Sony Xperia T – The “James Bond Phone” test

Mar

20

2013

Sony Xperia T – The “James Bond Phone” test

Currently, with respect to Android – smartphone from Sony, the Xperia Z course the big issue. The new Sony flagship looks so good too, but not everyone likes such “Klopper” with giant screen, many a longing perhaps after a small number. If then a good camera and – a rarity these days – a hardware camera button on the personal wish list are, also make Sony’s design ideas to your own taste, you should to take a look at the former flagship of Sony, the has been extensively tested.
Sony Xperia T – The “James Bond Phone” test

If I have to choose for James Bond a smartphone, it would have been more of a Motorola Razr HD, as the Sony Xperia T. But you know, 007 has chosen the last Sony flagship and so incongruous is not the point. As well as the latest James Bond has the Sony Xperia T. Quite a few rough edges in comparison to its predecessor, What are exactly you can find out in our review over the previous year’s Sony flagship.

Hardware, design and workmanship

The Sony Xperia T has a fairly unconventional and unusual design. In comparison to the right of the last rectilinear shapes Xperia models and current flagship, the housing of the “James Bond Phone” especially from curves, bends and corners. Larger flat areas – apart from the display – you look at the smartphone in vain. Visually, the device is definitely a looker, even if the design is not pleasing to them.

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On the left side of the phone, a micro-USB port is for charging and for data exchange with a PC, the top right of the headphone input and on the right side on / off switch, volume rocker, a hardware camera button and a flap behind which micro-SD and micro-SIM-card slot hide. Even though this does not cover the most stable – it is firmly seated in its holder and serves its purpose without giving rise to criticism.

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On the front at the top, just to the right of the earpiece, the front camera and left of a notification LED, which makes it very unobtrusive attention to emails, text messages, missed calls and more. Between telephony speaker and notification LED are the typical sensors for controlling the display brightness and turn off the display when the phone is held to the ear.

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Not only the design of the Xperia T is idiosyncratic. The position chosen by Sony for the hardware buttons on your phone, acting stable and solid and all have a good pressure point The camera button at the bottom right is still in the “standard” position, the above volume rocker and directly above then the on / off (about the middle of the unit) are, however, quite unusual. Holding the T Xperia primarily with the right hand, the position of the buttons is actually not “so stupid”, you hold the phone, especially in the left hand, you have to adjust once on the new circumstances. With the position of Laustärkewippe I (as “left bracket”) not to be friends now so really, with the on / off switch “middle layer” I am now quite well understood. If you use the Sony Xperia T but in landscape mode as “Knippse”, is the position of the hardware buttons, especially the volume rocker, but quite useful: I have to use this when shooting a zoom lever, this is so next the trigger and allows convenient pick up objects.

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The back of the Xperia T – which can not take off the way, the 1850 mAh battery is firmly installed – consists of black, slightly roughened plastic. Centered above the 13-megapixel camera, directly below the LED flash and the bottom is on the device, just below the Sony logo, the speaker of the Xperia T that offers decent volume and sound quality. Although the Sony Xperia T has a rather unusual shape, the 4.55-inch smartphone, with its weight of 139 grams very comfortable in the hand, including the slightly rough plastic back does her part. Even-handed operation of the smartphone is still quite good of (or from) the hand, though of course not as good as for devices with smaller display, such as the Huawei Ascend P1, which we tested recently.

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All in all, the Sony Xperia T a very well-made smartphone, at the housing and the hardware buttons, there are so far no criticisms. At most, the fact that plastic (even if it does not yield in this case, can not be depressed leaves and nowhere knarrzt) never works so good, such as Kevlar like the Motorola Razr HD or glass as in Nexus 4 and Sony’s new flagship, the Xperia Z, you can chalk up the Xperia T.

Specifications of the Sony Xperia T

CPU: 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8260 Krait-A)
GPU: Adreno 225
RAM: 1 GB
ROM: 16 gigabytes (13 available)
Display: 4.55 “touchscreen, scratch resistant TFT (1280 x 720 pixels)
Main camera: 13-megapixel camera with autofocus, 16x digital zoom, LED flash
Front Camera: 1.3 megapixel (720p)
Battery: 1850 mAh
OS: Android 4.1
Other data (Xperia T White Paper)

Memory

The 16 GB memory of the Sony Xperia T – one of which, in reality almost 13 gigabytes are available – are divided into telephone and internal memory, where the former is 1.97 and the second one 10.88 gigabytes. Larger apps are automatically placed in the larger internal memory, so it should not come as quickly to space problems. The memory of the Xperia T can still via microSD card to expand up to 32 GB. Apps and games, however, can not be outsourced to the external SD card, “only” photos, videos and music, for which there is an extra option in the memory settings.

