Sony Xperia T3 Review
Interface and functionality
Sony's Timescape interface is getting a bit long in the tooth, but is thankfully unobtrusive and simple to use.
In a typical Sony fashion, the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system driving the Xperia T3 has been skinned with the Timescape interface, which has remained unchanged for quite a while now. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you consider Sony's design approach – the overlays are simple, uniform and easy on the eyes. If the default theme is not to your liking, you have some choice in terms of personalization – whether it's different themes, a different wallpaper for your lockscreen, or adding additional quick toggles in the pull-down notification panel.
The Xperia T3 also comes pre-loaded with a few apps, most of which are courtesy of different Sony services. For example, Sony Select is a small, curated apps and themes market, and Socialife News is a news reader with an ultra-simplified, yet rather laggy design. Apps like Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited, and even PlayStation Mobile can also be found on board, and there's even a custom Navigation app courtesy of Garmin present with a free, 60-days trial available.
Processor and memory
The Snapdragon 400 chipset is no beast, yet Xperia T3 treads along nicely still.
It's as if all midrangers have gathered together this year, and vowed allegiance to the quad-core, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset by Qualcomm, and the Xperia T3 is no exception. What can they do – Snapdragon 600 has been discontinued, and going to the 800/801 family would require pretty penny. This chipset, alongside 1GB RAM, actually make the Xperia T3 performance rather acceptable, with barely a lag or stutter in the interface, though heavy 3D games will take their toll on the weakling. The phone ships with 8 GB of storage, 5 GB of which are user-available, and offers a microSD slot for expansion.
Quadrant Higher is better
Sony Xperia T3 10091
LG G2 20654
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078
Sony Xperia Z2 18584
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia T3 19699
LG G2 35376
Samsung Galaxy S4 24701
Sony Xperia Z2 34088
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia T3 842.6
LG G2 1229
Samsung Galaxy S4 704
Sony Xperia Z2 1177
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Sony Xperia T3 1785.3
Samsung Galaxy S4 1963
Sunspider Lower is better
Sony Xperia T3 1247.3
LG G2 932.8
Samsung Galaxy S4 1082.9
Sony Xperia Z2 925.4
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia T3 4.2
Sony Xperia Z2 12.4
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia T3 532.3
LG G2 772
Sony Xperia Z2 1207
Internet and connectivity
Plenty of wireless radios ensure a well-connected handset.
The browsing experience with the built-in Chrome browser on the Xperia T3 is a smooth affair. Even heavier, image-based websites load up quick, and navigating them puts no noticeable toll on the processor.
Connectivity options are plentiful, too. There's LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a, b, g, n, 5GHz Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA, A-GPS (with Glonass support), and even MHL compatibility for mirroring the T3's screen onto a bigger monitor.
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- Display 5.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 1.1 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
- Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 2500 mAh(14.8h 3G talk time)