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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 69 reviews

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good phone

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    Sunshine
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    Good phone good value good price good service at store

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Phone

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    DWDW
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    Excellent phone easy to set up, camera, features, and ease of use all great and a third the cost of a carrier phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable versatility

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    JimHIRes
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    Reviewers call this a midrange phone. I call it a great tool at half the price of top liners. I needed hi Res music like I had on my dead Sony and a reasonable camera. I got that and more, like an elongated screen, great battery life and a solid frame. . I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Efficient

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    Mitu
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    I am totally satisfied using Sony Xperia. Reasonable price with full facilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great phone

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    Lee23
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    Great phone for the price, pretty simple to figure out. Battery could be better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony is back and strong!

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    Zaid
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    The problem is Sony underestimated by customers, so please don't judge it until you try it. looking at the beauty of the product and the stylish design with its durability and smooth use, Sony outperforms others on this side. This phone offers a beautiful and elegant design in a light weight and a very fast operating system Android Pie 9 under the hood with a stunning camera. I am a big fan of Sony and I can say that Sony has actually made a great device by putting good hardware at an acceptable price. Fingerprint scanner is very responsive, screen is 6.5 FHD Gorilla Glass 5, 21:9 aspect ratio wide screen, 4 GB RAM, CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is good for mid-range phone, front camera is 12MP and rear is 8MP with 4k video recording, sound quality is amazing with DSEE "Sony Digital Sound Enhanced Engine" NFC for fast pairing. $429.99 price point is acceptable taking into consideration this device offers vivid screen colors, great sound and fluid use. at the beginning I was concerned about device being tall but actually seems great in hand and doesn't really bother as I get to use the split screen feature nicely and good for movie streaming.happy with my Sony Xperia 10 Plus specially with my Sony WH-1000XM3 makes it a great ecosystem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great!

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    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

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Mid-Range Phone for Your Money

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    Parker
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    I am loving that Sony is still strong in the mobile phone division and has brought back a great contender with the Xperia 10+. The Xperia 10+ is a great overall mid-range phone that gets you a lot of bang for your buck. This phone comes unlocked and is compatible with AT&T, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, T-Mobile, and Verizon. All I did was pop my sim card out of my old phone and put it in the Sony Xperia 10+ and was good to go. That in itself was super easy and didn't even require a tool, the sim card/memory card tray is user friendly and you can just use your finger nail to open it. As far as looks goes this phone looks, this phone looks good in the matte black color I received. It also feels good in hand and doesn't feel cheap. It has a finger print sensor on the side which I find pretty handy and natural. When pulling the phone out of your pocket with your right or left hand it is positioned perfectly for your finger to unlock instead of having to press on screen. The screen size ratio is where this thing differs from a lot of other phones. The Sony Xperia 10+ is an 6.5" phone with a 21:9 screen size ration. Watching movies and videos on this thing is a joy. You can also use 2 apps at once which is a great feature of having this screen ratio. You can also use one handed mode to minimize the screen and then pull it back to when you need it. The phone comes with dual 12.0MP and 8.0MP rear-facing cameras. Taking photos on this phone range from good to average for this price range. Plenty of options in the software to adjust and edit pictures to your liking. I like the bokeh effect the camera produces. As far as low light pictures this phone did average. This phone has great battery life at 3000mAh. I can use it all day and still have plenty of juice at the end of the day. I also love that it has a Usb C charger. Call quality on this headset seems average. I didn't notice any negatives. Using this phone on a daily basis I can recommend it if you do a lot of media consumption, the screen is built for it, the phone is also packed with tons of features and it also looks good. Sony is still producing great phones for this price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable midrange smartphone with great features

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    Prat
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    This is sony's larger midrange smartphone. First things first, make sure you download the latest updates before you start using the phone as that might make your experience better. This is a tall phone, 6.5" with 21:9 wide display. This does come in handy with the split screen multitasking as well as for cinematic video viewing. It comes with 12MP and 8MP dual back camera with 2x optical zoom, supporting 4K video recording, while the selfie camera is 8MP. The phone does have headphone jack and the audio resolution is great, given Sony has this experience. 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 635 helps with good performance of this phone. It comes with 3000mAh battery with great optimization, plus Sony provides 2 Stamina modes to help with the extended battery life. There is a fingerprint scanner to the right of the device for fast unlocking, but this might not be convenient for left handed use. The build quality is great. Other notable features include the NFC pairing, USB C port for charging and data transfers, FM radio, and the standard micro SD slot. This phone also supports streaming games from your PS4. I haven't had any issues with the phone being tall and fitting in the jeans and sitting, it seems to be ok. Overall, this is one of the best midrange smartphone for people who are on budget but want all the bells and whistles for everyday use and I would defintely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tall and slim

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    DavidJr
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    I thought another phone of mine had an odd form factor, but this Sony Xperia 10 Plus with it's 21:9 ratio hits the new odd shape for me. However, that isn't necessarily bad, just different. It is slim and tall, which gives any media that you have to scroll through a bit more space on the screen. However, it's narrow, so it creates more line breaks in dynamic text, filling up that space. In landscape mode it's perfect for cinema movies, but large bars or cropped top and bottom for any other format. The good thing about it being narrow, it it's real easy to hold onto with smaller hands compared to other Plus model phones. Being so tall it's hard to manage the full screen with one hand, but with a double tap of the menu button, it will put the whole screen in the selected corner for you so that it can be easily managed with one hand. I personally have not had a phone in this price range in some time, so it's hard for me to find an equal comparison, but it's in no means a fair compare to a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone that is two to threes times it's price. For instance, the camera isn't bad, as I have seen worse on cheaper phones, but it'sn't top end either. It does have two cameras on the back for a 2x photo zoom. However, the camera sticks out a fair bit on the back, so I would highly recommend getting a case for it, preferably one that can help with added protection as theres no IP rating either. A slightly different feature compared to some other phones I have had is the fingerprint scanner on the side. It is in an easy position for the thumb of the right hand and the index finger of the left hand, with just a natural grip. However, the power button above it and the volume below it do seem a bit awkward to use at times. The volume button in particular is so shallow that it's hard to differentiate up and down. As for volume, the audio from the speaker sounds very metallic and hallow. Although the bottom of the phone is symmetric and gives the appearance it has stereo speakers, only one is a speaker. For everyday use, it has lasted me throughout the day without concern. As with any device though, watching videos will burn it up fairly quickly. However, with it just sitting around it has been over a week without charge and seems to have barely moved. And this is with it still getting regular notifications from various applications. The version I have is unlocked and was a simple as taking my AT&T sim out of my old phone and putting it into this one. The sim tray is easier to take out than some other phones and the micro sd slot is under the tray cover. Default applications on the phone are fairly minimalistic based around Sony applications. There is also a built in FM tuner that requires wired headphones for the antenna. Something you don't even see on high end phones. Overall, it's a decent phone that has some high end capabilities that cuts a few corners to keep it within the price range. It is different in some aspects, but nothing that would make me dislike it. I would give it a 4.5 rating if I could, but I just can't consider it a 5.

    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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    A decent mid-range phone with a unique screen

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    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: 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