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Better than I throughPosted
Battery charge don't hold as long as was stated. Also the processor is not as fast as advertise. There's is a lot of different features advertised on this phone Hope I can learn all the features on this phone
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
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
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
Adequate but lacking any major advantagesPosted
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
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
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