Sony Xperia J Review
The Sony Xperia J runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which is far from the platform's latest version. However, Sony has promised that an update to Jelly Bean should come in 2013, as soon as the maker's flagship devices get the newer software.
The Android interface has been heavily customized with new themes, additional widgets and social networking integration. There are widgets that aggregate your Facebook and Twitter feeds and notify you when a Facebook friend of yours has a new post. Another widget informs the user when a friend has recommended a cool app, a song, or a video for you to check out. And in case your cellular plan comes bundled with a number of free text messages, there is a widget that can count them for you. All in all, the interface is okay, and the features that Sony has thrown in could be quite useful, especially if you wish to stay constantly connected to your favorite social networks.
For the most part, the on-screen virtual keyboard is comfortable to use, but in some rare cases, it lags so your taps don't get registered instantly. It comes with a built-in spell checker and can correct mistakes as you type, which can be quite useful.
Processor and memory:
Nothing impressive to see here, folks. The Sony Xperia J comes with a modest Snapdragon S1 system-on-a-chip – the MSM7227A, with a single-core CPU maxing out at 1GHz and enhanced Adreno 200 graphics. There are 512MB of RAM available, which is more than expected considering the smartphone's tier. Sadly, the handset feels underpowered: lags are common, especially if you have an app doing its thing in the background, and we often notice frames being dropped while navigating through the interface. Many of the popular video games are playable, but some of the titles featuring complex 3D graphics and special effects are sometimes too choppy to enjoy.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Sony Xperia J||1769||3484||19,6|
|LG Optimus L7||1886||2842||19,2|
|HTC Desire X||2361||4932||33,6|
|Sony Xperia sola||2294||5415||27,7|
The Sony Xperia J has only 4 gigabytes of on-board storage, out of which less than 3 gigs are available to the user. Chances are you'll have to get a microSD card in order to expand the smartphone's capacity as you'll run out of space sooner or later.
Web browser and connectivity:
The processor's lack of computational power can be felt when surfing the web as well, regardless of whether the stock browser is being used, or an alternative such as Chrome. When a relatively heavy web page is being displayed, zooming in and out is very choppy, and it takes a while before the section you are viewing gets rendered. Disabling the plug-ins from the browser's settings menu does not improve its performance by much.
As far as connectivity is concerned, all the mandatory features are supported, including Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS. You also get an FM Radio with RDS functionality. As the case is with all Android handsets, files from a computer can be loaded onto the Sony Xperia J with the use of the microUSB cable, which comes included in the set.
2. eisenbricher (Posts: 912; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Just yesterday I saved my friend from Buying this phone instead of Sola. Now he has ordered Sola :)
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
22. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
Xperia Sola is amazing dude. What the hell are you talking about
26. JohnDoe1337 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jan 2013)
You failed boy, the Xperia Sola isn't getting Jelly Bean, but Xperia J is.
In other words, you didn't help your friend.
4. Birds (Posts: 848; 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...
12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2951; 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...
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 ..
7. ryq24 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
asia.cnet also give this phone a very bad review. sony still can't seem to get it right.
10. redmd (Posts: 761; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
OK so when did physical buttons start to get annoying?
13. Nick_T (Posts: 122; 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.
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 !
11. hunted (Posts: 277; 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
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.
15. papss (Posts: 2163; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Strange... another over priced phone by sony. They need to get their sht together. Also they need a real flagship phone
17. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 154; 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!
18. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
so i guess this is another ridiculously overpiced phone again :DD
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
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
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!
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
27. jasirmalik98 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
Does Sony Xperia J have a flashlight when recording video?
28. jasirmalik98 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
What are the DISADVANTAGES in Sony Xperia J?
29. BillZ (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 May 2013)
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!
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!