage they have media in mind.

This device follows a new practical idea of dependence on the cloud.

Myself as an example, say:

I have 180gb of music in my iTunes
That equates to over 26,000 songs

Of those I've rated 3,300 songs 4 stars or higher and they're automatically added the the Smart Playlist "My Top Rated"

That folder is 28.9GB large.

Google allows users to upload up to 20,000 tracks to Google play. The music can be from wherever and can be sync'd via iTunes playlists so after uploading I have access to my Top Rated which is probably what I'd want available and room for many many more tracks for in the future.

Plus I can get to that music from other computers, phones and devices with access to the cloud.

On my phone it shows up in a neat library and from any other device i can load it up in a browser based library so no software needs to be installed.

In the end I likely have more of my own music from my home library than those people arguing that the limited storage or lack of expandable is some sort of atrocity.

for video I have netflix, hulu, youtube, crunchy roll, etc...

with the fallback of available storage on my phone.

In order to be upset by lack of storage I'd need to be:

Away from library at home
Away from library on ipod in car.
Not have access to Wifi
Not have access to 2g/3g
Be ill-prepared to meet the above criteria
be away from a way to access that cloud based media

That's quite the long shot to disappointment.

People are more likely to be mad that they're out of charge on their phone which makes for a good time to have a replaceable battery like the Xperia U does.

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  • Justin J.
  • 11/27/2012 1:56:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood price for unlocked GSM

Pros: Same size as iphone 4, excellent build quality, reasonable screen. Fast under Gingerbread. Great design. Sony Live Ware works well.

Cons: ICS slows the phone down a little when you fully integrate google account/chrome profile. No NFC (like the Sola).

Other Thoughts: i bought this to try android after my Samsung Focus screen died with over a year left in my contract. I'm still not sold on android, but the hardware is really nice. The hardware looks and feels good and some of Sony's tweaks work really well. I'm glad to get back to a small cell now that i have a tablet for email and browsing.

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  • luke f.
  • 11/19/2012 6:01:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: when it works its okay

Cons: we bought 2 of these phones! sometimes it dont ring or give notification. while on the internet phone will freeze and has to be turned off and back on to work again. not a good phone....

Other Thoughts: unhappy

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