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.

There is an 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.


The 4.55” HD screen is pretty bright, which is good for outside usage, but here the experience is diminished by higher than usual screen reflectance, messing with the view. The other downside of the screen are the weak viewing angles, which make the colors and contrast look faded when the phone is observed from the side.

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.

Sony Xperia T 360-degrees View:



60. Drawesome

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 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!!

59. rajeshkumark7

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 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....!!

58. dentidon

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

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: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

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

53. miki69

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

808 vs Xperia T shootout: I think it fairs pretty good. Cheers, Miki

50. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

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

49. nirmalv

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 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

47. kurtdean94

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

46. zaryab58

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

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

41. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 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: Apr 14, 2012

Keep drinkin them Kimchi-flavoured Hatorade, Samsung fanboy. Hating on Sony's tech won't change a thing.

39. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Nice review but what service provider did you use to test the phone on. That would be nice to know.

38. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

37. satanrules

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Waiting for the Xperia V.

35. hassansh

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Sony Xperia T Very nice

33. Blitz_Panzer

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 21, 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...

31. javorr

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 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.

30. javorr

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 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: Aug 13, 2012

"viewing angles are pretty good" Engadget

29. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 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

26. Miquel_1987

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

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

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

22. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Except for the os nothing seems impressive

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

17. miki69

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 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

16. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

oh god its clear to me PhoneArena Hates Sony Phones because their jelaous that their s3 dosent look better than this.

14. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 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: May 09, 2012

and the Iphone dont even got an LED light but still dont get it in its cons.... because its an IPHONE
Xperia T
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3

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