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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

Messaging on the Sony Xperia T follows a pretty conventional path and anyone used to either Android or a smartphone in general will be able to get the hang of it pretty quickly.

Like the dial pad icon, the message icon starts off as one of the four shortcuts anchored to the screen.

It'll show up no matter which of the five home screens you're currently viewing – perfect for some fast messanging action.

Like any other app it can be long-pressed and placed anywhere you want.

Once you're into the message hub it will display all your texts with the most recent appearing at the top of the list.

It works like a conversation, displaying both received and sent messages with the most recent action (sent or received) placing that conversation at the top.

If you long-press on a message you can delete that specific message while long pressing on the entire conversation in the message hub screen will enable you to delete the entire thread.

Composing a message is very easy and we found the Xperia T's on-screen keyboard to be up to the task.

Sony Xperia T review

If you prefer a different style of keyboard though, there are plenty available to download from the Google Play store.

Again, haptic feedback is pretty noticeable here so if you're not a fan be sure to turn it off before hammering out a message.

Although the screen on the Xperia T isn't as big as other phones (or phablets) we've seen the keyboard doesn't feel cramped.

If you turn the phone landscape the accelerometer picks up on it (although not as quickly as it could) and switches the keyboard accordingly. You're given much more space in landscape mode and this makes it easier to type at speed.

When tapping out a message, there's the option of adding a file as well as sharing a picture or a note. These are all represented underneath the message box by the relevant shortcut tiles.

If you receive a message (or Facebook update) a small blue light on the front of the screen will blink accordingly.

It will turn green if you receive an email and means you can see at a glance whether you have any new messages. This is a small but handy feature and should really be a standard fare on all smartphones.

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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