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Sony Xperia T Review

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Interface and Functionality:

The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS, and offers the recognizable multimedia widgets for controlling your music, pictures and video collection, as well as the Timescape feed one which integrates your social networking updates in one on your homescreen. The “Facebook inside Xperia” functionality is also present, and integrates your friends into your contacts list, your Facebook photos in your Album gallery app, and so on.

The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS - Sony Xperia T Review
The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS - Sony Xperia T Review
The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS - Sony Xperia T Review
The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS - Sony Xperia T Review
Connectivity switches in the notification bar - The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS - Sony Xperia T Review
The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS - Sony Xperia T Review
The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS - Sony Xperia T Review
The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS - Sony Xperia T Review

Connectivity switches in the notification bar

   

The usual for Sony Timescape UX here in the Xperia T is plastered over Android 4.0 ICS


A great feature are the so-called Small Apps in this ICS Timescape edition, which are easily accessible when you press the right on-screen navigational key. Besides the multitasking menu of your active apps that you can scroll through on the right, a dock with four app shortcuts appears at the bottom – Calculator, Voice Recorder, Notes and Timer – and you can add other Small Apps through the Play Store. Upon launch, those small frames just stay pinned on the screen regardless what of you are doing underneath, so you can quickly key in a note while on call, for instance. You can flip through the notes, and even use a magnifying glass to read them, as the Small App pop-up window is, well, small.

Small Apps - Sony Xperia T Review
Small Apps - Sony Xperia T Review
Small Apps - Sony Xperia T Review
Small Apps - Sony Xperia T Review
Small Apps - Sony Xperia T Review
Small Apps - Sony Xperia T Review
Small Apps - Sony Xperia T Review

Small Apps


Another big plus are the connectivity switches placed in the notification bar now, like on LG or Samsung’s handsets, which allow you quick control of your data connection, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios, or sound profiles. Unfortunately, there is no visible way to add more radios, like GPS, and scroll them sideways, like with LG’s phones.

Timescape’s on-screen keyboard is very good, refraining from the busy layout with a lot of punctuation and emoticon signs of its competition, and offering large, well-spaced keys for faster typing. Swype-like functionality is included in the default keyboard, so you can just type by quickly sliding your thumb across a few letters of the word you input, and the nice text prediction engine quickly has the word lined up for you.

On-screen keyboard - Sony Xperia T Review
On-screen keyboard - Sony Xperia T Review
On-screen keyboard - Sony Xperia T Review

On-screen keyboard



Processor and Memory:

Sony has placed a modern 28nm dual-core Snapdragon S4 in the Xperia T, and clocked it at 1.5GHz, so you never feel underpowered regardless of what you are doing with the phone, even with the somewhat heavy Timescape overlay, which employs a lot of transparent backgrounds and transitional animations.

The handset sports 1GB of RAM, and 16GB on internal memory, of which 2GB are reserved for installing apps, and about 11GB are user-available for files and media.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia T 4839 6925 60,1
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
LG Optimus 4X HD 3742 11184 52

Internet and Connectivity:


The ICS browser is the last swan song before Adobe Flash support is dropped from Android with mobile Chrome in Jelly Bean, and the browser on the Xperia T behaves smooth as expected with this processor. Scrolling, zooming and panning around are very fluid, text reflow works like a charm, and thanks to the high screen pixel density, small text is quite readable.

Web browsing with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Web browsing with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Web browsing with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Web browsing with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review

Web browsing with the Sony Xperia T


The Xperia T supports the fastest 4G HSPA+ downloads, 42Mbits theoretical, if your network is up to the task, and also has the full radio suite, including DLNA and NFC.

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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:57 16

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:53 4

18. andro. (Posts: 1936; 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

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:46 17

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 :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 22:28 3

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.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:42

43. osamalone (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


you could put stock in any of those phones just jailbreak it

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:58 17

2. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


man...Sony makes some really sexy phones lately. LOVE IT !!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:05 11

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:09 3

4. Mercenary (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Waiting for the video review.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:59

27. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2cioPmqQSY

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:13 6

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:11

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:32 4

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:01 7

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:59 3

13. Daniel.P (Posts: 98; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Thanks, fixed, wishful thinking :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:21 4

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! :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 06:17

48. nirmalv (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Well the iphone 5 uses the new 8 mpx stacked sensor.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:03 5

8. miki69 (Posts: 11; 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?

Cheers,
Miki

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:23 6

15. Daniel.P (Posts: 98; 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 ;)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 12:07 7

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.

http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_tx_t_and_v_benchmarks_are_here_promising_too-news-4722.php

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 14:39

28. miki69 (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Thanks Daniel, really appreciate it.

Can you please shed some more light on call quality?

Cheers,
Miki

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 07:54 1

36. Daniel.P (Posts: 98; 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.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 21:31

51. MartyK (Posts: 693; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Oh wow, that's too bad, cause the phone looks beautiful. :(

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:13

57. Zungfa.Kkn (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


I think so 2....... :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:12 3

9. josephnero (Posts: 289; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


torn between this and Xperia V with no money lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:19 3

10. josephnero (Posts: 289; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


or maybe next nexus?what do you guys suggest?i currently own galaxy s2 and iam pretty much satisfied

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:21 2

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:58 6

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.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:52 1

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... ;(

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:45 2

12. ryq24 (Posts: 478; 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.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 23:33 2

52. Hlorri (Posts: 39; 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!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:23 9

14. VJo003 (Posts: 321; 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?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:10 4

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

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:30 12

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:59 7

17. miki69 (Posts: 11; 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... :)

Cheers,
Miki

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:37 10

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6197; 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

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:21 1

22. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Except for the os nothing seems impressive

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:00 7

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


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 :)

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 05:15 4

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

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:17 6

26. Miquel_1987 (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


I am so in love with this phone. can't wait to get mine :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 14:43

29. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 115; 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

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 16:30 6

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?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 09:34

42. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


"viewing angles are pretty good" Engadget

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 17:15 6

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 22:39

33. Blitz_Panzer (Posts: 6; 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

Thank's...

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 07:00 3

35. hassansh (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Sony Xperia T Very nice

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:30 2

37. satanrules (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Waiting for the Xperia V.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 20:59 2

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.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 22:39

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.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:43

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.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:00 2

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.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:24

46. zaryab58 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


Can anyone please tell me when is xperia t, v and j launching?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 02:03

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.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 06:18

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

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:58

50. Hlorri (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 May 2008)


How does this phone stack up against the Xperia Ion (now with ICS on the latter)? Particularly, camera wise...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 17:49 1

53. miki69 (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


808 vs Xperia T shootout:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pureviewclub/sets/72157631623067855/

I think it fairs pretty good.

Cheers,
Miki

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 23:17

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 03:01

55. miki69 (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


you're right. Top seems quite cramed while bottom - well, like there is some space left unused.

Cheers,
Miki

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 22:44

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.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 05:20

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....!!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 04:35

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!!

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Sony Xperia T

Sony Xperia T

OS: Android 4.3 4.1.2 4.0.4
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Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (323 ppi) TFT
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.09 x 2.65 x 0.37 inches
(129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery1850 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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