Value for Money - 76%
Quality - 82%
Look/Feel - 87%
Extra's/Features - 55%
From the first of the Xxperia’s to grace us with their presence, Sony has only expanded on their brand and make of this mobile device series.
With its 16MP OIS, 21.5 Megapixel camera, 15.2cm full HD screen, and 16GB on board memory as well as a battery life of up to 2 days I am yet to be impressed.
The XA looks pretty and sleek like quite a few people I know, but when you look under the tough exterior it is a mishmash of thoughts and processes with no rhyme or reason. The first time I turned the device on it froze, now with most new devices you cannot remove the battery to reset it, but you can hold the power button or both the power button and volume up button to do a reset, in this case I had no idea how to get it out of its start-up loop.
Once I got the phone out of its loop and into the setup screen it was quite a breeze and very easy to use with one or two not so easy to use areas but those are minor and should not be judged as most device may have the same glitches. The phone is designed to make your life easier with setup and use so it gives you a setup list and prompts that will guide you through each step, once the list is done you can use the device to your hearts content.
As most of us know, the android iOS is quite user friendly and if you have a google account you will be able to transfer all your data from your old phone to your new phone with the touch of a button.
The settings are easy to use on some sections but others need to be navigated with care. For the first week or so you will be notified to update some of the Sony loaded apps which have been designed to make your life easier with regards to news updates, the latest music, notifications on your phone (which also part of your setting so you don’t need the app), and so much more. I on the other hand find that quite annoying and distracting. All that data taking up space and you might not have been able to get to a store as yet to acquire a microSD for more storage.
It does run smoothly regardless of its sticky start-up process and the more you use it the better it does become. I would have liked to be able to change the menu, home and back button lay out to what is more convenient for me instead of being stuck with the standard android layout.
The look and feel of the device is sexy and not too big and bulky, it fits comfortably into my jean pockets and my mobile phone spot in my bag. My only upset for the look is that the power, volume and camera buttons are not in a practical place. The power button is situated on the right side (as it should) but more to the middle, which will cause you to turn your phone on every time you carry it in your hand, the volume button is just below the power button and I found it to be quite frustrating when I am on the phone and the volume is adjusted, the camera button (for easy use) has been placed on the right side at the bottom, not too much of an inconvenience but it can be taxing to use when you are have a bit of a low blood sugar day and you cannot seem to focus the camera.
Once all is said and done I have to say that the device is more for its looks than for its uses.
I also took the liberty of putting it through a benchmark process with Basemark OS ii so please see the results of the comparison below:
|Sony Experia XA Ultra||Huawei Mate 8|
- Great Camera
- Easy to work
- Some issues
- Don’t like button locations