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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review

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Interface and functionality

Sony's Xperia UI is one of the more basic Android overlays, but on the T2 Ultra it has features for easier one-handed operation, along with some multitasking options.

As any other popular Android smartphone manufacturer, Sony has its own, custom Xperia UI user interface, running on a version-old Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It doesn't go as far in repainting Android, as HTC Sense, or Samsung's TouchWiz, but is an OK overlay. In order to achieve differentiation, Sony bets on a few branded apps, like the Walkman music player, or the Timescape social aggregator widget, and that's about it. All of the essential apps like Phone, Contacts, Messaging and so on have been customized, too. They are quite simplistic and straightforward, which isn't a bad thing.

Unfortunately, this Xperia UI doesn't offer extra multitasking functions like Samsung's Multi Window, or LG's Dual Window modes, which are very useful on a phablet. Sony, however, still offers its Small Apps suite, available when you hit the active tasks key at the right of the home button icon. By default there are five apps in the bar, like a calculator, or a browser window, and you can add more apps or widgets either from the tablet, or from the Play Store. They hover on top of anything else you are doing underneath, and you can fire up to five such resizable windows, which is a decent way to multitask on the 6” phablet, if needed.

As any self-respecting phablet maker, Sony has also added interface options that help you use the T2 Ultra with one hand. These include the usual “scooching” of the keyboard, dialer or calculator left or right, so you can supposedly reach them with your thumb only, when holding the phone with one palm. Moreover, Sony lets you pull down the status bar by double-tapping the on-screen home button, and thus read your notifications there without having to prop the phone with the other hand, and then scroll the bar downwards. It helps, but the effort you make for simply balancing the phablet with one hand is still significant.

Processor and memory

A midrange Snapdragon processor makes for an adequate, but not silky smooth performance.

A 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU is what powers the T2 Ultra, with an Adreno 305 graphics crunching unit. This chipset occupies the lower midrange realm of Qualcomm's mobile silicon line, so don't expect any performance wonders, moreso when Sony has paired it with 1 GB of RAM. This combination simply does the job - the interface behavior is adequate, without choppy movements or annoying lag, but it's not buttery smooth either. The T2 Ultra comes with 8 GB of internal storage, of which only about 4 GB are user-available, but you have a microSD card slot on the left for memory expansion, covered with a protective flap.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
LG G Pro 2 19490
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 18158
HTC One max 12067
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 9785.6
AnTuTu
Higher is better
LG G Pro 2 28615
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 29732
HTC One max 26320
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 19422.3
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
LG G Pro 2 1269
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 1153
HTC One max 762
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 582
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
LG G Pro 2 1692
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 2937
HTC One max 2558
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 1923
Sunspider
Lower is better
LG G Pro 2 818.3
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 1408.4
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
LG G Pro 2 8.9
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 4.1
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
LG G Pro 2 1050.6
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 447
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Internet and connectivity

The T2 Ultra flaunts a dual SIM Active option and Asian LTE bands, which sounds like a recipe for success there.

Sony uses Android's default Chrome browser on the T2 Ultra, whose performance is adequate when it comes to panning, scrolling or zooming. The pixel density is a minor annoyance, compared with all those 1080p displays, as the text here looks less detailed and legible when zoomed out, and a tad jagged even when zoomed in.

The phone offers up to 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds, but its modem doesn't have support for the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum of T-Mobile in the US, for instance. In addition, we get hexaband 4G LTE connectivity, which again eschews American carriers for European/Asian frequencies, as that's the dual SIM phone's target market. We get a dedicated SIM card management app, which lets you assign a primary one, rename the two cards, or set roaming and data download preferences for each. The T2 Ultra is a dual SIM active device, meaning that it comes with two transceivers, letting you receive calls on both SIM cards. The handset offers a full set - Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and DLNA connectivity, throwing in NFC, and even FM radio with RDS for a good measure. Wired connectivity is supplied via the MHL port at the right side of the handset for TV-out purposes.

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posted on 30 Apr 2014, 04:11 4

1. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Wow!!! Great job sony!!! Hoping z2 ultra is like this, then me buy

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 04:34 3

2. jhaw19 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


thanks PA. great review and great mid phablet!!!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:40 2

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Great review, but such a great device with minor cons but still 8.8? 9.2 would have been great.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 04:57 1

3. refillable (Posts: 680; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


At $400 surely this is going to kick the Mega!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:06 7

4. Anshulonweb (Posts: 368; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


wow......look at the battery life..... awesome......

