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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 66 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    Posted
    MKD1
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    Sony is the most underrated phone company. I have this one and the XZ Premium, and they are both great. I like the bigger screen size, but they left off the side camera shutter button. But other than that I have no complaints!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A decent mid-range phone with a unique screen

    Posted
    TheTechNugget
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    Finally, a Sony phone I don't have to remember if the X or the Z comes first. Sony's history with ridiculous product names notwithstanding, their smartphones have always resonated with me in a special way. I pointed this out in my review last year of the Sony Xperia ZX2 Compact, a delightfully small phone that, in spite of its relatively aged look, was an interesting contender for popular 2018 smartphones. "There's just something about it," I said. With the ZX2 Compact, it broke the standard enormous screen we see on most smartphones in favor of a 5-inch screen, something we don't see too much of from phone manufacturers anymore. Aside from the odd screen size and weirdly chunky body, and a massive chin and forehead, its specs otherwise delivered on a great experience if you're into smaller phones, for around $600. What drew me to the phone, though, was its screen: 5 inches and HD+ resolution, but in the then standard 2:1 aspect ratio that we had seen in so many smart phones in 2018. But that was so 2018. New year, new phones, and new phone standards around for Sony to break. The candidate this time for "weird phone of the year" is the Sony Xperia 10 Plus. Simply named, this phone is not the wannabe-flagship that the ZX2 Compact was (but at less than flagship prices); instead, Sony reduced its cost with a lighter Snapdragon 636 processor, and paired with 4GB RAM it still does a remarkably good job at keeping up with normal tasks. But that doesn't make it weird. The weird comes in the 6.5" FHD+ display that has an aspect ratio of 21:9. We've seen a lot of tall phones over the last couple years, but this one towers above them all. For those who don't know, cinema films like the ones you watch in a movie theater are typically displayed in that same 21:9 aspect ratio. Given my recent love for obtaining *ahem* totally legitimate 21:9 cinema movies and watching them at home, this device had me intrigued. Looking further into the other specs-64GB storage with microSD card supporting up to 512GB more, Android Pie, a 3000mAh battery and some other fun software goodies-for less than $500. this was a phone I had to get my hands on. One of my favorite parts of opening a new gadget is the packaging itself, as so many companies put so much money into things that typically get thrown away (not by me, though.I keep every single one of them). Unfortunately, though, the box was damaged in shipping and, while the phone itself was intact, the box was no longer the immaculate container it was when it left the warehouse. After further review, the packaging itself seemed cheap and flimsy, so it was no surprise the box had seen better days. Moving on to the phone itself.it's a sight to be seen for sure. It's tall, but thin, and the 21:9 screen is bright and colorful. The top of the phone has only a headphone jack, in spite of it losing its ubiquity in the smartphone world as time goes on. The left side of the phone hasn't a single button or sensor, while the right side of the phone has the power button, fingerprint sensor, and volume buttons. The buttons are very clicky, not really to my liking, but some people are into that I guess. And while the screen is huge, and tall, and pretty, the phone has a smaller, but still noticeable forehead. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, though: in 2019, at under $500, it's got to have some flaws, right? The bezels otherwise are very thin, so that's a big win. Around back, the phone sports a dual camera system-the 12MP main shooter and an 8MP secondary shooter that helps with depth processing. The camera is also capable of a 2x optical zoom (eat your heart out, iPhone 7). The unique screen size allows for some fun camera features, like the ability to shoot and film in the same 21:9 aspect ratio that matches the screen (although, unfortunately, there's no other screen you'll be able to play your homemade fail videos on in the same way as the Xperia 10 Plus). Out of the box, the phone is designed for use by a right-handed person: Sony has a few tricks up its sleeve to address the abnormally tall screen, so that one-handed operation is just hard, instead of impossible. Between shrinking the displayed image