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.
Vibrant screen, excellent camera
Poor design, average battery life, some may find the software over-complicated
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
The Sony Xperia T is the official phone of this year's James Bond movie. With such a big title come big expectations, and it certainly manages to impress on paper, featuring a large HD screen, 13MP camera and a dual-core Snapdragon processor. However, with its boring design and awkward angles, we're not sure Mr Bond is going to be all that impressed.
Design and build
We don't like to start our reviews off on a bad note, but we can't help but think that the design of the Sony Xperia T is uninspiring, especially when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. While we're a fan of the handset's tough rubberised plastic backing, we think that the matte black finish is a little dull, and we can't see this phone standing out from the crowd on store shelves or being quite flashy enough for James Bond.
We found the Xperia T quite difficult to hold too, no doubt thanks to its bulky dimensions of 129x57x9.4mm and angular shape. Saying that, the rubberised backing does feel nice to hold in the hand, even if the cheaper plastic sides do feel a little creaky when clasped tightly. Another slight issue we spotted is that our finger naturally rests against the camera sensor on the rear of the handset, which could make for some fuzzy images.
As with most Xperia phones, Sony claims the Xperia T's standout feature is its 4.6in LCD HD touchscreen, which comes with Sony's Bravia technology. Although we weren't overwhelmed on first impressions, the display truly shone when we cranked up its brightness. Thanks to its 1280x720 resolution and 323ppi pixel density, the display is about as crisp as smartphone displays get, and we were unable to spot individual pixels.
Outdoor visibility is great too, especially compared to the iPhone, again thanks to Sony's Bravia technology. However, even that couldn't save the phone's viewing angles, which proved disappointing during our hands-on testing.