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Great for viewing videos!Posted
Great phone for viewing videos! Good battery life.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent battery, good performance, no bloatwarePosted
Pro -Relatively inexpensive -Excellent battery life -64 GB internal storage -MicroSD slot -More RAM and newer CPU generation than regular X10 -2x optical zoom on rear camera -21:9 display -USB C connector -Hi-def Bluetooth audio codecs (aptx HD, LDAC) Con -LCD display instead of OLED -No wireless charging -Can't remove SD card without pulling SIM card -USB 2.0 connection -Not really "120 fps" video capture -Extra phone height can be problematic for some pockets TL/DR The Xperia 10 Plus is a great alternative to the much pricier unlocked "flagship" phones that typically cost $300+ more. The internal hardware is better than average, if not top-of-the-line, with a strong, efficient CPU, 4GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and microSD slot ( whereas the regular Xperia 10 is only 3GB RAM and a weaker A53 only CPU ). The 21:9 display aspect is great for some media or for scrolling long pages. Unfortunately the screen is only LCD, not OLED, and there's no wireless charging. But if you're okay with that, have the pocket space, and want a phone with great battery life and without manufacturer bloatware, the 10 Plus is an affordable option. In Detail The big marketing point of the new Xperia models is the 21:9 display. To those who don't know, this is the same aspect ratio most widescreen movies are shot ( 2.35 ). Sony claims Netflix has lots of 21:9 media available, which they do, and it's nice to watch movies without letterbox bars, if you watch a lot of media on your phone. Part of this partnership appears to be the inability to uninstall the Netflix application on the phone. The display ratio also helps in some productivity tasks. In portrait orientation you can view long documents or web pages easier and the popup keyboard takes up less relative space. It's also handy for split-screen usage. Thankfully, there's no notch in the display at top, Sony just made a slightly larger bezel to totally cover the front camera and speaker. The other three edges have very small bezels, which looks quite nice. The thin bezel at the bottom does mean the three control soft buttons are quite close to the edge, and I found myself accidentally hitting them a lot. Sony leaves this running very close to pure Android 9 OS, which is nice, and they don't take up a lot of space with bloatware apps that you can't uninstall. If you're tired of Samsung, LG, HTC, and others with their heavy-handed interface changes and non-removeable applications, you'll appreciate the Xperia. Powering the 10 Plus is a Snapdragon 636. This isn't premium processor, but it's definitely at the top of the mid-range stack. It's a newer generation CPU that mixes four A73 cores with four A53 cores for better efficiency and uses a slightly upgraded Adreno 509 graphics processor ( the regular Xperia 10 uses the A53-only Snapdragon 630 with Adreno 508 ). This 636 isn't only more powerful than the 630, it's also more power efficient and generates less relative heat. Given the larger battery in the 10 Plus ( 3000 mAh to 2870 mAh ) the 10 Plus has incredible battery life. Even after a full day of streaming hi-def audio ( the phone has aptX HD, LDAC, and other hi-def Bluetooth codecs ), heavy web browsing, and downloading new applications, the battery was still at 60%. I can easily get two days use on a single charge. The phone also has a battery care feature that limits how fast the battery charges ( typically the slower a battery charges, the better the charge quality and the longer the charge lasts ). This also limits how long the battery stays at 100% charge while still plugged in, which helps extend total battery lifespan. Sadly, the phone does not have wireless charging and the phone exterior does not have the contacts to get it in an aftermarket case. The connector for charging and data is USB type-C, which is nice, but the phone itself can only transfer at USB 2.0 speeds. The phone exterior itself is a basic plastic/polymer. Some people complain this isn't "premium" since it'sn't metal and glass, but it's saves manufacturing costs and my phone is always in a protective case anyway. The SIM and microSD slot are both under the same cover on the top right edge. However, pulling the cover to get to the SD card also removes the SIM card, so you can't swap out your SD card without powering down the phone. The camera lens protrudes on the back, a design I don't like since it makes the lenses easier to scratch. The camera itself is fine, but I don't really use a phone camera much. It can capture pictures in 4:3, 16:9, and 21:9 as well as 4K/30 and 1080/60 video. The camera does have a 2x optical zoom, which is much appreciated, but it's claims for 120fps slow motion video are greatly exaggerated. It just captures video at the normal rate, either 30 or 60 fps, and then slows the framerate down in playback. All considered, the lack of wireless charging and OLED display are my biggest gripes. Nokia's Lumia devices have had those features in the same price range for years, so it's unfortunate Sony decided to save those as features for their premium phones only. But for performance, battery life, and usability, there'sn't much to complain about in the $450 range. If you have the extra pocket space for the extra tall phone, the 10 Plus is definitely the better option than the regular 10 and a very good option overall.
I would recommend this to a friend
I'm always open to trying out new phones so I was excited to try this one out. I'm not as into the nitty gritty tech specs that may be important to others so I base my opinions on what fits my needs. I need a great camera, decent battery life, easy to use OS with beneficial features meant to make my busy life a little bit easier. This phone comes close to or meets my needs. Battery life so far has been great (meaning I don't have to stress out if I can't recharge during the day). Watching videos on the screen more than meets my needs. The picture looks crisp and the colors are as I've come to expect from pricier options. The camera falls a little short of what I'm used to. It's not terrible but it's definitely not one of my favorite features of this device. If the camera is important to you this phone may make you rethink your purchase so it's definitely something to consider. The fingerprint sensor works well but it took a little getting used to it being on the side. No real issues with it recognizing my fingerprint though so that's always a great thing. Ultimately this is an adequate option for budget conscious buyers wanting some great features without breaking the bank.
I would recommend this to a friend
This is a great midrange phone. Screen is great. Battery life is great. Sony did a great job. I'd give it five stars? But what actually deserves a perfect score in the tech world? Hard to say? If your in store for a midrange phone. I'd say don't hesitate.
