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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 69 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Practical and innovative

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    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 is 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 is 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 is not 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 is not 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 is not the worst one I have heard but it isn’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 is not 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 is snappy. 4GB of ram helps a lot too. The device uses Android 9 Pie so it feels pretty efficient on this device as it is 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 is 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: 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 are not 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 Viewing Experience

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    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 are 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 does not require a tool to open. The same cover allows access to the micro sd card slot. The phone does not say if it is 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

  • 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 is not 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 is narrow, so it creates more line breaks in dynamic text, filling up that space. In landscape mode it is 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 is real easy to hold onto with smaller hands compared to other Plus model phones. Being so tall it is 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 is hard for me to find an equal comparison, but it is 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 is not 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 is 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

    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 is 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 are 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 is, 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 am, 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 are 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

    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 does not 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 is 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 would 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 have not 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

  • 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 is not 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's not 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's not 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: 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 Qualcomm® 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 would 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good phone, almost great!

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    CoppinFam
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    This is a Sony Xperia phone in a 10 plus version which means not wider but longer. This is something I actually like because it could still fit in a front male pant pocket properly without sticking out, especially if you decide to put a case on it. I've been using it for about 2 days now as my daily driver and so far I don't have too many negative things to say about it. Additionally there was a software update which made slight improvements to the phone, which in my opinion, didn't really need much improving. This is a great mid-level entry phone. I would say as far as some of the design aspects, they are top notch and creative thinking, for instance, the side mounted fingerprint scanner. It is in my opinion in the perfect spot, so as soon as you grab your phone you command it to be unlocked on the first try, and yes it works just as well for left- or right-hand users. Another instance, the screen, it is made of gorilla glass 5 which makes it very sturdy, accompany that with the carbon Polymer shell making this phone a survivor. Take it from me, I am horrible with dropping the phones on the screen side and I do believe this one would survive the test of time. It has a top mounted headphone jack, which is greatly appreciated, so when I slide my phone in my pocket the headphone jack is pointing directly upward. To me, this makes sense, all your buttons are located on the right side for your thumb, so you're not grabbing random buttons while you're holding your phone naturally in your palm. On the bottom of phone, you'll find not 1 but 2 speakers, which equals true stereo sound. I believe this is because Sony's attention to audio and visual is present even in their mid-range phone. This thing absolutely chews through media, yet it’s movie like aspect ratios keep you drawn into your media and you have excellent sound to boot. If you pair this cinematic experience with a pair SONY headphone (sigh, this was not included), be it Bluetooth or wired you get even more comprehensive experience because the system is designed to work with their equipment, so it would behoove you to go Sony all the way. For those of you that have smart watches, no problem, it works fine with your watches, send and receive your text messages everything should work seamlessly because it is android base so no worries here where it come to compatibility issues. This is one thing I was worried about, and it was solved seamlessly after I backed up my phone with my previous data. Now onto the back of the phone Sony as decide to go with it a two-camera design once a telephoto lens and one is a normal lens as I say normal, I mean good for everything, within reason. The picture quality is I would say about a ‘B’ overall. Its functional for a daily user; you're not going to be out there taking cinematic photos but the camera does allow you to take 4K video. For all of you amateur movie makers out there or if you had to make something on the fly, you’re in luck SONY has your back with the included function 4K. Of course, it comes with the standard double LED Flash along with a front facing camera as well, which takes fairly decent selfies, with the 8-megapixel front camera and its 12 megapixel rear facing cameras. Don't worry the battery life here is very comparable to most of its peers. It will last you all day, with it's 3000 mha battery to get you through the day just fine on a single charge even with heavy internet and streaming use. With that being said though I wouldn’t be playing PUBG or Fortnite on this phone on any higher setting than low. Even with the 8-core processor made by snapdragon it seems to perform a bit sketch near the higher frame rates. It comes with 8GB of ram and 64GB internal memory plus an expandable slot, which allows you to raise that all the way to 500 gigs usable storage. Of course, I say this is a mid-range phone but by no means do they skimp on anything this phone has everything a phone should have of course WI-FI, USB C charging, and all the things the cellphones of this day and age should have. What really drives me to this phone is this aspect ratio and a cinema quality visual it's like having a movie theater in the palm of your hand. The only downside strangely enough in this phone is not having the QI charging ability. One of the most vulnerable parts of the phone to me is the charge port. So having an alternative way to charge a phone if that port fails should be an option. Respectfully, QI charging ability should very much be something they include on this phone but is not deal breaker. I truly enjoyed the phone overall and with future updates, I feel that this would be a great phone to recommend to friends and family. If QI charging ability is added in the future, I would definitely consider getting this phone again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Thin, fast, but feels cheap

