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Sony Xperia T review

Sony's latest flagship handset struggled to excite us despite its great camera and gorgeous screen
Thu Sep 27 2012, 16:46

Product Sony Xperia T
Website Sony Xperia T
Specifications Dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 4.55in 720x1280 HD touchscreen, 13MP rear-facing camera, HD 1080p video, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), GSM/HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, microUSB, 1,850mAh battery, 129x67x9.4mm, 139g
Price £450 SIM free


THE SONY XPERIA T doesn't look all that special, but in fact it is the official phone of this year's James Bond movie. With such a big title come big expectations, and it certainly manages to impress on paper, featuring a large HD screen, a 13MP camera and a dual-core Snapdragon processor. However, with its boring design and awkward angles, we're not sure Mr Bond is going to be all that impressed.

Design and build
We don't like to start our reviews off on a bad note, but we can't help but think that the design of the Sony Xperia T is uninspiring, especially when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. While we're a fan of the handset's tough rubberised plastic backing, we think that the matte black finish is a little dull, and we can't see this phone standing out from the crowd on store shelves or being quite flashy enough for James Bond.

Sony Xperia T design

We found the Xperia T quite difficult to hold too, no doubt thanks to its bulky dimensions of 129x57x9.4mm and angular shape. Saying that, the rubberised backing does feel nice to hold in the hand, even if the cheaper plastic sides do feel a little creaky when clasped tightly. Another slight issue we spotted is that our finger naturally rests against the camera sensor on the rear of the handset, which could make for some fuzzy images.

Screen
As with most Xperia phones, Sony claims the Xperia T's standout feature is its 4.6in LCD HD touchscreen, which comes with Sony's Bravia technology. Although we weren't overwhelmed on first impressions, the display truly shone when we cranked up its brightness. Thanks to its 1280x720 resolution and 323ppi pixel density, the display is about as crisp as smartphone displays get, and we were unable to spot individual pixels.

Sony Xperia T screen

Outdoor visibility is great too, especially compared to the Iphone, again thanks to Sony's Bravia technology. However, even that couldn't save the phone's viewing angles, which proved disappointing during our hands-on testing.

 

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