I would recommend this to a friend
So far, I love my 10 plus a lot! It's fast, smooth, glitch free, and beautiful. The processor and pixels are actually upgraded compared to my Xa2 Ultra (last year's midranger). The polycarbonate back feels great and not slippery. I did put a simple clear case on it just to be safe while still showing the beauty of my silver 10 plus. I don't wanna get it damaged for sure, but I guarantee it won't break during drops. The front glass is Gorilla Glass 5, a step up from my Ultra. I've watched 21:9 movies and it's a very immersive experience. Netflix has 70% 21:9 content and major heavy games like Fortnite and Asphalt 9 are formatted in this ratio too. I'ven't tested out gaming yet, but I've seen videos the plus can handle big games although most have black bars on the side yet the display is still large. More media will soon adapt, but in the meantime, you will see black bars also on most YouTube videos although there are some 21:9 videos to view. You can zoom in to fill the screen, but obviously the viewing window is slightly cropped. Not a deal breaker for me. Also, the narrower display feels very good in my hand, weighs less than my fat and heavy Xa2 Ultra, and I don't have to reach far across with my thumb like I did in my wide ultra. This is more manageable. And with a double tap of the home button, it will automatically shrink your display for better one handed use if needed. Also, the taller screen is great for multi-tasking since it allows two apps to be shown equally in good size. I compared the camera to my xa2 ultra and I must say it's better. Both take great pictures in good lighting, but in low light, it's not as grainy as my Ultra. Although it has a smaller battery than my Ultra, Sony has great battery optimization with Stamina Mode and Battery Care along with Android Pie which all will help with battery life. I'm getting great battery life and I've been on it heavily, especially when watching, browsing, fine tuning my homepage and settings. There's a new feature that let's you restrict battery usage for each app that runs in the background. I've restricted all of my apps to get the best battery life. So far, I've been on it for 5 hours straight and I still got 70% left! I don't normally stay on my phone that long in one sitting, but hey, I'm excited to use my new and first 21:9 smartphone. I've had Apple, LG, Samsung, Motorola, ZTE, Sony Ericsson, Xperia, and I must say that my experience so far has been great enough for me to write my first review on a smartphone. Great job Sony, I'm happy and pleased!!!
I would recommend this to a friend
Affordable midrange smartphone with great featuresPosted
This is sony's larger midrange smartphone. First things first, make sure you download the latest updates before you start using the phone as that might make your experience better. This is a tall phone, 6.5" with 21:9 wide display. This does come in handy with the split screen multitasking as well as for cinematic video viewing. It comes with 12MP and 8MP dual back camera with 2x optical zoom, supporting 4K video recording, while the selfie camera is 8MP. The phone does have headphone jack and the audio resolution is great, given Sony has this experience. 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 635 helps with good performance of this phone. It comes with 3000mAh battery with great optimization, plus Sony provides 2 Stamina modes to help with the extended battery life. There is a fingerprint scanner to the right of the device for fast unlocking, but this might not be convenient for left handed use. The build quality is great. Other notable features include the NFC pairing, USB C port for charging and data transfers, FM radio, and the standard micro SD slot. This phone also supports streaming games from your PS4. I haven't had any issues with the phone being tall and fitting in the jeans and sitting, it seems to be ok. Overall, this is one of the best midrange smartphone for people who are on budget but want all the bells and whistles for everyday use and I would defintely recommend it.
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One of the best phones for media consumptionPosted
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus brings a refreshing take to the crowded smartphone market. It has a giant 6.5 inch screen that uses a 21:9 aspect ratio that is often used for movies. Even though the phone is tall it feels very comfortable in the hand and is great for watching video content and for web browsing. The screen gets very bright and I had no issues using it outside in direct sunlight. The build quality is top notch and the phone features a tool less sim & micro sd card slot so it is very easy to get your phone up and running. The Xperia 10 Plus also features a dual rear camera design which allows you to take bokeh style photos that blurs the background behind the subject of your photo. Phone calls were loud and clear on both the earpiece and speaker phone. There is a fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone which quickly unlocks your phone. Sony did a great job in not including much bloatware on the phone and only making a few changes to the Android operating system user interface. One of these changes is the addition of the Side Sense side bar (shown in my ui photo), this bar gives you easy access to your apps and quick toggles. There is even a headphone jack on this phone that sounded great with my headphones and there is a FM stereo application too. The Xperia 10 Plus is also one of the few Android phones that lets you stream your PS4 or PS4 Pro games to your phone so you can enjoy rich video game graphics on the go. Battery life was above average and easily lasted me all day with normal to heavy use. The only feature of the phone that I wished was better was the bottom speaker, the single speaker is loud but an extra front facing speaker would go a long way especially since the phone is already a great media device. If you have any questions about the phone please feel free to ask me here and I'd be glad to answer.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent Viewing ExperiencePosted