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    APFLORES413
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    I was excited with Sony's latest Xperia model, the 10 Plus. I have experience with Apple and Samsung products: not wanting to spend too much into the Apple ecosystem, and not really liking the curved edges of Samsung's phones. I was willing to give Sony a try since I've heard good things about Xperia. So far I am pleased with the phone There are many things to like, and many things to NOT like about this device. After about 3 weeks with it, here are my thoughts: Pros: -Slim design. I am liking how easy it is to use one hand. Unlike Apple and Samsung, the Xperia feels light to hold for me in one hand and most of the time, easy to use. -Double Tap feature. On the right side of the phone, above the finger print scanner, you can command the phone to open some useful apps. I found this easy to use and allows me to find apps that I would need immediately that are not on the home scree (Settings is the most useful here). - Camera. 12 MP camera provides a wonderful experience in taking photos around you. Since it is a 21.9 display, you get a full range of screen size that makes photography a joy to use. - Battery. 3100 mAh capacity gives me more than a day's use before i have to charge. - Speed. 1.8GHz octa-core processor along with the 4GB RAM makes this pretty snappy. I was impressed at how fast the response is on this phone. Cons: -Glass: although labeled Gorilla Glass, this scratched up pretty fast on the sides. And this was just putting it in my pocket without anything else in there. Very easily scratch-able on the sides of the screen. -Screen quality. Not impressed. Yes, you have the 21.9 display and you can record in 4K, it just does not look sharp and the colors look muted. -Accessories. As i mentioned about the glass scratching, I was disappointed that there wasn't enough accessories available in store. You have to order on Amazon for screen protectors or cases. -Size of HD. Only 64GB HD...not enough if you want files stored in the phone itself. Overall, I am impressed with the Xperia. Despite the short comings I've identified, I feel it is a better option compared to Samsung. If you want an Android experience, I believe this is a good option compared to the Pixel or Note series phones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid phone

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    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

    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 did not 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

    Adequate

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    KaeL
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    I’m always open to trying out new phones so I was excited to try this one out. I’m not as into the nitty gritty tech specs that may be important to others so I base my opinions on what fits my needs. I need a great camera, decent battery life, easy to use OS with beneficial features meant to make my busy life a little bit easier. This phone comes close to or meets my needs. Battery life so far has been great (meaning I don’t have to stress out if I can’t recharge during the day). Watching videos on the screen more than meets my needs. The picture looks crisp and the colors are as I’ve come to expect from pricier options. The camera falls a little short of what I’m used to. It’s not terrible but it’s definitely not one of my favorite features of this device. If the camera is important to you this phone may make you rethink your purchase so it’s definitely something to consider. The fingerprint sensor works well but it took a little getting used to it being on the side. No real issues with it recognizing my fingerprint though so that’s always a great thing. Ultimately this is an adequate option for budget conscious buyers wanting some great features without breaking the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Mid Range Phone

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    wase4711
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    I actually like Sony phones, although their software sometimes leaves something to be desired, but, it is much less resource heavy than any Samsung stuff, and their designs are definitely different from most run of the mill android phones. Surprisingly quick, nice to hold in your hand, and has android Pie as the OS.. Would have liked to see wireless charging, and, stereo speakers, but, it does have a headphone jack, and a nice display, and a very nice camera package, so, if you are looking for an alternative to another Samsung phone, you should take a look at this one...Nicer than I thought it would be!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    very good phone

    Posted
    Maire
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    Bright and clear display Strong build quality Extra screen space sometimes useful. If you regularly watch films and videos on your phone, this is the handset for you. The Sony Xperia 10 feels high-end considering its price, with a glass front with a metal rear that feel premium to the touch – if you’re looking for an affordable device that’s also easy on the eye this could be a great choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really Nice SmartPhone

    Posted
    Jolly
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    To start I love the Slim Screen, quality and the fact it works with any carrier unlocked. The Sim card tray is delicate and could be easily broken with frequent swopping. Fingerprint sensor works good. Video in 4k is good but Pictures are sub standard. Over all this is a very cool slim smartphone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Truly unique phone, more comfortable than it seems

    Posted
    Michael
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    The Xperia 10 Plus' tall screen is incredible for multitasking and video consumption, and the tall, thin grip actually works wonders for comfortable one-handed usage. Performance is decent, as expected from a mid-range phone. Overall, I recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Phone

    Posted
    TechGeek
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    This is a great midrange phone. Screen is great. Battery life is great. Sony did a great job. I would give it five stars? But what actually deserves a perfect score in the tech world? Hard to say? If your in store for a midrange phone. I'd say don't hesitate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than I through

    Posted
    Dbrew
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    Battery charge don't hold as long as was stated. Also the processor is not as fast as advertise. There's is a lot of different features advertised on this phone Hope I can learn all the features on this phone

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome phone for less

    Posted
    Shakattack
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    This phone is packed with a lot of options great camera great looks great screen for less than $1000 compared to premium phones like Samsung and iPhone really good phone

    I would recommend this to a friend