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:07 4

5. Anshulonweb (Posts: 368; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


and its active dual Sim.....sony certainly has impressed me....

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:24

6. YodhaMali (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


I like phones with large displays, but I'm not impressed with this due to its mediocre chipset and low RAM. A snapdragon 600 or S4 Pro processor with Adreno 320, and 2 Gigs of RAM would have been better.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:41 6

7. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


its a midranger, go get a z1 ultra

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:10

8. YodhaMali (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


S4 Pro is two years old and yet powerful than the currently touted mid-ranger Snapdragon 400. It's only logical that a previous generation's flagship will do more justice to the current generation's mid-range phones.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:46 2

11. xtremeed27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


The S4 Pro hasn't been in devices for 2 years.. The first devices using it didn't pop up until like 2 months before the end of 2012 such as the Optimus G which came out in the U.S. in November.. so it's much closer to 1.5 years.. More importantly the Snapdragon 400 and S4 Pro seem to be quite similar in performance with the S4 Pro slightly beating the 400 in most benchmarks. Compare the T2 Ultra's benchmarks here to the Xperia ZL's on this very same website.. If anything the 400's power is impressive considering it uses Cortex A7 cores vs the S4 Pro's Krait cores and slightly higher clockspeed(100mhz more in this case) and yet nearly equals its performance and it also has better battery life...

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:33 1

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Perfect mid range phablet.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 07:04 5

12. hafini_27 (Posts: 317; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Woa, Sony surprised me with battery life. 10 hours screen on time? Damn!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 08:14

13. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Best Sony handset to date !

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 08:24

14. samraj (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


I am ardent Sony fan..I have played with T2 Ultra...Although i haven't tested its Outdoor camera performance, indoor photos came out quite noisy..noisy as hell..I was shocked to see so much noise in 13mp camera module of Sony..Sony seriously needs to up their game with software used for 13mp sensors considering the same 13mp sensor produces spectacular images in S4. Happy that Z2 has a quite nice cam though.. Waiting for Z2 in India..:D

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 10:36

15. alumoyo (Posts: 240; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


I really really like this. Officially considering a phablet for the first time.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 11:45

16. yuepc000 (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


When is it available? I couldn't find it on store.sony.com yet.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 12:23

17. wildhammer (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


I cant wait for T2 ultra vs desire 816

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 15:12

18. alumoyo (Posts: 240; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Better battery than iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro - phablets really ARE killing tablets.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 19:02

19. harsa27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


hope sony improve camera quality, it seems camera quality of samsung's 8 MP better than this 13 MP camera

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:28

20. anleoflippy (Posts: 320; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I can vouch that the T2 Ultra is one of the best mid rangers because my mother actually bought the white version so I had chance to play around with it. I was sure that the Processor and 1gb of ram would bog it down but that is certainly not the case.

posted on 01 May 2014, 14:04

21. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Great phone! Now lets see leaks of Xperia V Ultra, 5.5" 1080p ips display, Arm64bit or just snapdragon 610/800, Android 5, 32gb +msd slot, 13megapixel Back cam with flash, 5megapixel front cam, very thin bezel like ZL, front blasting stereo speakers, 4000mah battery, waterproof, usb otg, latest bluetooth, wifi up to a/c. Microhdmi out would also be nice.

V could be any letter sony choose!

posted on 01 May 2014, 14:36

22. Soulsniffer (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


Where's the video review @Daniel. P? :)
Great review though! Are you sure the loudspeaker's pretty loud? I've heard many complain about its loudness though..

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:16

23. robocopvn (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


Snapdragon 400 with quad A7 cores is much slower than snapdragon 400 with dual krait. I think many phone makers intend to trick normal user with that.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:22

24. nadeem.ahmed (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


Very bad phone...
Now i aware how can they launch a 6 inch phone in 25000

Hangs very soon & no call , msg ,mail all are struck..
after restarting the phone you getted a lots of miscall msgs , mails and etc.....

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 01:27

25. Pranawan (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


Plz can anyone send me a sony xperia t2 ultra plz.i liked to have but we don't have much money.iam from srilanka.if anyone want to send me a sont xperia t2 ultra my email addrss
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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

OS: Android 4.4.3 4.4.2 4.3
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Display6.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8928, Quad core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size6.50 x 3.30 x 0.30 inches
(165.2 x 83.8 x 7.65 mm)
6.07 oz  (172 g)
Battery3000 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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