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Sony Xperia J Review

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Sony Xperia J Review
Introduction:

Sony has a good track record for delivering decent mid-range Android smartphones at very competitive price points, and the Xperia J is the latest handset to join the party. Its 4-inch display and beefy battery are among the features that make it stand out, at least when comparing specs sheets with alternative offerings. A 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a VGA front-facing snapper are also in stock, meaning that the Sony Xperia J could be a bargain hunter's dream handset. But how does the smartphone perform in reality? Well, there's only one way to find out so let's fire it up and put the J through its paces.

Sony Xperia J Review
Sony Xperia J Review
The box contains:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Wired stereo headset (model MH410c)
  • Micro-SIM card adapter
  • Quick start guide and other documentation

Design:

As one would expect from a smartphone situated in the lower mid-range category, plastic is the predominant material that the Sony Xperia J is made of. The device's front side looks quite plain and boring, but its curved back side is a lot funkier and easily makes the handset stand out. With its matte finish, the smartphone's battery cover is extremely resistant to fingerprints, all the while providing enough grip, thus allowing us to comfortably hold and operate the device with a single hand.

The Sony Xperia J is comfortable to hold and operate with a single hand - Sony Xperia J Review
The Sony Xperia J is comfortable to hold and operate with a single hand - Sony Xperia J Review
The Sony Xperia J is comfortable to hold and operate with a single hand - Sony Xperia J Review

The Sony Xperia J is comfortable to hold and operate with a single hand


Sony Xperia J Review

You can compare the Sony Xperia J with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

With the Sony Xperia J you get a pair of notification lights. One of them is located right next to the earpiece and indicates when the smartphone is charging, but the one you'll probably find a lot more useful is at the bottom. It is of the RGB kind, so depending on what kind of notification you have pending – be it a new text, a new Facebook message, or a “Low battery” warning, the light glows in a different color. The light is hidden under the phone's plastic panel, so you won't see it unless it is on.

Sony Xperia J Review
Android buttons - Sony Xperia J Review
Front camera - Sony Xperia J Review
 

Android buttons

Front camera


microUSB port (left) - The sides of the Sony Xperia J - Sony Xperia J Review
Right edge - The sides of the Sony Xperia J - Sony Xperia J Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Sony Xperia J - Sony Xperia J Review

microUSB port (left)

Right edge

3.5mm jack (top)

The sides of the Sony Xperia J


Underneath the display are situated three capacitive buttons, all of which are very responsive and situated well enough to avoid accidental taps. The physical keys, however, are a lot more annoying. On the right side of the device we have a volume rocker and a lock key, both of which are way tinier than they should be and provide insufficient feedback when pressed.

Back - Sony Xperia J Review
Battery compartment - Sony Xperia J Review
Rear camera - Sony Xperia J Review

Back

Battery compartment

Rear camera



Display:


The 4-inch LCD display on the Sony Xperia J is actually quite good. At 480 by 854 pixels, it may not be worthy of having an “HD” tag attached to it, yet with its 245 pixels per inch, the amount of detail it treats our eyes to is sufficient for the device's class. Moreover, the panel has a pretty neutral color representation, so colors look neither too dull, nor too saturated. We were also pleased to see that the display exhibits very wide viewing angles, and it shines bright enough to be usable in broad daylight. It is a bit annoying, however, that due to the lack of an ambient light sensor, you'll have to adjust the screen's brightness yourself, either by going to the Settings menu or with the help of a widget.



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posted on 08 Nov 2012, 04:39 1

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Ouch.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 04:50 7

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Just yesterday I saved my friend from Buying this phone instead of Sola. Now he has ordered Sola :)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:15 2

20. yusufk (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


what do u know about this phone........ sola is the waste,xperia j is far better compared to resolutions, camera n processin, u ruined his passion for mobiles,no need to be happy about ur s**twork

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 10:46 1

22. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Xperia Sola is amazing dude. What the hell are you talking about

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 06:10 1

26. JohnDoe1337 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jan 2013)


x.x

You failed boy, the Xperia Sola isn't getting Jelly Bean, but Xperia J is.

