Xperia T review roundup

by XB on 8th October 2012

in Featured Content, Reviews, Videos, Xperia T

The Sony Xperia T (LT30p) has been out for a couple of weeks now and during that time we’ve seen a number of reviews pop up. We were waiting for an appropriate volume of reviews before doing our usual roundup. The Xperia T has had a mixed bag of reviews, the camera is praised throughout, whilst the design hasn’t won over most pundits. A constant theme is the fact that the Xperia T isn’t a big enough upgrade from the Xperia S and that the latter probably presents better value for money at current prices. Anyway, you can check out the full Xperia T review roundup below and remember to click the links if you want to read the full articles.

Xperia T review roundup

Android Central (Initial Review & Photo Review): “We’ve been impressed with the quality of both photo and video output from the Xperia T. Sony’s latest flagship lives up to its digital imaging heritage, generating high-quality stills, particularly in macro mode. All of our sample shots were taken in the Xperia camera app’s “auto” mode, with tap-to-focus enabled. In this mode, the phone seamlessly transitions from close-ups to landscapes. The Xperia T’s camera has excellent dynamic range, and though there’s no dedicated HDR mode, the camera automatically launches into backlight-corrected HDR mode wherever necessary. The phone’s 13MP sensor doesn’t seem to be as noisy as the Xperia S’s 12MP unit, though some noise is still apparent in low-light shots when viewed up-close.”

Cnet: “Is the Sony Xperia T fit for Britain’s most famous spy? Just about, but I can’t help but feel it’s slightly lacking in key areas. Yes, the processor is a step up from the one seen in the Xperia S, but rival devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 give you more for the money, not to mention a larger screen. If you own the Xperia S, there’s little reason to view this as a potential upgrade, as enhancements over Sony’s precious flagship phone are minor. Apple’s world-beating handset is probably the one that Bond himself would want if he happened to be a real person and not a fictional character contractually bound to walk around with a Sony device in his pocket.”

Engadget: “We still carry a torch for Sony and its tech launches, but our attention is rightfully shifting to the competition. Having both the S and T models side by side, it looks like one is the prototype of the other and we’re not even sure which came first. Onscreen buttons and a marginally higher-resolution camera are certainly improvements, but a fully-priced Xperia T is hard to recommend over the now-discounted Xperia S.”

Gizmodo UK: “We thought the camera was a bit rubbish, as our first few batches of shots turned out rather poor. But it was a fluff issue. The recessed lens is an incredible fluff-sucking vortex that’ll soon assimilate entire pairs of your trousers, and is rather difficult to get in to clean out. So you might want to start packing a few cotton buds in your wallet to wipe it out before snapping anything important.”

GSMArena: “While we’ve looked at devices which are much better than the Xperia T on paper, we can’t forget to factor in build quality and design. The Xperia T feels sturdier and more solid than both the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III (with the glaring exception of the poorly-designed microSD/SIM card cover), and the curved back panel not only makes holding the Xperia T a more pleasurable experience, but also separates it from a design template that currently dominates the market. Sometimes it’s not enough to simply have the best around – you want to make a statement. Where some makers let the numbers talk, Sony are trying to appeal to emotions with the Xperia T’s top notch design and feel. We’re happy with the meal, but we guess there’s room for dessert. And we sure hope Jelly Bean doesn’t take too long.”

The Inquirer: “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.”

PhoneArena: “The Sony Xperia T doesn’t offer groundbreaking features compared to the other flagships out there, but it is a pretty compelling package nonetheless. The sturdy arched design will appeal to many, and the 13MP camera will let you capture those impromptu moments on the fly because of the dedicated shutter key. There are no major gripes with the handset either – it is zippy, with expandable storage and easy to access card slots. The only minor issues are with the screen – its coating reflects too much light outside, which tampers with the view under direct sunlight, and the viewing angles are weak. Our biggest expectations were towards the 13MP sensor, but it doesn’t offer much better capture than its predecessor, and the pictures and video quality is about what we find in the other high-end phones of today.”

Recombu: “It was so close to being an across the board contender, but short of the final round the Sony Xperia T ran out of juice. Nothing can take away from the fact that the T is a beautifully designed amalgam of the Xperia S and Xperia arc with some soft touch thrown in for good measure. It also offers a great screen, charming user interface and a very good camera as well as a class leading multimedia experience. Available on pre-order for just over £400, it’s one of the cheaper flagships as well, so competes aggressively with the likes of the HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD and Samsung Galaxy S3. In saying all that though, it can only be recommended with the disclaimer that it may well die before the day’s out.”

