Sony Xperia T review
Before starting this review a huge thanks goes to Vodafone for providing the Sony Xperia T for review.

The Sony Xperia T is the latest Android smartphone. Sony have been advertising it as the “Bond Phone” due to it’s latest appearance in SkyFall. The Xperia T is the latest edition to the ever growing stable of alphabetical phones Sony is releasing. The Xperia T is available from Vodafone free on contract with plans starting at £30.83.

You can view the unboxing and also a tour of the Sony Xperia T by my good friend Eric from Ecartman12 below.

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Tech Specs:

  • Android 4.0.4 with custom Sony layer
  • 4.55-inch 1280×720 pixel LCD with Mobile Bravia Engine
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable)
  • 13MP back camera w/ Exmor R sensor, 1.3MP front camera
  • 1080p video capture @ 30fps
  • 1850mAh integrated battery (non-removable)
  • WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.1, A-GPS, NFC, WiFi Direct
  • 129.4 x 67.3 x 9.4 mm
  • 148g

As you can probably tell, the XPeria T is definitely not the phone with the highest spec on the market but it certainly ain’t the lowest either. The Xperia T will definitely be suitable for any one looking for a decent Android powered smartphone.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System:

The Sony Xperia T comes powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich straight out of the box. This Xperia T comes with all of the benefits of the Android operating system such as the Google Maps and Navigation. It can also connect to Gmail and YouTube straight out of the box. However, its a huge shame that Sony didn’t choose Android 4.1 Jellybean to power this device instead. JellyBean is the most up to date version of the Google Android Operating System and offers even smoother performance as well as a Siri competitor, Google Now. Sony has promised us an update to the latest JellyBean early next year which isn’t too far away. However, it would be much better if we got the updates as soon as they came out or a few days after.

Another issue with the Ice Cream Sandwich on the Xperia T is that Sony have overloaded with a bunch of apps which are of hardly any use. These apps hardly or perform the same tasks as the Google alternative. For example, the Wisepoint for the Xperia is a bad alternative to Google Navigation. The app hardly works, and when it does finally load up, your presented with a slow clunky user interface. In addition, the fact that Google Chrome and the default browser are both installed on the device when initially turned on may confuse new users to the Android platform. The operating system does automatically prompt you which browser you would like to open the link in and you can also set default browsers in the settings.

However there are some nice additions Sony have made to Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Firstly, you can float small elements and widgets over the phones multi-tasking menu. You can have Post-It notes and a calculator relayed over the UI of the phone.

The Stop Watch widget which overlays the UI of the operating system on the Xperia T, As you can tell, it is very useful and a nice addition from Sony

The Calculator widget which overlays the UI of the operating system on the Xperia T, As you can tell, it is very useful and a nice addition from Sony

Ice Cream Sandwich does run very smoothly on the Xperia T. I used this device as my daily driver and main device for two weeks over my iPhone 5. First of all, it crashed only twice in my two weeks of testing, which I got to admit, is much less than I initially thought this device would crash. The Xperia T was my first Android device I have had to review and I got to admit, Android ran very smoothly on it and the hardware did the software justice.

Screen / Display / Hardware:

The hardware of the Xperia T is very high spec. Whilst, the phone doesn’t quite have a top of the range spec, it definitely does do Android justice. Whilst the hardware doesn’t quite match the hardware of the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3, It does run Android very well. The dual core processor on the Xperia T does power the phone really well. There is no major lag when playing games or doing general web browsing. However, when switching between apps and doing multi tasking on the device, some lag is present. In addition, when playing Temple Run or Angry Birds, some lag is present and the phone has crashed when switching between games.

The display on the Xperia T is powered by Sony’s own Bravia engine, the platform they use in most of the TV’s Sony manufacture. Sporting a 323 PPI the 4.6 inch display is absolutely awesome. The screen really shines when watching HD movies or YouTube videos on it. However, the resolution of some Android games really does let it down when playing some games on the device. In addition, the Back, Home and Multi-Tasking buttons are all virtual and therefore disappear when you press the sleep button or are on the lock screen.

The Xperia T’s hardware is definitely not top of the range, however that doesn’t mean that it fails to compete with other smartphones. It does a very good job of running Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Design & Build Quality

The Sony Xperia T has a fairly discreet design. The rubberised back and anti-scratch glass front definitely doesn’t look as good as the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3. The Xperia T has a inverted curve on the back, a bit like the Sony Xperia Arc. The curved back I have got to admit does look very cool indeed. This is because it is very unique to the Xperia T and no other device actually has a curved back quite like the Xperia.

The build quality of the Xperia T is second to none. The back of the device is made out of a very high quality rubber and feels very smooth in the hand The battery in the Xperia T is no removable so the back cover is not removable unlike the Samsung Galaxy S3. Now, this could be a negative if you want to replace the battery of get a portable battery pack which fits on to the phone like a case. This therefore is a negative and I would much prefer if the battery was removable. Since the battery is non removable, the only way to access the sim card and memory card is through a plastic flap on the right hand side of the device. Once you open the flap, you are greeted to the memory card and sim card sot. The Xperia T uses a micro sim so if you want to get one you will need to contact your network provider and order one. The flap feels very flimsy when it’s not locked into place however once it is in place it is nicely flush with the outer section of the phone and barely noticeable.

