The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus we have for review is the single SIM version. Dual SIM versions are also available in some markets.
The list of favorites, the call log and the contacts are all tabs within the same app, and the dialer is summoned with a tap on a button. The call log can be filtered by missed, incoming and outgoing calls. Smart dial is supported too.
The XA1 Plus is one of the loudest Xperias we've tested. It's single bottom-firing loudspeaker pumps out more decibels than the larger Ultra and stays distortion free even at maximum amplification. An easy Excellent mark in our three-prong test.
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For text entry, Sony has been sticking with the SwiftKey keyboard for a while now, and the Xperia XA1 Plus doesn't break with tradition. SwiftKey is touted as having one of the best prediction algorithms and offers pretty much everything: multiple layouts and themes, 5 different sizes, undocking, secondary symbols upon long press, swipe input, and emojis.
The News app is a news aggregator, pulling stories from sources on topics of your choice. It can also issue two daily bulletins for you at a time you specify, so you don't miss out on current events.
Xperia lounge is Sony's own entertainment app, feeding you exclusive content and competitions related to music, movies and games.
There is a file manager, strictly speaking, but it's buried in the storage options in the Settings menu. It does allow basic copy and move actions, on multiple items too. However, you can't access it from the app drawer, all you get there is a shortcut to a downloads folder.
Sony's health-tracking app Lifelog doesn't come pre-installed, though all it takes to download it is a trip to the Play Store.