Sony Xperia T2 Ultra: Keep boredom at bay

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Apr 17 2014, 15:19pm hrs
SONY XPERIA T2 ULTRASony is definitely making the right moves in the superhot Indian smartphone market.
Mobile phones have become a staple of our society. From school kids to office goers to senior citizenseverybody seems to be constantly on their devices, making calls, texting, listening to music, playing games or watching a movie. Some are so intensely glued to their screens even while driving their vehicles, walking or crossing the road, that they can be a hazard for others. After all, addiction to anything, even

mobile phones, is bad, isnt it

Here is a new Android phone which promises to give you entertainment on a grand scale. It also has the power to make you an addict of some of its features; therefore my request to you is to use this R25,990-a-piece

device in a sensible manner and not a be nuisance to others, as described above. Its called the Xperia T2 Ultra from the Japanese electronics maker Sony and take my word, it will genuinely floor you with its great features. It has a brilliant screen, smart camera and a whole lot of apps

designed to keep you entertained. Like many others, it is jostling for consumer attention in the mid- to high-end phone segment.

Out of the box, the T2 Ultra comes across as a fairly big phone. This dual SIM device is slim and pretty lightweight at 172 grams, and can fit in a jacket pocket with ease. It looks and feels great in the hand. The only downside is that given its extraordinary size, one-hand operation can be a bit difficult. On the brighter side, users can set up both SIM cards independently with custom ring tones and one-touch switching between SIMs before making calls or sending texts. Sonys dual SIM management technology means that users can keep both SIMs active, never missing a call, even while talking on one of them.

Although this device is intended for emerging markets like China, India, the Middle East, Africa and countries in the Asia-Pacific region, it isnt lacking in any substantial way. Its packed to the gills with the best Sony has to offer, including a near edgeless design with a 6-inch screen and a 13 megapixel camera. The 6-inch HD Triluminos display extends to within 2.5 mm of the phones edges. This means that it has a screen to phone size ratio of 73.6%, both making the most of the space available and ensuring that the phone is no wider than a standard credit card.

Probing the innards, theres a Snapdragon Quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system, 8 GB of internal memory (theres a micro SD slot expandable upto 32 GB), 1 GB RAM and the best of Sonys imaging technologies. The T2 Ultra features a 13 megapixel camera that allows users to capture some great images. Along with Sonys new smart social camera ecosystem, smartphone photography can go far beyond the traditional snapshot.

Basically, the smart social camera system allows developers to create camera add-ons that extend functionality and re-define the role of the camera. For instance, theres an app called Collage which allows you to drop images directly into creative photo collages by changing formats, layouts and backgrounds. Then, theres Background defocus which creates stunning images full of depth by separating foreground elements and burring the background. Another app, called Timeshift burst, ensures that you get the perfect photo every time by taking 31 photos within two seconds, both before and after you press the shutter. You can then scroll through them afterwards to select the perfect shot. Pretty amazing, isnt it The best part is that these will feature alongside a growing number of third party apps available through the Sony Select app store.

The 13 MP camera is built with the same modules as leading Sony cameras. Exmor RS for mobile is an evolution of Sonys image sensor technology, with an advanced BSI light sensor. By adopting the technology of luminance and colour noise reduction, Sony claims to have created a camera that snaps highly detailed shots with low noiseeven in challenging lighting conditions.

Big, bright screens can often use a lot of power, but thats not a problem with this Xperia; Sony has ensured that it is ready to go the distance by

incorporating a battery-efficient processor and massive 3000 mAh battery, coupled with Sonys unique Battery Stamina Mode feature that automatically turns off functions to save power when you dont need them and restarts them when you do.

I spent almost a fortnight with this beautifully designed device and take my word, the T2 Ultra is a great mobile entertainment device. It has very good voice quality and it has an impressive display on which you can watch, read, write, play and create anytime, anywherewith ease and great clarity. With one-touch functions, users can instantly and easily share music, photos and videos and movies from Xperia T2 Ultra with a wide range of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, wireless headsets and TVs.

My takeaways: the new Sony device is slim and light with a smart camera and brilliant screen. It is also easy to use with its highly responsive software. Sony is definitely making the right moves in the superhot Indian smartphone market.


* Dimensions: 165.2 x 83.8 x 7.65 mm

* Display: 6-inch HD IPS display (720p)

* Processor: Snapdragon Quad-core 1.4 GHz processor

* Operating system: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)

* Internal memory: 8 GB (Micro SD slot expandable upto 32 GB)

* RAM: 1 GB

* Camera: 13 MP (rear); 1.1 MP (front)

* Battery: 3000 mAh embedded battery

* Estimated street price: R25,990