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Sony Xperia XA looks great but still fails to impressThe Xperia XA may be one of the best-looking phones Sony has made in a while, but its unimpressive performance means this mid-range phone isn't a brilliant buy.
[MUSIC] The Xperia XA is one of the the best looking phone Sony has launch in a while. Gone is the blocky design of phones like the Xperia at five, replace instead with this edge to edge display. Although this is the mid price phone they almost toast like a vessel every look of a much premium [UNKNOWN] It also means that although it's packing a five-inch display, there's no wasted space around it, making it very comfortable to use in one hand. And it's skinny enough to easily slide into your jeans. That's where my positivity for this phone starts to dwindle, though. That display might be packed in tight, but the quality of the screen itself isn't great. Its low resolution, colors don't impress. And it's not too bright either. While most of Sony's phones used to come with water resistant components that's not the case with the XA. So do keep it away from all of your spilled drinks. It runs off Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is easy to navigate. But Sony has loaded it up with so much additional bloatware, it makes it feel quite cluttered from the moment you turn it on. Now that's something of a problem when the phone itself has a meager amount of built in storage to begin with. You'll really need to make use of that Micro SD card slot. At least the optical processor is powerful enough for all your social networking needs. And will manage responsive gaming on your computer as well. On the back is a 13 megapixel camera which takes pretty decent shots. And the 8 megapixel camera on the front isn't bad either. Overall I'm frustrated by the Experia XA and it's slick design got me excited about the phone. But I was quickly let down by what I found after turning it on. For much less money, you can pick up the Motorola Moto G4 Plus, which has a better screen, a higher resolution camera, a fingerprint scanner, and [UNKNOWN] water resistant design making it and all around better buy. [MUSIC]