Great Test of Sony Xperia X

It is easy to be provoked by Xperia X in theory, but also easy to like it in practice.

Last year, it was argued that some of the top model was dead, and I was one of those who signed it. The new top model -chipset offered the right modest performance improvements for several years while low-and mid-range models became better and better. The question was whether it was worth buying a new top model for 8000 kr when you could get a mobile which, in practice, felt just as good for half the price.

Several manufacturers tried to pull on it. Motorola carved out a niche for affordable mobiles instead of top mobiles, and HTC was betting big on their One A9 (a phone we will come back to) with range performance.

And now that Sony, as in what it calls its model not chosen to put into the sharpest chipset from Qualcomm, but settled at a lower level. A “we have it if someone asks for the” model with more distinct peak performance are released a little later. There are two problems with this strategy. One is that this year turned out to be the year in which the top models made a comeback and defended their position. HTC 10, LG Samsung Galaxy G5 and S7 are not only really nice phones, they also have performance that is noticeably better in actual use than in recent years, top of the range.

The other is the price tag. Sony sells Xperia X just over 6000 pounds.It’s not quite top model price, but good close, and several hundred dollars above the prices we are used to find the “good enough” phones in the middle segment.

6000 crowns was, incidentally, the same price that HTC put on its A9, but HTC had at least a production quality to die for in their “we can make the Iphone better than Apple” model. More significant is that the A9 in today, just over six months after launch, cost 3500 dollars.

But let’s just compare with Sony’s previous top model Z5, which is still popular. Xperia X appears on most of the plan as a worse alternative. The performance is not improved, the phone is not waterproof, unlike its predecessor, the camera is about the same, but the battery is smaller. Xperia X is thicker (indeed a bit narrower and shorter, but the volume is still bigger). And, above all, costs SEK 1200 Xperia Z5 today less than Xperia X. It is difficult to, at least on paper, see why you should buy an Xperia X in front of a Z5.

In other words, it is set for a cutting here, but there’s one big problem: I subjectively feel significantly better about Xperia X than about Xperia Z5. There are more than what is seen in a comparison of specifications and price tag.

We start with the physical. That Xperia X received a slightly smaller screen at 5.0 inches instead of 5.2 in the Z5 is of course a matter of taste if you think is good or bad. But it has resulted in a cell which is smaller in height and width, but that screen is so much less. Pages (which is now in plastic, while the back is metal) has also got a little rounder and softer shapes which contributes to Xperia X feels more hand-friendly than the Z5. The screen is not immersed in a sharp plastic frame this time, but raised with slightly rounded edges. Prettier and more comfortable to hold, but possibly more sensitive to bumps and scratches. Along with Samsung Galaxy S7 is Xperia X the most hand-friendly of the new mobile phones.

Another detail that enhances the user experience is the fingerprint reader. As well as on the Z5 sits on the page in the form of a combined following of readers and/. It’s a nice place to have the fingerprint reader on that feels very natural to use, much better than at the bottom like on HTC and Samsung’s mobiles, and about as good as on the back that Huawei and LG drive with contrast, I miss that phone … wake up and locked up I just put your finger on the reader, here I have to press down button , which is also easily immersed, first. The button feels in all cases more comfortable to press than on the Z5, and the phone is locked up much faster and with less reading errors.

The most controversial with the hardware, of course, is the Snapdragon 650, which is a speed rating during the sitting of this year’s top models. In our performance tests, we get it that it’s more or less just as fast as the Snapdragon 810 sitting in Xperia Z5 series. In actual usage, however, we are seeing the big picture as a bit more responsive. A regular user is unlikely to interfere with itself that it does not have the highest possible performance at any stage in the use.

Charging plug is the same Micro-usb as been the standard for many years, but are being phased out in favor of USB type C, and it would have been nice to see the new contact. Even more, I miss the quick charge feature Quickcharge 3.0, as the technical platform supports and which is cruelly impressive to charge from empty to half full battery.