Pocket-lint: “But our biggest gripe about the Xperia T is the design. It just doesn’t feel as slick in the hand as rivals. It’s fatter than the HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy S III, it nods to the Xperia Arc, but fails to embrace that wonderful waistline. If it’s going to be fat, it should at least carry a higher-capacity battery. And we can’t help thinking, even after plenty of time with the T, that the buttons are in the wrong places. The result is that the Xperia T is slightly more difficult to love than some of its rivals. But it also comes in as more affordable, thanks to its slightly below-top-rung position, so if budget is a concern and a large, impressive display is on your list, it’s certainly worth considering.”

Stuff: “In most Android handset bouts, the Galaxy S3 would come out on top as the superior smartphone – you can’t argue with Popup Play and Smart Stay for next-gen giddiness. And then there’s incredible battery life. But for some gadgeteers the plasticky build stops them dropping £500+ on the Samsung. If that’s you, and you want a big HD screen with Sony’s camera and entertainment expertise, plus features to feed your Facebook addiction in a slick package, the Xperia T is an excellent bet.”

TechRadar: “The Sony Xperia T is a very, very good phone. Everything about it is slick and well-executed and the performance is certainly what we expect from a £400 device. However, the Sony Xperia S was a very, very good phone. When a new model comes out, we look for it to improve upon the previous one and unfortunately, hand on heart; this doesn’t improve on the last generation of smartphones as much as it should. Admittedly, it’s not about simply ramming higher specs into a thinner and lighter phone – we’ve moved past that now. But it should be about offering a fresh experience with new features and offering us a die-hard reason to shell out for an upgrade.”

  • Nice to see that the more respectable sites like GSMArena and Phonearena are more positive in their reviews. Engadget and Cnet are biased and I’ve stopped visiting them both because of their amateur ways.
    And again. A very nice compilation XB! Being unbiased and including the harsher (biased in my opinion) ones.

  • AnP

    Not all the reviews above are true to the maximum in accuracy. Lot of inconsistency on some of the basic aspects of the phone. And some are as always extremely biased (against Sony) and comparisons made are baseless. Yes, agreed that this phone may appear low on muscle power but I would say things are getting way too overrated when it comes to high-end smartphones. Sony should have worked this one out to the market with Jelly Bean out-of-the-box, which would have made this a clear winner. Lack of latest OS is what hurt previously too, specially on a phone you market as flagship. Hope Sony learns from all these major shortcomings & surprises us for good.

  • adsada_arc

    also I don’t know how it is in england where you guys are, but here in scotland sony are currently re advertising the Xperia S I have seen it on many buses/bus stops so it seems like they are trying to give it one final push. This is surely to confuse buyers more…

    I do see how people don’t see it as an upgrade…think of the people who will be interested, then realise that it’s ‘only dualcore’ and want a future proof device like the S3. Its hard when the majority of the public only know between the different cores, and not actually what’s better battery efficient, works best with android and so is actually the better processor to have.

    That said, the 4.55″ screen is quite big and almost as big as HTC’s and Samsung’s flagship devices, plus its got the james bond theme running with it, so time will tell how….

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  • domiboy7

    the xperia T beasted the GS3 and the HTC one x in benchmarks, these people are just being biased

  • tru

    I don’t know really some of reviews says s3 is best. Funny review and I can’t believe the review in negative. Xperia T s design and build quality is excellent. But most of our foolish reviewer says s3 s3 s3. This slows our reviewer not have any brain.

  • rickiking

    Engadget and Cnet’s partially was made obvious when they reviewed the iPhone5 and Xperia T. I’ve stopped visiting those sites also… and uninstalled their apps on my phone and tablet.

