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Sony Xperia T Review

Sony Xperia T

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Call quality:

Sony Xperia T Review
Call quality is nothing special, neither in the earpiece, nor the sound that is relayed by the two noise-cancellation mics to the other side. The voices in the earpiece sound a bit flat and dull, and the strength leaves something to be desired. The other party said we sound subdued, and our voice came out slightly distorted.


The sealed 1,850mAh battery of the Xperia T is rated for the about average 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and 17 days on standby. Music playback will last you 16 hours at the most, and when watching videos you won’t get more than 5 hours out of the handset, which is slightly below average for a phone with large LCD screen, which are usually rated for about 6 hours.


The Sony Xperia T doesn’t offer groundbreaking features compared to the other flagships out there, but it is a pretty compelling package nonetheless. The sturdy arched design will appeal to many, and the 13MP camera will let you capture those impromptu moments on the fly because of the dedicated shutter key. There are no major gripes with the handset either – it is zippy, with expandable storage and easy to access card slots. The only minor issues are with the screen - its coating reflects too much light outside, which tampers with the view under direct sunlight, and the viewing angles are weak. Our biggest expectations were towards the 13MP sensor, but it doesn’t offer much better capture than its predecessor, and the pictures and video quality is about what we find in the other high-end phones of today.

Those flagships in about the same price range are the Xperia T’s main competition, too – the Samsung Galaxy S III sports a larger 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display, which is superior to what we find on the Xperia T, and is also thinner and lighter. The HTC One X has a larger screen too, but its unibody design omits a microSD slot. The LG Optimus 4X HD has a brilliant screen, too, and is as compact as the T, but the camera fares worse. Sony’s phone, however, won’t have much to show against the upcoming Optimus G, which is more powerful, built with premium materials, and also has a 13MP camera like the T.

If you are not a fan of large screens, you can also check out the upcoming iPhone 5 as an alternative, especially if you are somewhat invested in the iTunes ecosystem. Other upcoming threats to the Xperia T are the Windows Phone 8 flagships from Nokia and HTC, which have the same processor, but the Lumia 920 sports a camera with optical stabilization, and the HTC 8X has a dedicated audio amplifier, but its screen is smaller than the one on Sony’s finest.

Software version: 7.0.A.1.303

Sony Xperia T Video Review:


  • Fast camera with dedicated shutter key
  • Sturdy design with very easy card slots access
  • Strong and clean loudspeaker
  • Helpful Smart App pop-ups


  • Bad screen reflectance and viewing angles
  • Call quality should be better
  • Volume rocker is placed uncomfortably
  • LED notification light is too small
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Sony Xperia T

Sony Xperia T

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