Sony Xperia T Review
During the last IFA in Berlin, Sony announced the Sony Xperia T, a new high end smartphone. This phone was later the official smartphone of James Bond for the film Skyfall, but eventually we had to wait several months to get in our own hands. Surely Sony Xperia T is not an old unit and still continues to be the Sony’s flagship together with Xperia Z. Let’s take a first look at Mr 007 smartphone basic specifications:
Dimensions: 129,4 x67, 3×9, 4 mm
Weight: 139 grams
Display: 4,55”, 1280×720
Camera: 13 MPixel with LED Flash, 1080p video / 1.3Mpixel front
Storage: Built-in 16GB, expandable with micro SD cards
Networking: HSDPA 42,2 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot, DLNA), Bluetooth 310 with A2DP, NFC
OS: Android 4.0.4
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon 1,5 GHz (dual-core-Krait)
Graphics: Adreno 225
Battery: Li-Ion 1850 mAh
Price: Check it here:
At a first reading of the technical specifications we can say that Xperia T follows the footsteps of all the current high-end Android smartfones from other manufacturers. With a large screen 720p, a fast processor and good quality this smartphone leaves very good impressions. But let’s take it from scratch.
Xperia T is based on entirely different philosophy than most smartphones. The front is covered by glass and behind it is located both the display, and the three main touch control buttons, the front camera, sensors and light. Ηowever it has to be mentioned that although the screen has a diagonal of 4.55”, the dimensions of the device is smaller than standard smartphones of 4.7 to 4.8”. The back is made of plastic with the texture that seems like rubber and sticks to hands making easier to hold it. The back is curved, that reminds a boat, if we place it with the down. In the back we can see the 13MP camera, which extends slightly from the body, in order to fit all the optical parts. All control buttons are located on the right side, the power button, followed by the pair of volume control and the dedicated key for taking photos. On the same side is also the microSIM and the microSD (up to 32GB) card reader slot, witch is covered by a rubber cap.
Dealing with the display of Sony Xperia T, which generally very good thanks to the vibrant colors and the high brightness. Only at the highest brightness level, the black tends to be dark gray. The only think to consider about the display is the viewing angle, which is about 45 degrees. But we are talking about a phone, not a laptop or tablet where is more important. Regarding the performance of the display under bright sunlight, it was impressively good.
The 13MP camera of Sony Xperia T is built with the Exmor R sensor. The photos and videos are very well in normal light and with fairly good results when you shoot in night conditions or in low light rooms. Personally i believe is one of the best cameras ever seen on a smartphone. The colors in photos are great and the noise exists only in some night shots and not always. The only thing that we i didn’t like is that when you are recording video at 1080p resolution, the camera loses it’s focus quite easily.
As we have already mentioned, Sony Xperia T carries Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon processor chip with a dual-core CPU 1.5 GHz Krait and Adreno 225 GPU chip. The performance of the device is very good. We didn’t detect any lag or any kind of “stickiness,” while browsing menus, executing applications/games or switch between them. Everything runs smoothly.
Let’s take a look at Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) that Sony Xperia T uses the in conjunction with Timescape UI from Sony. Timespcace offers various configurations. So, we have various widgets for social networking, applications by Sony for multimedia playback content and various other small “interventions” designed for better interaction with the smartphone, such as the slightly modified task manager or the small calculator. Interesting addition is the magnifying glass, which makes its appearance after a long touch on text when writing and helps for better reading on a specific point.
Finally we should add that there are several themes available. They actually change the color variant of the original blue-black appearance. Summarizing, the Timescape accomplishes its role, it is simple and matches perfectly with the overall exterior appearance of Sony Xperia T.
The Sony Xperia T ‘s large screen and the fast processor are fed by a 1,850mAh power cell, which generates a lifespan that’s fairly typical of top-tier Android blowers right now. With heavy usage (HD video recording, 3D gaming, etc.) the battery will last about 5-6 hours. In normal use, you will need to charge the device in about 1 to 2 days, which is the average for an Android smartphone.
Sony Xperia T is one of the best choices in the smartphones market. It has a great performance, without any kind of lagging, with a 13MP camera and with the great high quality design that only Sony provides. The only thinks to consider is the non removable buttery (you can’t have a backup) and that in few months Sony Xperia Z will be launched. But who can wait until then?