* Posts by sy2pie

8 posts • joined 2 Nov 2012

Sony confesses: we can't beat iPhone... yet

sy2pie

It pains me when a company as good as Sony has little confidence in themselves. The Xperia T is not only equal but better than the Iphone 5 and certainly better than that plastic, over saturated, over priced piece of garbage the S3.

The Xperia T's new processor has been beating the quadcore processors in benchmark tests, its design is the most appealing and the most practical. They have access to the Playstation store and the ability to sync up a ps3 game pad to play the games on with the hd tv. Their camera is one of the best too. They not only have NFC but are the only phone company to embrace it with accessories like the NFC tags and the NFC sphere speakers.

Their Bravia screen is pretty good (though could do with something new). It is certainly more appealing than Amoled. Though the Iphone is another story.

Not only that but its all at a lower cost than any of its rivals. Sure, the Sony phones do seem to come out at the end of a generation so end up having to compete with phones which are just a bit faster a month or so later but if they really pull their finger out and make that leap then they will EASILY be the champions of mobile phones. Remember, they have all the technology there in nearly every part of the technology industry so have the capabilities to own the world.

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Sony Xperia T Android smartphone review

sy2pie

Re: Getting close to upgrade time ....

Well please allow me because it pains me to see so many reviewers lack such basic knowlege on phones. This is actually the phone to beat this year and here is why...

First, like you said, this is the best Android camera around. Second only to nokia cameras like Pureview. Apple use Sony cameras inside their phones because they are the best. They offer fantastic features which no others dont like 3d panorama photos and Exmor R technology.

Second, the screen is Bravia technology. This has been over looked by reviewers when compared to Amoled screens, Mainly because it has better viewing angles. Please go look at the Samsung S3. The colours are all wrong, unnatural and saturated. Trust me, I have handled a few and they look god awful. Especially with the terrible Samsung UI. It looks and feels very cheap. Please do not take my word for this. All phones now days have HD screens and you cannot go wrong. If I remember correctly the Xperia T has a higher Pixel density anyway. Samsung have gone for blind in this and though an Amoled screen might be good for graphics and menus when you want to look back at photos and videos you want the Bravia engine to get those realistic colours.

Like I said above the rival phones are cheap. HTC are cheap taiwaneese crap (this is what I go from experience). My friends and I have often returned HTC phones back numerous times and have gotten a bit of a rep where I am from. Samsung S3 is plastic, its screen is all saturated with UV colours, its UI looks cheap. The whole phone feels cheap. If you spend £500 on the S3 you will feel like you have got a toy. Again, dont take my word for it. Go handle one.

The processor. The rival quad core processors are much better than the Xperia S's dual core chip however, the Xperia T has a new S4 dual core processor which our performs quad core processors on numerous benchmark tests. Dont believe me? ARM came out recently and said so. They have applauded Sony for not blindly going down the Qudcore route as Android OS isnt fully optimized for quadcore yet...and wont be for years. Also, no apps are either...at all. Google it.

The Xperia T has technology which the I phone does not. Like NFC...the future. Not only does it have NFC but Sony is pushing it much more than the others. Go look on the Sony store they all sorts of NFC enabled accessories like the speaker sphere and the NFC tags (which ive got and are REALLY useful).

The Xperia T has access to the Sony store. This is a new feature and in its early stages atm but it will get going. Trust me. This could be a real deal breaker. The Xperia T has HDMI input so you can show everything your doing on the big screen. I have this on my phone and its very useful for parties and when the family are over and want to see the holiday snaps. Now imagine you have the Playstation store up on the big screen....then imagine you have synced up a ps3 pad to the phone too so you can use the phone as a mini games console. AMAZING!

Its also sexy as hell. I used to own the Arc and I have been dying for something similar to return. Now it has. But its not just about looks, the design has a purpose. It is designed to fit in your hand and redistribute the weight across your hand just right. Plus the matt rubber design adds to grip and might even work as a shock absorber when dropped.

Dont get me wrong. I am not a huge Sony fan boy but I do think this is not only the most under rated phone around but also the phone to beat. Its battery life is average and the design isnt for everyone.

Sony have had a tough time over the past few years with natural disasters and such. I would give this phone a go because I really doubt you would be disappointed. I am certainly getting it.

I hope that helps.

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sy2pie

Re: Getting close to upgrade time ....

