This is an excellent phone. After one month of using it, here's my opinion about XA:
+ The design feels premium. I love the bezel-less display and the shiny metal frame. The back is very clean and attractive. This phone is also surprisingly thin, but the top and bottom bezels felt empty.
+ The display (although at 720p) is good. The colors are vibrant, and there's Mobile Bravia Engine 2 or Super-vivid mode enhancements to further improve the display. There's also some touchscreen issues that make swiping downward to view notifications fail most of the time.
+ The camera was excellent with object tracking ability (and that camera shutter button). It works best in good lighting conditions, but struggles in low light (as opposed to what Sony advertises). The camera was also sluggish in focusing to a subject giving you blurred shots sometimes. I always take 2 to 3 shots of a subject to get a clear picture. The AR effects were really enjoyable.
+ Sound is also good, but you might need to use earphones when viewing Youtube videos because the speaker is very quiet even at MAX volume. When listening to Music and Videos, the speaker is clear and the loudness is acceptable. Turn on ClearAudio+, Dynamic Normalizer, and set your Headphone settings for best results (MH410 was the earphones provided with the device).
+ The performance is smooth, but there's some sluggishness in navigation. The phone can handle most games easily, but it also somewhat hates being used in gaming (the phone heats up after some time and drains battery relatively fast). Updating the phone to the latest version takes half of your internal storage so a microSD card is necessary.
+ Lastly, the battery is okay depending on usage. My phone lasts for 9-12 hours of normal usage, and 2-6 hours of heavy usage. When I don't have classes I turn on Airplane mode and the phone lasts for about 1.5 days. If you want to increase battery life, turn on Stamina mode all the time. The phone also charges fast with the provided charger.
Tip: Install apps from Sony Mobile in Play Store. You can get there the Audio Recorder app, Motion Shot, Background Defocus, Themes, AR effects, Style Portrait effects and others.
Bogart, 27 Nov 2016At the mall here in ph. With free otg 32gb. I think its a 1 day sale onlyi brought this phone
AnonD-619419, 11 Dec 2016I have problem installing facebook..it showns error 505 on playstore..is that any way to solve it?I also had a problem installing Facebook, but now is OK. You must make next - factory reset, after this first thing is to update Facebook app. It's works
Hope everything will be OK.
hey guys i use this phone since 4 month but now i faced prob. with wifi hotspot. i used internet with the help of hotspot on my laptop but after sometime it getting off ( hotspot ) and after this, my phone will hangs but after restart prob. solve. plzz tell me how this fix it otherwise phone is great. plzz reply me
I have problem installing facebook..it showns error 505 on playstore..is that any way to solve it?
I just bought this phone last week..after that i updated to the latest version software..after updated it i cannot install or update facebook and messenger..but the other app can be updated..please help me..sorry for bad english..
Rafii, 10 Dec 2016Hello, i will buy a phone, but stuck in sony XA and sony M5 in decisioning. which is better?
... moreMe too! M5 have better specs. but will don't get the update to 7.0 (nougat) because of google policy.. Anyway, 7.0 will come to Xa. If you want to have allways, the last official update, maybe you will choose Xa. You can get nougat on M5 via custom roms but one is official and other is a port (maybe with some bugs...).
In my case, I think I will go for Xa...
vishal, 10 Dec 2016can i know the quality of cameraThe quality of the camera is great for a low end device...its like iphonish performance in camera quality.
Hello, i will buy a phone, but stuck in sony XA and sony M5 in decisioning. which is better?
AnonD-608874, 06 Dec 2016I want buy this phone too, but battery life is the most concern for me, can anyone share it's ... more45 min video streaming on wifi battery went from 100% - 84% another 45 min battery dropped to 50%. phone lost 10% on standby with stamina mode activated. i am going to exchange.
AnonD-608874, 09 Dec 2016Thanks for information! How about the battery life for web browsing? 6 hours screen time is p... morei usually get 6-7 hours screen on time on wifi but if im just using data, only 5 to 6 hours screen on time
coolnetgr, 09 Dec 2016With facebook messenger, facebook app, viber that consumes a lot of ram it remains 1 GB of ram... moreThanks for information! How about the battery life for web browsing? 6 hours screen time is possible?
Anonymous, 09 Dec 2016Is 2gb ram sufficient for this phone? How is the mediatek chipset? Any issues with the performance? With facebook messenger, facebook app, viber that consumes a lot of ram it remains 1 GB of ram free even with apps like e-mail running on background for no reason. I have this phone for 4 months and I don't noticed any lag yet.