I've been using this phone exclusively for the past 48 hours and I've concluded that Sony is on to something special with these Tall / Ultra wide screen phones. Initially, the first words that came out of my mind were... WHOA, This phone is TALL. But it's not much taller than most phones now a days. Its candy bar form factor actually make it comfortable to hold and use with one hand. The side fingerprint sensor is located where my thumb naturally rests when pulling it out of my pocket and the power button sits just above that. Pressing your thumb against the sensor will unlock and power on the screen. Things I liked most about the phone are that the OS looks and feels exactly like stock android.It is clean and light, the snapdragon 636 and 4gb of RAM power it nicely and it feels snappy. There is a "Side Sense" mode that allows you to double tap on the side edge of the screen with your thumb to make one handed use even easier. It opens up a menu that has a list of apps and actions for you to use and select with your thumb. Navigating that menu is easy and helpful. The screen looks like an IPS panel and has very nice colors and viewing angles, its 21:9 Ultra Wide ratio makes it great for multi tasking If you're into having two apps open at the same time. I found it to be amazing for watching videos and playing games. It is quite immersive even tho you're holding it in your hands.Movies and Games that take advantage of the full screen make for a great experience. There is an option in the settings to toggle on a "vivid" mode for brighter and more vibrant colors. It comes with a standard headphone jack (thank you Sony) and USB-C port for charging and data transfer. The sim card tray is easily accessible and doesn't require a tool to open. The same cover allows access to the micro sd card slot. The phone doesn't say if it's fast charging when you charge it with a fast charging power supply, but I was able to charge it from about 40% to Full in just a little over an hour. It has excellent battery life and it made it through a full day with moderate use. My biggest complaint about this phone is the camera. Which now a days is a deal breaker for many people. This camera needs a lot of light to perform well. In my tests, the camera struggles in low light and most photos and videos that I took looked pretty bad for this day and age. I expected better from this phone since Sony is the leader in image sensor technology. Outdoors on a sunny day, the camera performs well. I wouldn't recommend this phone to a person who expects great photos and videos from their mobile phone and rely on their phone as their only camera. With "flagship phones" pressing past the $1,000 price mark, this phone is a very good option for someone who loves big screen phones and doesn't want a to spend a fortune. Pros - Ultra Wide aspect ratio is awesome for watching videos , browsing the web and playing games. -Headphone Jack -USB C -Stock Android Experience -Unlocked and Compatible with many carriers -Excellent Battery Life Cons: - Bad Camera -Volume Buttons are very flush and hard to press sometimes -Not compatible with CDMA
I would recommend this to a friend
First off, let me open with how excited I was to be chosen to review this phone based on the dynamic products that Sony, a pioneer in entertainment produces. However, I quickly deflated based on the AWFUL performance of this phone. I will elaborate on aspects of the phone's performance that were troubling to me: Setup- After unpacking the phone which came in a standard box with a few informational packets, the phone itself, and proprietary charger, I began to setup the phone which took 3 tries. It proved to be a daunting task when trying to copy information from my Motorola phone to the Experia. Phone Calls-Initially when calling and accepting of calls, I experienced clear communications; however, today when I talked it was made known to me that communications weren't clear. Performance-As of yesterday, there is an obtrusive interference that frequently comes in informing me that I need to update to the latest version of Android. However, I am updated to the latest version of Pie. I input my IMEI number, which informed me that I was up to date with the latest version of Pie which is 53.0. A.4.79. Apps are beginning to freeze up followed by a message that says, "Xperia isn't responding!" Moreover, when I place the phone down, it starts to spin unrelentless! Battery life-Seemingly battery life dissipates fast on this phone. Unfortunately, the phone isn't going through a day without needing a charge. Display-I have experienced where the display lighting goes in and out. Sometimes, it appears to be light then it will fade into darker lighting. Texting-is something that I do on a regular. Unfortunately, because of the uneven lighting, it causes problem when texting as I cannot see clearly. Youtube Videos- I was excited about viewing of Youtube videos; however, it hasn't been an enjoyable experience because of the obtrusive interference that comes into the phone frequently which prevents me from enjoying and/or doing things. I am going to continue to try this phone out for possibly a few more days, if an update hasn't taken place that will vastly improve performance, then it doesn't leave any viable option, but to turn back to my Motorola G5 plus, which has served me extremely well. Needless to say, in good consumer faith, I cannot recommend this phone until a serious software update takes place that will correct these arduous problems!!
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Sony Xperia 10+Posted
Sony has an awesome one on its hands!!!! I must preface this with by saying normally I don't use Android. Yep, I'm a iPhone addict by heart. However, I've been testing out the Sony Xperia 10 Plus over the last couple of weeks and it's a very impressive device. First off the display is simply amazing with bright vibrant colors from edge to edge. It's very tall and slender which is a little odd at first but that goes away when viewing videos in full screen in landscape mode. Next, the sound quality of calls were crystal clear. Very strong signal running on my AT&T service with no call drops. But my favorite thing about this phone is the amazing battery life. This thing is still charged and running on a single charge from a couple weeks ago. It literally tells you how many days of battery life you have left. This is one area that phone addicts like myself love in smartphone devices. On the top of the Xperia is a headphone jack. Yes, some smartphones still have headphones jacks and that's a plus. The left side of the phone is where the SIM card would be inserted. The right side at the top is the power button, a fingerprint reader that unlocks the phone and also a volume rocker. At the bottom of the phone is where the magic happens with the amazing speakers and a USB-C port which seems to becoming standard more and more these days. This phone comes with Android 9 (Pie) preinstalled and well Android is Android. It seems to be pretty fluid and easy to use. There's a feature called SideSense that's pretty easy to use for those that one to use their device with one hand. Another area that Sony hits it out of the ball park is the amazing camera quality. Photos are crystal clear and the camera app is loaded with a number of features that ensure you get that perfect shot. I would recommend this smartphone to anyone looking for a nice Android device with tons of features and great call quality.
