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Sony Xperia T review

New top-end phone enters the fray at Sony

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 13 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 720
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Quick capture on camera
  • Great screen
  • PlayStation Certified
  • MicroSD
  • James Bond has one

Against

  • Only 16GB internal storage
  • No Android Jelly Bean
  • Mediocre battery performance
  • Similar to earlier model

Since throwing off the shackles of the Ericcsson partnership, Sony has forged ahead with its Xperia brand – producing some good looking handsets equipped with enough features to rival the best smartphones.

The Sony Xperia T takes over from the Sony Xperia S as the Japanese company's new flagship device. It runs now runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is a big update, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, backed by 1GB of RAM.

The 4.6-inch display uses Sony's Bravia TV technology and on the back of the handset you'll find the 13MP camera – one of this phone's best features.

Sony Xperia T review

There's also NFC, something noticeably missing from Apple's iPhone 5, and Sony incorporates it better than most other smartphone manufacturers.

You can pick up the Sony Xperia Tags (more on them later) or the Sony NFC speaker and use this developing technology to do a range of neat things.

Sony Xperia T review

The Sony Xperia T wasn't cheap when it launched thanks to be a flagship device ,but the asking price was still relatively modest compared to the likes of the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3.

But the good news is that price is coming right down now: you can pick it up for around £299 on PAYG on some networks, which makes it a much more palatable offer for a phone that's just only over half a year old. And James Bond had it - which you may have worked out.

Sony Xperia T review

Judging the appearance of a phone is ultimately a subjective matter, but we feel you'd be a cynic to call the Xperia T unattractive.

The black glossy front is reminiscent of other Sony gadgets such as the PS Vita, and the silver, brushed metal back offers grip as well.

Sony Xperia T review

You can also pick the Xperia T up with a black or white back panel – with the black easily topping our list in terms of looks.

The Xperia T sheds the bulk of the earlier Xperia S and reverts to the sculpted, concave chassis we previously saw on the likes of the Sony Ericsson Arc S.

Sony Xperia T review

The handset is a slim 9.4mm thick and weighs only 139g, enough to slip into a slim pair of jeans or the inner-jacket pocket without worrying about an unsightly bulge.

Obviously Sony is keen to flaunt the looks of the Xperia T and the Japanese company has been shouting from the proverbial rooftops that the phone will be 007's choice in the upcoming movie Skyfall.

Sony Xperia T review

Yeah, OK, we know it's a cheap marketing ploy, but c'mon – it's pretty cool to be rocking James Bond's phone.

The build quality is very accomplished – unlike the Sony Xperia S the Xperia T has a non-removable back, keeping it slimmer and svelter but meaning you can't replace the battery. This is something that might irritate some of the power users out there.

Sony Xperia T review

The SIM and microSD card are both loaded into the phone via a slot-loading system hidden behind a dust cover on the right hand side of the handset.

There's a tiny groove to flick the cover out and it feels reasonably solid, which is good to know if you're frequently swapping between microSDs. Sony has given you 16GB of native storage but with the microSD card functionality you can add up to an additional 32GB.

Sony Xperia T review

Next to the SIM and microSD slot are the only physical buttons on the handset: The power button, camera shutter button and the volume rocker, which can also be used to zoom the camera in and out.

The Micro USB charging port meanwhile is on the left hand side of the phone (unlike the Xperia S, it doesn't feature a dust cover) and the top of the phone is reserved for the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Sony Xperia T review

Certainly on paper, the Xperia T has plenty of power, features and value to make it a worthwhile choice. It also looks the part with a sleek, well-built chassis and is both light and thin in the hand.

If you're looking for your first smartphone then this would no doubt be an excellent choice. But if you've already got a top-tier smartphone from either this or last year, there might not be enough here to warrant a change.

Sony Xperia T review

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
SAR Value0.85 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia T
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution13 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Screen Size11.6 cm (4.6")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)139 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density323 ppi
Height129.4 mm
Width67.3 mm
Depth9.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time450 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXperia T Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia T
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Orientation Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1265-8787
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Capture

Save the moment with an HD phone

A first-class kick into goal. A golden sunset worth more than the plane ticket. Video chats so crisp the miles between you disappear. The 13 MP HD camera from Sony with full 1080p HD video recording captures it all in stunning detail. And since the most unforgettable moments are often unexpected, you'll be glad the fast capture camera goes from sleep to snap in just over a second.

Remember

Re-play it in vivid detail

Need an instant re-play to settle the score, or just feeling nostalgic? Flip through your personalised photo album - with the "Album" app you easily sort, browse and share your photos and videos. Choose your most recent HD video or browse the globe to find the pictures you took in Spain. Who's that in the background? Zoom in super-fast to see. Re-live it all on the 4.6" touchscreen with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine. Your videos and pictures are crisp in every detail with no jagged edges or blurry faces.