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There’s been lots of excitement about the latest addition to the Xperia family for ages,and last month we were lucky enough to grab a brief hands-on with said handset, the Sony Xperia T.
With massive multimedia capabilities and a suped-up screen the Xperia T looked
pretty darn good at first glance, but will the new Sony flagship have what it takes to tee off an era of dominance in the mobile market?
The first thing you’ll notice about the Xperia T is the familiar Sony design elements,borrowing heavily from the Xperia Arc S in terms of curves and edges. The rear has that nice ergonomic bend to it synonymous with the aforementioned device whilst the sides are smooth and sleek. Unfortunately it also follows Sony’s irksome trend of placing all three tactile buttons on the same side, but they’re fairly easy to distinguish and won’t cause you too much trouble. An expansive 4.6-inch display dominates the front of device and this sits nicely amongst all those lovely the tapered edges. Whilst some might feel the lip around the screen is a bit unsightly, it means that the screen does use every spare millimetre of the front facia, something that shows consideration and thought.
However ,we are a little bit dubious about the matte-black coating and
whether it’ll stand up against the rigours of the modern pocket. The smooth finish could well turn into a scratch-fest, a shame considering it looks pretty cool.
The Xperia T runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, a pleasing step up compared to the Gingerbread-toting Xperia S. Like its predecessor the interface is tidy if not a little basic, and runs smoothly thanks to the power of a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
Besides the OS upgrade very little seems to have changed and the popular Timescape function,a tidy place to store your social feeds and contacts, remains along with a host of customisable widgets such as weather and Books available at a tap’s notice. Such familiarity will no doubt thrill existing Sony fans, but may leave newcomers a little disappointed.
It’s not until you get to multimedia that the Xperia T really finds its stride. A hefty
13MP camera is capable of taking some ace images, as well as boasting unprecedented
manual ISO and exposure settings. Whilst you’re unlikely to get the level of customisation
that you would from an SLR, for a phone it’s a really great touch.
But when it comes to movie playback Sony really has it down to a tee, and this Xperia is no
exception. Thanks to the 4.6-inch HD display offering and with the assistance of the Mobile
Bravia Engine, videos will blow you away. Whether its watching something you’ve captured
with the 1080p video recorder or enjoying a movie, there’s no way you can be disappointed
with the clear visuals and intense detail.
Audio playback also gets an upgrade thanks to what Sony calls “soul-shaking clarity”.
With the Walkman feature back in the game users can customise their sound experience with a series of enhancements that can also be enjoyed through headphones. It even comes with an equalizer so you can set your own audio preferences, so you get your music sounding how you want it.
If you’re a bit of a gamer you’re going to be very well looked after with the Xperia T. As the device is Playstation Certified,this means that all manner of top recognisable PlayStation titles are available.
Sony’s Smart Tags, first making an appearance with the Xperia S, will also feature heavily and allow users to set pre-existing rules for integration with peripherals.
When it comes down to it ,the Xperia T is a solid if slightly unspectacular addition to the Sony range. With impressive multimedia capabilities and a wow-inducing display, it makes bold threats on the existing smartphone pack but fails to fully execute them thanks to some slight niggles over the design and ingenuity of the device. But, if you’re a Sony fan and are after an upgrade, you really can’t go wrong with a smartphone that makes multimedia its special-tee.
I bought this phone after losing my previous Sony Xperia M as I really loved that phone. I was somewhat disappointed by this model. Its a good size in my opinion and I suppose it does what most people want a mobile phone to do but its nothing special. Its not very good for browsing the internet or checking emails. The camera is good enough though I prefer cameras that take instant pictures rather than having to wait a few seconds from click to the photo being taken. this phone is not particularly stylish compared to a lot of the new phones out at the moment its a bit of a funny shape. I don't think that the sound is very good quality when playing back videos and its not the right size phone to watch videos on anyway. Its a compact pocket size phone not brilliant for apps or games or anything like that. The touchscreen on mine is very annoying. It has little frenzy moments when you have to turn it off and on again to get the touchscreen to work but that may not apply to all of the phones that may just be a fault with mine. Also when in the middle of a phone call it tends to open up all sorts of programmes and cut off the person that i'm talking to and then takes a long time to sort itself out. Its ok for texting, pretty standard. All in all I think this phone is quite low in the rankings compared to most on the market these days. Shame because a lot of the Xperia models I have found to be brilliant.
Hi I though I'd write about my experience with this phone, so here it go's. The first time I held my phone I was a little hesitant about the size but I slowly got used to it, I did however find that prolonged use and holding this divice with one hand really can cause some muscle discomfort. It's quite easy to use and has everything you could need on a hand-held device. I have noted it to be glichy at times, don't know if this is due to the fact that my phone has some falts. It comes with inbuilt space but also has the capability to use your own micro sd card (the iPhones can not take micro sd card). It runs on one of the latest android system and the apps are amazing compared to the outdated android systems play store. You have a lot more freedom in what you can download and how your phone runs. The camera is really good, have captured some really epic pictures with this phone. Sharing and using social apps are so easy. In general; it's a phone pretty much can do what all the other latest phones can do, it's size annoys me just that tad to big but at least it makes phone calls and I can text. Personally I wouldn't buy it at its retail price, get it cheeper because Sony like to keep releasing phone after phone, it would be so stupid to by a phone that's works just fine to then replace with the latest new model a month later. Sony's phones do not keep there value well. I hope this helps a bit :
I had been on the lookout for a new Mobile Phone for a few months and after looking around at various deals and reviews I opted to go for something a bit more update having previously looked at the Sony Ericsson Satio I decided to opt for a contract deal for a Sony Xperia T. Initially I looked at the Xperia S then opted for the T after comparing the two phones. The previous phone I had was the Sony Ericsson C903 which I purchased on ebay in February 2011 and I usually get a new phone every two years or so. It was a decent pre smartphone but I wanted an android phone which featured a better camera than the 5mp which the C903 had, This was the initial reason why I was thinking about the Satio but that was Symbian which I wasn't sure about despite not having the venom with which some have had for the operating system.