I would recommend this to a friend
Decent phone for anyone not looking to spend muchPosted
I got the chance to review the Sony Xperia 10 Plus and was pretty much what I thought. Out of the box you get: 1. Phone itself 2. Charger brick 3. USB-C cable The Sony Xperia 10 Plus, is it's sleek design, the case features a mixture of both aluminum frame and plastic backing. The screen itself is not Sony's flagship but still very clean and crisp images. Since this is the plus version it has the longer 6.5" screen. Which is the first thing you'll notice is that it's long and narrow. More screen room for you to do more but this also works against it, the extra length seems like an awesome idea like most phones are going but until more videos or content is made for the 21:9 ratio it just unused space BUT you can always change the setting for full screen mode. If you go with this feature you loose a little off the top and bottom of the video content. Videos that have the cinematic bars on the top and bottom work well with this phone. Sony uses the QualcommR Snapdragon 636 processor which is actually pretty decent for the price tag. I was able to run most applications and get decent performance out of it. The battery is the industry standard 3000mah which keeps up with power demand pretty well. Without much programs running in the background you can go the day without charging. Security is handled by the fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone which is smartly placed, no weird spots for you to verify your identity. While we're in this area, the phone's power button are also placed here and the volume buttons, which were a bit difficult to press for some weird reason. The Xperia 10 Plus also has a 3.5mm earphone jack so no need to purchase any adapters The cameras are rated at 12mp for the rear camera and the front camera features an 8mp sensor. They both are very clear and sharp. Sony's user interface for the camera takes a little getting used to. They have some features for you to easily do certain shots like when you want to be artist and do a Bokeh shot and like most phones today Sony also has a Slow-Motion shot at 120fps. Sony's skin on android also takes some getting used to if you're coming from other brand phones but it's not difficult to use just different. Overall, I'd say this is a good entry level phone, where you don't want to spend $1,000. The screen is very nice and vibrant and the camera sensors are not the best but still very good for the price tag of this phone. I'd recommend it for anyone looking for a entry level phone.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent Mid-Range Phone for Your MoneyPosted
I am loving that Sony is still strong in the mobile phone division and has brought back a great contender with the Xperia 10+. The Xperia 10+ is a great overall mid-range phone that gets you a lot of bang for your buck. This phone comes unlocked and is compatible with AT&T, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, T-Mobile, and Verizon. All I did was pop my sim card out of my old phone and put it in the Sony Xperia 10+ and was good to go. That in itself was super easy and didn't even require a tool, the sim card/memory card tray is user friendly and you can just use your finger nail to open it. As far as looks goes this phone looks, this phone looks good in the matte black color I received. It also feels good in hand and doesn't feel cheap. It has a finger print sensor on the side which I find pretty handy and natural. When pulling the phone out of your pocket with your right or left hand it is positioned perfectly for your finger to unlock instead of having to press on screen. The screen size ratio is where this thing differs from a lot of other phones. The Sony Xperia 10+ is an 6.5" phone with a 21:9 screen size ration. Watching movies and videos on this thing is a joy. You can also use 2 apps at once which is a great feature of having this screen ratio. You can also use one handed mode to minimize the screen and then pull it back to when you need it. The phone comes with dual 12.0MP and 8.0MP rear-facing cameras. Taking photos on this phone range from good to average for this price range. Plenty of options in the software to adjust and edit pictures to your liking. I like the bokeh effect the camera produces. As far as low light pictures this phone did average. This phone has great battery life at 3000mAh. I can use it all day and still have plenty of juice at the end of the day. I also love that it has a Usb C charger. Call quality on this headset seems average. I didn't notice any negatives. Using this phone on a daily basis I can recommend it if you do a lot of media consumption, the screen is built for it, the phone is also packed with tons of features and it also looks good. Sony is still producing great phones for this price range.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good phone, almost great!Posted
This is a Sony Xperia phone in a 10 plus version which means not wider but longer. This is something I actually like because it could still fit in a front male pant pocket properly without sticking out, especially if you decide to put a case on it. I've been using it for about 2 days now as my daily driver and so far I don't have too many negative things to say about it. Additionally there was a software update which made slight improvements to the phone, which in my opinion, didn't really need much improving. This is a great mid-level entry phone. I would say as far as some of the design aspects, they are top notch and creative thinking, for instance, the side mounted fingerprint scanner. It is in my opinion in the perfect spot, so as soon as you grab your phone you command it to be unlocked on the first try, and yes it works just as well for left- or right-hand users. Another instance, the screen, it's made of gorilla glass 5 which makes it very sturdy, accompany that with the carbon Polymer shell making this phone a survivor. Take it from me, I am horrible with dropping the phones on the screen side and I do believe this one would survive the test of time. It has a top mounted headphone jack, which is greatly appreciated, so when I slide my phone in my pocket the headphone jack is pointing directly upward. To me, this makes sense, all your buttons are located on the right side for your thumb, so you're not grabbing random buttons while you're holding your phone naturally in your palm. On the bottom of phone, you'll find not 1 but 2 speakers, which equals true stereo sound. I believe this is because Sony's attention to audio and visual is present even in their mid-range phone. This thing absolutely chews through media, yet it's movie like aspect ratios keep you drawn into your media and you have excellent sound to boot. If you pair this cinematic experience with a pair SONY headphone (sigh, this was not included), be it Bluetooth or wired you get even more comprehensive experience because the system is designed to work with their equipment, so it would behoove you to go Sony all the way. For those of you that have smart watches, no problem, it works fine with your watches, send and receive your text messages everything should work seamlessly because it's android base so no worries here where it come to compatibility issues. This is one thing I was worried about, and it was solved seamlessly after I backed up my phone with my previous data. Now onto the back of the phone Sony as decide to go with it a two-camera design once a telephoto lens and one is a normal lens as I say normal, I mean good for everything, within reason. The picture quality is I would say about a 'B' overall. Its functional for a daily user; you're not going to be out there taking cinematic photos but the camera does allow you to take 4K video. For all of you amateur movie makers out there or if you had to make something on the fly, you're in luck SONY has your back with the included function 4K. Of course, it comes with the standard double LED Flash along with a front facing camera as well, which takes fairly decent selfies, with the 8-megapixel front camera and its 12 megapixel rear facing cameras. Don't worry the battery life here is very comparable to most of its peers. It will last you all day, with it's 3000 mha battery to get you through the day just fine on a single charge even with heavy internet and streaming use. With that being said though I wouldn't be playing PUBG or Fortnite on this phone on any higher setting than low. Even with the 8-core processor made by snapdragon it seems to perform a bit sketch near the higher frame rates. It comes with 8GB of ram and 64GB internal memory plus an expandable slot, which allows you to raise that all the way to 500 gigs usable storage. Of course, I say this is a mid-range phone but by no means do they skimp on anything this phone has everything a phone should have of course WI-FI, USB C charging, and all the things the cellphones of this day and age should have. What really drives me to this phone is this aspect ratio and a cinema quality visual it's like having a movie theater in the palm of your hand. The only downside strangely enough in this phone is not having the QI charging ability. One of the most vulnerable parts of the phone to me is the charge port. So having an alternative way to charge a phone if that port fails should be an option. Respectfully, QI charging ability should very much be something they include on this phone but is not deal breaker. I truly enjoyed the phone overall and with future updates, I feel that this would be a great phone to recommend to friends and family. If QI charging ability is added in the future, I would definitely consider getting this phone again.
