Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review: The Bigger, The Better: Connectivity, Web Browsers, App Package

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Rich connectivity options

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra has quad-band 2G and tri or penta-band 3G connectivity across all regional models, and support for more LTE bands than you can shake a stick at. The LTE is Cat. 4 meaning it can theoretically reach 150Mbps downlink and 50Mpbs uplink. Outside LTE coverage, the T2 Ultra is rated for mobile data speeds of up to 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA.

Local connectivity is covered by dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct, so you can easily share content from your phone on a DLNA TV or music player. If a media app supports the Throw function (like the video player), you can utilize it through the Smart Connect app for DLNA functions (sharing screen, etc.).

There's also Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, which can be used for low-power accessories (e.g. sports trackers). There is also support for the ultra-low power ANT+ connectivity protocol, which is usually used for connecting to various sports accessories such as heart rate monitors or bicycle speed & cadence meters.

The Xperia T2 Ultra features NFC too, but there's no app to handle the NFC functions out of the box. Luckily, there are plenty of capable NFC apps in the Play Store.

MicroUniversal Serial Bus (USB) handles the charging and Personal Computer (PC) connectivity, and there's also Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-the-go support, so you can attach external flash drives to the smartphone as well.

Sony's Smart Connect app comes pre-installed - it allows you to set your device to do a variety of things, like launch an app or set an alarm, whenever you connect an accessory, e.g. a headset or a charger, or during a time interval (e.g. mute alarms at night). It doesn't work with NFC tags though, which is very disappointing.

Smart Connect manager can, for example, launch the music player as soon as you connect a headset

Google Chrome is your web browser

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 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.

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 Personal Computer (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 sdiscontinue them to the phone.

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

App package

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

The calendar

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra also features the Office Suite 7, which supports creating, viewing and editing office files (docs, xls, ppt), and it can also read PDFs.

Office Suite 7

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

Alarms & Clock • Sketch • Notes

The Power Saver - now part of the settings menu - helps you extdiscontinue your battery life by toggling things like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth classy 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 Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) if there is no saved Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network in range or turn off mobile data when the classy screen is off, and more.

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

The Power saver app • Backup & Restore app is a remarkable 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 A-GPS receiver with 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.

Google Maps • Google Play Store



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