Sony Xperia XA2 Review

Meet the Sony Xperia XA2. The Xperia range has proven to be Sony’s most successful series of mobile phones, and when phones such as the XA2 are launched, it is not hard to see why that is the case. The Xperia XA2 is the latest Sony smartphone to debut, and it has a stylish but durable frame to it. Ideal for businessman, joggers, and casual users alike, the Xperia XA2 is one of the more trustworthy new phones you can get your hands on.

Design and Feel

Launched in February 2018, the Xperia XA2 is widely renowned for its rich looking screen, and its simple, but charming design. There have been numerous complaints that the smartphone’s design may not look as trendy come the end of the year (especially at a time when many other manufacturers are going for curvy looks to their phones) but we’re all about the here and now, and practically is the key.

Quite frankly, there isn’t too much of a difference between this Sony Xperia and the many others which have come before it. This phone is heavier, and a bit chunkier than its predecessor (the XA1) as most Xperia’s are rectangular in nature and fairly weighty (in comparison to other phones) but Xperia users seem to love what they get with the 18:9 screen phone.

Unusually, the Xperia XA2 contains metal panelling along the sides, but the casing itself is plastic. Plastic tends to last a while, and although it is a cheaper material for Sony to use (hence the lower price) it does look a bit tackier than your average iPhone.

Power and Performance

Of course, being a Sony Xperia phone, the XA2 comes with a built-in Sony Walkman, and that means the sound quality is way above average. There is a fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone, and 32GB of storage is reasonable but not excessive. The 1080p screen is much more impressive than the 720p resolution of its predecessor, with two very different modes giving you a customised appearance. Vivid modes offer far more colour than standard mode, which is something to consider.

The Xperia XA2 comes with Android 8.0 (Oreo), the latest operating system for Android phones. This sleek OS works wonderfully with the phone’s power, although the camera app can take a while to boot up. The 23-megapixel camera is quality, but jittery when taking live video, like most other Xperia phones.

The battery life in Sony’s Xperia XA2 isn’t brilliant, and when using the phone for most of the day, it tends to run out of juice in the early evening. However, the same is true of most modern phones. The battery should be able to make it through 2-3 days without a charge provided it is not heavily used, and the Walkman isn’t running around the clock.

All in all, the Sony Xperia XA2 is not the flashiest phone around, and it is not as powerful as the high-end devices you can buy. But if you want to pick up an above average phone, with all the mod-cons for a fraction of the cost of those high-end devices, the couple of hundred quid this phone will set you back is good value for money.

The Important Role of Mobile Devices in Education

Technology has taken over several aspects of our lives. From security to health and also to education sector, the role of technology has been critical. The mobile devices are the easiest reference point when analyzing how technology has impacted the lives of people. This is because the mobile devices are rated as the most used tools in making use of the modern technology.

In education, the mobile devices play a critical role. The classroom lessons can be conducted through the mobile phones. This makes these devices the greatest contributors to the effect of technology in learning. So how have the mobile devices contributed to education sector?

The Mobile Devices Enable Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry-Based Learning

Through the mobile devices applications, students can be able to send inquiries to the instructors at any time from any location. This facilitation through the inquiries is what is called inquiry-based learning. You don’t have to be in class to send these inquiries to your teacher. Students can be able to send the inquiries to other students and learning communities too. The creation of student discussion groups in the yesteryears has been taken a notch higher through the applications. If you attended a boarding school in the years when we didn’t have the phones, you know how difficult it was to get a question answered over the holidays.

Therefore, you had to literally walk to another person’s home so that you can discuss this query and have an answer. Or basically, you had to wait for schools reopening to ask the tutor. However, with the student’s groups and online forums, you can be able to ask a question and get an answer almost immediately. This is the power of mobile devices in education and knowledge sharing.

Mobile Devices Enable Video Learning

video learning

This is another great addition to the education sector from the mobile devices. We have robust video applications that can be used to share knowledge between the learners and also the tutors to the learners. The E-learning is a reality as you can be able to log in to a live class session in the UK while you are in Malaysia. Therefore, the much-needed teacher-student interaction can be run through the video applications in the mobile devices. Google uses the Classroom application to teach the developers worldwide and their applications users. This is a good example of how the mobile devices help in sharing knowledge and bridging the gap between the knowledge tanks and the students.

Mobile Devices Have Enabled Re-inventing of Textbooks

You don’t have to purchase a physical textbook to read it. You can read the E-books. The downloadable versions of the E-book can be shared with the other readers too. This makes the books affordable, and therefore it is easy for the readers to get the essential knowledge. Readers can team up and purchase an E-book and share among themselves. This is possible even if they are oceans apart.

These are some of the advantages of the mobile devices in education. Therefore, the schools and colleges should be encouraged to invest more in the devices since they make learning easier and enjoyable not forgetting affordability.