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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Phone with Great Features, 16 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Sony Xperia T James Bond UK Sim Free Smartphone - Black (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I got one of these the week they came out. On first inspection it had a quality feel to it with the arcing soft coated aluminum back which fits nicely in the hand and no physical buttons on the front. It has a 4.6 inch Sony Bravia Engine HD Screen (like the ones used in the Televisions) which if you have small hands might be tricky to reach the far corner using only your thumb. Despite this the colour is rich and the images are sharp which really helps when reviewing the photos/videos you've taken.

Straight away you can see how fast the processing speed of the 1.5ghz dual core processer is, sliding between screens quickly and smoothly. It also makes using media really easy. There is a fair bit of storage on the phone already but having a micro SD slot means you can fire in a 32gb card for relatively cheap and expand it to more memory than most will have need for.

The other selling point is the 13mp camera located on the back of the phone. Having used it in a variety of situations it is a very capable camera (as capable as a camera in a phone can be) with some great functions such as panoramic shot and quick shot which is very handy enabling you to take a good quality shot in around a second even if the phone is locked and/or in standby. The only thing that could be improved is the flash which is a fairly average power LED light as opposed to an actual flash.

The Android 4.0 operating system works well with plenty of integration for social networking sites into your phonebook/calender etc. Its a shame they never installed Android 4.1 Jellybean but Sony have said that it should be following in the future.

Another good feature is the Near Field Communications (NFC) which means you can buy some NFC tags and place them in various areas and when your phone is swiped past them it will activate different functions. i.e if you stick one in your car then when you get into the car it can be made to automatically switch on the bluetooth and connect to a handsfree kit or start up the walkman so you can hook it into your stereo without pressing a single button.

The headphones that the phone comes with are not bad quality considering they are free, nothing to write home about though. The walkman is fairly well set up and easy to use and allows you to play, pause and skip tracks when the phone is locked which is nice. To be honest I just use the Spotify app and stream the music from that.

In regards to useability there are plenty of options to tweak the keyboard etc to your own personal taste and it doesnt take long to get used to the lack of physical buttons.

Battery life is about average with heavy internet and media use using around 60% in a day. fine if you can charge it every night but you will have to kurb your use of it if you need it to last two days or more. The fact that you cant take the back off also means that when the battery eventually becomes ruined you will need to take it to a shop to have it replaced which could be a pain.

Its not the smallest phone in the world and if you use a gel case on it like i do it feels like the width has doubled being very noticeable in a pocket.

All in all a great looking phone with great features to keep most people happy (and of course James Bond has one...). The only things I would have done differently would be to focus more on making it a great camera (which is about the best around anyway i suppose) to really set it apart from the rest and maybe have a removable back to make swapping the battery more bearable. Hopefully they will give an update to Android 4.1 in the near future aswell.
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Initial post: 18 Mar 2013 13:17:00 GMT
Jimmy says:
Please do not lie about the product, it confuses prospective purchasers. The back is NOT aluminium. It is plastic. Do you actually own this phone. Do not mean to be harsh, but do not post incorrect reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2013 14:09:07 BDT
Josh M says:
Despite the unnecessarily nasty tone in Alex's comment, he is correct and the soft touch has worn away at the edges revealing that the phone has a plastic back. It seems that the salesman at Vodafone tricked me on that one. Apologies for any confusion caused.
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