itself with a simple gesture to reach the upper left of the screen more easily, and using Sony's Side Sense features, tolerating the phone's dimensions is made that much easier. I did find out, thankfully, that the phone works just fine for lefties too, you just have to go into the menu to switch everything over. @@@@@@@@ Side note, it would have been cool if the setup UI just asked you what your dominant hand is. @@@@@@@ Some more things about the screen: watching a movie on this thing is great, that's provided you don't mind holding it near your face. That sort of thing has always made me wonder-who is actually using a phone to take in all their media, between laptops, tablets and smart TVs, the days of needing to find something to lean your phone against are over. Still, if you're in that category of viewers, and you find yourself viewing a lot of 21:9 content, this phone is not something to dismiss outright. Sony also boasts that multitasking is somehow better because you have just a little more space to work with, but I rarely find myself needing two smartphone apps running simultaneously on one screen. That said, this phone easily declares itself the master of social media, as its height allows for more content viewing, and a little less scrolling, while you peruse your favorite social sites. News is great too, and really anything involving longer webpages. Everything else, though, is kind of weird. 21:9 is unusual, and while many of the bigger app developers allow for full use of the screen, many apps don't take full advantage of the extra real estate, or they do it in a weird way. But if you're watching a movie, and you have a decent pair of headphones connected, the phone can deliver great audio quality thanks to Sony's Hi-Res audio and LDAC onboard. As always, it's important the audio source is high quality, but if it's, you're in good hands. The phone falls short in the audio department, though, with it's dual bottom-facing speakers that sound like the kind of speakers you'd get on a sub-$500 smartphone. They're plenty loud, that's for sure, but the quality is less than desirable. Its battery is great-3000mAh-and in spite of the tremendous screen size, provided you don't go crazy with brightness, you'll find this phone lasting you most of the day if not well into day two, as in my case. I'm not a super-heavy phone user, so for me making it a day is never a problem.but I didn't find myself charging this until halfway through day two of my testing period, and that's without a full charge out of the box on delivery. It's worth noting that some markets offer versions which are dual-SIM capable.mine wasn't, and we don't see a ton of that in the US, but over time we'll undoubtedly see more. The phone comes in black and silver, and the silver looks very similar to last year's ZX2 silver which I found to look rather cheap and plasticky. My unit was the black one, which looks a lot nicer; the phone itself has a decent weight to it to feel premium enough, but is by no means heavy. The dimensions are weird, and the button placement on the right side seems a bit strange as well. I'm, however, a huge fan of the side fingerprint sensor in place of putting one on the back, although I think the sensor could have doubled as a power button so the volume buttons could be shifted upward. The camera performed surprisingly well, especially in low light, a nice feature for mid-range smartphones. The ability to record video in 21:9 seems a bit gimmicky to me, but I guess it does provide a more immersive experience when you view them on the phone. The phone performance at large was, well, fine. It's a mid-range smart phone with a stunted processor, running Android 9 with 4GB RAM and a screen larger than the industry average: I think it's safe to say it's not going to be an amazing user experience when it comes to performance. And while that's a surprise to nobody, for $449 you're getting a reasonably well-equipped smartphone without having to break the bank. You'll sacrifice in a few areas, namely performance, but you stand to gain in other areas. If you're a big consumer of media-Netflix binging, perhaps, and those black bars really get on your nerves.this phone might be for you. If you depend on high quality audio while you listen to music, take a look. The phone by no means comes off as a $449 smartphone in the looks department: it looks sleek, and polished, and elegant (provided you avoid that silver color). So in the end-it's a peculiar thing; the aspect ratio is a specialty for Sony right now, and it's hard to tell if other manufacturers are going to continue the trend. I think that you can probably do better (overall) than this phone for the price-finding similarly equipped phones for less-but 18:9 is so 2018.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awkward Design

