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.