The price of the Sony Xperia U is slowly creeping down to that of mainstream single-core smartphones, with Phones4U selling the handset on all four major UK networks (excluding Three) and Virgin Media for only £134.96 plus a compulsory £10 top-up.
Out of the lot, we reckon that Virgin Media offers the best deal as you will get £30 extra top-up credit spread over the months of August, September and October 2012. In effect, topping up with £10 gives you £40 in total.
The phone is a cracking model and shares a number of features with the iPhone 4, which costs more than three times its price.
Like the latter, it has a dual-core processor (an ST Ericsson model clocked at 1GHz), 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, HD video recording, a front-facing camera and a 3.5in display (albeit with an 854 x 480 pixels resolution).
That screen features Sony’s Reality Display Tech and is powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine. It only has 4GB onboard storage though, but given how cheap microSD cards are (32GB costs less than £8), that shouldn’t be an issue. As expected, it is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has an FM radio.