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    veritech13
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    I have had tried to use this phone for about a week and I have mixed feelings. I keep trying to convince myself it's a great phone but not a day goes by that I don't find something awkward to complain about. FIrst, I did upgrade the software and I had no issues after...the software and interface was not glitchy and it did no crash on me. The software interface was a little different to me but I am not going to grade it negatively based on menu format, app design and general flow of the apps/settings. The only reason is because they all functioned well and it was hard not to be biased as I am a Samsung galaxy user for the past 10yrs and any complaint seemed like I was trying to break old habits. My genuine complaints came from the design of the phone. The size did not matter to me because even as long as it was, the s9 plus is very comparable so I did not notice much of a difference. The placement of the volume rocker was a bit awkward as you would loosen your grip in attempting to adjust the volume. The volume rocker seemed to be rather shallow and thus you had to press hard in order to activate it and this would loosen your overall grip. The power button was too close to the fingerprint reader, many times as I was fishing for the fingerprint reader I would inadvertently shut down the phone. The sim card tray seems to be rather cheaply built as well. It seems to be at appearance a rubber plug that pulls out and flops out of the way allowing access tot he sim/sd card but it's not the case. As you pull out the cheap little flap, instinct almost has you twisting it but it's an actual tray so doing so would damage it. I wish it were sturdier and ejected out with force as does most trays with the use of a sim tool. I don't want to end on a bad note because it's not a bad phone it just has some design flaws. The screen is a major plus, it's beautiful! the display does give viewing any videos a different feel...almost cinematic. The colors and vibrant display is quite the sight and as a media device it looks great. The app navigation and sidebar, shortcut to apps is very convenient. The camera was also very easy to use with some cool features but overall I think the design of the phone needs to catch up to the software and display.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony Xperia 10+

    Posted
    Mistabritt
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent phone for anyone not looking to spend much

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    TechNerd
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Practical and innovative

    Posted
    psyclopps
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just WOW!

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    Eron
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good phone, almost great!

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    CoppinFam
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Viewing Experience

    Posted
    Ponskippa
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Now That's a Tall Phone

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    mikeheel
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    The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a strangely tall, narrow phone that takes some getting used to. But that size has a purpose. Sony has decided to distinguish itself from other phone manufacturers by focusing on the thing Sony does best - entertainment. The 21:9 screen on the Xperia, which matches the ratio of most commercial films, brings an uniquely immersive experience to watching movies and similar video on a phone. It's like IMAX on a phone. ? The 10 Plus is Sony's new entrant in the world of mid-range phones. It slots well below the Xperia 1. The back is metal instead of glass. The resolution is "HD+" instead of 4k with HDR. The processor is a Qualcomm 636 instead of the 855. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 instead of 6. But most other things are about the same. The phone looks and feels like a quality handset. It may be mid-range, but it doesn't come across as cheap. ? In terms of OS, it ships with a current version of Android Pie (9) with a fairly unobtrusive skin by Sony. I appreciated that Sony let me decide which, if any, of their recommended apps to install. Coming from a Pixel, I also like to stay pretty close to stock Android, and the Xperia does that. The most immediately noticeable differences to me were what Sony calls Side Sense, which lets you easily access favorite apps with one hand, and some tweaks to the camera software. Note, you can take photos in the 21:9 format. ? Image quality is pretty good, although I think it lags a little in low-light settings. The phone features dual rear cameras at 12MP and 8MP, so the popular Bokeh effect is there. The front camera offers 8MP. Video can record in 4k, but focus can be a little slow with motion. Everything about the cameras seems good enough. Again, it doesn't compete evenly with the premium phone cameras, but it holds up quite well. ? Overall performance is better than I anticipated with the 636 processor. I presume that's due partly to the 4GB of RAM. Regardless, I haven't found anything that makes the phone stutter. It operates quickly and smoothly across the board. Sound out of the dual speakers on the bottom is decent. It can get fairly loud. Of note, the phone does have a 3.5mm headphone jack. ? The volume buttons are on the right side of the phone. They are small and not very tactile. I'd have liked them to stand out a bit more. The power button is higher up on the right side, and likewise doesn't stand out much. While this makes for a trim profile, it is a bit annoying in terms of daily use. ? The phone also has a fingerprint reader on the side. I thought this would be a poor placement, it feels natural and works very well. I haven't had any issues with it recognizing my print. ? I'm a 5'9" guy. With "normal" jeans, the phone fits in my front pocket - but just barely. The top is near the edge of the pocket. Sitting is also ok. ? The phone has a larger bezel across the top rather than notch. This helps the phone look more sleek. It also makes the 21:9 aspect ratio a bit more intimidating. I'm not a fan of notches, but that might have been a better option this time. The bottom of the screen shows only the on-screen home button; there is no back button on the main screen, although it does pop up when you open something within an app or settings. ?? The phone comes with 64GB of onboard memory, but it accepts micro-SDXC cards up to 512GB. The access door is on the left side of the phone and is easy to remove. The SIM card slot is also accessed with the same side door. BT 5.0 works well with various headphones. The phone also has the NFC feature. It charges with a USB-C cable, which I greatly appreciate. ? At the end of the day, I like this phone. However, I'm still not a fan of the form factor. I'd much rather Sony cut half an inch off and go with more typical aspect ratio. Except for when I want to watch a movie. Then, I love it. ? I think how much you love it will depend on how frequently you watch movies on a phone. If that's your thing, the Xperia series is for you. Even if not, this is a nice, smooth phone that takes a little time to get used to, but you do get used to it. And if you're tall, then it may even feel more natural than a typical phone. ?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent battery, good performance, no bloatware

