Sony is pitching the Xperia 10 Plus as the optimal way to watch movies on your smartphone, but it only lives up to that claim if you exclusively watch movies made for theatrical release, and ignore TV shows or streaming originals. Since few people will buy a phone just for watching specific movies, Sony’s efforts feel misguided.
That’s not to say the 21:9 aspect ratio is a problem – far from it, and we appreciated its benefits in various ways over the course of our time with the Xperia 10 Plus. It was great for reading books, typing notes, and playing certain games.
We did find it a little inconvenient to carry about with us due to the elongated design, and the side effects of the thin screen, like a tiny keyboard and hard-to-reach upper screen, create further issues.
The battery doesn’t last too long either, and we were constantly having to top the device up to get it through a day of medium or heavy use. Saying that, its Stamina power-saving mode did come to the rescue when the battery was nearly out.
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is definitely a phone for cinema purists, and when watching the right film it truly lends itself to a great experience, especially when you’re using the speakers. It’s easy to recommend the handset if you watch a lot of feature films on the fly, because it makes for an unrivalled cinematic experience.
While we did find the longer screen useful for loads of other tasks, it’s probably not worth spending £349 / $429.99 on a phone just for the extra few millimetres of screen space it provides, and if you just want a device for calls, social media or photography, there are plenty of other handsets that are better for the task and cheaper.
If you want the whole 21:9 aspect ratio experience but don’t think a 6.5 inch screen is particularly necessary, you may want to consider the Sony Xperia 10 Plus’ little sibling, the Sony Xperia 10.
It has a 6-inch screen, with only 3GB RAM instead of 4GB and a Snapdragon 630 chipset, but it’s also cheaper at $349.99 / £299 (roughly AU$550).