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Sony Xperia T Review

Sony Xperia T

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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.

Panorama image - Sony Xperia T Review

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.

Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia T Review

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.

Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia T Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia T Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia T Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia T Review

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The low-light capability of the sensor didn’t manifest itself either – in our 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.

Night samples - Sony Xperia T Review
Night samples - Sony Xperia T Review
Night samples - Sony Xperia T Review
Night samples - Sony Xperia T Review

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.


Multimedia:


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 minimalistic Walkman-branded music player of the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
The minimalistic Walkman-branded music player of the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
The minimalistic Walkman-branded music player of the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
The minimalistic Walkman-branded music player of the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
The minimalistic Walkman-branded music player of the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
The minimalistic Walkman-branded music player of the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
The minimalistic Walkman-branded music player of the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review
The minimalistic Walkman-branded music player of the Sony Xperia T - Sony Xperia T Review

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.

Video player - Sony Xperia T Review
Video player - Sony Xperia T Review
Video player - Sony Xperia T Review
Video player - Sony Xperia T Review


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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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