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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 69 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I really like these phone am a fan of Sony

    Posted
    MrReview76
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    Very light weight pretty fast in responding apps and searching websites. Camara is OK not the greatest, memory is great and u can add more the finger print sensor works when it want to. That's the only bad thing I have on these. Speaker is OK is a little louder then the xperia phone. The screen is slim now and not wide.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall great phone

    Posted
    Josh
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    I've had the Xperia 10 Plus for a couple of weeks now. The long/wide screen is very nice with videos and games. You can reduce the size to accommodate if you want. The sound is excellent. Very good quality. I find myself turning it down because of how loud it can get, unless I've it sitting down playing music while I do other stuff. Storage space is good. I added a microSD card for my music and photos. Highly recommend getting one. Gotta have extra space for stuff, lol. The camera. I'm still figuring out the camera settings since it has more options than I was previously accustomed too. The quality of the photos I've taken so far are good. Once I've the camera options figured out I'll enjoy that more. Overall, this phone is exceeding my expectations. If you don't wanna pay the high price for a Galaxy or Pixel, or iPhone, I highly recommend this phone. This phone has comparable stats to those other phones.

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid phone

    Posted
    sollyp
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    The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a solid phone. However, with "budget" smartphones getting better and better, this phone while good doesn't truly stand out. As soon as you take this phone out of the box, the design stands out immediately. The 21:9 aspect ratio really feels nice in the hand. The unibody plastic chassis doesn't feel premium, but it doesn't feel cheap either. It looks sleek. The forehead may be a little too big given today's notch/hole punch trend but you get used to it. The headphone jack is a plus! With the high-resolution audio, it really does make for a good music-listening experience. The fingerprint scanner is on the side which works for some and not for others. I didn't have any problems with it and using my thumb to unlock the phone didn't feel unnatural to me. The speakers are on the bottom which is the trend with every smartphone. I personally think front facing speakers are the way to go but these are solid quality speakers. The screen. The 21:9 aspect ratio is what Sony is really trying to sell you on. I gotta say, when watching shows that support 21:9 and seeing it fill up the entire screen, it does look really good. Given the longer display, you can also see more when web surfing and scrolling through posts. However, not every app is customized to the screen so bear that in mind when buying this phone. It also did get annoying to have the black bars at the sides when not watching videos optimzed for 21:9 but that's probably because we're so used to 16:9. The screen is bright enough for everyday use except out in direct sunlight. You can make the settings "super vivid" for those bright colors. The Android Pie software is very close to stock which I like. However, I do notice some hiccups every now and then. Some apps will shut down randomly. Watching videos will suddenly turn to mini display. GPS randomly goes out. I do think that these can be fixed with software updates. Camera is good but you're definitely not buying this phone for the camera. It takes good pics in regular light. Noisy pictures in low light. 21:9 pictures also look a bit funky. The last thing is performance. it isn't running the latest CPU and has 4 GB of RAM. It's ok for regular use. Sometimes it'll hiccup but I think those were more software issues. However, more demanding apps caused some serious lag which was disappointing. The battery life is also not mindblowing. It can last the whole day with music listening, some web browsing, texting, calling, emailing no problem. However, watching videos and streaming will really make it run out quickly. All in all, it is a decent phone at that mid-tier level.

    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

    Impressive and Stylish with small shortcomings

    Posted
    J0A0A7
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    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

  • 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