[REF] Why I bought my Xperia SP
At the moment I see a lot of threads being created with the milliondollar question: Should I buy the Xperia SP?
In this thread/Q&A I will help you choose between this device and another. I will tell my story and why I choose this phone instead of another one. Please share your story aswel so that we prevent a zillion threads with the same question.
When I joined XDA-Developers a year ago I had the Samsung Galaxy S Plus. This phone was my first contact with Android, the Development and it's features. The Samsung Galaxy S Plus is a nice phone to have but after 2 years I was able to choose another phone.
My wishes were pretty normal:
- Notification LED
- At least 1GB of RAM
- 8GB internal Storage
- LED Flash for photos
Also looking at my budget I could not affort a Galaxy S4 or Sony Xperia Z/ZL/Z1. I had to look a bit futher.
On a Dutch Techsite I came across a Thread for the Sony Xperia SP. The device was just released and reading through all of the comments I was interested. I simply Googled the Xperia SP and went to GSM arena (see links below) to check it's Specs. They were good and for my standards perfect for the next 2 years.
Altho this was the first phone I even considerd to get I still had to check other options. I was looking at the website of Vodafone NL and found that for my budget I could choose between the following phones:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
- Galaxy S3
- Galaxy S2 Plus
- Sony Xperia L
- Sony Xperia SP
Both Samsungs dropped pretty quick; the S3 because it has been released in 2012, has some older hardware and was not "premium" enough for me.
The S4 mini dropped because of the fact it has no notification LED.. And that was one of my wishes.
The Sony Xperia L was a good choice but for some reason it did not suit me. The overall feeling was not "perfect" for me and I had to look futher also 4G(LTE) was missing. The SP was the phone I fell in love with since is first saw it (love at first sight
) and the phone does come with my contract. And thus: on a lazy sunday I went to the Gym and afterwarts I went to the phoneshop and I got myself the Sony Xperia SP the main reason for this phone:
- not a Samsung; it was time to look to another brand
- awesome notifaction LED-Bar
- 4G/NFC and Flash
- The specifications suits me perfect
Q: Why not go for an HTC device?
A: I never liked sense.
Q: What pulled you over?
A: The LED-Bar. After I saw a video on Youtube I thought: THIS IS MY PHONE
Q: How is Sony UI over Touchwiz?
A: Better, cleaner and nicer. Touchwiz is a heavy skin over Android and this is also one of the reasons I wanted Sony. Sony UI is pretty Close to Plain Android.
Sony Xperia SP "HuaShan"
Contributions for Sony Xperia SP:
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