I would recommend this to a friend
Impressive and Stylish with small shortcomingsPosted
I've been a big fan of Sony products especially of their mobile division that used to go by Sony Ericsson back in the day. What differentiated Sony phones back then was on how stylish they were and their added media capabilities whether it was the 3.5mm jack or FM radio with MP3 support before the iPhone made it a norm. So how does the Xperia 10 Plus stand out from the strongly competitive mid-range market most of it has to do with the tall display. For my usage, I set it up exactly the same as my Note 9 except for some apps due to storage limits. I replaced the home launcher with Nova launcher and restored it with a backup from my Note 9. My apps placement and widgets are exactly as they were on my Note 9. I did this because I wanted to use the Xperia as I would using my Note 9. Let me tell you not once during my usage did I wanted to run back to my Note 9 even with some small performance hiccups. I'm not saying this will replace your flagship phone but it will feel like one for those looking for a device that won't break the bank. Media consumption on mobile devices has been increasing and Sony knows how important a display can make or break a device. The resolution is an FHD+ 1080 x 2520 pixels 422 PPI density that's stunning for a mid-range device. It's a bright color display that can hold his own against some of the top mid-range displays. The display almost takes up the entire phone except for the large chin on the top. Bezels below the chin are thin. Sony does provide 3 color gamut options from off (no image enhancement), Standard Mode (enhances images for photos and videos) to Super Vivid Mode that dials up the saturation and gives you those punchy colors you typically find on AMOLED displays. Since my previous phone was the Note 9 right away I went for Super Vivid Mode. It won't beat the Note 9 display with those inky blacks. Even though it's an LCD the blacks are still pretty good without that gray shade you typically find on LCD displays. The aspect ratio is 21:9 which most films are recorded. There are pros and cons to this Aspect ratio. Pros: You can comfortably use 2 apps at once without that cramped feeling. No black bars on most movies. Since the width is short you can somewhat use it 1 handed. Sony does offer a convenient way to shrink the display by double tapping the home bar. The extra screen space displays a lot more information especially on websites and Social Media apps. Cons: About 60% of the time you will be needing two hands to use the phone. Shrinking the display does help but I doubt it you will want to be doing that constantly trying to reach those top corners to close an app or access the menu. Media that's not recorded in the 21:9 ratio will have significant black bars or crop out a lot more to fill in the entire screen. Some apps outside of YouTube or Netflix don't have a zoom in option which leaves you with black bars. Hopefully, Sony can release an update and give it a system-wide zoom in option like Samsung did when the S8 first came out. Just like media, some apps will show black borders and for now, I wasn't able to find an option to full screen the app as I do on my other phone. For media consumption, you will want to plug in some headphones or use Bluetooth headphones. Even though there are 2 grill speakers located on the bottom is still a single speaker. Most devices that have a single bottom firing speaker aren't that great but they sound much better compared to Xperia 10. The Xperia 10 Plus speakers sound tinny and could benefit from some more loudness. At max volumes, they start to crackle. Battery Life Battery life has been amazing even though the battery capacity is 3000mAh which is on the small side for a large device. I honestly expected the battery to be terrible since even on smaller devices with that capacity my experience has not been good. . Either way, unless you're pushing this device hard like gaming or live streaming you should be happy with the results. My average screen on time was over 5 hrs with some days coming at 6.5 hrs. Typical day usage for me is in between light to heavy usage and consist of Social Media browsing from FaceBook, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit and Discord. I also have 3 email accounts sync to my Gmail app. With some music streaming from Spotify or Sirius XM app along with some Bluetooth headphones pair for most of the day. I would also video stream about 3-5 hrs from Netflix or YouTube. For gaming, my daughter likes to play Roblox on my phone which sometimes goes over an hour. Even on heavy days usage I still end up with over 5 hrs of on screen time. If you ever find yourself without access to a charger Sony has your back with 2 Stamina modes to help extend that battery life. Charging speeds are on par as my Note 9. Performance and Software Performance out the box it's good for the most part. For the first 2 days, I use the phone with the stock launcher but eventually switched over to Nova launcher which I prefer due to the customizations options it provides. It's not the fastest device when it comes to opening apps I still noticed a 1-2 second delay on some of the core apps like Gmail or Android messaging app for texting. There's room for improvement and something that can be fixed via an update. For an almost stock Android build those hiccups should only be present when opening big games likes PUBG or Fortnite. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 636 pair with 4gb of Ram. Even though it's not as powerful as the 855 it still has plenty of power for a smooth experience that for now seems to be more of a software optimization issue. Overall it's just minor issues that aren't a deal breaker since for the most part it's been a positive experience that can only get better. I believe most of the bad feedback was due to the software the phone shipped with before the latest update which is 53.0. A.4.79 as of this review. Sony did a good job of releasing a quick update to address those performance issues. I've not had any major issues like system lockups or apps crashing. Overall it's almost a complete android stock with some slight adjustments for specific Sony features. Some of those features are the display shrinking and the side sense feature. The side sense is a bar on the side of the screen that predicts your most used apps similar to the edge feature on Galaxy Phones for quick access to those apps. For navigation buttons, you have access to Android Pie Gestures