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[Q] Is XSP still a good buy?

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5th March 2014, 12:23 PM   |  #1  
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Hi all, I currently own a Xperia U which I plan on changing in about June-July.
By that time, the SP will be priced about 250-279, , and I love the esthetics of this phone.
The thing is, will it still be a good buy or will it be outdated?
Do you reccommend me this phone? I'll have to keep it for ~3-4 years so I have to choose carefully
Thanks for the help
5th March 2014, 02:15 PM   |  #2  
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Hi all, I currently own a Xperia U which I plan on changing in about June-July.
By that time, the SP will be priced about 250-279, , and I love the esthetics of this phone.
The thing is, will it still be a good buy or will it be outdated?
Do you reccommend me this phone? I'll have to keep it for ~3-4 years so I have to choose carefully
Thanks for the help

I very recommend this phone, but this will be outdated in 1 year, perhaps you can change your cycle or buy xperia z1 compact
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I very recommend this phone, but this will be outdated in 1 year, perhaps you can change your cycle or buy xperia z1 compact

I know, I would have chose the Z1 compact but it's too expensive, unless I find it for ~350, but now it costs 500 so I don't think it's probable.. I'd like to keep using Sony products, what's the best phone in this range (250-350)?

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Hi all, I currently own a Xperia U which I plan on changing in about June-July.
By that time, the SP will be priced about 250-279, , and I love the esthetics of this phone.
The thing is, will it still be a good buy or will it be outdated?
Do you reccommend me this phone? I'll have to keep it for ~3-4 years so I have to choose carefully
Thanks for the help

1 vote for XSP
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The SP is real good! Another Sony Smartphone alternative I think is the Xperia M2 (just released on MWC) or the Xperia ZL maybe? Just take a look at them

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I know, I would have chose the Z1 compact but it's too expensive, unless I find it for ~350, but now it costs 500 so I don't think it's probable.. I'd like to keep using Sony products, what's the best phone in this range (250-350)?

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So, if your budget is 350 you can go with Xperia SP, and sorry I mean this phone will be outdated in 2 years
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i think that by july there will be better options from sony since you like their design language you should stock to them, theres an upcoming sony called the xperia G and seems to be a very nice midranger, the reason i got the SP was because i got it for free for about 18 euros a month or about 25cdn/usd
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Its a perfect phone but the one flaw with it is the roms
i keep saying it to everybody and ill say it again
this phone doesnt have a single good rom and believe me i tried every single rom in this website and i tried everyone for alteast 1 month if not more and i can tell you its gonna be a pain if you love flashing custom roms
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This phone is probably one of the best for its price regarding performance.
However there are some little issues like the camera not being as good as expected ( you can still take some good photos though ) and memory management ( which one rooted be solved )

If you are planning to use this phone for 3-4 years I'm not sure SP will really be a good choice. It is solid (I let it fall more than once and it had nothing but little scratches on the corner ) but it doesn't seem like it will last long.
For example the screen got some scratches while being in my pocket and there is dust between the screen and the glass ( that might be cleaned under warranty )
Also this phone doesn't have a removable battery. It has a quite good battery life but 3-4 years is long for a phone battery and you can't change it.

If you like it rooted and customized, be sure you have an unlockable bootloader and there will be enough roms to flash. The 4.3 source have just been released for this device and it will enhance all the aosp based roms.

So more generally this phone is good and has visually a very good build quality but if you use it for some time you might feel like "issues" have been hidden behind a beautiful design and great performances.
In short my feeling is : premium design and performance but doesn't really feel premium as you use it for some time.

You should consider other options but if you do not really care about this "premium" feeling the Xperia SP is a good phone for the price.


Note : I've had this phone for about 6-7 month

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6th March 2014, 09:25 AM   |  #10  
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Guys these kind of threads are not really welcome in here. I've made a special should-I-buy-this-phone thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2561829
Where you can share and read stories of others..

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