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    Jaron
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Android Pie for the Cash Conscious

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    TheDuke
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    The price of smartphones these days has seemed to outpace innovation. ? My Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cost over $1,000 and nearly two years later (before I had paid it off) I began receiving texts & emails offering me the latest version of the phone. ? The frustration is that Samsung wants me to drop another $1,000 for a phone that is nearly identical to the one I already had. ? There just aren't enough new features to justify continuing to spend so much money on the newest flagship smartphones. ? And so, I have begun to explore more affordable smartphone options. The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is truly an impressive smartphone that is unlocked and actually affordable (costing less than half of Apple, or Samsung's flagship phones). ? While the form factor blends in with nearly all smartphones these days, it boasts a noticeably larger screen that is actually useful (and does not have any annoying camera notch). ? The resolution is 1080p which is more than suitable for its size (and probably saves money when compared to 4K screens that aren't truly useful in a handheld size). ? The screen is actually larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (by 0.10") allowing convenient multi-tasking most of the time. ? Though the tall screen and the multi-tasking are the most bragged about feature, not all apps can be split and the feature is not always intuitive on the fly. ? But, watching HD video with a 21:9 ratio is surprisingly immersive. The phone is incredibly easy to set up (from either Android or iOS) and is both quick and responsive. ? My favorite feature is the fingerprint sensor which is located perfectly within reach on the right edge of the phone. ? It is in a natural location and it works lighting quick to unlock the phone. ? The power & volume buttons are located on the right side and are almost overly streamlined with the edge of the phone - making them difficult to find by feeling alone. ? Having all of the physical buttons on the right side might also be a slight annoyance to those who are left handed. ? And while it can be difficult to reach across the large screen, but luckily there is a shortcut menu that pops out from the side of the screen giving easy access to settings and commonly used apps. Overall, I am truly impressed with this phone. ? It is an incredible balance of impressive features and low price. ? As it comes with the most recent version of Android (9 pie), it truly does not feel as though you are sacrificing much to get the lower price. ? Sony has done an excellent job producing an affordable phone that is feature rich and that can last for years. ? It is well worth the price. PROS: + Phone is sold unlocked + Fingerprint sensor is easy to reach and works instantly + Has a 3.5 mm headphone jack (but also has Bluetooth option) + The back of the phone is NOT glass (reduces weight and is less that may break) + Ultra Widescreen:? 21:9 aspect ratio + Record HD video in 21:9 + Shortcut menu pops out from either side of the screen making commonly used apps easy to reach + Record audio in stereo + FM Radio + Pedometer built in + 64 gigs of memory built in + Has the ability to have memory added with a MicroSD card + 12 MP rear camera with 8 MP front selfie camera + Light weight for size: 6.35 ounces + NFC options built in + USB C data/charging connection + Great price for an unlocked smartphone CONS: - Tall size can take some time to get used to and can definitely feel oversized when in your pocket - While screen is 1080p it seems to display a warmer image (less color accurate) than higher end phones - Using split screen (or entering this mode) does not work with all apps and is not very intuitive. - You have to double tap to open the shortcut menu (instead of swiping out from the edge which would be more intuitive) - Does not have many case or accessory options available online - Does NOT have wireless charging - Two speakers appear to only play in mono - Bokeh photo effect (portrait with slightly blurred background) is not particularly easy to use

