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
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: The Sony Xperia T is one of the very best smartphones out there for multimedia. Its HD screen is huge and absolutely gorgeous, with wide viewing angles and bright colours: it also takes up most of the entire front face of the phone as Sony’s sensibly worked the Android navigation buttons into the display, as Samsung did with the hit Galaxy Nexus phone. Its 13 megapixel camera is no slouch either, and while it may not hold up quite as well in low light as the snapper o...
Cons: While the Sony Xperia T sports one of the absolute finest displays you can find anywhere on the planet right now, it’s let down by a rather uninspiring casing otherwise: the 9.4mm profile is rather chunky (particularly disappointing when the battery doesn’t last quite as long as rivals) and the matte finish picks up fingerprints like a crime scene investigator. And like the Xperia S before it, leaves you with the impression that you’re holding an unfinished prototype....
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
Excerpt: Featured as James Bond’s phone in the movie Skyfall, the Sony Xperia T is a top tier smartphone powered by a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4.6 inch HD display, 13 megapixel camera, 1024 of RAM, and 16GB of onboard memory - expandable to 32GB via microSD. The 1280x720 HD screen was well-received by most reviewers, who found it’s 323 ppi pixel density produced excellent video, text and images.
Pros: Good display, Lots of storage, Excellent camera
Cons: Battery performance, Too many pre-installed apps, Too similar to predecessor
Conclusion: There's a lot that the Sony Xperia T does right. The display is impressive and once you get used to bumping the brightness back and forth, you'll appreciate the sharp details it produces and the nice balance of colours. There are plenty of nice touches in the customisation that Sony bring to the Xperia T too, like the small apps and the quick pinch reorganisation of albums.
Pros: Display mostly great, powerful enough, affordable, microSD card slot, some nice tweaks from Sony
Cons: The design is a bit on the chunky side, positioning of buttons is irritating, battery isn't great, UI could be tidier
Summary: Sony hasn't blown us away with its smartphones this year. The Sony Xperia T – also known as the new Bond Phone – is its new Android phone, pitched at the top end of the market. Read our Sony Xperia T review to find out if it’s a double-oh or double-zero.