Sony Xperia J Review

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.

The box contains:

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


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.

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.

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.


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.



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012


2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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: Nov 15, 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: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

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

26. JohnDoe1337

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

could of given it a 6 bro....

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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: Nov 22, 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 ..

6. mikez6

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

become kepo..

7. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

8. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

cnet asia is apple biased

9. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

so is PA?

10. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

OK so when did physical buttons start to get annoying?

13. Nick_T

Posts: 187; Member since: May 27, 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: Oct 24, 2011

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

11. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 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: Aug 29, 2012

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

15. papss unregistered

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


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 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!


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

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

19. abboud_eng

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 09, 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: Nov 15, 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

23. AppleXperia73

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

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

24. tikiri

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 25, 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: Jan 12, 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: Apr 25, 2013

Does Sony Xperia J have a flashlight when recording video?

28. jasirmalik98

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

What are the DISADVANTAGES in Sony Xperia J?

29. BillZ

Posts: 2; Member since: May 03, 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!

30. BillZ

Posts: 2; Member since: May 03, 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!
Xperia J
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1750 mAh(7.3h 3G talk time)

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