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Sony Xperia T review

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Even though it's officially James Bond's phone, we found it hard to get excited about the Xperia T. It's a great phone performance-wise, and the screen and camera are among the best we've seen, but it struggles to stand out from the crowd with its dull black design and its same old application software.

Pros:

Vibrant screen, excellent camera

Cons:

Poor design, average battery life, some may find the software over-complicated

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: ££450

Software
The Sony Xperia T is preloaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) out of the box, and Sony tells us there will be an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming soon. Of course, the Xperia T, like most Sony smartphones, comes skinned with Sony's custom Android user interface, a far departure from Google's vanilla ICS operating system.

That's not to say we don't like it. Sony's user interface (UI) is a lot less intrusive than the one on older Xperia phones. With five home screens, and no option to remove any, the UI might be a bit confusing for first time Android smartphone users, but each home screen has handy features that we think add to the overall experience of the phone. These include Sony's Walkman music player, Sony Music and Video services plus Timescape, which although it is a little clunky, is a nice way to keep on top of your social networks.

Sony Xperia T software

One of our favourite features of the user interface is Overview mode. While this doesn't sound all that exciting, it allows you to pinch out from the home screen to display all of your open widgets with a neat floating effect. Tapping a widget will take you to the home screen it's on, which - while saving you little time - is a nice touch.

Another nice touch is the included Swype-like keyboard, which lets you drag your finger from letter to letter rather than punching out text on the onscreen keyboard. This, paired with Sony's excellent predictive word function, makes for a pleasant messaging experience, one of the nicest we've tested recently.

Performance
While on paper the Sony Xperia T's dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor doesn't sound quite equal to the processor in the quad-core Samsung Galaxy S3, we noticed no issues when putting the handset through its paces. However, it didn't quite match up to its Samsung-branded rival when we ran the Antutu benchmark test, scoring 8,013 compared to the S3's score of 12,123.

However, the Sony Xperia T proved much faster than the 2GHz Intel-powered Motorola Razr I, which scored 5,828, despite Motorola's claims that the phone is faster than its dual-core rivals.

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core
Display: 4.55in 1280x720 HD screen
Storage: 16GB external, expandable to 32GB
Camera: 13MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing
Connectivity: GSM/EDGE/HSPA+/HSDPA; 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 802.11n; Bluetooth, GPS
Ports: microUSB connector, microSD slot, headphone jack
Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dimensions: 129x67x9.4mm
Weight: 139g

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Carly Page joined The INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012. Before becoming a full-time geek, Carly studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln, and dabbled in the music journalism industry. Carly's main coverage areas include mobile devices, mobile software, telecoms, mobile operators, social networks and anything Breaking Bad related.

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