Sony Xperia T, also known as 'The Bond Phone' (video)
30 June 2013
Summary: Like James Bond himself, the Xperia T is cool, unique, and easy on the eye. But, while I appreciated the simplicity of this high-spec handset, there were some slightly frustrating aspects that left me somewhat on the fence.
Conclusion: I think that until the phone receives its Jelly bean update, people may be put off but I say that because jelly bean has been promised to the phone that people should definitely consider this phone an option when looking for a new smartphone because it is at the moment at least the best mid range phone on the market in my opinion.
Sony Xperia T vs Xperia V review: same cover, different phone
10 January 2013
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia T has been out for while, and now the similarly priced Xperia V has been added to the line-up. When you first look at them you wouldn't be faulted for thinking they're about the same phone. Closer examination reveals that there are some significant differences, however, so Hardware.Info put both phones side-by-side to find out how they compare.
Conclusion: It was so close to being an across the board contender, but short of the final round the Sony Xperia T ran out of juice. Nothing can take away from the fact that the T is a beautifully designed amalgam of the Xperia S and Xperia arc with some soft touch thrown in for good measure. It also offers a great screen, charming user interface and a very good camera as well as a class leading multimedia experience.
Pros: Beautifully designed, Great screen, Good camera
Summary: The Sony Xperia T is a solid effort from Sony â€“ it has a good screen and camera but lacks the excitement we expected from a 'Bond Phone'. Our sample didnâ€™t even include the Bond wallpaper used in the phoneâ€™s marketing. In short the handset doesn't seem very alluring when compared with its competition. Weâ€™re not saying the Skyfallâ€™s awful and it is cheaper than other brandsâ€™ flagship phones. But on value alone the Nexus 4 now out-does the lot at Â£239.
Summary: Sony’s always left us with the impression that it’s playing catch up with its rivals in mobile, and while the Sony Xperia T is a perfectly decent device, it’s lacking the little flourishes and bleeding edge bits and bobs that really make it stand out. And in a world where the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 exist, that’s not quite enough. If you’re a Sony fan, you’ll be right at home, but otherwise it pays to look elsewhere.
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia T is by all means an impressive phone. The dual-core Krait does a great job of competing with many other flagships not only on its home turf, but in the quad-core arena as well. Add to that a display that pushes out an impressive amount of pixels without issue, and a streamlined Android ICS interface that introduces some nifty features and optimizations not offered by other OEMs, you have a package that is very well put together.
Pros: Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with 42.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 4.55" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of 720p resolution (720 x 1280 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; Scratch-resistant glass, Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A chipset, 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, Multi Angle shot, 1080p video recording @ 30fps with cont...
Cons: Display has sub-par viewing angles for a flagship, Slightly thicker than main rivals, Relatively modest battery, JellyBean update not available at launch, Poor loudspeaker performance, Video recording could be better
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia T doesn’t offer groundbreaking features compared to the other flagships out there, but it is a pretty compelling package nonetheless. The sturdy arched design will appeal to many, and the 13MP camera will let you capture those impromptu moments on the fly because of the dedicated shutter key. There are no major gripes with the handset either – it is zippy, with expandable storage and easy to access card slots.
Pros: Fast camera with dedicated shutter key, Sturdy design with very easy card slots access, Strong and clean loudspeaker, Helpful Smart App pop-ups
Cons: Bad screen reflectance and viewing angles, Call quality should be better, Volume rocker is placed uncomfortably, LED notification light is too small
Summary: This time around Sony managed to keep up with the rest of the market and came up with a phone that has all the features its competitors have or at least how it looks on paper. The screen for example is supposed to be very good, but in real life leaves much to be desired in every performance aspect. The same holds true for the camera, but at least we can hope that its shortcomings will be improved until the phone is released on the market.