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Sony Xperia T Review
|| Review: September 2012
In a nutshell: The Sony Xperia
T is Sony's flagship phone, featuring a 4.6 inch HD display
and an amazing 13 megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video
recording. A second front-facing camera enables HD video calling.
The phone runs Android 4.0, is powered by a fast dual-core processor
with 16GB of memory and features NFC wireless communication.
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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
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
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:
- 13 megapixel camera with f2.4 aperture, 16x digital zoom, autofocus,
face recognition, smile detection and pulsed LED flash
- HD 1080p video camera with video light
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing 720p video camera, Google Talk with video
- Display: HD TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 720 pixels (4.55
inches), 16 million colours with auto-rotation
- Media player with album art, shuffle, smart playlists, TrackID and
- xLOUD Experience, Clear stereo and clear bass, 3D surround sound
- FM radio with RDS
- MP3 ringtones
- aGPS with Google Maps, Street View and Latitude
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, conversations
- 3D games, motion gaming, PlayStation® Certified
- Vibration alert
- Internet: WAP 2.0, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, WebKit web browser, RSS feeds,
YouTube, voice search, accelerated Adobe Flash
- Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual core processor
- Memory: 16GB flash memory plus 1GB RAM plus 32GB microSD card slot
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI,
DLNA, NFC, WiFi hotspot support
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) plus 3G UMTS/HSPA (850, 900, 1700,
1900, 2100) - up to 42.2 Mbps downloads
- Size: 129 x 67 x 9.35 mm
- Weight: 139g
- Battery: 1850mAh
- Talktime: 7 hours
- Battery standby: 450 hours
Sony Xperia T User Reviews
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Average rating from 9 reviews:
Reviewed by John H from United Kingdom on 13th
Got the phone just over a week ago and still wont work on any map related
app despite store & sony instructions.
Store offered another T and this wont work either.
Back to store AGAIN tomorrow for a resolution!!!!
Everything else superb but this stops it being usable - very disappointed.
Can only give 1 star because this cannot seem to be sorted.
Reply by John H from United Kingdom on
14th Apr 2013
Visited store again today (Phones$u - they are great) and even they
could not get Nav / Map app to work - they even tried another Xperia
from the shop. Walked away with a Motorola RAZR - it works and is so
quick. Utterley disappointed a big name brand like Sont cannot get any
of the phones i tried to work
Reviewed by Katie from UK on 28th Dec 2012
amazing phone, superb!!!
Reviewed by THEIN from BURMA on 19th Dec 2012
Got this phone just five days ago. Very impressive ! Works beautifully.
Connectivity is very very fast and internet browsing is a lightning.
Software update to Build number 7.0.A.3.195 just took some 25 minutes.
Camera is really awesome with crystal clear images! Unlike S series,
the extra microSD card is a great welcome. Now that Jelly Bean update
is on the way, really looking forward to use this phone to its full
capacity. Sony has done it again ! Bravo ! All 5 stars from me.
Reviewed by Pete from Ireland on 6th Nov 2012
Have it two weeks now. Moved from a Galaxy S2. Seems to be doing the
trick so far. Bit slower than the S2. Screen is very clear. Camera is
fantastic. Liked the feel of it with the matt finish on the back but
this has started to wear away at one corner. Have it in a case now so
its not a major issue but still....thought James Bonds phone would have
been a bit more rugged!!! Its bang on for me as Im not a super power
android user. Call quality a bit low but okay. 4 stars is enough!
Reviewed by Mindy from uk on 30th Oct 2012
I just bought this phone today, and wow, it's so easy to use! The graphics
are second to none, and picture quarter is superb! The interface is
easy and foolproof too. I highly recommend this phone to anyone looking
to buy a phone hands down. 10/10 rating from me.
Reviewed by John B from Ireland on 23rd Oct 2012
This phone is a bit of a disappointment and there is very little improvement
from the S. As far a Android phones go it is good and has an above par
camera that is excellent but everything else seems to lag behind its
competition. If you have come from a high spec phone I don't recommend
this device unless your an avid photographer or if its your first mid
range android I can recommend this device. Don't get me wrong its a
good phone but its not a very high spec phone except for its camera.
One other thing that got me frustrated was the phone seemed to collect
dirt and dust to easily around the grooves on the perimeter of the screen
and also this phone really show up fingerprints big time, so if these
bother you steer clear. It is a good looking device and feels good quality
in the hand.
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 22nd Oct 2012
Purchased this phone on it's release day and I have to say how disappointed
I was. It is a nice comfortable size in the hand, however I felt the
position of the buttons was a bit awkward. The phone runs smooth enough
and is pretty fast but the screen is a bit of a let down compared to
the Samsung S3 or HTC One X. On the plus side it does have a fantastic
13mp camera and a dedicated camera button for those quick snaps.
Reviewed by Jim from UK on 22nd Oct 2012
I have had this phone for two weeks and am pleased with my choice.
My main reason for choosing this model was the camera and I am not disappointed
- the resolution really is exceptionally good and it takes better pictures
than my previous phone, the Nokia N8.
I have found that the call quality is very good and have had no dropped
I like how you can use the mobile as a Wifi hot spot and it effectively
turns my Wifi only iPad into a 3G model.
I have never used Android before and have had no problems getting used
The build quality seems very good and the screen size is just right.
Reviewed by john from uk on 15th Oct 2012
i had this phone for 3 days on and upgrade. i returned it promptly.
the screen has that washed out look also viewing angle is poor. no where
near the samsung 3 or htc one x. the buttons are in a weird place right
where you hold it so your hand will always be on the buttons. its pretty
fast and runs well but thats about as thrilling as it gets. no way would
i call it outstanding sony are well behind when it comes to screen and
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