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Adequate but lacking any major advantages

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    JMan
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    The Xperia 10 Plus is a large long phone but is easily manageable due to the narrow design. It has a one-handed mode that can be activated to assist with single handed operation but I prefer the standard screen. The LCD screen quality is pretty good. Although it's no comparison to OLED, contrast is good and the display is sharp and crisp. Quality is pretty nice with displaying photos and video. Screen responsiveness is good but sometimes touches don't register, especially if any part of my hand is making contact with other areas of the screen. Sometimes, this is unavoidable during one hand use due to the narrow design. There is no raise to wake feature and waking the phone requires a button press. Sound is pretty good from the speakers and there is a 3.5mm earphone jack available. The fingerprint scanner works flawlessly and always unlocks the phone on the first try. Voice quality during calls is pretty good on both ends. Battery life is so-so. I can get a full day of use per charge but that's about it. I can't stretch it to multi-day use. The included charger is standard, not fast charge. Overall build quality of the Xperia 10 Plus feels reliable although a bit on the lower end. Like most aspects of the phone, performance is good but not great. It's sufficient enough for most day to day tasks but can get laggy at times. I had to remind myself this is a mid-tier phone. Comparing it to phones like my S10+ are unfair. Comparison to another mid-tier phone, the iPhone XR, is also unfair. The XR has exceptional performance and hardware by comparison but the XR also costs several hundred more than this phone. The XR may be considered "mid-tier" by Apple standards but not in the Android world. Phones like the Moto G7 or Z3 are a better and more fair comparison for the Xperia 10 Plus. Camera quality is generally good but exposure on the rear-facing camera can be hit or miss at times. This is more noticeable in bright light or heavily contrasty scenes. The front camera is good during direct use but not quite as sharp or clear in third-party apps like Instagram or Facebook as some competing models. I don't know if the apps are optimized for use on certain phones but it's a noticeable difference in quality. Instagram also seems to have an issue with the unique ratio of this phone which sometimes causes photos to appear abnormally large and content to cut off at times. I've the latest system updates applied but I'm experiencing an ongoing issue with bluetooth connectivity. My music frequently clips out during use with both car audio and wireless ear buds. I initially thought the issue may have been limited to the car audio system until the same occurred with the wireless buds. I've tried some initial generic troubleshooting but can't eliminate the issue so far. Overall, this is an okay mid-tier phone but it has a few flaws. Performance is about what I expected at the price point and is acceptable for the most part. Sound, camera and extras are good enough but don't have any wow factor. The problem is that the competition is so fierce, even among older offerings like the S8+ which can be found similarly priced but offer so much more. It's really hard to recommend this over some of similarly priced phones available. The bluetooth is currently my biggest issue and I'm hopeful it's software related and can be resolved rather quickly. Otherwise, it would be a major dealbreaker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I think Sony is on to something here...

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    banjo
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    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