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Sony Xperia T Review

Sony Xperia T

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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

   

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

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


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

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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Sony Xperia T

Sony Xperia T

OS: Android 4.3 4.1.2 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (323 ppi) TFT
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB 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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