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Display

The 4.55-inch display of the Sony Xperia T dissolves with 1280 x 720 pixels, providing a crystal clear image. If you have ever used a device with longer AMOLED display that will be, however, may at first glance from the display of the Xperia T disappointed. At second glance, the “Bond Phone” scores, however, by its very realistic – if also caused some sober acting – presentation of content, photos and videos.

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Somewhat confusing is the automatic brightness setting of the Xperia T, or what is to first of all it holds. Under “Settings” / “Display” / “Brightness” is “fit to lighting conditions” the option, however, does not correspond to the auto-brightness. What is “Fit to lighting conditions” exactly means is, I honestly not yet clear. If enabled, the display will dim a bit, but always proportional to the set brightness. One can therefore use this feature to increase the basic brightness of the display (brightness when off at the highest level, this option). The highest brightness level is quite good by the way, you can up your phone quite easily use in bright sunlight. Exactly what Sony has “Fit to lighting conditions” in the function intended, reveals itself to me not – a “real” auto brightness setting of the display does not have the Xperia T, you have to always manually adjust the brightness so the surroundings.

The touch sensitivity of the device is perfect and without fail, finger inputs are correctly identified and implemented quickly. When haptic feedback of Android buttons, which are located as on-screen software buttons at the bottom of the screen, Sony has very good job. It’s hard to put into words how nice the engine for the required vibration acts: it shakes not just “how stupid” under your fingers, but you almost feel that you press on a “soft key” when to use the Android keyboard or an on-screen keyboard with haptic feedback switched on.

However, there are to be reported with respect to the display even negative, if this criticism has, in my eyes also in limits: The viewing angle of the display are not perfect. If you turn your phone sideways, the colors fade a little, content on the display can be seen still. Of course, this is a criticism that should be mentioned, however, I see it quite calmly, to me personally, this is only noticed after I had read in another review it. Until that time I had the phone for almost two weeks already in the test itself, and I usually look at the front of the display, and not problems with the non-perfect viewing angles.

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Performance and Benchmarks

The 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 provides, in conjunction with a gigabyte of RAM for a very good performance, in which there is almost nothing to find fault. The whole system runs absolutely smoothly, apps launch quickly and it did not even occur during the test phase to any hangers or pause for thought. Only the home screen of the Sony Xperia T dims a little bit the good performance overall picture, however, this is “moaning at very high levels.” If you look close enough, you can perceive the changes of each home screens sometimes minimal micro stuttering, where this may also simply be attributed to the transition effect. The principle, very good performance of smartphones but of course this does not detract.

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This very good performance of the smartphone can of course also evident in measurable numbers – these are both the quadrant and the Vellamo benchmark the Sony Xperia T on the top of a Samsung Galaxy S3. But all other benchmarks confirm the smartphone a very good performance, and you realize the Xperia T in the use of even James Bond would certainly his joy at the work rate of the device.

Gaming Performance

The good performance of the Sony Xperia T is also reflected in gambling: Whether Shadowgun, Modern Combat, NOVA 3 or The Dark Knight Rises – the Sony Xperia T also run the latest and graphically demanding games easily and smoothly.

Benchmark Results

Nena Mark 2.4: 59.0 FPS
CF-Bench: 10042/7177/8323 (Native, Java, overalls)
Smartbench 2012: 3459/2965 (Productivity, Gaming Index)
AnTuTu v3.0.3: 11208
Vellamo: 594/1919 (Metal, HTML 5)
Quadrant: 5290
Epic Citadel: 47.5 FPS
Neocore: 59.8 FPS

Camera

Positive with respect to the camera, there is only once noted that these tend to be very fast starts, but also the hardware camera button, which allows the camera to start well (even if the phone in stand-by is) is a big selling point of the Xperia T.

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The user interface (the standard Android camera app has been completely replaced by a “self-made” by Sony) looks quite tidy. On the right side are a trigger for photo and video, directly below a “toggle switch” to switch to the front or main camera. A button on the left top you have access to the different camera modes (more on that later) of whom is the “flash menu” (“Automatic”, “fill”, “red eye correction” and “Off”) and including a shortcut that leads to the settings.

