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Sony Xperia T review | Android & TimeScape

Published on: Saturday, January 19th 2013                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Xperia T Android smartphone

Sony Xperia T Android smartphone

Sony Xperia T Android operating system

The Sony Xperia T runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Compared to its predecessor, the Xperia S, this is a considerable update. That phone came with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, although there is now an update to Android 4.0 available for this smartphone. We would have preferred the Xperia T to come with the even newer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Nevertheless, the Ice Cream Sandwich OS offers a very good user experience. Moreover, Sony has placed its own user interface on top of that: the TimeScape UI for Xperia phones clearly distinguishes the Xperia T from other Android smartphones. The TimeScape user interface makes it possible to add any app to your start screen in just a couple of clicks. Many functions come pre-installed that you can easily add to one of your start screens.

Sony Xperia T mobile phone

Sony Xperia T mobile phone

Sony Xperia T user interface

The TimeScape user interface is an added bonus, especially for the use of social media. Facebook and Twitter are displayed in a unique way. You can also display your 8 most important Facebook contacts, so that you can immediately see if and how these contacts have updated their Facebook page. This not only applies to your social media contacts, you can also display your phone contacts in this way. Every contact is displayed with a photo. Additionally, there is a separate, nicely designed window available for all help programs, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Background Lighting, Airplane and many more. You can turn these settings on or off with just one click. You can see any open applications in one click and swipe them away to close them. This works simply and quickly. I would have preferred to see some kind of a recycling bin in order to close everything at the same time. Now you have to shut down all of the apps one at a time.

 

Sony Xperia T apps

Sony Xperia T apps

Download apps on your smartphone

The Android operating system means that the Xperia T phone comes with various Google services. Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps and Maps navigation, Google Talk, Google Plus and the Google Chrome web browser come pre-installed on the Sony Xperia T. Since the Ice Cream Sandwich OS is used instead of Jelly Bean, Google Now is not automatically included. The Android OS does give you access to Google’s Play Store to download apps from. There are dozens of paid and free apps available. You can see which apps are popular, and you can also search for a specific app. Moreover, there is a distinction between a series of categories, which makes it even easier for you to download interesting apps. Additionally, the Xperia T has Sony Select, which shows recommended apps, games, and music. Also, this Sony smartphone has PlayStation Certification, and you get access to EA Games, which offers a wide selection of games. Multitasking is not a problem for the Sony Xperia T; even heavier games are displayed well.

Playing music on the Xperia T

Playing music on the Xperia T

Sony Walkman app

The Walkman app is typical Sony. The Walkman interface has a clear layout. You can easily skip a track -even when the phone is locked- and you can choose how you would like to listen to the music. Shuffle the whole collection, or select an album, artist, or specific playlist. The Sony Walkman app leaves nothing to be desired, it is truly all there. Even Facebook is integrated in the Walkman app, so that you can easily see what your Facebook friends are listening to, and you can then listen to it as well. Direct access is given to Music Unlimited, and equalizer settings can be adjusted with one click. The Sony Xperia T also comes with Track ID. Sony’s XLoud technology makes the sound quality very good. I would personally like the volume to be a bit higher. To adjust the volume, you can use the big button on the right side. Funnily enough, you have to press the left side of the button in order to increase the volume, when you would expect it to be the other way around. This is just a question of getting used to and you will not even notice it after one week.

 
 
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