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Sony - Xperia 10 Plus with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 66 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awkward Design

    Posted
    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 is not the case. As you pull out the cheap little flap, instinct almost has you twisting it but it is 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 is not a bad phone it just has some design flaws. The screen is a major plus, it is 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Adequate but lacking any major advantages

    Posted
    JMan
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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 do not 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 have 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