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Sony Xperia C Review

Sony Xperia C

Posted: , by Chris P.




We can't, in good conscience, skip ahead and not mention that ease of use in the camera interface department is something the company has definitely gotten right. Apart from the dedicated two-step camera button on the right side of the phone, you're also getting an interface that's minimalistic, intuitive and just easy to navigate. This is impressive, as the software is packed with features and settings one could tinker with.

An 8-megapixel shooter with a BSI Exmor R sensor and an LED flash is what you'll find housed at the rear of the Xperia C. The snapper performs admirably, but it's expectedly far from flawless. So while color fidelity is to standard, one could say that details are a shade too low, not to mention that blurry images are sometimes hard to avoid. HDR is definitely of help, as the dynamic range is not too impressive, though you're definitely trading details for a wider color gamut when it's on. As is to be expected, when the lights go down so does the overall image quality. That said, the flash on the Xperia C does a pretty good job of illuminating the scene, and we were happy to see that snaps' degradation was not as shocking as with other devices. Also, while still on the topic of stills, it's worth noting that our results with the sweep panorama mode were rather underwhelming, as the software is pretty whimsical, yet still does a poor stitching job at the end.

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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Sony Xperia C 5
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OPPO R819 3.9
HTC Desire 601 3.2
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Video capture at 1080p is available, and on this front we have no complaints, though the footage is perceptibly dark. Continuous auto-focus can be a bit lazy, however, refusing to re-focus unless the object is massively in the way.


Whatever pertains to the multimedia category, we've found it to be sufficient and up to standard for this day and age. The chip inside handled any video encoding we threw at it, including some rarer ones, and powered through even 1080p clips with finesse. Moreover, and as per usual, Sony gets top marks on the built-in gallery and video player, as these are stylish, easy to use and functional.

The speaker is placed at the rear, yet sound doesn't get muffled almost at all, even when the phone is lying on its back. We found its volume levels to be lacking a bit, seriously so if you have Sony's xLOUD engine off, though we were generally content with audio fidelity.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia C 0.22
OPPO R819 0.48
HTC Desire 601 0.47
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia C 73
OPPO R819 76
HTC Desire 601 79
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posted on 11 Dec 2013, 09:28 2

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Very nice phone for a budget!

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 09:39 2

2. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

A very reasonable review and score, finally?

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 10:00 1

3. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Reasonable review and score.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 10:02

4. shuvo1528 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 17:36 1

9. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)

Well your wish has come true my brother..

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 11:24

5. shuvo1528 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 03:16

12. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

On it as I write this.


posted on 11 Dec 2013, 12:09

6. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

When is galaxy grand 2 review coming??

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 13:06

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 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.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 14:18

8. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 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

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 17:39

10. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 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!!!^_^

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 00:37

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Nice review Chris and good score.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 07:07

13. Remmy (Posts: 147; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 02:05

14. JoannaBarstow (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Sep 2014, 07:04

15. amolk (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)

the worst phone i ever used. having manufacture defect sim slot not working since first day.. not even gud service by sony

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Sony Xperia C

Sony Xperia C

OS: Android 4.2.2
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Display5.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (220 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Size5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches
(141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm)
5.40 oz  (153 g)
Battery2390 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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