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Sony Xperia XA Review - Battery and verdict Review

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Sony Xperia XA – Battery

I’m not sure how Sony thinks people use its phones, but the brand’s constant claims of ‘two-day battery life’ always fall way short in my testing. The only way I managed to get more than one day from the 2,300mAh battery is to turn on the Stamina mode, which severely affects performance.

If you want a more realistic number, I would say you’ll need to be charging this phone most nights. There’s enough juice in the tank to get you from an early-morning alarm call to about 11pm, but on a couple of occasions I found myself with a dead phone in my pocket after a night out.

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An hour of HD video streaming ate through 17% of the battery with brightness set to 70%, while 30 minutes of Spotify jamming took the charge down by 7%. Gaming was a similar story, with Ski Safari chewing up about 13% per 30-minute gaming session.

Of course, turning the brightness down helps boost the battery a bit, but then you’ll probably run into the same issues I had with poor visibility.

Sony hasn’t switched to USB-C on any of its phones yet, so the Xperia XA sticks with the far more widespread Micro USB for charging. There’s a form of quick-charging too, though you’ll need to pay extra for the optional power transformer to use it.

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Should I buy the Sony Xperia XA?

Unless you can get a particularly tasty offer, there are so many better options out there than the run-of-the-mill Sony Xperia XA. The screen is low-res, and the camera is slow and unreliable. Sony has kitted the XA out with only the minimum required spec in each area – something you simply cannot do any more.

You can spend less and get the much better Moto G4, or save up a bit more and pick up the OnePlus 3 or Vodafone Smart Platinum 7. Heck, there’s even more to like on the Sony Xperia M5 with its 1080p display and water-resistant body. The Nexus 5X is a decent pick too, and it’s constantly on offer at the minute – the 32GB model is £245 on Amazon at the time of writing.

Verdict

About as middle-of-the-road as you can get. ‘Fine’ is the best way to describe the Sony Xperia XA. There are certainly better options out there.

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Score in detail

  • Performance 7
  • Camera 6
  • Design 7
  • Battery Life 7
  • Value 7
  • Software 8
  • Calls & Sound 5
  • Screen Quality 6

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