Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review

Call quality


We are glad to report that the T2 Ultra doesn't disappoint in terms of call quality. Its earpiece is very strong and sounds rather clean, with no audible distortions, even at the highest volume. We were notified from the other end of the line that they could hear us loud and clear, too, while the two noise-cancellation mics removed the surrounding fluff, and relayed only our voice to the other side.

Battery

The T2 Ultra is the longest-lasting mobile device we've ever tested, with the record 10+ hours of screen-on time – need we say more?

So far so good, but the best thing about the Xperia T2 Ultra is the battery life it scores from the 3000 mAh juicer. Sony is renowned for the well-balanced battery consumption of its midrangers, which consistently score towards the top percentile in our battery test, but it outdid itseld with the phablet. The company promises the whopping 24 hours of talk time in 3G mode for the T2 Ultra, and almost a month and a half on standby, as well as 10 hours of HD video playback on a charge. Those numbers are way above the average, and should come as a hint that the T2 Ultra phablet performed very well on our own grueling battery test, too. In fact, we logged even more screen-on time than Sony cites, at 10 hours and 16 minutes, making the T2 Ultra the device with the longest battery life we've ever tested, tablets included. That's a great feature to have on a dual SIM Active handset, which sucks more juice out of the battery to maintain two networks at once, so if you are looking for a phablet that will last you two or three days with average usage, the T2 Ultra it is.

On the minus side, it takes more than four hours to fully charge the battery from zero to hero, as the supplied stock charger provides just 0.85A of output, while most phones come with 1A+ units, while the Galaxy S5 has 2A one, and the Oppo Find 7a the whopping 4.5A. You can get Sony's 1.5A Quick Charger as a $30 accessory to speed up the juicing, or just a more powerful 3rd party 1-1.5A charger you have lying around.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
10h 16 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
4h 52 min (Poor)
HTC One max
7h 27 min (Good)
LG G Pro 2
6h 48 min (Average)

minutes Lower is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
240
LG G Pro 2
112

Conclusion


In the end, we have to say that Sony did an excellent job with the Xperia T2 Ultra. Granted, it is a big handset, but you can't expect anything less from a 6” phablet, plus it's very thin and light for the screen size. We could also expect a bit more from the display's pixel density, but it's a worthy tradeoff for the phone's price and performance. When we stack the longest battery life we've ever measured, with the very good pictures and videos produced by the phablet's 13 MP camera, and the dual SIM Active functionality, we can pronounce the T2 Ultra as one of the best phablets in the midrange category.

You can't get much more for about $430 without subsidies, yet there are some pretty decent alternatives out there. The Xperia Z Ultra comes to mind first, which now costs just a tad more, but offers a larger 1080p display, faster processor, and a very slim waterproof chassis. Its battery life is much less, though, and it only has an 8 MP camera without flash. Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3 is about the same price as the T2 Ultra, but again with shorter battery life, thicker design, and an 8 MP camera. Going a Benjamin higher in price, you face the real 6” 1080p competition, such as the HTC One max with its Boomsound stereo speakers, the LG G Pro 2 with an optically stabilized 13 MP camera, or the Alcatel OneTouch Hero, which has excellent battery life, too. If you are looking for a still-large screen, but smaller dimensions, Samsung's 5.7” Note 3 is always a great choice, with its S Pen stylus functionality, or the 5.5” Oppo Find 7a. These cost more, though, and don't have the stellar battery life of the T2 Ultra.

All in all, Sony has managed to create a very appealing midrange phablet with the T2 Ultra. That's a much less explored market niche, plus it spiced the offer up with the longest battery life we've ever measured on a mobile device, and a good 13 MP camera. Thus, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Xperia T2 Ultra, if you are into them 6-inchers, but looking to score on a tighter budget.

Software version: 19.0.D.0.253


Pros

  • The longest battery life we've tested on a mobile, with record 10+ hours of screen-on time
  • Slim and light for a 6-incher
  • Dual SIM Active device with fine call quality
  • Good pictures and video in all situations
  • Interface options that aide one-handed operation
  • Strong loudspeaker

Cons

  • Uncomfortable to use with one hand and carry around
  • Ships with one bit older, Android 4.3 version
  • The stock charger is just 0.85A, so it takes 4+ hours to fully charge the phablet
  • Rear cover is a fingerprint and pocket lint magnet

PhoneArena Rating:

8.8

User Rating:

9.1
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27 Comments

1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

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

2. jhaw19

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

3. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

5. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

6. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

its a midranger, go get a z1 ultra

8. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

11. xtremeed27

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 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...

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Perfect mid range phablet.

12. hafini_27

Posts: 950; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

13. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Best Sony handset to date !

14. samraj

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 04, 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

15. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

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

16. yuepc000

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

17. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

I cant wait for T2 ultra vs desire 816

18. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

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

19. harsa27

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

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

20. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 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.

21. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 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!

22. Soulsniffer

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 06, 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..

23. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

24. nadeem.ahmed

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 05, 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.....

25. Pranawan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 26, 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 is Vpranawan@yahoo.com plzplzplzplzplzplzplz send .me.plzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplpz​lpzlpzlpzlpzlpzlpzlplpzlpzlpzlplzlpzlplz.

26. peegee15

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

very cool phone!

27. evansngothi

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 2016

My God !!!forget about this phone. I had one for 4 months now, it says it in an airplane mode, and will not make calls and not even Sony support can fix it! They even say they can't have it for a checkup. Its just a SCAM!!!! don't buy this crap.
Xperia T2 Ultra
  • Display 6.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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