Sony Xperia T Review
Sony are being busy bees in 2012, releasing a swathe of Xperia Android smartphones onto the market. The Xperia T is their latest flagship device, picking up where the Xperia S left off.
The Xperia T is perhaps more conventional-looking than the S, lacking the clear plastic strip below the screen. But it also has an attractive curved back, reminiscent of the SE Xperia Arc S. It's approximately the same size as the Xperia S - just 1mm thinner. The back has a rubbery finish, which makes it easy to grip. But just in case, the screen has scratch-resistant glass with a shatterproof sheet on top.
The phone features a slightly larger screen than the S - a generous 4.55 inches - with the same HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). It's an impressive display, with pin-sharp images and smooth HD videos thanks to Sony's Bravia Engine and the dedicated Adreno 225 GPU. Although it's not quite the biggest screen available, it's virtually a match for the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3.
The handset is available in Black, Silver or White.
The Xperia T is not an earth-shattering phone. It's very much an incremental development of the Xperia S, which after all was released just six months earlier. While the S shipped with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the T comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Not Jelly Bean (4.1) you'll note, but Sony have never managed to get the very latest release of Android into their phones right away. An update to Jelly Bean is promised in due course.
If you've used a Sony Android phone before, you'll know that they come tweaked with a bunch of enhancements to the user interface. The home screen can be customised with widgets, shortcuts, folders, themes, wallpaper, and you can flick left and right to access four home screen extensions. The Timescape app puts all your messaging into one place - email, texts, facebook and twitter. You can also view your photos here. Tapping the Infinite button lets you branch out to related info, such as finding all the communications with a particular contact. The virtual keyboard allows for some user customisation, which is a nice feature.
The camera and video are very impressive. Equipped with Sony’s Exmor™ R for mobile CMOS sensor, the Xperia T has the highest resolution yet of any Sony phone, with a massive 13 megapixels plus 1080p HD video recording. This is one of the best camera phones we've seen, with a large f2.4 aperture lens and equipped with a full set of advanced features - face recognition, touch focus, image stabilisation, red eye reduction and more. The phone also comes with an Album app for managing photos and videos. And it's worth mentioning the dedicated shutter button, which is such a handy feature.
Musically, we have a strange sense of deja vu. The Xperia T comes with a Walkman app. Back to the Future or what? The app is simply used for managing playlists. But no complaints, because this is a great music player, with graphic equalisers if you're a fussy audiophile, or xLoud loudness enhancement for the rest of us. An FM radio with RDS is also included. You can send your music out through the 3.5mm audio jack, or stream it via DLNA.
Plenty of memory is essential in such a product, and the phone comes with 16GB of flash memory - 2GB for downloaded apps, 11GB for data, and 3GB for the system. You can also add a microSD card up to 32GB. A full 1GB of RAM is available too, so there's no reason for apps to misbehave.
Hey - we haven't yet mentioned that the phone has a mighty 1.5GHz dual-core processor to power it along. Sony haven't yet embraced the power of quad-core, but nevertheless the Xperia T zips along perfectly fast enough with the help of the dedicated GPU. If dual-core is enough to power full HD video and a HD screen, what need is there for a faster CPU?
As befits a modern smartphone, the Xperia T will connect with anything. Equipped with 3G HSPA giving a theoretical download speed of an extraordinary 42.2 Mbps, you can also access data via Wi-Fi and use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting other wireless devices. Old-fashioned Bluetooth and USB are here of course, and as mentioned you can connect to devices around your home via DLNA and HDMI. The phone also comes with an implementation of NFC, which lets you share photos, music and other content with other NFC-enabled phones just by holding them next to each other.
All modern smartphones struggle with battery life. There's just so much going on. The Xperia T has a larger battery than most, rated at 1850mAh, and it should give a similar battery life to the Xperia S. You should get a full day's use out of it, but heavy users need to watch out and maybe keep a charger at work.
Finally we're pleased to report that as well as making a fabulous phone, Sony have got the pricing right too. At launch, the Xperia T is available free on contracts for less then £30 per month, putting it in the same price range as the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3. The HTC and Samsung might offer a quad-core processor and a slightly larger screen, but the Sony excels when it comes to the camera. In fact, choose any of these three phones and you'll be very happy with the outcome.
Features of the Sony Xperia T include:
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