The Sony Xperia U is one of several new Xperia devices recently announced. In this article I will look at its main features, so you can decide if it is the right smartphone for you.

One of the first things you will notice about this phone is its relatively compact size, with a screen measuring only 3.5 inches. This makes it the smallest Sony Xperia phone to date, offering a good option for those who are looking for a compact device. Because of its small size, the screen offers good display quality, as more pixels are condensed into the smaller dimensions. The resolution of the screen is 480x 854 which results in a pixel density of 280 pixels per inch. This means that it is able to produce very good display quality for photos, videos and games etc.

The Sony Xperia U sports Android v2.3 (aka Gingerbread) as its operating system of choice. This means that the user interface is highly customisable and you have access to thousands of downloadable apps from Google Play, the recently rebranded Android Market. There is a planned upgrade to v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) when it is released in coming weeks.

The Sony Xperia U is a decent camera phone thanks to a 5 megapixel camera located on the back of the phone. This is able to take good quality still images, which are enhanced further with a number of features such as autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face & smile detection and image stabilisation. There is also an impressive sweep panorama mode included allowing you to take 360 degree photos. The camera can also shoot video footage with settings of up to 720p included, allowing you to capture high definition videos.

In order to browse the internet on the move, the Sony Xperia U has 3G and Wi-Fi internet connections included. When using 3G coverage, download and streaming speeds of 14.4 megabytes per second are available, meaning web pages load quickly and streamed data like YouTube videos will play with minimal buffering time.

In order to store files like photos, videos, music tracks and downloaded apps, there is 4 GB of internal storage provided as standard within the handset. Unfortunately there is no microSD slot, so there is no opportunity to increase the storage of the device. In order to get around this problem, you will have to regularly transfer photos and videos etc from the phone onto a computer in order to free up space without deleting your files. This is a simple task which is carried out with the phone’s micro USB connection.