  • Tinpilot27

    I agree with you..cnet and engadget are biased..i also stopped visiting their sites

  • Tinpilot27

    Sony smartphones are the best in my opinion, Im a sony/SE user ever since. I like its performance, build quality ,style and uniqueness, i don’t know why reviewers are so biased,

  • Feanor

    Haha! CNEt’s review is ridiculous. Saying that Bond would prefer iPhone (implying that iPhone is the best) is hilarious! Oh, yes, I’m sure that James Bond would love to try to discern info through the ‘gargantuan’ 4” display when in action, would love to try to extract info from this beauty when iTunes are not installed, and -best of all- would like to spend endless hours to find in apple maps where the MI6 headquarter are located in London… and end up in Paris.
    iFans should not be allowed to write reviews.

  • Xperia S

    “Apple’s world-beating handset is probably the one that Bond himself would want if he happened to be a real person” !! seriouslyyyy cnet ?????? and yeah ofcourse he will be navigated by the awesome ios 6 map of a cliff :-p :-p !! cnet so so unbiased apple holes . . .

  • Coolkid

    Bwahahaha… 100+ likes for your comment, Bro…!!!:D

  • lol… u r right boss………………….

  • paul4id

    Why the hell do they keep talking about “upgrade” potential from the Xperia S? What kind of a moron upgrades their phone every 6 months anyway? It seems too many of these review sites are brainwashed into thinking that the iDrones “upgrading” their phone on a yearly basis is the norm to compare everything else to.

    And just what are they expecting the phone to do that it doesn’t that makes them so negative? They can only cram what current semiconductor technology offers them into the phone and that is what they have done.

  • jxPerience

    CNET and Engadget should change their name soon.

    iCnet and iNgadget

  • jxPerience

    i am worried where to find the fair and balance review for mobile. It seem all sites are blind with the i-syndrome. that’s why i have to eat apple nowadays.

  • AnP

    I’d say even Phonearena is extremely bias to Samsung. End of the day even they go on to make comments which annoys, specially comparing a dual-core performance to a quad! Which I find ridiculous the most. CNET and Engadget seem to have lost their reviewing all sorts of ‘gadgets’. I don’t blame their lame approach.

  • AnP

    I am a Sony loyalist. But I’m the type who will say some thing is bad, when it is really bad. Same time I appreciate the good things too. Some where we all have to agree, Sony got left behind. And it is true they need shed some of their conservative approaches, get aggressive. Today’s mobile market needs a bit of that extra push. Sony CAN do it. They just need to make.believe in a way

  • AnP

    The most shocking response is when many of these reviews actually said that the design is not so great! I mean… Are you kidding me? I think when it comes to design & aesthetics, Sony does way far better job than anyone else. Their designs are just one of the things, that makes owning a Sony phone, something exclusive. Some thing different. They also make a big hue and cry about a 0.1-0.2mm more thickness than the “competition”. Ladies (all reviewers) it’s not your waistline! Chill, no one’s gonna notice..

  • megane198

    That’s because its cnet.

  • Biji

    Check GSMArena review

  • TjaldidTjaldid

    i’m starting to think that Sony is building a Google TV Nexus rather than an Xperia Nexus since the LG nexus has been leaked and Google just added movies/TV and music to the Google Play store on Google TV

  • hamboy

    fuck apple

  • DoucheyTuesday

    In London, all the ads (including bus stops) are for the T.

  • DoucheyTuesday

    They’re complaining that’s it not a major step up from the S..yet it improves on all the things that they complained about in the S…and it’s getting about the same number of stars in reviews…something’s not right.

  • spatch

    I completely agree. I love the Xperia S, and it works great with my Sony Bravia TV & blu-ray, but the Xperia T isn’t enough of an upgrade for me to justify the expense. Same reason I didn’t rush out for the Xperia tablet — I want all Sony products, but I also want something daring & new that will make look away from my Samsung Galaxy Tab. Guess we miss this cycle and wait to see if Sony can wow us at CES & MWC next year.

    Damn, I REALLY want a TV dock…

  • Rune Christiansen

    Yeah, one of the reasons I’ve stayed with Sony, is their designs. More or less all the others are pretty ugly in comparison…

  • TjaldidTjaldid

    I’m sure bond would use a phone with an open OS for hacking

  • Lunkz

    Still waiting for Xperia V…

  • PRo

    None of the Cnet reviews ever praised any of the Sony Device. Ignore them, they are not matured :P

  • Feanor

    Wait, I think I got it. Recently we celebrated 50 years of James Bond franchize. While 007 gets older, he may need a simple phone which is easy to use. Like an iPhone, let’s say. :-))
    Now he may consider replacing his Aston Martin with a car which is easy to use, let’s say a Dacia Logan. :-))

  • himal

    OMFG !!! Cnet as always….
    ilickurcunt fools …

  • Feanor

    But this I can partially understand. It improves over the S but it stays at the same level. The S was launched with GB when it was expected to have ICS. Now the T is launched with ICS when it is expected to run JB. Also the S was expected to feature an S4 processor but had only an S3. Now the T was expected to feature S4 Pro. I think Sony still has some homework to do… People are right when they complain that Sony is always half step behind. I still think that Sony’s strenghth is in overall experience rather than in number of features, but the truth must be told.