The screen is clear and bright and doing decent in direct sunlight. It does not have the highest possible screen resolution does in my opinion not matter at this screen size. More important is that I can turn up and down the brightness between really strong and almost pitch-dark (for reading in bed when someone else to sleep).

The screen has become something less than we are used to from Sony (Compact models excluded) have well perhaps mainly affects how easy you think it’ll be typing on the on-screen keyboard. And here we find one of the major changes in the system.

Sony’s mobildel’ve leaked a lot of money over the years, and it has repeatedly been cut down on development. It would be strange if not appeared anywhere in the software development, and several of Sony’s software features from earlier models has been scrapped. Including the keyboard, which has been replaced by third-party app sandbox Swiftkey.

Swiftkey is probably the most popular tangentbordsappen along with Google’s own, and Sony have added a custom theme that makes it so similar to previous Sony keyboard as possible, so the change is not dramatic at the same time as many certainly are happy with it. I think auto spell check does more harm than good and would like to have as much screen real estate as possible, a little bothers me that I can’t turn off the line by word proposal and covers part of the screen.

Other own apps as a delete on foot is miniapparna who can fold over another app (which, above all, the calculator was very useful) and the calendar that has been replaced by Google’s default calendar. Sony’s was a little better, but the difference is not dramatic. I am, however, grateful that Sony continues with his or her own email program, because I really don’t like the Gmail app.

On the other hand, continues to bet on the spam apps Xperia Lounge and What’s New, whose main purpose is to bombard you with advertising offers. When most other manufacturers started to peel away those extraapparna you do not want is soon Sony worst in class. It is also evident that only 17 of the accompanying 32 GB of storage space is available to the user.

Otherwise, I like Sony’s discreet upptouchade Android version 6.0, which actually differs on some points here against Sony’s updated older models. Sweeps, for example, to the right of the apps drawer to get a list of the applications you use most, and apps that many other uses that we recommend for installation.

Sony is one of the few manufacturers that still has a dedicated camera button, which I appreciate. The camera is almost identical to that of the Z5, which means that it is the correct vidvinklig while the image out of the corners get very blurry. I would have preferred a narrower slicers. Otherwise the picture quality worthy of a top model, and compared to last year’s model feels the colour rendition a little bit better. A fun detail is the autofocus that can follow even fast moving objects.

Sony has marketed itself with phones that can handle two days on one charge with normal use. Z3 series was phenomenal at it while the Z5 was a little weaker. Perhaps that is why they have chosen the chipset you have chosen, for with Xperia X, it feels like you are in the game again. Certainly not impressive battery life for video playback with maximum brightness, but in practical use and, in particular, in standby, we think that the battery meter is ticking down noticeably slower than Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 or LG G5. We have also added an Adaptive laddarteknik that will make the battery, longer life.

I like Xperia X. It is still difficult to outright recommend mobile, simply because there are so many better phones out there right now in the same price range. I have to feel that this phone will cost under £ 4000 in autumn. At that price, it is a bargain. Too bad it is not waterproof.

On the other hand

Daniel Hessel: The idea of a mellanmodell as the main handset is good, if the price match it. As it is now it feels most confused that one of three Xperia X is waterproof and the main phone in the series is approximately 2000 dollars for expensive to actually fit in the middle segment it claims to belong to.

Questions and answers

Has Xperia X no quick charging at all? Well, Quickcharge 2.0 is supported, but it does not follow with any charger for it.

Can you save apps to the memory card? No, the feature has Sony removed, while also not implemented the ability of Android 6.0 to format the memory card as part of internal memory, which also had solved that problem.

In what way will I notice that Xperia X does not have the highest performance? Probably only if you run 3D games, then that’s where the weaker performance is most noticeable.

An option

Sony Xperia M5: there are so many options to choose from here, but if you decided to not want top performance without satisfied with Good Enough is Sony’s own Xperia M5 really successful, for half the price on Xperia X.

 

 

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