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The default camera mode is called “Superior Auto” and adjusts the camera settings to the current situation, which usually leads to proper results. Other available modes are “normal”, “image” effect (eg, fisheye, nostalgia and Kaleidoscope), “Scene Selection” (eg, landscape, party and sports) and “Sweep Panorama”. The popular 360-degree panorama (Photo-Sphere), actually one of the really cool features of Android 4.1 was the “Sony-censorship” to the victim.

In the camera mode can also switch between “front camera”, “video camera” and “Front Video,” which is really only necessary if you want to get the most appropriate settings for each option. Only when the corresponding camera mode is selected, you will find the settings shortcut (bottom left of the screen), then make the appropriate selections. The pure exchange between camera and front camera – and then between each photo and video – can be accomplished even on the above-described on-screen buttons in any mode out.

In the settings, you will find (depending on chosen which camera mode), among other configuration options for the self-timer, focus mode, the exposure, the ISO speed, white balance, the HDR mode, the (why there are actually still Smartphones that have this option?) Shutter and much more. List all the options for all camera modes is beyond the scope here definitely – there is probably almost nothing you within the camera app could not affect in one way or another way.

As for the quality of the shot with the camera, I personally find very good. Pictures in bright sunlight I find almost “beyond doubt”, but also in poor lighting conditions, making the Xperia T still very good photos, which keeps the noise is for my feelings in check. The flash of the camera latches onto Xperia quite sometimes even with the events, even if this is not necessary, as you can see in which one or other sample-Pic.

In the picture and photo quality of a cell phone camera divorced but have liked to, here are the spirits (if I’m not mistaken, Sascha, for example, with the similar camera in Xperia TX not so happy), but you can see for yourself just a self- image making:

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Software

As well as Samsung or HTC’s Android devices, Sony missed a very unique look, even if it does not have as a good reputation as HTC Sense, TouchWiz UI or Nature. First and foremost it is for Sony only visual changes, not like in Samsung’s user interface, which offers many extra features that you will not default on Android. When Xperia T to find the most “conversions” in the lockscreen, the Launcher and the App Drawer – under the hood, there are only minor adjustments. Furthermore, Sony replaced some standard Android apps by his own creations, which are partly succeeded quite well.

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The lockscreen for example, offers a very great “blind” effect when you unlock these by swiping up or down. One can also (by pressing the corresponding “lever”, which is done by wiping the screen center) launch the camera or the music player.

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The actual UI can be found above the notification bar for some quick-access options (volume mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and data connection) and a shortcut to access the settings. The System Settings Sony has imposed his own stamp also optically. Except in the Power Options (“Extended Standby mode”), the display options (“Mobile BRAVIA Engine” for better picture quality and access to various designs) and “Xperia” menu (there are “mirror screen” some settings like or “Throw Settings” (content wirelessly to other devices play)) can be found in the settings of the system nothing new or significantly large interesting.

I managed to find the way how to get a variety of content on the individual screens. After a long press on a home screen can be selected not only background information, as is the case with stock Android, you can choose between widgets, apps, background and designs and select the appropriate options comfortable (with widgets and apps) to the desired point position on the homescreen.

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Even the Sony App Drawer is worth a mention – this is the installed apps can be sorted in various ways (“Sort by My Order”, “Alpahabetisch” Most Used “or” New installed “) show, but also do this one purely visual good impression.

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At the “most recently used applications” menu, Sony has come up with something interesting: Here, so-called “small apps” are invoked (for example, a stop-clock, a voice memo or a calculator) to store them somewhere on the screen to and use. This “Floating Apps” should remain in the foreground when you open any app – a very practical thing.

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Battery life

As for the running time, one can not expect too much from the 1850 mAh battery of the Xperia T. As a power user, the phone must be received in the afternoon back to the network, while at moderate use of the device is pretty good throughout the day. In the battery settings (which is the Xperia T “Power Options” call) there is an option to disable the term of smartphones through extended traffic when the display is off. This of course only makes sense if you do not care about states that the phone is up to date at all times, even when the power is synchronized with Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and similar sites.

Conclusion

Especially for those who like a good camera, and then perhaps a camera hardware button is important, the Xperia T is an interesting tool. But even those who did not want to go along the “5 inches and more” trend in current devices that could look at the latest Sony flagship closer look. The criticisms of the smartphone from my side are rather small, but the design of the smartphone, but also the display is definitely a matter of taste.

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