Sony Xperia T Review


  • Miknitro

    Good review, nice phone.
    May be a little late in yearly cycle for a dual core, not ragging as I use one now, a OneX.
    Similar specs from 6 plus months ago and will last me another year, just saying.

    • Rio

      You would be surprised at how much smarter it is for companies to go dual core rather than quad core at this point. I can guarantee you a lot of smartphones in 2013 are going to be dual core including some of the Samsung flagship devices, who usually like touting higher numbers

  • Nib

    “… is small but responsive, with great responsiveness” … so I gather it’s responsive.

  • Lukeiphone

    Never a Sony again…I would just get an…

    iPhone 5 😀

  • tony

    My first smart phone was the x10 and prior to the smart phone age I’ve owned 6 Sony Ericsson phones as I was a major supporter of the company… But with the way they wanted to market new products decisions etc were just disappointments… I’m pretty sure their latest phones are great but too late Sony I’ve moved on just like most or some of your supporters did… Maybe in the future?..

  • SAM

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    GET THE NOTE!!!!!!! FROM SAMMIE!!!!!!!!
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  • Mark

    Nice review but I don’t see any reasons why someone would get this over a Galaxy S3 or an HTC One X.

    • George K

      I had one for a couple of days. My main reason for getting it over a one x was the SD card, better size and better button layout (as much as some people complain about the side powewr bieng too low, it’s 1000x less annoying than the One X’s button at the top of a massive phone).

      Unfortunately, sony’s arc design takes a phone that should by all accounts be easier to hold and makes it difficult to hold. The phone is smaller than the One X and it has much grippyer materials but the way it arcs out at the bottom make it more difficult to hold.

  • Walter

    Can’t say much about the HTC, but I would choose this because the S3 looks and feels a bit cheap. So, on top of matching features, this phone just looks smarter and more stylish.

  • Hammer

    I’ve been using a Sony Xperia Arc since the release. It’s been excellent. In my opinion Sony produces the most polished, professional looking product in the wireless market today. I largely use my phone for business, and for pictures/video of family (kids) when our regular camera is not at arms length. The Sony has performed without a hitch. I’ve had a look at the Xperia T, and it’s my next phone. Good job Sony.

    • Hammer

      This phone easily is 9/10 or higher. This revue is skewed just because of the lack of Jelly Bean. WHO CARES. The update will come and it’s clear that Sony wanted the product release to coincide with James Bond, and to be out before Christmas, for sales reasons. I’ve used the phone, it’s sick, rules all, buy it, smile.

  • SonyReview

    Sony is an evil company. I would stay away from all of their products if I were you. remember how they sued those people that were hacking their own Sony Aibo robot dogs or were altering their PS3s… Take it from me and stay away from this evil company and their Experia T phones which is not good to begin with.

  • SonyReview

    and for those who were young enough to not remember the Aibo stories, google them and you will see what I am talking about that Sony is an EVIL company that could care less about the consumer. This Experia phone is not goood

  • SonyReview

    and for sure you know how every one uses SD cards, except them, they want to use their own memory stick flash memory, or how they have UMD discs in PSPs.

    And how they intentionally put rootkit viruses in their Sony Music DVDs this way they can track who is using them.

    and many more.

    just google this


  • Daniel Wader

    It’s no Samsung Ativ S, that’s for sure. I’m in love with Windows Phone 8 by Microsoft.

  • alex

    OOHHH!!!!!!! OHHHHHHHH SAMMIE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GET THE NOTE!!!!!!! FROM SAMMIE!!!!!!!!
    OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OOOHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrw

    I played with this phone. Apparently, for a lefty like me, it will take time to adjust to how I hold the phone or I’ll accidentally be hitting the camera button or the volume rocker.

  • dboy

    Definitely one of today’s top designed phones. Even with a dual core processor its the latest 28nm architecture (faster than most quad-core’s 40nm). As most apps nowadays don’t utilize all four cores, this will prove much faster more often than not. To top it off, this processor is way more efficient and doesn’t requires the likes of a 2100mAh battery. Battery life will also only improve with Jelly Bean.

  • Kamil

    What I don’t understand is why did Sony go for the 8960 not the 8960T. The 8960T has the new gpu(Adreno 320) same gpu as in the Optimus G/Nexus 4. Although Sony’s build quality is top notch most Sony phones have a lot of transition effects which use up GPU. The Adreno 320 is much more efficient and its quite a bit more powerful. It is also a shame that this is launching with ICS. Considering Sony is one of the top contributors to android source code, I expected more from Sony. Especially since their direct competitor Samsung which always feel like they were built by Fisher Price are already getting updated with JB.

  • monsterduc1000

    Do you mean the extremely buggy 4.2 that is having huge problems with apps, bluetooth, no month of December and high battery drain? I would rather wait a bit until the bugs are ironed out with more 4.2 releases (4.2.1 is out and has got December back at least) so a future 4.1 update would probably be the best bet for this phone as it is a good stable release. Or they might just go straight to the latest version of 4.2 by February. You never know.