Actually not true. It has technology which the I phone doesnt. Like NFC. As we know NFC is the future and Sony have been pushing it more than anyone. Especially with the sphere speakers and the NFC tags.

Not to mention that its NEW dual core S4 processor (which isnt the same to the Xperia S) is out performing a lot of quadcore phones currently in benchmark tests. Why? Because Android isnt optimized for quadcore yet. Neither are any of the apps around. And it isnt likely to change soon. ARM, one of the worlds biggest chip makers has even come out and applauded Sony for not blindly going down the quadcore route just because it sells.

And thank god this phone doesnt have AMOLED screens. they suffer from common screen burn and give you normal colours rather than these ultra UV radioactive colours which look nothing like the picture.

Lets not forget too that in software terms they offer the best Facebook experience too. Techradar recently said that Sony is the best for Facebook intergration with FIX (facebook inside Xperia). It basically means that your android calendar gets synced to your facebook events and birthdays. I had it on my old phone and it was VERY useful to have everything in one place.

Also it has the new Playstation store. Only Sony and a few HTC phones have this atm and in a few months with be something special. Especially when you hook it up to the TV and sync the phone up to a PS3 game pad!

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sy2pie

Re: I really don't wish to see Sony killed by the Koreans, but...

Sony are shaping up. They have had all sorts of bad luck over the past few years but this is probably the first phone which has finally kept up and beaten its rivals.

It has THIS YEARS technology with the NEW Dual Core S4 processor which isnt the same as its brother the Xperia S. In fact its been out performing most quadcore processors. Mainly because Android and 99% of apps are very far off being optimized for quadcore. Like I said, its a NEW processor by Qualcomm so it is expensive. Though still cheaper than certain rivals.

ARM, one of the biggest chip makers has even backed this up and applauded Sony for not blindly going for quadcore.

Sony does sometimes lag Samsung in terms of Android updates but tbh, does it really matter? whats a few months in a 24 month contract? Any way, Sony leads the way in Facebook integration. It has FIX (facebook inside Xperia). It syncs up your facebook events, contacts and birthdays to your android calendar. Ive used it before and its awesome.

It also has pushed more than any other company. A lot of its new accessories have got NFC like its sphere speakers and NFC tags. Ive used the tags before and they are quite useful.

Anyway, lets not forget that Sony phones arent the ones which get sent back in record numbers (HTC) but also dont feel like cheap plastic crap (Samsung s3 anyone?).

Sony have the bravia engine in their screens too. If you have ever seen the S3 in person you will know that grass isnt supposed to be radioactive...unless you live in chenobyl. Not to mention the numerous amounts of screen burn that are reported. All this for slightly better viewing angles?

I am sorry but though Id agree with you up until the Xperia S...this phone is one of the phones to beat atm. Especially now it has the Sony store!

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sy2pie

1. Samsung S3 has AMOLED screen. It suffers from a common problem called Screen Burn. Google it. Some forum polls ive seen have had 33% of the people victims of this. For a long while Samsung refused to cover it in the repair warrenty too. So you better get insurance.

2. The Processor is the new S4 chip byqualcomm . So unlike the Xperia S, the Xperia T's new processor actually keeps up and even beats some Quadcore processors in benchmark tests. ARM recently came out and applauded Sony for not blindly going down the quadcore route as its not always faster when Android and 99% of apps arent optimized for quadcore.

3. It looks better. The S3 is cheap and plastic (especially when your looking at its gastly vivid screen). Sony have brought back the Arc shape to this phone. Some like it, some dont. I love it. There is also method to their design as it is used to balance perfected in the hand. Its matt rubber finish is also good for grip and could act as a shock absorber if dropped.

4. It has NFC too. Like samsung it has NFC but sony have really been pushing the accessories and NFC promotion. They have all sorts of cool gadgets which use NFC like the NFC tags and the sphere speakers.

5. The last time I checked it was slightly cheaper.

6. It has expandable memory too. So its 16gb can also get a 64gb memory card in for an extra £40.

7. It has FIX (Facebook inside Xperia). Techradar has been quite impressed with Sonys LEADING facebook integration. It syncs up all your events and birthday dates on fb and puts them in your android calendar. Also if you LIKE a track in your walkman it puts it on your time line. It can also do some cool stuff in your contacts list too. This can all be turned off too.

