Sony Xperia 10 Plus design

The Xperia 10 Plus, from a design point of view, is very unusual.

Its 6.5-inch, 21:9 aspect ratio display makes the phone simply too tall for one-handed use. In fact, it is (un)comfortably taller than even the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, a phone which we described as being “daunting” in size.

While Sony will protest that the Xperia 10’s tall-but-skinny design makes one-handed use viable, we just can’t imagine it feeling natural for most users.

However, we also found that we preferred the larger 10 Plus to the smaller 10. In a roundabout way, the 10 Plus’ extra size meant that we were more judicious with the way we used it. It wasn’t a phone that we could just pull out and send a quick message with – using it was a decidedly deliberate act. The smaller 10, on the other hand, was just tall enough to be irritating, though without being unusable.

As with the Xperia 10, though, the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, volume rocker, and power button on the Xperia 10 Plus are all located far too close to the bottom of the phone for easy use.

Fortunately, the Xperia 10 Plus does away with some of Sony’s long-held design themes. It has a blocky design, with almost sharp corners, and a large top bezel. However, the slim bottom and side bezels – along with the rounded, single piece case – are big improvements. Our review unit also came in a particularly nice navy blue, which almost turned to purple when reflecting light.



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