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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

Sony Xperia T review

Contacts

Managing contacts on the Sony Xperia T is a relatively easy affair thanks to the same smart options we see on all premium smartphones.

You can add selected contacts to your favourite list or organise them into groups.

For individuality you can also assign different ringtones to different people.

There's limited social network integration.

Although you can import from Facebook or Google+ to see additional information such as birthdays, this isn't really handled as well as other phones such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

It would have been nice for the Xperia T to display a profile picture on the contact card, for example.

Calling

Sony Xperia T review

The dial pad icon is located on the bottom right corner of the home screen (although it can be placed anywhere) and the Sony Xperia T features smart dialling.

When you enter a number, you are given the option to also send that person a text message or email, offering a quick alternate route if you decide you don't want to speak to them after all.

To add a contact, you tap a small icon at the bottom-centre of the screen. The Xperia T gives you plenty of options for information including the aforementioned ringtone as well as adding a nickname.

If you're particularly popular and have a large contact list, you can search by tapping the magnifying glass on the bottom left of the screen, or filter using a variety of options.

If you're a WhatsApp user, then the contact card will automatically display the option to send a WhatsApp message instead of a traditional SMS.

The Sony Xperia T handled calls well, as we would expect. Although the volume won't go amazingly high, we found call clarity to be good and didn't experience any dropped calls.

During a phone call, you can switch to speakerphone (which sounded good when we tried it) and drop the call screen away, leaving you free to navigate the phones interface. This isn't a revolutionary feature but is quite handy if you want to look something up without cutting off the call.

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
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Holding, Call Waiting, Call Timer, Caller ID, Conference Call
Pixel Density323 ppi
Height129.4 mm
Width67.3 mm
Depth9.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
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

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