or the 3 button setup home, back, and overview. There's a slight learning curve to the Gesture set up. Tap to go the home screen, Long Press to summon Google Assistant, Swipe up to enter the overview screen, Long swipe up pulls up your app drawer, flick right to switch to the last app used, swipe right to browse opened apps, and back button to return to the previous screen. For bloatware, there's not much that comes with the phone besides some Sony-specific apps that you have the option not to install during the set-up process. As for security features, you don't get a fancy face ID scanner or ultrasound fingerprint scanner under the screen. What you do get is a good old fast reliable fingerprint scanner located on the right side in between the power button and volume button. It's a good size even with a case I've not had any issues with recognizing my prints. I would like to see some extra features like being able to bring down the notification area with a swipe as other phones do with their fingerprint scanner. Build quality is excellent even though the back is made out of plastic. It's a matte black that looks more like the iPhone 7 back finish. Unfortunately, there's no wireless charging. Overall I like the look of the phone. It's like a holding a Hershey's chocolate bar that's slightly taller than a Note 9. It has that Sony candy bar style that's been a trademark of their devices for the last couple of years. Cameras On the back, you have a 12 MP + 8 MP dual camera and 2x optical zoom with an 8mp front face camera. The couple of pictures I took came out looking pretty good. You can also take a wide picture with the 21.9 aspect ratio and record too. You can also record with 4K resolution with both Aspect Ratios 16:9 or 21:9 along with FHD at 60fps. The front facing camera pictures came out looking good too. For video recording, the max resolution is FHD along with the option to record in 21:9. For nighttime photos, they came out ok with some noise on them. Sony also a mode called AR that allows you to take pictures or record video, with moving on-screen objects from different scenes like a dinosaur island or space. My kids had a blast going through all the different scenes available on the AR mode. Most of them are free with some costing around $2.99. Overall is a good camera with the weakness being nighttime pictures. Call Quality and Data/Wifi Signal Call quality has been good no issues with dropped calls on the T Mobile network. The phone does a good job of holding on to an LTE signal. Areas of poor coverage were normally my signal drops to 1 bar with the Xperia 10 drops down to 2-3 bars instead just enough to be able to still browse the internet. WiFi signal is good with speeds reaching around 200mb. My final thoughts on the Xperia 10 Plus has been mainly a good experience. It's slim to hold but too tall to operate with a single hand. The only cons were some minor performance issues with core apps and the below average speaker. My favorite feature of the phone is the display especially when consuming media that's recorded in 21:9. If you're like me and consume most of your media on your phone this should be a top pick. Battery life has been impressive and that's only with a 3000mAh just imagine how much better it would have been if Sony would have included a bigger battery. The Xperia 10 Plus it's an excellent daily driver device that's also stylish.
I would recommend this to a friend
I think Sony is on to something here...Posted
This is a long review, the longest I have ever posted, because this phone may be the answer to a lot of people's prayers, but because this is a new design, there's the potential for some regretful buying decisions. If you are considering this phone, or any of the new Sony Xperia phones (10, 10+, Flagship Xperia 1) - read the reviews, ask questions, watch the unboxing and review videos on Y Tube, get your hands on one if you can, and then make an informed decision based on whether this phone meets your particular needs, or not. There are certain features of this phone that I really appreciate, and after a few days of learning the best ways to deal with the "tall and skinny" screen of the phone, it has become a pleasure to use, not the least for the sake of having something new and different. Start comparing mid-range phones and there are 'good' and 'not so good' specs in different areas for all of them - figure out what you want and understand that mid-range phones have differences. Be aware that the specifications aren't the whole story for how a phone performs in YOUR hands. To get started, IF you like the following features, keep reading: 1 - view movies in wide screen 21:9 aspect ratio with no bars on the top and bottom. 2 - view more "scrollable" information on the screen when browsing 3 - use 2 apps at the same time (split screen) and really have a complete view of both apps with plenty of room Like these features? Then the Xperia 10 Plus may be just what you are looking for, and there's no other phone like it on the market. The Sony Xperia line (10, 10+, and flagship Xperia 1) all have the 21:9 aspect ratio and are perfect for viewing wide-screen movies and some of the more current TV shows. Video from streaming services and'regular' TV and older movies will have black bars on both sides. You can "zoom" these to fill the screen, but that inevitably chops off the top and bottom with predictable results. The tall screen makes it easy to go "split screen" with enough room to actually and usefully have two apps going at the same time. For example, I can have a Y Tube video going on top of the screen and while watching that can be checking email or going through a web site on the bottom. Once you see how well that works with this tall screen, you may experience the "where have you been all my life" syndrome and start figuring out all the neat ways you can make use of this new experience. The tall screen does NOT create much of a problem with reaching up up up to the top to get the full functionality of the phone. Sony has added an overlay "SideScreen" function that allows you to "tap tap" a small and unobtrusive sidebar that quickly pops out your favorite apps and most-used drawer items right by your thumb and very easy to reach. There is also a "One Handed" mode where you "tap tap" the home button and the entire screen shrinks down to a smaller size to put the whole screen within easy thumb reach, and then you can quickly "tap" to restore the full size of the screen. You can adjust the size of the reduced screen to your personal