The "1-Minute" Review
- Non-replaceable battery
- Limited on-board storage
- Limited video playback support without additional apps
The T2 Ultra is Sony’s latest venture into mid-range phablet territory. With a 13 megapixel camera, quad-core processor and detailed 720p IPS display, the handset appears to offer plenty of performance for the price. Let’s see how the reviews line up.
One of the first things mentioned in nearly every review of the device is the size. Cramming a 6-inch display into a mobile requires a bit of finesse. However, Sony appears to have accomplished the feat well while still sticking with the sharp, angular Xperia design. Android Authority notes, “Even with the size, this mid-range Xperia will not strain your hand — or hands — too much.”
The phone features a plastic unibody design with a microSD port on the side. While some larger devices have had trouble pulling this off well, the T2 Ultra receives positive reviews in build quality from most reviewers. GSM Arena states, “The build quality is still top notch though, and while the slippery back may harm the handling, the matte sides offer enough grip.” The only review to make note of anything negative in the build quality was Android Authority, saying, “While the phone feels sturdy and well-made in general, the buttons feel cheap, as they wiggle and provide mushy feedback. This is especially evident with the camera button.”
While the display might not be the most powerful available, it offers a full 720p resolution and is powered by the Sony Bravia 2 engine. GSM Arena says, “The contrast and brightness of the screen are very nice, color reproduction is great too, all adding up to an excellent image quality screen.” However, both note that performance in direct sunlight might be difficult. However, the IPS display ensures that viewing angles are nice and wide for easier viewing.
The T2 Ultra runs Android 4.3 out of the box. GSM Arena was particularly impressed with the performance, noting, “The user interface is buttery smooth, there is no visible lag or long loading times.” Sony mentions release of a Android 4.4 update in the future. When this happens, performance will likely increase yet again. For a mid-range product, reviews seem to suggest it's more than capable of everyday tasks, multitasking, video playback and gaming.
Finally, the X2 features an upgraded camera from previous Xperia models. With 13MP resolution, a plethora of shooting modes, 1080p video capture and an LED flash, its fully capable of taking respectable photos. Both Android Authority and GSM Arena praised the camera stating that pictures had “plenty of detail” and that “overall the phone’s camera does a great job and is fun to use.”
While the size might be off-putting to some, its performance and build quality place its reviews firmly in top of the competition in the mid-range Android smartphone market.
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Sony released the Xperia T2 Ultra on February 21, 2014.
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Sony backs up the Xperia T2 Ultra with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Xperia T2 Ultra has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.