  • Lunkz

    totally agree.
    Most of the Old Sony Ericsson users know, the company is slow with the market release. And they do to many models so people get confused which is the real flagship.
    Phone Model A: Has 12 MP, 16 GB, NFC, VGA Facecam, 4″ TS, DualCore A+++
    Phone Model B: Has 13 MP, 8 GB, NFC, HD Facecam, 3,8″ TS DualCore A+
    Phone Model C: Has 8 MP, Notification Light, 8 GB, NFC, VGA Facecam, 4,1″ TS DualCore A++

    example ;)

  • Lunkz

    But Google WHY LG? WHY?? Why not a Sony or any other Company *facepalm*

  • DragonClaw

    No. It doesn’t stay at the same level. It is indeed a logical improvement.
    Sony takes it slow. People may not like it. But it is indeed a good strategy. It keeps them on focus.
    Take the example of Google. Their Android OS is suffering from fragmentation. The inability of the coders to provide support for earlier made apps on the newer version of the OS is causing the developers to shift to development on other platforms. On the other hand, imagine Google releasing Jelly Bean directly, skipping the ICS. Nothing would be lost. It would take more time, but we would get the improvements without much fuss.

  • heartlockermehra

    Lol you cnet… Sony is Sony and will be Sony, if you guys prefer apple just because you get few superior stuff, which is not even recognizable in real world, doesn’t mean we’ll stop getting amazed by Sony world… SONY rocks. ,m/

  • Tinpilot27

    hahaha..yup, bandwagon reviewers..

  • in Hong Kong its all bout TX on newspapers , Bus Stop Ads and TV Ads ! , SONY IS DOING REAL GOOD HERE

  • roeshak

    Not quite sure why anyone is surprised by the comments from c-net. They and endgadget have been paid up apple cronies for years now. Saying ridiculous things in favour of apple is just the norm for them so not really what talking about.
    Back to the xperia T, I tend to agree with most of the reviews, it’s too late. There should never even have been an xperia T in my opinion. Just an S and an Ion with s4 processors. The T just feels like a re-harsh of what came earlier with some issues ironed out. I compared the t to my s side by side in store and I completely agree, if you’ve got an S, the T would be a total waste of your money unless you’ve got it to waste, then by all means go ahead. The only reasonable difference between the two is that the T has a more complete ICS build on it while the S users are still beta testing. Other than that, I actually think the S wins out in design and display quality. The T’s display does look rather washed out as reported. The S’s just looked deeper and more vibrant. The T has better viewing angles though it must be said.
    Also HTC and Samsung are launching JB phones now while sony are once again coming out with an OS that’s almost a year old.
    This is where Sony keep falling down and unless they change to improve here, they’ll keep falling down.
    Software is what the users interact with. Hardware is only there to improve the users experience of the software. Releasing new hardware with dated software makes the phones essential old even before the hit the shelves. Is anyone really surprised that the tech sites find it hard to enthuse about an ICS phone? They’ve been doing that for almost a year now. All they’re interested in are JB devices now.
    Sorry to the fanboys and Sony, but that’s the nature of the market. Get with it or just keep falling down

  • Hakan

    I love you is Sony Xperia S ;)

  • ronish

    plzzz can u tellll me whether the xperia T or TX will be coming to india or no ???????????????????????????????????????

  • APai

    Bah! Cnet has lost it. Xperia T needs a bit more polish and some dedicated apps like samsung did it in its note 2. smartphones are rapidly becoming commodity.

  • And this is why I prefer Xperia’s even though they have been underpowered:

    “Sometimes it’s not enough to simply have the best around – you want to make a statement. Where some makers let the numbers talk, Sony are trying to appeal to emotions (…)”

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