When it comes to choosing the most powerful mobile smartphone available today, the Sony Xperia 10 promises a lot of bang for the buck. At just over two hundred pounds, this handset is light and compact, while packing tons of power. The phone features a powerful chipset and is equipped with many new features and apps, such as a high-resolution camera and video recording, fast network scans, music management, and plenty of memory storage. All the major UK networks, including virgin, orange and o2, are supported on the Sony Xperia 10.
Sony has really upped the ante on the screen size of its latest handsets, which starts with the Sony opera 10 iii. Sure enough, the phone has been quietly put on pre-sale in various European countries (via Sony’s online store and Amazon), come mid-Jun, priced at 599 and bundled with a set of the firm’s whirlpool noise-cancelling headphones. In France, where the handset was first launched, it comes bundled with an iPod dock, in addition to a memory card and a complete suite of software. Users in Spain and Italy will only find the handset in stores.
For the first time, users of sony opera 10 won’t be able to use Google on this phone. Google has pulled the plug on the feature, as it doesn’t allow the phone to perform a Google search. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to use most of the Google apps. Most such as the Chrome browser will still work, albeit in a minimal capacity.
The other major difference with the new handset is the aspect ratio. Whereas the Sony opera 10 it had a 4.2-inch display, the newest version has a 5.5-inch one. This change was brought about by the move to Windows Mobile in Europe. There are no other major changes with the hardware itself, apart from the presence of two different memory stick sizes (and it being the same memory type). Aside from the aspect ratio, there is also the change of no live wallpaper, which many fans have expressed their discontent over.
On the face of things, the price of the Sony Xperia 10 it looks like a very good deal. At just over a hundred pounds, it is one of the most affordable smartphones on the market. Even when taking into consideration the increased build quality, there doesn’t seem to be much of a compromise with the product. The improvements to the software that comes with the handset certainly help to justify the high price tag, but the lack of any obvious compromises means that the price still remains to be a competitive one.
Sony has tried to push the value of their phones by equating them with a mini-laptop – the only difference between this and the iPhone mini is that it sports a high-end, fully-featured screen. The problem here is that this is the screen size that most people are used to viewing on the Sony Xplod car. For people who want something a little more robust, then they might want to consider buying the iPhone mini, rather than the Sony opera 10 iii. This has the same aspect ratio, but it also offers a smaller screen.
One of the most welcome additions to the latest Sony opera 10 plus is the fingerprint sensor. Rather than having to fiddle around with the Smartpen like many other manufacturers, the fingerprint sensor means that the individual can simply place their finger on the surface of the phone and have access to the wide range of features that come standard with the tablet. There is no longer any need to worry about the dreaded ‘twist’ that can sometimes mar other fingerprint sensors (it is a common problem on the iPhone for example). Instead, it just goes to show that this manufacturer is trying to create a user interface that is as simple as possible.
Finally, we come to the battery life. On the whole, the battery life of the Sony Xperia 10 is good, but it is not as long as some of the competitors. If you are going to be using the tablet for a decent amount of time, then you will probably be looking at a six or seven-hour lifespan on average. However, if you are going to be doing anything intensive with the tablet (such as video recording or gaming), then the low lifespan may not be a problem at all – it is all down to the individual user.