(Seems like it wasn’t that long ago when I last said that…)
Sony Xperia SX SO-05D
It’s only 2mm wider than my Xperia mini, 6.6mm thinner, and 4g lighter (less than 100g). It has a dual-core processor, 8GB internal storage, a 3.7” screen, an 8MP camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. However, it is 27mm longer than the Xperia Mini.
Comparison of a flip phone, Sony Xperia SX SO-05D, and Xperia mini. The Sony Xperia SX SO-05D looks huge (long) compared to the Xperia mini, but considering a 27mm difference is almost 1/3 length of the Xperia mini, no wonder it looks quite longer.
I have to see if I can wait until the end of year to see if anyone comes out with a good small phone. Even the HTC “Mini” is 44mm longer than my Xperia mini, 11mm wider, and 23g heavier. Not “mini” in my opinion.
Argh. Xperia U has similar specs, although not quite as good. 1GHz dual core vs 1.5GHz dual core. 15g heaver, not as good camera, a little thicker… but TONS cheaper. Sigh… Why didn’t I buy Xperia U the first time around? Maybe it was the price since the Xperia U was new at the time.
One thing about the styling. The back of Sony Xperia SX SO-05D is slightly beveled and the corners are rounded, not really the case of the Xperia U, so even though the specs are somewhat similar, the Sony Xperia SX SO-05D has a smaller look about it.
Update: Well, it’s proven. I have no self control. My new Sony Xperia SX S05-5D is on its way. Link on rooting the phone: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1886460 with an instruction video here: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7EpkrCq1gfM&t=39. In addition,a thread specific to this phone is here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1881803
And just as a reminder to myself, I have to root firmware version 117, then upgrade to firmware version 130 as described here: forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=36014406&postcount=65. Hmm, there seems to be a rootkit for 137 at: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1881803&page=21 and for the Jellybean firmware here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1881803&page=23
Just in case I ever have need for reference to Goophone’s i5s: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2181542 and http://trisblog.tumblr.com/post/47537012654/goophone-i5s-first-impressions-tips-tricks Lollimobile has a clarity shell for the iPhone i5s: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/10/prweb10040531.htm and another case here: http://www.spigen.com/iphone-5-case-neo-hybrid-ex-slim-metal.html
Roots instruction for alps 5i: Rooting was very straight forward, I used UnlockRoot programme on a Windows 7 PC. Rooted in less than a minute with Super User installed on my sprinboard. Or info to root MTK6589: http://gleescape.com/posts/2376