Sony Xperia TX Android phone

James Bond 007's latest smartphone has a distinctive design, but lacks any real wow factor

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  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.50 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 629.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

Reenna

4.0

1

Pros
Light weight, no lag, quick UI, beautiful display
Cons
Camera, external button placement, file management
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I used to own an old Iphone 4. I thought it was a quick, beautiful functioning phone until (after my abuse) it died. The Xperia was a nice change. It has a beautiful screen and the colours and even the brightness and screen legibility while outside is gorgeous, as compared to my old Iphone anyway. I found the camera to be really lacking, taking noisy photos and dark ones at that, with a horrific front camera (I do a lot of phone-skyping). The UI is extremely quick and even large files or apps open almost immediately. The automated checking of email is extremely useful, especially as I have to daily check three email accounts, and my phone checks all three of them hourly.
The messaging system like any smart phone is still really nice. The keyboard is lacking unfortunately as I often close the keyboard or hit another button expecting the space bar to be larger. Because of this I removed the added period and comma buttons which makes punctuating messages and emails harder, but better than not having any spaces.
Auto correct doesn't seem to quite follow the words or hand movements as well as my iphone did, but it doesn't change things like "do" to "so" and vice versa.
My biggest problem is the change from apple to android as I am used to having menus within apps, each thing has its own app in Xperia, which for me, makes it difficult to find use for these four pages of apps and you're not able to delete them. There seems to be multiple apps for the same purpose as well? I haven't quite sussed it out yet.
Another problem I have with this phone is the fact that any photos I do take seem to save over the older ones, so I have say 6 copied of a photo of my cat, and they have taken over important things like my work roster. But, I think this is a problem with my individual phone and am going to take it to have a look in store (it's only a week old :( )
I also like that the new message/email symbol stays at the top of the screen until you read that specific message. I never forget I have a new message anymore. The lack of front facing buttons is also nice because I am not longer accidentally reopening the homescreen instead of just holding the phone. The lock/on/off button is too high for my tastes and seems like it would be better for a left handed person (not me), and the volume buttons a little too small. The camera button is often forgotten and accidentally hit due to its low placement. I'm also unsure why the screen does not light up upon a new message, but that may also be a setting I havent figured out.
All in all, this phone functions much better than my Iphone, but lacks the useability and simplicity for some one who is not used to this OS, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it.

Björn

5.0

2

Pros
The design quality, the camera, hardware, the everything
Cons
Too big for my taste
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Although this phone is too big for me, it gives me an irresistable wanna have feeling. I had it in my hand a few days ago, and it was definitely something special with it, a huge step forward in design compared to former Xperias, Galaxy's, One's etc, the build quality was also just amazing. The display was great, the new multitasking UI as well. Further, I am looking forward to see reviews of its camera, since it seems to be a new filosophy(?) there from Sony, using the double size for the sensor compared to Xperia S and much more space also for the optics. Pictures taken was MUCH better than Xperia S!

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