**Sony Xperia T**
I found several deals online, I would have liked to have bought the phone on an unlocked deal but couldn't afford to spend anywhere near £400 at this time so I opted for a contract deal with my current Broadband and Phone provider TalkTalk. The phone is also known as LT30p and is the Official Bond Phone after it's advertising with the recent Skyfall movie. The phone is the top model within the new Sony Xperia series which follows on from the excellent Xperia series when they were Sony Ericsson before Sony went alone with these new phones. The phone was released in September 2012 and features a flagship 13MP Camera which is very highly regarded indeed. The phone is sleek and stylish looking and has a terrific range of features and specifications which are two parts that make the phone so desirable.
This is one of the Superb parts of the Phone. It's video performance is absolutely terrific and the picture quality is stunning for a Mobile Phone. It's excellent with things like BBC Iplayer and IMBD. The touch part of the screen is well designed which makes for a simple to use Phone which allows you to flick through several pages with ease so you can view various apps and content quickly and without a glitch. The 4.55" LCD screen benefits from a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Websites and pictures look great on this screen too. It's one of the best screens on a mobile phone I have ever seen and will certainly appeal to those who like to view videos on their phone as well as flick through their photos etc. Like any touchscreen you can get finger marks but the Phone comes with a small cloth which gets rid of any marks.
The Sony Xperia T runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich but Sony are apparently promising an update to Jelly Bean in the near future but the Ice Cream Sandwich version is more than adequate and after an hour or two learning your way around the phone you will be pretty settled. As it's an up to date Phone you will find all the apps will work. You can browse the Google Play store for all sorts of apps which are easily downloaded in a pretty short time. I have yet to experience any trouble with the operating system which is a bonus on some already promising attributes that this phone features. You can move the apps around the phone so you can have the more important apps to you on the main menu as opposed to scrolling through, You simply drag your finger over the app you want to move then take it where you want to. All the Menus are easy to use and scroll through to change options etc. The Internet is easy to use here and you can browse and view websites on the mobile version of google chrome.
This is another area where the Phone really impresses, It's sound is superb. I really noticed a difference when I replaced the free in ears with my excellent AKG K450 Headphones and the phone needs something of that ability to really show you what it can do, A much wanted addition is the Standard 3.5 mm audio jack which replaces the old adapter which Sony Ericsson phones had. Bass is big and taut and the vocals and other instruments are dealt with in just the same excellent way. It's worth upgrading to a Spotify Premium account with this Phone which I will do soon and the in built 16GB hard drive is a decent amount of space to allow you to have thousands of tracks on there at excellent quality and you can also have a microSD card slot. I have only had the phone for about 6 weeks but have already used it for Music many times and it's a big improvement on my Philips MP3 Player which I thought was fairly good. The walkman like look of the Phone when playing Music is pretty much like an MP3 Player which shows album art and track details etc.
Mobile Technology has become much finer in this area over the last few years and I noticed a big difference between this one and the old one. The phone is superbly clear for making and receiving calls. I was very impressed when I first made a call on this Phone as it was very clear on both sides of the call. The Phone will give around 7-8 hours talk time for battery life. You have masses and masses of space in the calling directory which allows you to combine phone contacts as well as online contacts for things like googlemail and hotmail. It's easy to use the video calling facility too and that obviously works best when you are speaking with someone who is also using their video calling facility. You can use Skype with this option too and also take photos with this camera. You can use voice dialing too.
This is another terrific part of the Phone. There is a fantastic 13MP Camera on the back of the Phone which allows you to take quick and excellent quality photos as well as record video in very good quality indeed. I haven't taken too many photos with the Phone yet as I haven't been to a gig or Match with the Phone yet but the Pictures I have taken have been of very good quality indeed. As you would expect, you can browse your photos easily on the Phone and can easily send your photos to facebook, twitter and other social networking sites as well as in photo messages. Sony had an excellent reputation with Ericsson for Camera Phones and they've done it again on their own as they take their well known CyberShot technology from their digital cameras. The phone also has a fairly decent 1.3 MP front-facing camera which allows you to use it for video calls.
You can connect to all kinds of devices with this Mobile Phone, You can purchase a dock which allows you to connect the Phone to your TV to watch movies and content from your Mobile. There's the usual WIFI connectivity which works like a dream here with an easy to use wizard which finds all the available wifi connections in the immediate area. You can have your social network accounts linked to your Phone so you can receive notifications from Facebook and Twitter as well as your email accounts. This is a great tool which all the best smartphones do well. There is a mini usb port which allows you to connect the phone to your Computer to perform updates as well as upload and remove content like Movies and Music as well as backing up your contacts and of course import your contacts from your old Phone if it is compatible with the software.
This is an absolutely terrific Mobile Phone which is top notch in many areas, Fine video and Music performance is joined by a terrific camera and an easy to use operating system which benefits from a fanastic and speedy Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A chipset. I searched around for a new Phone which had the features I wanted and I am very happy that I chose this one as it's an excellent smartphone which is set up for the next two years really and perhaps beyond. I may choose to unlock the phone at the end of my contract and use a new micro sim instead of getting another contract just then. If you are looking for a new phone you could do a lot worse than check this out. It's fantastic. The only slight downside that some might pick up on is the lack of a removable cover for the battery so you can't replace the in built battery but that shouldn't be an issue if used properly and at least not until far down the line. All in all this is a real rival to the Iphone and other top rivals.