Sony Xperia C Review

Sony Xperia C Review
Sony Xperia C Review
Sony Xperia C Review
Sony Xperia C Review
Introduction


Whether manufacturers like it or not, it's a different world out there, one where handset makers are increasingly pressured to take the growing price-conscious niche of the market more seriously than ever. Sony seems well aware of that, and the Xperia C is the logical next step in its playbook. This dual-SIM 5-incher is priced competitively, no small thanks to its MediaTek chip inside, and is aimed at the mind-numbingly large crowd in Asian markets, and elsewhere, where demand for big-screened devices on a budget is massive.

And though you can get your hands on something even cheaper than the Xperia C, extras such as Sony's brand cache, along with its proprietary software and attractive design may just be enough to tip the scales in favor of the phone. Let's find out!

In the box:

  • In-ear headphones with a microphone
  • Wall charger
  • USB to microUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design


Much alike to most any other contemporary Sony phone, the Xperia C pays homage to its OmniBalance design roots, inheriting both the good and the bad. Said otherwise, you're getting the typical rectangular slab, though the Japanese company knows a thing or two about making these look great, almost premium. Unfortunately, Sony's signature thick bezels are also present, and the device is quite large, but curiously – still smaller than the Xperia Z1 flagship.

The front of the phone houses the standard – the earpiece in the top middle, with the front-facing camera and ambient light sensor hugging the top right portion. Somewhat unconventional, even for Sony, is the speaker-like encasing for the microphone at the bottom. Right above that one is a very minimalistic notification LED light, best described as a strip.

Taking a look at the back, it's definitely the better-looking halve, with its matte plastic finish. All hardware buttons have taken a residence on the right profile of the device, and they all have great feedback to them.


Sony Xperia C

Sony Xperia C

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches

141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Xiaomi Hongmi

Xiaomi Hongmi

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.72 x 0.39 inches

137 x 69 x 9.9 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

OPPO R819

OPPO R819

Dimensions

5.37 x 2.68 x 0.29 inches

136.5 x 68 x 7.3 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

HTC Desire 601

HTC Desire 601

Dimensions

5.3 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia C

Sony Xperia C

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches

141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Xiaomi Hongmi

Xiaomi Hongmi

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.72 x 0.39 inches

137 x 69 x 9.9 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

OPPO R819

OPPO R819

Dimensions

5.37 x 2.68 x 0.29 inches

136.5 x 68 x 7.3 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

HTC Desire 601

HTC Desire 601

Dimensions

5.3 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


The display on the Sony Xperia C is likely to cause some soul-searching for the pixel nuts among you. You're getting an admittedly underwhelming 5-inch, 540x960 (qHD) TFT LCD panel, or a pixel density of about 220 ppi. This is a long way from a 5-inch 1080p panel, but do keep in mind that you're buying into a budget solution, so you'll simply have to agree to compromise.

All said, the display is actually of passable quality and offers an overall proper color reproduction, though there is a barely detectable cyan tint to it and viewing angles are just poor. Moreover, the Xperia C is just a tad too conservative on the brightness when in automatic mode, so you may have to tweak it manually. Perhaps the biggest disappointment with the screen, however, is the complete lack of any protective coating, so you better gear up.




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15 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Very nice phone for a budget!

2. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

A very reasonable review and score, finally?

3. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Reasonable review and score.

4. shuvo1528

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I am a big fan of "Phone Arena".And i am eagerly waiting for your review about sony xperia c.Thanks phone arena

9. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Well your wish has come true my brother..

5. shuvo1528

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

where is your video review? I am waiting for this.

12. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

On it as I write this. ;)

6. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

When is galaxy grand 2 review coming??

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

The score is a little higher than id thought it'd be. I guess its not that bad, its just that are much better budget phones.

8. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

hmm i must have gone on phonearena not iPhone arena cuz a sony phone got a good score!! either way this is a very respectable phone for its class

10. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Not bad score actually...because look at other budget phones out there,not including Nokia and Sony,they sucks like hell... Respect Nokia and Sony!!!^_^

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice review Chris and good score.

13. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Way better than ZR's unreasonable score. Considering it's a lower-midrange phone :/

14. JoannaBarstow

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

Xperia Z phone, This phone is sold as a waterproof phone, beware, I put this phone when it was hot into cold water to show a friend that it is waterproof. This caused a single crack on the screen, the phone is one month old, when I complained , I found out that this was not covered by warranty. Very disappointed.

15. amolk

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

the worst phone i ever used. having manufacture defect sim slot not working since first day.. not even gud service by sony
Xperia C
  • Display 5.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2390 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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