Our Sony Xperia T review
While the Xperia Z with it's 5 inch screen is Sony's flagship android smartphone, the midrange Sony Xperia T isn't far behind. It takes it's design cues from the smaller Xperia J with an unusual concave curved rear panel similar to the Sony Ericsson Arc range, and edge to edge scratch resistant glass on the front. It's a smart uncluttered design just 9.4mm in depth, and it's the phone that will be James Bond's choice of handset in the fabulous Skyfall movie. It doesn't get much cooler than that.
Solidly built handset
It's a solid feeling handset with excellent build quality. It is a one-piece unit with a non-removable battery cover, matt coated for easy grip. This usually means no support for memory cards but the Sony Xperia T does have a MicroSD slot under a cover on the side which accepts memory cards up to 32GB to compliment the 16GB inbuilt memory. The 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor is very quick; in fact this new processor is as fast as most quad core processors currently available.
Superb 4.6 inch screen
The huge 4.6 inch HD screen is truly magnificent, featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which uses Bravia Engine technology taken from Sony's range of televisions. Thanks to a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch images and text are crystal clear and sharp, colours are radiant while blacks are an intense black while your 1080p full HD videos render very smoothly. One particular feature we like is the fact that the 3 standard android buttons, Home, Back and Menu, have been incorporated into the display and disappear completely when the screen is off.
13 megapixel well specified camera
It is perfect for showing off your photos and videos and the 13 megapixel camera's Sony Exmor R sensor is amazing. Photos look bright even if the weather isn't, and even indoors the camera takes better shots than many compact cameras. The LED flash particularly impresses, we're used to a little glare form a phone camera's light but not here. Video is recorded in full HD 1080p and even the front facing camera records 720p HD video. Sony also include a dedicated metal camera shutter button on the Xperia T too, which you can also use to set focus as you would on a compact camera. Brilliant. Auto focus, image stabilisation and geotagging is standard fare of course.
Streaming music service free 30 day trial
Sony thankfully do not tweak the android interface to death but add a few useful touches including Timescape, which groups all your messages together from Facebook, Twitter, email and messaging together and it is highly customisable. Music Unlimited is included with a 30 day free trial of their streaming music service, alongside Video Unlimited, a portal from where you can buy or rent movies. Sony also include their latest rendition of their fantastic Walkman player and sound is truly excellent with a number of sound enhancement features, equalizer, album artwork and TrackID which identifies tracks when you don't know the title or artist. The included* stereo headset is also superb.
Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth is all here
The Sony Xperia T comes with a comprehensive connectivity suite with a USB socket which is also used to charge the phone and connect a HDMI device such as a Bravia TV. Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth are present and correct as is assisted GPS. NFC is also present for contactless payments but Sony have produced Smart Tags, which look like dog tags but can be used with the NFC function to perform certain tasks which you can pre-program. For example, you can turn the sound off and set the alarm when you put your phone at the side of the bed at night simply by touching a Smart Tag against the phone's NFC aerial, which is on the back. It's an innovative use of a feature that would otherwise probably never be used by most people.
You might have worked out by now that we like the Sony Xperia T. We like it a lot. Fit for James Bond? We think so! It's a phone you would definitely be proud to own, with excellent performance and overall quality, with the screen, camera and sound all excelling. If you have the choice from your chosen network go for the black-backed one as the silver back panelled Xperia T looks a little lower grade but that niggle aside we can't really find anything bad to say about this superb Sony smartphone.
* Check with your chosen network for included accessories as these may vary.
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