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Sony Xperia C Review

Sony Xperia C

Posted: , by Chris P.



Sony Xperia C Review
Sony Xperia C Review
Call quality

We were pleasantly surprised by the Xperia C, as calls were clear, realistic and loud. Better still – this held true for both sides.

If you're looking for that extra bit of audio oomph, you could activate Sony's ClearPhase feature, which tones down volume slightly in exchange for quality, though we can't say we saw a stark improvement.

All in all, the Xperia C hits the nail on the head in this particular department, just as it should.


Battery life on the Xperia C is simply outstanding -- it's the current king of the hill in our battery benchmark test, and that's for three main reasons. For starters, the qHD resolution screen is relatively easy on the processor, which in turn is pretty frugal with power consumption, thanks to its efficient Cortex-A7 cores. Finally, the non-removable 2390mAh cell may not be the biggest you've heard of, yet it's proven to be exceptionally large for the needs of the Xperia C.

In other words, expect two days of usage on a single charge, even three if you go easy on Sony's marathoner.


We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
6h 53 min (Average)
Sony Xperia C
8h 44 min (Excellent)
LG Optimus L9 II
5h 48 min (Average)
6h 9 min (Average)
HTC Desire 601
5h 19 min (Poor)
Sony Xperia SP
5h 38 min (Average)
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We've always stood firmly behind the idea that any smartphone should be viewed as a package, and not simply as the cumulative score of each individual piece of hardware and software inside. This is especially true for budget-friendly devices like the Xperia C, as no manufacturer has really managed to offer a no-compromise device just yet. But we must be getting closer, as even Sony, with its traditionally expensive products, is now rising to the challenge. Of course, considering that the Xperia C was created with Asia and the Middle East and Africa in mind, we do have to note that its price of about $230 (¥1388) is on the higher end of the budget spectrum. This means that local superstars, like Xiaomi and ZTE, have their phones going for considerably less – about $130 (¥799) for both the dual-SIM Xiaomi HongMi and ZTE v967s, for example. Both of these sport a better, 720p screen, and the former even runs a better chipset and a comparable shooter. All said, you still get an all-round great bundle with Xperia C, and one worthy of bearing the Sony logo on its back.

So in conclusion, we actually enjoyed fondling with the Sony Xperia C, and that speaks volumes on its own. Individual things, like the display, could have been better, yet at the end of the day, they felt perfectly adequate.


  • Time-tested design
  • Chart-topping battery life
  • A dual-SIM phone true to its roots
  • Minimal, yet functional Sony software


  • Display is lacking both in pixel count and proper viewing angles
  • Sony could have pushed for a slightly more graphics-friendly processor
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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: 148; 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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