Sony Xperia T Review
We’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Sony Xperia T ever since it became clear that’s the new phone of James Bond, err… that it will feature a 13MP camera sensor from Sony.
It is not just that 13MP shooter that the Xperia T has to flaunt – it is powered by a modern 28nm Snapdragon S4, has a large HD screen, and is one of the few to take advantage of Android’s on-screen navigational buttons, allowing it to keep the size compact and bearable.
Would these be enough to stand out against the thin quad-core competition coming in spades from Samsung and LG? Dive into our review to find out…
In the box:
- In-ear stereo headphones
- microUSB cable
- Wall plug
- Warranty and information leaflets
Sony sort of pioneered the arched handset design of its big-screen phones with the Xperia arc, and the Xperia T falls into that tradition, offering a slightly curved inwards back, like a stretching cat, which helps with the grip and looks more interesting than the regular flat rears. The back cover is also made of soft-touch plastic and has tapered edges, aiding the grip further.
You can compare the Sony Xperia T with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
The front also has a distinctive slope at the bottom, which, together with the rounded corners, makes it more distinct than most flat rectangular fronts out there. In addition, Sony has placed three nice, laser-etched metal buttons on the right – the power/lock key, volume rocker, and the dedicated shutter button – which class the handset up some more. The side keys have a pretty nice tactile feedback, but are somewhat smallish, and crammed at the lower right side, so adjusting the volume requires some more thumb-gymnastics than needed. That’s because the upper right side is reserved for the microSD card and micro SIM card slots, since we have a unibody design with a sealed battery compartment, which are very easy to access under the protective lid.
LED notification light at the front, which, however, is as small as if it is made with a sowing pin, and hardly noticeable except in a very dark environment.
Overall, a distinctive design, which immediately screams Xperia, and, thanks to the smaller screen and the lack of physical navigational keys at the front, has kept the Xperia T shorter and narrower than any of the other big-screen flagships out there, easing one-handed operation. The phone is slightly thicker and heavier than the current high-ends, though, leaving you with the impression that you hold a much larger device.
Apart from those gripes, we have 1280x720 HD screen with Mobile BRAVIA Engine-powered popping colors in pictures and video mode, plus a very high 323ppi pixel density, making small text and icon edges sharp and distinct.
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1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Very good hardware once again - but for my personal preference, I don't like Sony's skin. Some may like it, some may not, same with other skins.
And that is why I'd want 5 Nexus devices, vanilla goodness: it probably won't differ much with the present phones.
Sony Xperia Nexus would be Xperia T running stock.
LG Optimus Nexus would be Optimus G running stock.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus II would be Galaxy S III running stock.
Motorola Razr Nexus would be the Razr HD Maxx running stock.
HTC (One?) Nexus would be the One X running stock.
software's always a problem with me. it's also the problem I have with considering Windows Phone, no mass storage and much apps on the Nokia Lumia 920, otherwise it's the best hardware - even surpassing this and the iPhone. but: software really.
18. andro. (Posts: 1955; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I don't like the xperia launcher skin either,that saying somebody could easily use Nova launcher etc on the handset and have a jelly bean stock appearance or any other type
23. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Really? I like Sony's skin - in fact, and don't hate for saying this but I prefer it to stock Android! In my opinion it looks really modern and very sharp - whereas TouchWiz and LG's skin (also very TouchWiz-esque) just look tacky (icons) especially in previous generations.
I would love to see the 5 devices with stock Android though, and what Sony pull out of the bag to do this will also be very interesting!
As far as the Xperia T goes, it does feel very premium in the hand and is quick, haven't had the chance to play with the camera but I think it looks gorgeous as opposed to the large slabs that other manufacturer's have been bringing out - kudos to Sony's design team once again! All of this my personal opinion :)
32. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
yeah, no hate for that and I respect that. icons aren't my problem on UI skins since you can mask that with a launcher. the problem is when the skinning goes deep even after the home screen and app drawer. my experience with Sony's UI feels so mechanical, while with TouchWiz it feels like it's exact for the basic consumer (totally not for me). HTC gave me the best experience so far, but their updates are taking too long, even at flagship phones... have tried Motorola and it feels stock-ish at some point and I don't get the whole point of skinning it if it's very minor. I haven't tried LG yet so I wouldn't comment on that one.
UIs appeal to different users, and it would be better if consumers were offered to install or not install the UI.
I heard the Xperia S will be offered a Nexus like program... and that sounds awesome. I will definitely consider it again if it's released.
43. osamalone (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
you could put stock in any of those phones just jailbreak it
2. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)
man...Sony makes some really sexy phones lately. LOVE IT !!
3. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
Nice to read a review of this phone. I think I'm still going to get it. Looking at the cons I think an 8 is a little too harsh and it should have been given an 8.5. I'm biased though as I've been looking forward to this phone for a while.
27. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
5. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Some of the cons are not really considered cons, such as small LED notification light and volume rocker placement,
But the score is quite enough. If I have to place a con for this flagship device, that would be for being used with a dual-core processor. I know I know, it's not all about the number of cores or clockspeed, but as a flagship device, this should be future-proof for up to 2 years. And a quad-core processor would help it run smooth future OSes.
