The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is still an pretty long, apparatus, noticeably so for a smartphone — if you are used to the normal 19:9 aspect ratio of the majority of handsets, the Xperia 10 Plus will appear and feel somewhat supernatural.
And it is, to an extent, even using its very long but slim body sense a bit ungainly at the hand — more than any other apparatus, although many plus-sized ones, the Xperia 10 Plus feels just like a cell phone phone.
The slender design works in its own favor looks-wise, although its 73mm width and 8.3mm thickness (compared to 167mm length) makes it feel very delicate — more so compared to most telephones, it seems as if you can probably snap it if you really tried.
It’s a solid Corning Gorilla Glass front and sleek plastic back, broken only by the dual back lenses which bulge out from the instance.
The 167mm span can also create the phone feel a little awkward in regards to stowing the device — it is noticeably longer than other big handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus or even iPhone XS Max, that are equally 157.5mm, also it does not fit in any trouser pocket (if you don’t locate repeated stabbing sensations comfortable).
There is a 3.5millimeter headset jack on top of this Xperia 10 Plus, and also a USB-C port and dual speaker perforations at the base, whereas the power switch, volume rocker and mic scanner are about the perfect side.
For this big device these side switches feel perfectly positioned — they’re low enough that many hands will have the ability to reach them yet not so low they’re easy to accidentally press if you are holding the phone horizontally to watch movies.
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It is not a light device, at 180g, however for such a major handset it does not feel too heavy as other plus-sized phones.
The display is under a pretty large bezel, which houses the rear camera, even an speaker perforation, and an LED notification lighting. The latter blinks when the system receives an incoming telling, however information about exactly what these lights mean would be buried deep inside the settings menu, and it could be somewhat confusing for those not utilised to telling blinkers.
The display itself is a 6.5-inch Total HD panel, which is pretty incredibly bright, but its colours look somewhat muted. We found it fantastic when seeing films and TV shows including dark scenes, but if playing bright and colorful games it didn’t seem like anything special.
The battery at the Sony Xperia 10 Plus is simply 3,000mAh, which would be on the side for any telephone, therefore we weren’t surprised to discover that battery life was a issue. It would rarely last a full day of moderate usage, therefore we frequently found ourselves charging it through or after work to make it through a full day.
Sony is pitching the Xperia 10 Plus as the greatest phone for watching video on, but we found it dropped charge a bit too quickly for a dependable mobile entertainment device. Similarly, playing games or using the camera resulted in the battery to rapidly deplete, and also a power bank was necessary for viewing amusement whilst on extended journeys.
The Xperia 10 Plus includes Sony’s USB Power Scan fast charge, but we found that the device took 100 minutes to charge to full power, or 1 percent per second, which isn’t especially quick for a small battery.
All isn’t lost in regards to battery life however, since the Xperia 10 Plus has two power-saving modes. The very first is Stamina Mode, which restricts certain functions of this device — accounts do not sync, maximum display brightness is diminished and location monitoring is disabled.
There is also Ultra Stamina Mode, which lowers the amount of usable programs to an absolute minimum, and that means you may only use your telephone for calls, to perform music and ship texts, and for a couple different purposes.
According to Sony this will allow the handset to last so long as five days on a single charge, although we found it ate via the battery pretty quickly.
In our battery life test, where we play a 90-minute video in full brightness accounts syncing over Wi-Fi in the background, the device lost 24 percent. It’s well worth noting that the test video wasn’t 21:9, so not all of the display was already in use for its video, making the substantial reduction of battery even more sudden.
Even the Sony Xperia 10 Plus does not just have a stunning camera selection, however, what it lacks megapixels it does compensate for, to some extent, with various unique features and modes.
On the rear of the handset is a dual-lens setup composed of a 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle main camera joined by an 8MP f/2.4 snapper, and also on the front is one 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera.
While photos we shot at well-lit places were not spectacular, they did seem pretty good for such a low-powered camera loadout — image quality was rather large, with exposure handled well (although the fostered brightness to compensate in some specific scenarios seemed somewhat overboard) and colours appearing pretty accurate, if a bit dim occasionally.
It was in low-light configurations, however, the camera really shone. When we took wide shots with minimal lighting, and close-ups with next to no lighting, the camera picked up on and boosted colors, concentrated accurately and left depth well, and generally took great pictures.
One problem we did find is that shutter speed is slow — depending on the surroundings and light it may take up to two or 3 seconds for a picture to be obtained after pressing on the trigger, which made action shots impossible to capture, and sometimes it was even inconvenient to take shots that are static.
Among the novelties of the chief camera is it may shoot 21:9 aspect ratio, as well as 16:9, 4:3 and 1:1. In practice that had an identical field-of-view since the 16:9 cameracapturing the exact identical area but stretched out, although we enjoyed the chance to make complete use of the display.
Pictures taken this manner did seem a little squashed, but this seemed to boost their thickness — check our side-by-side comparison below to see this in effect. We do not observe this manner being used much, however, as 21:9 photographs can’t be considered in full on additional apparatus.