If people are interested in the accessibility of this phone - which is very
good - then please take the time to follow me on Twitter @grtdane where I write
up my findings as I continue my exploration.
We know Sony of its audio and video products so therefore I guess its no
surprise to find audio and video coming at you the moment you get the phone out
of its box, go through the start-up wizard with everything up and running.
The first thing one notices are the two stereo speakers - one at each end on
the front of the phone at opposite ends of the screen -, makes for stellar
sound compared to what I’m used to with speakers on the bottom of phones.
Each speaker looks like a small coin slot - typical of an earpiece speaker on a
phone - but they go much louder than that.
Going through the settings to perform a general setup and Tweak of the device I
was pleasantly surprised to discover that the phone had been discovering things
on my home network which is what its connected to, all my media devices were
listed there - both Server and renderer - so it was just a matter of me setting
rules for each device, allowing or denying the phone access and so on.
A tap in the notifications area of the screen gives you access to your devices
for streaming to and from, you also have the ability to “Cast” to compatible
devices though I’ve stayed away from doing this for the time being, speech is
also cast along with music and that’s not something I wish to do though I’m
quite positive I’ll find a way around this given time.
One can also gain access to the Phone itself as a media device from other
equipment on your Network thus uploading music and videos and having them
organised in the appropriate folders on the Phone is a snap and there’s no
connection require to a computer or similar for file transfer.
Bluetooth comes naturally with premium phones and the Sony Xperia X-Performance
is no exception.
The phone has the best implementation of Bluetooth I’ve come across for any
Many of you will be familiar with the 2 volume controls you get when pairing a
Bluetooth device, a volume control on the Bluetooth device itself and one on
the phone. The Sony integrates these controls into one so turning the volume
down on the phone turns the volume down on the speaker with speech telling you
what the percentage of the volume is as its changed, a nice touch but then
again that’s the way a volume control should behave.
I also was shocked to hear the Screen Reader tell me that my phone was now
paired to an APTX device - the B&W is indeed a Bluetooth device able to handle
APTX -, Sony have done their job well!
So time to get down to business and listen to a range of files but I wasn’t at
all surprised as all sounded as I expected them to though the one real
surprised was that the Phone was able to handle DSD files without complaint.
That’s all for now.
Those of a positive and enquiring frame of mind will leave the rest of the
halfwits in this world behind.