preference, and you get full access to all screens on the phone - just think of it as a perfectly functioning mini-phone-screen to help you get around to what you are after. This took longer to explain than to use it, and it is EXTREMELY quick and easy and honestly makes moving around the screen easier than the "just like everyone else" sized screens. OK the other stuff on the phone - real quick: SCREEN QUALITY - great. As good or better than anything I have seen from mid-range phones. I guess the specs on pixel density and whatnot matter but as I look at it - the colors are crisp, the images are smooth, the small print is perfectly legible - looks great to me. Movies look fabulous! AUDIO - mono speaker on the bottom. Would be great to have stereo for videos and games but this is a mid-range phone, so can't have it all for this price. Speaker jack if you like, and Bluetooth buds, phones, and external speakers all connect and work fine. Sony has put some very nice audio software (Sony, right? @@@@@@@ in the phone so you can tweak it until you get it the way you like it. CAMERA - some mid-range phones have a better camera, some don't. Two lenses on the back and a decent selfie lens on the front. Photos and videos can be shot in the 21:9 ratio, although viewing them on another phone with different ratio will give black bars or cut some off. If that's a big problem for you, then don't shoot photos or videos in 21:9 and just set the phone to the ratio you want to use. Half the reviewers seem to think the camera is great, half the reviewers think no so great. If you are buying a phone for the camera, then you aren't buying this one anyway. BLUETOOTH - connects fine, works well, nothing special - about the same as everyone else. PHONE CALLS - 4G LTE works fine - about the same as everyone else. OS - just about vanilla Android 9 Pie, with some Sony overlays to help with screen navigation, and that's about it. No bloatware. SPEED - Snapdragon 636 - better than many mid-range phones, not a powerful gaming phone. Respectable chipset with 4GB RAM and works smoothly for everything I have tried including some light gaming. Apps open instantly for the most part and running couple apps on split-screen is smooth. To me is it buttery smooth. If you are wanting a flagship with an 800 series Snapdragon, why are you looking at this phone anyway? BATTERY - lots of chatter from the reviewers about the 3,000 mAh battery - "too small" and "should be bigger" and whatnot. OK other phones have the same battery and some have larger in the mid-range models. My phone gets unplugged at 5:45 AM to start the day. I came from a 3,000 mAh "old" phone that was usually out of juice by 3:00 - 4:00 PM, if I was lucky enough to last that long. Bought an extra charger to keep at work to top it off around lunch to make it through the day, and that was with light use. The Xperia 10 Plus is in my hand as I write this review and it has 50% at 7:00 PM and I have been fiddling around with it all day getting used to it and watching video during lunch and trying out some games when I get the chance. much more use than 'normal' and also I like a bright screen. Whatever is going on with the processor and Sony's adjustments to the OS or whatever they do to get the battery to last longer - it works just fine! I don't see having battery problems getting through the day and will be happy to re-charge every night. If you want a phone that goes 2 days without a charge and use it constantly - this ain't it. INTERNAL MEMORY - 64GB about the same or better as everyone else. Put in a microSD if you need more storage. WIRELESS/STREAMING - tell the Xperia what wireless networks you prefer, and it will connect without problems. Good connection to our home PLEX server and the Xperia plays high quality streaming video seamlessly. FINGERPRINT READER - on the side, where your fingers are. I'm right-handed on the phone so perfect spot for my thumb and have added a few other fingers for the occasional pick-up-the-phone differently occasions. Multiple fingerprints available, all of them work, all of them open the phone without hesitation. BUILD QUALITY - the Xperia feels solid without being overly hefty - meaning it has a comfortable weight. The back of the phone seems to be a matte finish plastic stuff, and the front of the phone is Go-rilla glass. Half the world wants a glass-wrapped phone that's bright and shiny and shows every flipping fingerprint, half the world wants a matte finish. Actually, I don't really care because the first thing I do is put a case on a new phone and a high-impact screen protector on the front because I go years before replacing or upgrading, and don't want to break a perfectly good phone before I'm done with it. I don't care about the finish - the phone is in a CASE for gosh sakes. BOTTOM LINE - for me - maybe for you - maybe not. I really like this phone. It is different, unique, and stands out (literally) in a huge crowd of "pretty much the same thing and they all look pretty much alike" mid-range phones that currently flood the market. I like the tall screen and having more vertical room for surfing and room to spare for a truly useable "split screen" - all that without having a monster-wide hand grenade to fumble around with - and I can get that with the Xperia 10 Plus and no other mid-range phone on the market can meet those needs. Really, with all the chatter about "how tall" the Xperia is, it isn't even an ? inch longer than my old phone, although it is narrower and easier to wrap my hand around and thumb the screen. I think Sony is on to something here, and really believe that as time passes more and more video content will be 21:9, but today a majority of video content is still geared to the screens on every other manufacturer's phones. I love to "unwind" by settling down and watching videos on my phone (wife gets the TV so go figure) and this is perfect for me. Get a "regular sized" phone screen like I have been using up until now, and movies have bars on the top and bottom and TV shows fit just fine. Get the Xperia 10 Plus like I have now, and movies and new TV shows fit perfectly, and other videos have black bars on the right and left sides. Either way you get black bars, so decide what works best for you and there's your answer. I'm starting to get real comfortable with the "tall and skinny" Xperia that looks and plays like nothing else on the "my phone looks just like the other ones" market. For me, getting a new phone is an "every 3 or 4 years" decision, and I think I'm going to be OK with this one.
