Sony Xperia 10 II: The same strengths, the same weaknesses
Nearly every smartphone manufacturer continues to evolve with newer models and delivers a product that is sometimes more and sometimes less improved. Sony usually goes back to old strengths and sticks to a microSD/NanoSIM card slot, for example, which is somewhat prone to getting stuck but can be opened without a SIM needle in return.
A still comparatively new feature is the 21:9 format, which Sony has also been using for some time now. Since many apps scale freely and thus adapt well to different aspect ratios, users rarely have to live with a black bar above or below the image content in everyday life.
Sony has also provided the Xperia 10 II with an IP65/68 certification, guaranteeing that the smartphone is dust and waterproof. On top of that, there's also a good OLED display, which can only be criticized for its quite low PWM frequency. All in all, the haptics and workmanship of the Xperia 10 II are very high quality.
However, there are still shortcomings that only become really noticeable when using the Xperia 10 II on a daily basis. The system sometimes reacts quite sluggishly when navigating between open apps, and we also experienced minor delays when closing applications. These extended to the camera app, which is characterized by a significant waiting time between pressing the shutter button and the photo being displayed and saved. Consequently, quick snapshots taken in a row are not possible.
The camera performance of the Sony Xperia 10 II is generally disappointing. Current smartphones of the competition deliver in part significantly better pictures within the same price range. This is particularly incomprehensible because Sony is responsible for many of the high-quality photo sensors found in the flagship devices of other manufacturers.
Notebookcheck review of the Sony Xperia 10 II
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