In other words, you didn't help your friend.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 04:50 11

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


could of given it a 6 bro....

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 05:03 6

4. Birds (Posts: 1023; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I understand you are the Xperia-Knight but you have to ounderstand you can pick up dual core devices for the same price. lol It'll be ok. We all have faith in Sony...

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:05 6

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3023; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


On the contrary...i have to agree with Xperia- Knight. I think it could have been 6.
5 is kind of bleak...

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 05:17 8

5. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Considering the ratings from PA on Sony phones .. I am not surprised with this ..

5 is more like its a waste .. but at least this is worth considering its price .. should be given 6.5 for its design , battery and screen ..

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 05:45

6. mikez6 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


become kepo..

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 05:55 3

7. ryq24 (Posts: 527; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


asia.cnet also give this phone a very bad review. sony still can't seem to get it right.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:01 6

8. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


cnet asia is apple biased

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:40 5

9. redmd (Posts: 901; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


so is PA?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:40 2

10. redmd (Posts: 901; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


OK so when did physical buttons start to get annoying?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:44 3

13. Nick_T (Posts: 146; Member since: 27 May 2011)


They aren't, as long as they are well made. The J's are too tiny and don't click well when you press them.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 14:27 5

16. KaloqnYo (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


In the video you said It comes with a S4 chip but it's Snapdragon S1 !

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:10 6

11. hunted (Posts: 348; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i really cant accept the score you have given for this phone. The galaxy s duos is worst and lags when you play temple run & some other games. It also freezes some time and you have given 7.7 for that piece. Why 5 for this? this looks pretty and comes with same configuration as s duos except dual sim. Oh the camera you said its horrible then what will you say about the s duos? This review is totally useless

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:16

14. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


its horrible luckily to get a 5. Low PPI, horrible camera, bad proccessor and ram, low memory.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:25 1

15. papss (unregistered)


Strange... another over priced phone by sony. They need to get their sht together. Also they need a real flagship phone

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:13 1

17. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 196; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


5 is a heart-breaking rating! so the cheaper XPERIA TIPO and MIRO got rated 7 eachhh, so those models are better than this pricey one?! can u re-rate this phone again?! there must've been a mistake!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:17

18. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 196; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


so i guess this is another ridiculously overpiced phone again :DD

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 14:25 1

19. abboud_eng (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


Xperia j is very good mobile its ten times better than galaxy s dous why its take 5 and galaxy s dous take 7 or 8 be more fair please

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:17

21. yusufk (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


guys if u are lookin for gud quality mobile within 20000, u can very well choose xperia j, its really too awesome for its price of Rs.16,500

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 08:08 1

23. AppleXperia73 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Dec 2012)


I love this phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 25 Dec 2012, 07:42

24. tikiri (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


Guys I need help! I bought a sony xperia J and I put some songs into it. Now from the Xperia J how do I go to the music player???? Please reply soon!

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 09:01

25. mier009 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


this phone really sucks// i purchased this device for about 2 weeks now and i have nothing but problems with this one// i went to the store and have them check my phone because the mp3 player is not resposding while it is lock// we already tried to use a brand new phone still we had the same problems// this phone brings nothing but problems

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 08:36

27. jasirmalik98 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


Does Sony Xperia J have a flashlight when recording video?

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 08:44

28. jasirmalik98 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


What are the DISADVANTAGES in Sony Xperia J?

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:14

29. BillZ (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Hi all

DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE - IT IS TOTAL RUBBISH!

the main issue is when typing in whatsapp messages when the phone is charging whatsapp shutdowns reopens, bounces from one contact to another, puts in random characters in the message.

I came from a samsung wave 525 using bada, i will destroy this SONY trash with a hammer and return to SAMSUNG or dare I say an iPhone!

THE SONY XPERIA J is the worst phone I have used since my last Sony Ericsson phone about 20 years ago.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:16

30. BillZ (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I have persevered with this Sony Xperia J for about 3 months and I cannot find a redeeming feature. other than is ability to totally frustrate the user!

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Sony Xperia J

Sony Xperia J

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.89 x 2.41 x 0.36 inches
(124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1750 mAh, 5.6 hours talk time

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