But all in all, an 8 or 9 score for this is good.
56. royyy (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
The chipset doesn't have anything to do with the device being future-proof. My Arc has been running ICS since June while Tegra 2-powered phones from the same era like the Atrix and the Optimus 2X are stuck on 2.3.
6. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Nice, the Cons: bad reflectance & viewing angles part can be overlooked but the call quality part is very suspect.
The night shots is very impressive for me though.
7. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
Daniel, the T doesn't have Sony's new Exmor RS with the stacked CMOS sensor, at least according to the specs and whitepaper available on the SonyMobile website. Rumour is we will see them in early 2013.
19. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
I've been waiting for it too so I totally get it.
Having seen what Nokia have done with the camera on the Lumia 920, I'm secretly hoping that Sony will develop optical image stabilisation of their own. Imagine the Exmor RS stacked sensor with Pureview tech... now that would be wishful thinking! :)
48. nirmalv (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Well the iphone 5 uses the new 8 mpx stacked sensor.
8. miki69 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
@PhoneArena, please change article as Xperia T doesn't have Exmor RS sensor, only Exmor R. RS will come with 2013 lineup.
Rest of the article - just perfect.
How does flap cover feel like? Is it well aligned with the back?
15. Daniel.P (Posts: 100; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Yes, the flap is very easy to open, and when you close it, it becomes flush with the surface, no bumps or creaks. I'm suspicious at flaps, too, but this one's well-made ;)
24. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
Daniel, could you double check the quadrant score? You may need to close all app and run it couple times. All three new xperias (T,TX,V) scored better than GS3 and others on the benhmarks GSMarena ran - your scores look inconsistent.
28. miki69 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
Thanks Daniel, really appreciate it.
Can you please shed some more light on call quality?
36. Daniel.P (Posts: 100; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Average to below average - the earpiece is too weak, even at maximum volume, the voices sound hollow and often distorted, while on the other side the voice is not clean either, and sounds muffled.
51. MartyK (Posts: 712; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Oh wow, that's too bad, cause the phone looks beautiful. :(
9. josephnero (Posts: 305; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
torn between this and Xperia V with no money lol
10. josephnero (Posts: 305; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
or maybe next nexus?what do you guys suggest?i currently own galaxy s2 and iam pretty much satisfied
11. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
The Xperia S lineup and now the xperia T lineup. They have the dullest, most vacuous look I have seen on a smartphone. If you threw your phone into a fire and had the whole thing completely charred, you will come out with an Xperia T.
Sony still insists on using the worst screens in the industry. Everyone else has either IPS or AMOLED. Poor viewing angles went out of style over a year ago. You can tell its an Xperia because the screen looks so oversharpened and the colors are deep but so dark with no vibrancy whatsoever.
I don't understand how a camera company like Sony can make such subpar cameras over and over again. The Arc was blurry. The S was blurry. Now the T is blurry. Did they set their sharpen filter to -20? To it's credit, its not "as" blurry as their older models, but shamefully lacks detail and definition compared to the iPhone/Galaxy S III/One X. The 13MP is a joke.
Phonearena doesn't have a video review up yet, but if you check other sites, you will see its your typical slow and jerky Sony UI. It's neither elegant nor smooth.
Why in the world does Sony continue to make such unremarkable phones? And they are pumping out a dozen a year, all almost identical.
21. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I actually agree. It seems like a lot of people like Sony, but are any really owning these phones? Sony's flagships always come in last. They're overall good phones but never really excel in any one category.
I don't really like them, just respect them for being unique.
45. mediar (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
Fully agree. Right now the 2012 Xperias are the ugliest devices out there, absolutely bland and boring design, nothing more than just bulky black bricks, which is a real shame for Sony, especially compared to the gorgeous 2011 Xperias! The UI is ugly and as well, depressing and unpleasant black color everywhere! Made for Emos, I guess. Buggy and laggy as hell! Nothing to do with their cute and sweet colorful 2011 UX UI, or the candy TouchWiz and SenseUI. Again stick with an year-late dual-core processor, poor display, poor camera and limited music player. Other than that, the current Xperias have absolutely nothing remarkable, and are definitely not worth the high price. I have never ever been so disappointed with Sony. They just took and destroyed the good old SE we used to love... ;(
12. ryq24 (Posts: 503; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
sony always seems to get lukewarm reviews. i have yet to see a sony phone getting an excellent review even from other reviewers. it's funny people always ogle at japan only phone but once they are release in the international market they get good to poor review. japanese are losing to the koreans and taiwanese.
52. Hlorri (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)
Most of the Sony Xperia line is not really for the Japanese market, these are phones originally developed in Sweden (by Sony Ericsson) for international customers.
But hey, if it's good enough for James Bond, it's good enough for me!
14. VJo003 (Posts: 325; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)
""There are no major gripes with the handset...." & one of top 4 cons is something as frivolous as the LED light being too small....
Come on PA... How do u justify that 8?
40. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
and the Iphone dont even got an LED light but still dont get it in its cons.... because its an IPHONE
16. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
oh god its clear to me PhoneArena Hates Sony Phones because their jelaous that their s3 dosent look better than this.
17. miki69 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
i really like Xperia T design, quite appealing to me. However 1.12 microns are quite low for serious camera contender. Both N86 and N8 have 1.75 microns per pixel
Still, with such geogous design, I have to forgive... :)
20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I could care less what you guys say bout SONY SKIN. I love their design the only thing is it's a MM bigger than the rest. It still have A GREAT SCREEN thanks to their MOBILE BRAVIA ENGINE. I'm only buying this phone cause it's PLAY STATION CERTIFIED and want it to match my PS3 then I'll buy a SONY TV with wifi
22. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Except for the os nothing seems impressive
25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
very "picky" review.........only thing i agree with on the con area "may" be the call quality..Other than that everything else is HIGHLY opinionated......but also I was never looking forward to the T, and Im sure I speak for alot of us when i say we've been more so waiting on the V and the TX.....overall 8 is a good score and knowing Phone Arena it is also "expected".........thats why the user ratings are usually higher than Phone Arena's ratings...because it is often very opinionated in alot of areas, but nonetheless good review and solid rating thanks Daniel :)
34. XperiaUser (unregistered)
absolutely right statement . Sony's phones gives a great user experience which is most important thing , thats why Sony phones always gets a higher user rating . u can't judge any Xperia on paper . try it,feel it and enjoy it ....
my own experience ! :D
26. Miquel_1987 (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
I am so in love with this phone. can't wait to get mine :)
29. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
While with good contrast and pleasant, though slightly oversaturated color representation, the pictures don’t boast any extraordinary amount of detail or exceptionally low noise, even outside. We’d say they are about at the level of current high-end iOS and Android phones.
just say na simply PA iPhone 5
30. javorr (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Engadget : Lovely high-res 4.6-inch screen
Phonearena : Bad screen reflectance and viewing angles
If the screen was bad, Americans would not miss this.
Who is the liar?
42. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
"viewing angles are pretty good" Engadget
31. javorr (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Engadget : It's another strong performing screen -- no AMOLED means less color distortion and no PenTile woes. The viewing angles appear identical to the Xperia S, meaning they're pretty damn good. We'd also like to mention here that those on-screen keys give the Xperia T a far up-to-date air than its predecessors -- Sony's catching up.
33. Blitz_Panzer (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Can You compare or make a review of the One X (4 cores) with the same version of SIII?; yes... 4.0.4?; a face to face will be interesting, before the Jeally Bean arrive...
I see a big diference in benchmarking...
Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Your Results.- HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4
My Results .- HTC One X 6054 12678 55.6
38. ChangMin2012 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
All it needs is a sense-esque flipclock and the UI is all set.
Anyone would rather have a sense-esque flipclock compared to the boring active clock of touchwiz.
39. hitechredneck (Posts: 55; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Nice review but what service provider did you use to test the phone on. That would be nice to know.
41. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
It has last years specs, and a ugly design, also on screen button suck. Bad device all around.
44. ChangMin2012 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
Keep drinkin them Kimchi-flavoured Hatorade, Samsung fanboy. Hating on Sony's tech won't change a thing.
46. zaryab58 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
Can anyone please tell me when is xperia t, v and j launching?
47. kurtdean94 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
SERIOUSLY I really don't get it. In other reviews they said Xperia T has good viewing angle and a great screen but IPhoneArena said otherwise.
49. nirmalv (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
What a incredibly poor camera processing algorithm. Would have expected that with Sony improving its imaging line with RX 100 and RX 1 that there would be some improvement in the xperia T
50. Hlorri (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)
How does this phone stack up against the Xperia Ion (now with ICS on the latter)? Particularly, camera wise...
53. miki69 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
808 vs Xperia T shootout:
I think it fairs pretty good.
54. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Is it just me or there is more space below the screen than it is above the screen?
I am still waiting for a phone that uses the onscreen buttons to shorten the phone.
55. miki69 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
you're right. Top seems quite cramed while bottom - well, like there is some space left unused.
58. dentidon (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
please help me
i buy xpeia tx then during tring to know it's options i enter in icon caled talk used for blindness people then the mobile become very heavy in touch and i cannot exit this option if anybody can help me and told me how can i exit from this option i will be thanking him too much.
59. rajeshkumark7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
Hi My dear friends
Thanks in Advance...!!
Actually i'am gonna buy this mob this week..
I'am a business man i always want to be in online in mailing service..!
we can send zip files through mail...? &
do we can extract the zip files from this phone..? &
is there possible that we can chat with the gtalk...?
do we can open PSD & AI files..? or we can atleast send this files through mail..?
kindly Please answer me dear Xperia T user....!!
60. Drawesome (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)
Hello, I want to buy an xperia T, but does this one has 4G? Because I've seen some sites says yes but other says no, HELP ME!!
|Display||4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (323 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.09 x 2.65 x 0.37 inches|
(129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35 mm)
4.90 oz (139 g)
|Battery||1850 mAh, 7 hours talk time|