Over time, Sony Mobile has removed a number of features (or software) from its Xperia smartphones that its users found useful. For example, in recent years, Sony Mobile has moved away from its ‘two-day battery life’ smartphones that defined its portfolio a few years ago, including the very popular Xperia Z2 and Z3. Nowadays, Sony promotes the quick charging ability of its phones, but in our view there still remain very few flagship phones that make battery life a priority, which Sony could have exploited.
Another feature we personally miss, is the removal of the lanyard, that used to adorn pretty much all of Sony’s smartphones up until the 2016 Xperia X series came along. We’d love to see a return of this at some point, but we’re not hopeful.
As Google has developed Android, it has meant that a number of Sony’s applications has also been retired, including Small Apps, the original STAMINA battery mode and Screen Record. In addition, many people were confused last year, when Sony replaced its ‘Xperia Keyboard’ app with Swiftkey.
Last year’s flagship, the Xperia XZ, also saw the FM Radio removed, although Sony kept the feature on its mid-range phones. Likewise for 2017, the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra includes FM Radio, but the Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium do not.
Our question for you today, is which missing Xperia feature would you love to see a return of? Vote in the poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Do let us know if there is anything we missed.