I would recommend this to a friend
Practical and innovativePosted
Overall, a very practical phone with lots of value in the mid-range category. It is a new design that most will be a little surprised by at first appearance but upon use will find it to be very practical and effective. As a Sony fanboy I both love this phone and find it a little lacking. Read on! Unboxing: The boxing is surprisingly minimal, most Sony phones in the past have felt high end with packaging and included options. This one is very bare bones. The Box is low quality materials and inside you will find the phone, a charger (more on that later), USB-c cable, and simple documentation. Nothing else. Design: The phone was rather shocking to hold upon first impression. This phone measures 6.5" diagonally with a 21:9 display. It is larger than most phones but is surprisingly easy to use even with one hand. The build quality is above average but with a few quarks. The body feels like it's a higher end poly-carbonate with some metal accents. It feels highly durable and after a few days of use is completely scuff and scratch free. The body does not gather fingerprints very easily. There is no wireless charging included but does support NFC near the top of the phone. The screen is Gorilla glass 5 and all the buttons are perfectly placed. Since the phone is very tall, the volume is on the lower half, finger print reader is on the middle of the right side in perfect thumb position and the power is just above that. I would have liked to see the power button combined with the fingerprint reader, but this is minor. What I was annoyed by wit the design is twofold. First, the buttons are almost flush with the body making using the volume rocker a little difficult since there is little haptic feedback. This button should stick out a little further to make it easier to use. Second, there is no waterproofing. You can see this when you pull out the SIM tray, in there you will be able to place a single SIM (on the I3223 model sold by best buy) and a micro SD card slot supporting 512 GB. In the tray there are zero rubber gaskets so you would not want to drop this in a toilet. It feels solid enough that there would be little issue with rain and splashes but do not submerge this thing (I am not going to test it). Wireless: Wireless is pretty good. I was thinking that in stepping down to a mid-range phone I might be sacrificing wireless performance, but I have had zero issues. My home Wi-Fi is FIOS and supports 200 Mbps up and down, I get at best 169 Mbps down and 126 Mbps up. Using T-Mobile in the Seattle area I get about 79 mbps down and 10 Mbps up. The snapdragon 636 processor is cat x12 supporting up to 600 Mbps which isn't too bad but not as amazing as the latest flagship phones. There is no 600 MHz support but does support 700 MHz. I have had no Bluetooth issues as the phone supports Bluetooth 5.0 along with all the important codecs for audio (aac, aptx, aptx-HD, LDAC). NFC works well with google pay and for file transfers, no complaints here! Display: The display is average in overall quality. Black levels are pretty good for LCD (no AMOLED here) but colors just seem a little dull to me. You can change the level of saturation in the settings with three levels of but it just never seems to wow me. As the screen resolution is 21:9, the resolution should be 1080x2520. This is strange at first but once you try out multitasking with two apps such as twitter and a YouTube video, or turn it sideways to watch a movie, you will become a believer! Movies are shown in exactly the aspect ratio they were meant to be seen in. If your video is 4:3 or 16:9 you will side bars on the side but 21:9 is what most major movies are shot in. Multi-tasking is extremely efficient with a screen of this size and you will love being able to truly have two apps running side by side (in portrait or landscape) in what feels like two full sized phones. The screen feels durable with Gorilla glass 5 and should do will with time, I would still recommend a screen protector for scratches though (no issue after three days though) Camera: I want to get more out of the camera, but it's very hit or miss. I will upload a few sample photos in this review, one good one bad for examination and so you can see it's limits. On the plus side, there are two lenses, one 12 MP main camera (27mm) and one 8 MP (53mm) 2 zoom camera. The main camera isn't too bad but lacks HDR ability so check your lighting. Detail is good. Sony tends to not use a lot of noise reduction so you will see a lot of noise in your photos, this is somewhat unprocessed looking, but some people might prefer this. The 2x zoom camera is lacking in my opinion. It has issues with focusing in all but the best of lighting and should not be used often if you ask me. Both lenses lack OIS which is a huge issue for me as this could have taken the cameras far. Bokeh is pretty good using both lenses to determine depth. The bokeh photos are using the telephoto lens so you will need to stand a little farther back to get a good one. Edge detection seems pretty good to me so far. The selfie camera is average. It is far superior to past Sony selfie cameras stepping up to a 8MP one this time. Again, there is no OIS and only one lens so bokeh can have a few edge issues from time to time. It is very poor in the dark but looks pretty good in the day. Detail isn't too bad, but focus can sometimes be an issue. DO NOT take a photo with a bright light in the background in any of the cameras as you will have massive issues lighting. Video is average and uses electronic image stabilization. It works well in 1080 but isn't as effective in 4k. 4k is very interesting on this phone as it supports 21:9 aspect ratio. If you plan on filming in this cinema ratio this could be of good use. The same HDR limitations apply to video as well. Audio: If you like high resolution audio this is a great phone for you! There is a headphone jack!!! Very rare these days. The phone supports 24-bit/192 kHz audio and also has LDAC for wireless streaming. With micro SD card support, this phone might be a great option for anyone with a library of HD audio FLAC files (also supports other lossless formats). On the downside of audio, there is only one speaker on the bottom. It isn't the worst one I have heard but it'sn't the best either. It sounds kind of tiny but does have decent volume. There is little bass so if you are watching a movie, toss on some headphones. I am surprised they didn't do stereo speakers or up the quality on the one speaker since video is a huge draw of this phone, a good speaker matched with 21:9 display would be amazing. Everyday use: I am overall happy with everyday use. First, battery life isn't bad with a 3000 mAh battery, these is a good amount of optimization with the software that it will get you through the day just fine. I found games will drain the battery quick though. Performance is pretty good using the Snapdragon 636 processor. It is no beast and provides a stutter every so often but in normal usage, it's snappy. 4GB of ram helps a lot too. The device uses Android 9 Pie so it feels pretty efficient on this device as it's mostly stock interface. There is little bloatware other than the Xperia Lounge app and AVG pre-installed. You can delete these though. Gaming performance is pretty good. I mostly play C&C Rivals and Galaxy of Heroes and I have experienced no issues here. It might not be able to handle high end games like Asphalt 9 at max settings though. The device fits into male jean pockets easily but I would be concerned if your outfit has female sized pockets since it will easily stick out of said pocket. The form factor got a lot of questions on the street since most people have never seen a device of this form factor. One huge concern I had that can be mitigated is the included charger. Since there is no wireless charging, you will rely heavily on your included charger. The problem is that it's 5V / 1500mA. This comes out to 7.5 Watts of charging. This phone supports quick charge 3.0 and PD 2.0 (I believe) so why they included a non-quick charge charger is beyond me other than cost savings. Throw this charger away and use an old quick charge capable charger. It takes forever to charge with this charger! I tried it with a LG charger I had lying around with 16.3 and 9 watts options and it charges at normal quick charge speeds. I also tried it with my 45-watt PD laptop charger and again got much better results than the included charger. Benchmarks: Memory / storage performance is pretty good. Past Sony phones have had limits on how fast the data speed is on external memory (was capped at around 35 MB per second I believe). No limitations on this phone. I tried benchmarks on Androbench receiving 81.77 MB/s read and 34.67 MB/s write on a 200 GB UHS-1 card. The internal storage of 64 GB eMMC obtains 287 MB/s and 192 MB/s write. Not too shabby! Geekbench showed single core scores of 1348 and multi-core scores of 4818 Antutu scored 117279 Summary: Good overall phone, great for video, high-res audio and multitasking. Do not use if you rely on a phone camera and speed.
I would recommend this to a friend