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Surprisingly, comfortable to hold.Posted
This is a very long phone. But that is an advantage while browsing because we can see more content. The phone is not too broad, so it does help in holding it comfortably. The OS looks stock, except for a few Sony based app, nothing you cannot uninstall. Definitely works premium than it's price point.
I would recommend this to a friend
So far, so good!Posted
I really enjoy this phone! It's just slim enough to feel much more comfortable in my hands than a traditional 16, 18, 19:1 handset. The 21:9 aspect ratio took me all of about 30 minutes to get used to; only one of my apps doesn't play well with that ratio either, a weather app. I didn't even notice that until a week later either. The picture is great for an LCD screen. I really enjoy being able to customize the color too. The Qualcomm 636 is fast too, though I don't play games so I can't speak for gaming.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent battery, good performance, no bloatwarePosted
Pro -Relatively inexpensive -Excellent battery life -64 GB internal storage -MicroSD slot -More RAM and newer CPU generation than regular X10 -2x optical zoom on rear camera -21:9 display -USB C connector -Hi-def Bluetooth audio codecs (aptx HD, LDAC) Con -LCD display instead of OLED -No wireless charging -Can't remove SD card without pulling SIM card -USB 2.0 connection -Not really "120 fps" video capture -Extra phone height can be problematic for some pockets TL/DR The Xperia 10 Plus is a great alternative to the much pricier unlocked "flagship" phones that typically cost $300+ more. The internal hardware is better than average, if not top-of-the-line, with a strong, efficient CPU, 4GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and microSD slot ( whereas the regular Xperia 10 is only 3GB RAM and a weaker A53 only CPU ). The 21:9 display aspect is great for some media or for scrolling long pages. Unfortunately the screen is only LCD, not OLED, and there's no wireless charging. But if you're okay with that, have the pocket space, and want a phone with great battery life and without manufacturer bloatware, the 10 Plus is an affordable option. In Detail The big marketing point of the new Xperia models is the 21:9 display. To those who don't know, this is the same aspect ratio most widescreen movies are shot ( 2.35 ). Sony claims Netflix has lots of 21:9 media available, which they do, and it's nice to watch movies without letterbox bars, if you watch a lot of media on your phone. Part of this partnership appears to be the inability to uninstall the Netflix application on the phone. The display ratio also helps in some productivity tasks. In portrait orientation you can view long documents or web pages easier and the popup keyboard takes up less relative space. It's also handy for split-screen usage. Thankfully, there's no notch in the display at top, Sony just made a slightly larger bezel to totally cover the front camera and speaker. The other three edges have very small bezels, which looks quite nice. The thin bezel at the bottom does mean the three control soft buttons are quite close to the edge, and I found myself accidentally hitting them a lot. Sony leaves this running very close to pure Android 9 OS, which is nice, and they don't take up a lot of space with bloatware apps that you can't uninstall. If you're tired of Samsung, LG, HTC, and others with their heavy-handed interface changes and non-removeable applications, you'll appreciate the Xperia. Powering the 10 Plus is a Snapdragon 636. This isn't premium processor, but it's definitely at the top of the mid-range stack. It's a newer generation CPU that mixes four A73 cores with four A53 cores for better efficiency and uses a slightly upgraded Adreno 509 graphics processor ( the regular Xperia 10 uses the A53-only Snapdragon 630 with Adreno 508 ). This 636 isn't only more powerful than the 630, it's also more power efficient and generates less relative heat. Given the larger battery in the 10 Plus ( 3000 mAh to 2870 mAh ) the 10 Plus has incredible battery life. Even after a full day of streaming hi-def audio ( the phone has aptX HD, LDAC, and other hi-def Bluetooth codecs ), heavy web browsing, and downloading new applications, the battery was still at 60%. I can easily get two days use on a single charge. The phone also has a battery care feature that limits how fast the battery charges ( typically the slower a battery charges, the better the charge quality and the longer the charge lasts ). This also limits how long the battery stays at 100% charge while still plugged in, which helps extend total battery lifespan. Sadly, the phone does not have wireless charging and the phone exterior does not have the contacts to get it in an aftermarket case. The connector for charging and data is USB type-C, which is nice, but the phone itself can only transfer at USB 2.0 speeds. The phone exterior itself is a basic plastic/polymer. Some people complain this isn't "premium" since it'sn't metal and glass, but it's saves manufacturing costs and my phone is always in a protective case anyway. The SIM and microSD slot are both under the same cover on the top right edge. However, pulling the cover to get to the SD card also removes the SIM card, so you can't swap out your SD card without powering down the phone. The camera lens protrudes on the back, a design I don't like since it makes the lenses easier to scratch. The camera itself is fine, but I don't really use a phone camera much. It can capture pictures in 4:3, 16:9, and 21:9 as well as 4K/30 and 1080/60 video. The camera does have a 2x optical zoom, which is much appreciated, but it's claims for 120fps slow motion video are greatly exaggerated. It just captures video at the normal rate, either 30 or 60 fps, and then slows the framerate down in playback. All considered, the lack of wireless charging and OLED display are my biggest gripes. Nokia's Lumia devices have had those features in the same price range for years, so it's unfortunate Sony decided to save those as features for their premium phones only. But for performance, battery life, and usability, there'sn't much to complain about in the $450 range. If you have the extra pocket space for the extra tall phone, the 10 Plus is definitely the better option than the regular 10 and a very good option overall.
I would recommend this to a friend
So far, I love my 10 plus a lot! It's fast, smooth, glitch free, and beautiful. The processor and pixels are actually upgraded compared to my Xa2 Ultra (last year's midranger). The polycarbonate back feels great and not slippery. I did put a simple clear case on it just to be safe while still showing the beauty of my silver 10 plus. I don't wanna get it damaged for sure, but I guarantee it won't break during drops. The front glass is Gorilla Glass 5, a step up from my Ultra. I've watched 21:9 movies and it's a very immersive experience. Netflix has 70% 21:9 content and major heavy games like Fortnite and Asphalt 9 are formatted in this ratio too. I'ven't tested out gaming yet, but I've seen videos the plus can handle big games although most have black bars on the side yet the display is still large. More media will soon adapt, but in the meantime, you will see black bars also on most YouTube videos although there are some 21:9 videos to view. You can zoom in to fill the screen, but obviously the viewing window is slightly cropped. Not a deal breaker for me. Also, the narrower display feels very good in my hand, weighs less than my fat and heavy Xa2 Ultra, and I don't have to reach far across with my thumb like I did in my wide ultra. This is more manageable. And with a double tap of the home button, it will automatically shrink your display for better one handed use if needed. Also, the taller screen is great for multi-tasking since it allows two apps to be shown equally in good size. I compared the camera to my xa2 ultra and I must say it's better. Both take great pictures in good lighting, but in low light, it's not as grainy as my Ultra. Although it has a smaller battery than my Ultra, Sony has great battery optimization with Stamina Mode and Battery Care along with Android Pie which all will help with battery life. I'm getting great battery life and I've been on it heavily, especially when watching, browsing, fine tuning my homepage and settings. There's a new feature that let's you restrict battery usage for each app that runs in the background. I've restricted all of my apps to get the best battery life. So far, I've been on it for 5 hours straight and I still got 70% left! I don't normally stay on my phone that long in one sitting, but hey, I'm excited to use my new and first 21:9 smartphone. I've had Apple, LG, Samsung, Motorola, ZTE, Sony Ericsson, Xperia, and I must say that my experience so far has been great enough for me to write my first review on a smartphone. Great job Sony, I'm happy and pleased!!!
I would recommend this to a friend
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
Tall and slimPosted
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
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