Sony Xperia T ReviewSony Xperia T 8
Excited yet? We’ve arrived to the best feature of the Sony Xperia T - its 13MP camera with Exmor R camera sensor. It is even faster than the zippy camera in the Xperia S, for example, with sub-second sleep-to-snap times when you press the dedicated shutter key in locked mode, and very quick Sweep Panorama with instantaneous stitching, aided by the powerful processor.
The sensor inside is 1/3” and the lens with f/2.4 aperture, about the norm for what flagship smartphones offer these days, save for the Nokia monsters. The pixel size is smaller, though – 1.12 microns here, compared to the 1.4 microns in most high-end phones. While it has allowed to cram this high of a resolution in a very small sensor footprint, it also might not be letting enough light in, as we know the larger the pixel size, the more light it can absorb, hence improved low-light capabilities.
The interface is the usual rich with functions Timescape camera UI, providing you with either a fully automatic mode, or allowing you to adjust every single option like focus, scene mode, white balance, and so on, plus providing regimes like smile recognition. It even allows you to set up the phone to recognize an ear-to-ear grin only, or the faintest chuckle. No complaints about the interface, except for the lack of HDR mode.
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.
night samples there is halo around bright objects, blur and noise – about what we get with most smartphone cameras. Indoors the pictures didn’t have any major issues – they came out fairly sharp and well-exposed when the LED flash fired, yet noise is evident and climbs up when the lights dim.
The phone shoots very good 1080 video with smooth 30 fps, even inside, and exposure compensation while panning around is very fast and gradual. The only gripe is that the continuous autofocus is a bit slow to change the focus from the nearby object to the distance, and vice versa. The sound captured is relatively strong and clean, but again, nothing to write home about.
Sony Xperia T Sample Video:
Sony Xperia T Sample Video - night:
Sony Xperia T Indoor Sample Video:
As far as the video capture interface goes, we can zoom in with pinching the screen, also while shooting, and there is an abundance of scene modes to choose from.
The minimalistic Walkman-branded music player comes with very Windows Phone-looking interface, with tiles for the song category, and Modern UI-style back buttons. There are a few equalizer presets thrown in, and the loudspeaker is the usual great Sony endeavor that we find on most Xperias – clean and with high volume without notable distortions.
The Xperia T video player has a basic but pretty interface, and supports video playback of DivX/Xvid files up to 1080 definition. You can “throw” the currently played movie to another compatible Sony device you have around, like a TV, and it will start from where you left off on the phone.
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: 1999; 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: 813; 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: 77; 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: 77; 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: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Well the iphone 5 uses the new 8 mpx stacked sensor.
8. miki69 (Posts: 15; 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: 105; 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: 15; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
Thanks Daniel, really appreciate it.
Can you please shed some more light on call quality?
36. Daniel.P (Posts: 105; 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: 833; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Oh wow, that's too bad, cause the phone looks beautiful. :(
9. josephnero (Posts: 555; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
torn between this and Xperia V with no money lol
10. josephnero (Posts: 555; 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: 1237; 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: 731; 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!
|Display||4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (323 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB 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|