Battery Life:

I expected Sony to ensure that the battery life in the Xperia T was just as good if not exceeding the battery life of other Android smartphones.Whilst I was happy to see a full day of charge on the device with moderate use, the battery life was still poor when compared to the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 For some bizarre reason, the Xperia T even with an efficient processor and all the software improvements in Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the Xperia T didn’t manage to out beat my iPhone 5 battery life. However, it did score very well when it was in standby mode lasting the best part of 3 days.

I personally used the Xperia T as my daily driver for 2 weeks of the review. I had my push email turned on as well as notifications from the main social networking sites turned on. In addition, I had the brightness on full. I also had Battery Extended Mode turned off. The phone lasted me a full day and I had to charge the device to full again overnight. For me personally, I didn’t face too many battery issues but since the battery is non replaceable unlike the S3 it would be much more better if Sony gave it a longer battery life to compete with some Android smartphones.

Camera and Video Quality:

The Sony Xperia T has a 13 MP camera powered by the revolutionary Exmor R sensor, The Exmor R sensor allows the phone to take brilliant shots even in low light conditions. The back camera is excellent when focusing on text on a small object and takes brilliant shots. The 13MP camera offer 16x digital zoom and a CMOS sensor. The pictures we took with the device were generally very sharp and high quality and looked brilliant.

This image was taken on the Xperia T of a bunch of flowers. It was taken in a fairly low light conditions. As you can tell, the photo has came out very sharp and clear and the camera did a good job of picking up on small details of the flower.

This image was taken on the Xperia T of a bunch of flowers. It was taken in a fairly low light conditions. As you can tell, the photo has came out very sharp and clear and the camera did a good job of picking up on small details of the flower.

A close up of the same flowers. As you can tell, the camera has done a very good job of picking up on the glitter on the flowers and the image has came out very high quality. Once again, this image was taken in a very low light condition

A close up of the same flowers. As you can tell, the camera has done a very good job of picking up on the glitter on the flowers and the image has came out very high quality. Once again, this image was taken in a very low light situation.

 

A photo taken of my mug on the Xperia T. This photo was taken in standard room lighting with the main light on. As you can tell, the camera did a very good job of focusing on the text.

A photo taken of my mug on the Xperia T. This photo was taken in standard room lighting with the main light on. As you can tell, the camera did a very good job of focusing on the text.

This image was taken in a pitch black room with no lights on whatsoever. As you can tell, it still has came out very good. The camera still did a good job of focusing on the text.

This image was taken in a pitch black room with no lights on whatsoever. As you can tell, it still has came out very good. The camera still did a good job of focusing on the text.

One of the best features about the camera is that it can be launched from anywhere. In addition, when you are on the camera app you can use the dedicated camera button to take photos. In addition, the camera button can be used to focus which is a very nice feature as it allows you to hold the camera more steadily and focus on the object rather than using the touchscreen.

The front facing camera has a resolution of 1.3MP. As you would probably expect, most people would use it for video calling rather than taking photos.Unlike some other phones, the front camera can be used to record video at 720P. If you want to capture any real quality footage you will be better off using the rear facing camera instead of the front facing one. The back facing camera captures 1080P video and does a very good job of focusing on objects. The video camera also does a good job of rapid movements.

Photo Gallery:

Below are some pictures of the Sony Xperia T. As you can probably tell from them, the device is very nicely designed.

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Summary:

Pros:

  • Amazing bold, large HD screen with very good colour reproduction
  • Brilliant 13 MP camera with great auto focus and low light sensor
  • The processor is very good at powering Android which means no lag or or a slow device
  • Has a dedicated camera button to take photos with

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, The latest Android operating system
  • Bloated with Sony apps that you can’t delete
  • Restricted to only letting you use 2GB of the 16GB on board storage for apps

Conclusion:

So, in conclusion, the Sony Xperia T is a truly competitive Android smartphone from Sony. With it’s amazing camera and good processor it’s a perfect smartphone for anyone looking for the perfect Android smartphone and isn’t focused too much on specifications. Whilst, the processor and poor battery life don’t compete very well with some of the more expensive devices on the market, the Xperia T is a nice match of size, speed and price. It’s available on contract from Vodafone from £30 a month. I would rate the phone a 8 out of 10 due to the fact that it is bloated with the Sony apps that you can’t delete. Thanks for Vodafone UK for providing the Sony Xperia T for review. Feel free to comment down below on what you think the “perfect” Android phone is and please feel free to share the articles using the social media sites on the left.

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Usman Hussain

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  • Great review usman, very professional and greg use of technical terms!

    • TeckComesFirst

      Thanks for the comment Toby, 🙂 I always try my hardest to make my reviews sound professional:)

  • Great Review Usman! I love how much effort and time you put into writing these. I like the the phone, and the RAM sounds amazing! Keep up the determination with your work bro. 🙂

    • TeckComesFirst

      Thanks for the comment Gareth, I appreciate it,The phone is amazing, I miss it now I have sent it back lol 😀 Thanks mate, I will do 🙂

  • Awesome Review mate:)

    • TeckComesFirst

      Thanks Osama, 🙂 I appreciate it bro