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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

Camera
On paper, the Sony Xperia T's camera is impressive, as the handset boasts a 13MP camera with a back-illuminated Exmor R sensor and LED flash.

Thankfully, it's just as impressive in real life too, and still photos come out full of detail with little noise. We did notice a little fuzziness when images were snapped in low-light conditions, but other than that we were very impressed. The camera interface is also nice, enabling users to fiddle with settings and snap images in Panorama mode, which although it was a little glitchy at the beginning managed to produce some good images.

Sony Xperia T camera sample

That's not all the camera has going for it, as it's also capable of shooting HD 1080p video. Though the continuous autofocus proved to be a little slow, video captured was detailed and smooth, although not noticeably better than video shot on rival smartphones.

Battery
Sony claims the 1,850mAh battery on the Xperia T will last for around seven hours of talk time, and that seems about right. While the handset will last through a day of average to heavy usage, we did find that we had to charge the handset every night, which seems to have become the norm with smartphones nowadays.

Overall
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. That said, it costs less than its Samsung and HTC branded rivals, so it's a good handset for those after a not too flashy Android handset.

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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