Sony has revamped its grace by introducing whole new Xperia series in various ranges. The flagship contenders have been quite successful and the budget and mid-range segment contenders are catching up the spot. Sony seems to understand the essence of having dual sim support in the entry level and mid-range smartphones so as to hit the competition in the right place with the right weapons. Today we have Xperia C in the mid-range segment with an 8MP cam and a quad core processor. Sure the specs look decent but how does it perform in the practical scenario? Let’s find out.
Design & Display:
The phone looks similar to the other devices in Xperia line up. The design is neat being more rectangular with sharp edges and the backpanel is removable. The build quality is good and the phone doesn’t feel any cheaper, but the phone looks big for a device of such screen size and the phone is almost the same size as Xperia Z1. The device has a 5inch TFT display with 540x960 pixels resolution and 220ppi. Viewing angles are average and colors don’t look that great. Brightness levels are not sufficient enough and due to the reflective glass at the display, display doesn’t feel that pleasant.
The phone comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own UI tweaks on top of it. Most of the UI including the launcher, icons and widgets are similar to what we have seen in the Xperia lineup. The notification panel has few toggle switches and we also get the Walkman music player. You can also have an option to choose theme which changes wallpaper and icons color based on the theme chosen. There is something called “Small Apps” where you can have an application in a small window which you can float around anywhere on the screen; something like what we have seen in Samsung devices. Overall the UI feels lighter and we didn’t observe any hiccups so far.
Camera & Audio:
The device is equipped with an 8MP auto focus camera with LED flash at the back and a VGA cam at the front. The camera UI is pretty much similar to what we have seen in typical Xperia devices. There are plenty of scene modes, tweaks and various options which you can use to experiment on the picture. The camera managed to take some very good pictures. Color reproduction is good with minimal noise. Detailing is not so great as expected but in most cases it looks fine and negligible unless you’re so keen on image quality. The audio speaker delivers clear audio and with a pair of headphones plugged in with Walkman player, the experience is impressive. The only issue is that the speaker could have been more louder.
Connectivity & Additional Features:
The device comes in dual sim version supporting two micro sim cards. Network reception is good and we didn’t face any issues with it. Call clarity is very good with clear audio on both the parties and loudness is also ample enough. The phone also supports Wifi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, Stereo FM Radio and A-GPS. Internal memory is only 4GB. This is quite a disappointment as for a phone in this range and such a potential we expect a lot better. The device also supports micro SD cards upto 32GB.
Processor & Battery:
The phone runs on Mediatek chipset with quad core processor at 1.2 Ghz along with 1 GB RAM and PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Performance is quite decent. While loading some heavy apps or while playing some games you see occasional lags so easily and note that this is not the so called powerful hardware in today’s tech. The device scored around 13k in Antutu and around 4.9k in Quadrant. The device also has a 2390mAh removable battery which works quite well and easily last more than a day under normal usage. Stamina mode too works well to get most out of the battery.
Excellent battery life
Not so powerful for heavy games
Very less internal memory
So far, Xperia C is not a bad device. Infact it’s quite functional with a good camera and great battery life. The phone also looks beautiful. But the limited memory seems to be a reasonable curse. Moreover for a phone in this range, the performance could have been a lot better. If you’re okay with the shortcomings, the Xperia C would be a sweet choice. But still you have some better rivals which can beat the Xperia in terms of performance.
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