8. Its camera is better. No its not all about megapixels but the S3's camera in tests have often come out bottom out of the Android phones. Sony camera phones are some of the best...second to Pureview and other nokia cameras. Apple use Sony cameras in their phones for a good reason. It also comes with 3d panorama photos taking capabilities too. Its Exmor R sensor is pretty hot too. Its great for low light photos. Ive used it before and its gooooood!

Thats all I can think of at the top of my head. Its not all glory though. The Xperia T does have a smaller battery but I think its the phone to beat where it counts. Its also got access to the Playstation store now, which when plugged in to a HD TV through HDMI is pretty awesome. You can even sync it up to a ps3 game pad and use it as a mini games console! How cool is that?

I hope that helps.

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sy2pie

Re: Why trash this phone?

You do get some bloatware on it, true. Its annoying. Though unlike most bloatware some of it is useful. Sony Unlimited service is a bit dated but its got the substance which is important. Sony how a huge percent of the media in the world...films, music, you name it. You can access a near unlimited amount of music on there for £4 a month.

Its great for parties as you have access to so much music. Just plug it in to your speakers (aux), TV (hdmi) and Speakers through NFC. Ive found all sorts of music on there from some of the crappy unheard of bands which i listen too...even bedroom producers!

But like I say, yes! Its annoying. You can root it though! Simple!

I will defend Facebook Inside Xperia to the ends of the earth though. Its such a great feature. Techradar have given it a good mention too. If you do not like it you can turn it off...or just turn on the bits you like! Especially the calendar sync!

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sy2pie

Re: The camera is second only to Nokias pureview cameras.

I have found numerous reviews which have put the Pureview as the only camera better than the Xperia T with the iphone as a close third. Lets agree to disagree though shall we? Its the best camera for Android. In fact the S3's camera has been described as awful. Anyway, Sony cameras have great stabilizers in them to prevent blurring which is a very common issue with a lot of camera phones. Not only that but Exmor R sensor helps with low light conditions. Not to mention the 3D panorama viewing.

My main gripe with this review is that they have just looked at a spec sheet and gone "oh look, the numbers are higher on this phone so the other is worse".

Sony were recently applauded by ARM for not blindly following the quadcore craze because its pointless atm...probably for another few years in fact. Hardware is just developing too fast for software currently.

This phone can do it all. Things which the Iphione cannot and things the S3 cannot. 75 % is very unfair.

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Why trash this phone?

I dont know about you but I am very exited about this phone. Its got a higher pixel density in the screen than the S3 and doesnt suffer from that gastly Amoled screen which offers radioactive colours and common screen burn. Granted the S3 can be seen from better angles but tbh I dont want to encourage people looking over my shoulder when I am out and about.

Before trashing the processor you do realise it beats the S3 and HTC 1X in bench mark tests. Why? Because Android ICS and to a lesser extent JB havent been fully optimised for quad core processors yet. Not only that but almost every app isnt either.

The casing is pretty cool I thought. When your rivals are made out of plastic and have bits of metal all over it the Xperia T has got a matt rubber like finish which adds to grip and can even act as a shock absorber. Not for everyone, sure but its different and personally I think it works. Especially when you add that grip to the shape of the phone which gives you a good balance in your hand.

The camera is second only to Nokias pureview cameras.

Jellybean will be out soon, I dont see why waiting a month or so for an update is going to make much difference on a 24 month contract.

It can also do things which other phones cant. Its got the new Playstation store which is in its early stages at the moment but is going to be something well worth getting exited about. You can even plug it in to a TV and play games on there. You can even sync up a ps3 pad and use the controller too! Amazing.

Its got NFC and HDMI input. In fact Sony have got all sorts of crazy gadgets to go with this phone to use NFC to its maximum potential atm. One could argue its the king of NFC at...considering thats the future atm Id say thats pretty good.

Also its cheaper than its rivals. Especially the Iphone 5 which again lacks the NFC and HDMI input.

Its even got FIX (facebook inside Xperia) which I have on my current Xperia and it makes social networking so much easier. It syncs up all your events to your android calendar and adds all your contacts birthdays to it too. It puts everything in one place. Not only that but it syncs up all their details on to your contacts list too so your phone book and facebook contacts are merged. The only other manufacturer which even comes close to this is LG.

75% for this phone is an insult. Do your home work and try again,

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