Sony Xperia T3 review: Wits and looks

Wits and looks

GSMArena team, 11 August 2014.

Web browser

The Sony Xperia T3 comes with Google Chrome as the default web browser out of box instead of the generic Android browser. While the minimalist interface hasn't changed since Chrome launched on Android, the browser is being constantly refined by Google, and this has resulted in one of the smoothest and most powerful browsing experiences we've encountered on a mobile.

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Browsing with Chrome

Of course, one of Chrome's strengths is its ability to seamlessly sync with the desktop version, using nothing but your Google account. This allows you to open an article on your PC and finish reading it on your mobile phone. It also syncs your bookmarks and favorite sites.

Google Chrome is generous with settings as well. You can control almost every aspect of your web browsing from choosing what content you want to allow to load like JavaScript, images, cookies and pop-ups. Reduce data usage does what it says - Google servers compress the webpage (using Google-developed tech like SPDY and WebP) and send them to the phone.

Opening the tabs area reveals a list of tabs which can be closed, again with a left or right swipe. The animation accompanying this action is neat, too. Incognito tabs, which lets you browse without saving history or cookies, show up right next to regular tabs.

Unfortunately, Chrome doesn't have an easier to navigate and see Reading mode as the one on iOS. There isn't any Save for Later reading list either.

Other pre-installed apps

The calendar has three different types of view - daily, weekly and monthly. The lower section of the screen is reserved for a list of upcoming events. Adding a new event is quick and easy, and you can also set an alarm to act as a reminder.

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The calendar

Sony Xperia T3 also features the Office Suite 7, which allows for creating, viewing and editing office files (docs, xls, ppt), and it can also read PDFs.

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Office Suite 7

Calculator, Clock app (with stopwatch, world clock and timer), Sketch and File Manager apps are available by default.

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Alarms & Clock • Sketch • File manager

The Socialife app comes pre-installed too. It is a service similar to Samsung's My Magazine and HTC One's Blinkfeed. The interface is clean and simple yet beautiful, and there are lots of preloaded feeds. You can add your own RSS links too.

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Sony Select does the same as the Sony's What's New app, but comes with much less functions and old UI. We feel Sony should retire it.

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Sony Select

The Power Saver - now part of the settings menu - helps you extend your battery life by toggling things like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth screen brightness, auto sync and background data on and off automatically when the battery charge falls below a certain user-defined threshold. You can also turn off the Wi-Fi if there is no saved Wi-Fi network in range or turn off mobile data when the screen is off, and more.

Sony also provides a Backup & restore app, which can use the internal storage, a microSD card or even an attached USB mass storage device. You can backup the system and downloaded apps and their data along with any media files.

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The Power saver app • Backup & Restore app is a great tool to have out of the box

You bet Google Maps and Navigation are also part of the app package to utilize the built-in GPS receiver (with added GLONASS support). Offline maps are available, again, since the last update, so you can save some data traffic too.

Whatever you may be missing, there is the always-growing Google Play Store for you.

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Google Maps • Google Play Store

Reader comments

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  • 21 Nov 2015
  • utN

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