  • Yannick Wolfe

    I’d like to add something to the intro of this review. The author says: ” It says a lot about Sony’s marketing power when they can attach the name of one if its seminal movie franchises to one of its phones — James Bond — and have it stick. “The Bond Phone”, as the Xperia T has been called since its announcement… ”

    unfortunately, that’s not really how it went.

    When the final design stages were completed for the Sony Xperia T, Sony marketing department knew very well that the phone was ” doomed ” from the start as it would be released by the end of 2012 with high specs from early 2012.

    They decided to tag it as the ” Bond Phone ” in order to hope to sell a few more units then it would have been if it was tagged only Xperia T.

    If Sony had planned from the start to make it the bond phone, they would have named it Xperia B ou Xperia Q and would have put a little more efforts into the branding of the phone then load it up with a few wallpapers and ring tones.

    There is a small difference between Good marketing and desperation, but there still is one.

  • seroevo

    Picked up this phone last week. Very satisfied with it. It’s my first Android phone (had an iPhone 4 before), but I prefer the Sony aesthetic tweaks over other versions I’ve seen. I’m also a fan of the on-screen buttons for home, back, apps.

    Love the feel of it, and it can generally still be used with one hand when you need to (held in right using thumb). Like another commenter pointed out though, it seems designed to be held in the left and used with the right in terms of the physical side button layout.

    I have a Sony blu ray player so the phone was able to pick up everything on my LAN that I’d already set up to stream, without needing to download any app. I can also “throw” video, photos and music to the player to watch on the TV (again, no app required). Not sure if that’s common with Android or not, but it’s a great feature.

    The Bond “assets” though are just a ringtone, notification sound, some short behind the scenes interviews, Skyfall trailer, and some images. Nothing that was really exclusive.

  • Dan

    Sony is slowly but surely turning back into a company that matters in this space. Moving on from Ericsson was a good move and once the “One Sony” philosophy that their CEO is championing is fully in effect, I suspect we will see the true force of the brand be revitalized. Unlike Samsung, HTC, and even Apple, Sony is vertically integrated (Sony Music, Columbia Pictures, etc.) and positioned to offer content in a way that is not readily available to other players.
    I really enjoy Sony’s designs and, as a key driver of AOSP, I believe they are one iteration away from true relevance in the mobile space. If Sony is awarded the next Nexus phone, they, like LG this year, will be poised for growth, respectability, and mind-share. Personally, I really hope that a Sony Nexus happens; right now all I see are Samsung and Apple commercials and that isn’t ideal for competition or consumers.

  • EvanKr

    Just for the reference, a shutter speed is the amount of time that a camera’s shutter is open, and its sensor is exposed to light. For example, a camera’s shutter speed could be 1/500th of a second when taking a shot in a relatively well lit room or outdoors, and 1/30th of a second in a dimmer room or when the sun’s not out. The amount of time that it takes to take multiple shots is called the burst rate. For example, a camera may be able to take 5 frames per second, meaning 5 pictures in a second, and the amount of time that the camera takes the photo in after you press the shutter is called the shutter lag.

  • phreezerburn

    It’s a Sony distributed film geniuses.

  • andy c

    I find Sony’s external hardware and sofware skins better then HTC and samsung. there downfall is usally software and modern CPU’s.

    as cpu speeds/inovation in smartphone’s slow down similar to desktop cpu’s Sony stands to benefit greatly.

    no JB = no google now.

    no google now = non starter for me

  • simon t

    Personally I think this is the phone of the year. Sony are kings of Facebook integration, and I do not mean by a bit. I mean by a mile.
    I am so glad they avoided the AMOLED screen like the s3 with its vivid and unnatural colours which suffered from huge screen burn problems.
    In my local store its £150 cheaper than its rivals too. It givesyou the freedom to splash out on a nice memory card too.
    Btw. Its s4 processor has been out performing quad-core phones, why? Android and 99% of apps are years off being optimized for quad-core.

  • Julie Smith


    Does this phone have any kind of an LED notification flashing light when the phone is on silent, as the Experia J does?

    • seroevo

      @Julie Smith

      It does, but it’s not blatent. It’s located in the top left of the front, Between the Sony logo and the left edge (closed to edge of phone than to the Sony logo).

  • Wes

    I still don’t get the whole reason for quadcore>dualcore especially considering you don’t need it at this moment. What Sony should have done was brought a larger battery WITH the dualcore, perhaps allowing for the phone to last more than a day. Then people might be much more tempted knowing their phone will last well above 24 hours.

  • ed

    decent phone in the city. no service in fringe rural areas. mine goes back to bell

  • Christopher Spook Mullett

    Grab a baseball bat, This phone is a joke! The 4.3 update that recently came out for this is garbage, it eats up a lot of RAM, it’s not fit for media playback, music and videos are so choppy it’s not fit to use this as multimedia device, and it will suffer the same fate as the 3G galaxy S3, which means no KitKat for this POS, so when I get my Xperia Z1 I am smashing this device.