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Review of the Sony Xperia T Android Smartphone

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In the new James Bond film Skyfall 007 uses the Sony Xperia T as his phone – and we have also been using one, and here is our review.

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Nothing less than the best will do for a secret agent on a mission. And Xperia T has the best of everything in HD. Capture life’s most thrilling moments in crisp detail, then re-live them in full HD – on your “Bond Phone” or the big screen. Powered by the latest Android software, Xperia T has a Sony-quality camera, the latest in connectivity, and a slim arc design that’s worthy of James Bond himself.

Specifications

Specs

What’s in the Box

The box contains the phone, a cable and plug, earphones and some paperwork.

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A Closer Look

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The micro-SIM slot and microSD slot are easily accessible on the side of the handset by lifting up a flap.

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Using the Xperia T

Here are a number of screenshots of the phone in action:

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Final Thoughts

So the Sony Xperia T is the Bond Phone, and 007 uses it in Skyfall. Interestingly he just uses it as a phone – it doesn’t shoot lasers, hack computers, or anything that your phone doesn’t do.

The Xperia T looks very nice with its all over black shell and all glass front. The screen itself is very clear and very sharp, and touching the screen was very responsive. Although I would say that fingerprints and smears show up rather a lot (just take a look at the picture above to see exactly what I mean).

One of features of the Xperia T is the arc design. What this means in practice is that the phone sits comfortably in your hand – and it does feel comfortable. Even after prolonged use it still felt comfortable. Part of this is also because the phone is rather slim and light.

Battery life was fairly good too – not the best we have ever seen, but depending on what you are using the phone for and what you have running you can just about get a full day’s use out of it, so consider turning things off you don’t need. The back isn’t removable and so there is no way to replace the battery or carry a spare.

The camera on the phone is very good quality too, and there is even a quick swipe option when the phone is locked so that you can go quickly into the camera mode and try not to miss whatever you want to take a picture of. The volume button on the side of the phone also doubles as a zoom on the camera, and it works rather well.

One disappointing thing is that the phone isn’t running Jelly Bean. Hopefully this is something Sony will address in the near future. Personally I am not a massive fan of Android but the phone works and the features are all there.

If you don’t feel that the built in 16GB storage is enough, and lets be honest, it probably isn’t going to be enough, you can use the microSD slot and add up to 32GB of additional storage.

The phone also supports NFC, however I didn’t have the opportunity to fully test this, but its a feature that will be coming with most new phones.

If you are into gaming, the Xperia T is PlayStation Certified so you can play titles from the PlayStation store, and with the excellent screen gaming is a lot of fun – just remember your battery though!

Overall the Xperia T is a good Android smartphone and if you don’t have a recent phone I can see a lot of people upgrading to it,just hurry up and bring Jelly Bean to it please Sony!

The Sony Xperia T is available for £30 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges or £34 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on The One Plan.

The smartphone is also available on Pay As You Go for £399.99 plus a top-up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to All-You-Can-Eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and All-You-Can-Eat data for a 30-day period.

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Thank you to Three for the loan of the Xperia T and also for the SIM card and minutes!

Learn more from the Sony website

Andrew Edneyhttps://moviesgamesandtech.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This phone is so sexy. I got it yesterday and it’s absolutely sensational. It’s new
    s4 dual-core processors have been out performing quad-core phones in benchmark tests. Sony were smart enough to realise android and 99% of apparent optimised for quad-core so they have saved you money but still giving you a class performance.
    That playstation store is brilliant too. I’ve hooked it up to my the tv via hdmi and dunes up a ps3 game pad via wireless. It’s the ultimate gaming phone!
    I love the FIX (facebook inside Xperia) integration too. it makes the mobile experience so good. It’s been done very well.
    The camera is in a class of its own too. It’s the only camera to rival (though probably lose) to the Nokia pureview cameras. it’s got 3d photo taking, so many features, a big lenses, the exmor r sensor and a choice of 13 or 10 megapixel shots with an actual photo button.

    I am also glad they avoided AMOLED screens too. I hate all the unnatural, vivid and radioactive colours of the s3. The Bravia engine doesn’t get enough credit for being down to earth, realistic and natural rather than flashy and over compensated!
    Finally, the price means you can fork out for a 32-64gb microsim card and still have £100 left over.
    It’s a shame it came out a bit late. If this was released the same time as the Xperia s I think we would be seeing the new
    champion phone.

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