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.



1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Haha.. That deserves more than 6.5..

7. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Nope, for the price it got what it deserve. If this phone costs $300 i'm pretty sure it will get at least 8.2.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

So low score. Anyways, where is the description of front facing camera in the whole review?

3. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

According to, Xperia T3 has good sunlight visibility even better than Z2 and one m8. anyways, xperia T3 is the only sony device that i do not like because insane pricing.

12. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013


4. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014


5. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

"About the only gripe we have with the design, are the all-too-thick bezels, which make this 5.3” handset larger than the 5.5” LG G3, for instance." Hmm.. When PA reviews the iphone 6 & i am sure that it will at some point, I will lookout for a statement that us along the lines of this.. "About the only gripe we have with the design, are the all-too-thick bezels, which make this 5.5” handset larger than the 5.7” Note 4, for instance." I will then accept that PA's reviews & opinions are fair & straightforward.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So far the review mention quite a few good things like long battery life. Has the brightest screen compared to other flag ship some costing more. Not many people use the bundle ear piece and a mid end is expect to have an average screen quality so very strange score. Sony might want to consider not sending their phone to PA to review AT ALL.

8. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

The score doesn't make any sense all that good talk about pictures, battery life, mic, screen etc u gave it 6.5 and why put it up against flagships, put it again other mid rangers and let see how if preform cuz I bet it's better than many other PA never have nothing good to say about no other products unless it's apple or Samsung

9. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have come to the conclusion that in my mind I need to add "2" to whatever Sony device being reviewed here on P.A.... so this device, would actually have a fair 8.5 rating.

10. T-rex unregistered

What can i say, gsmarena says something completely different about the display

14. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Same story for Xperia M2 voice call performance. Phonearena said it was terrible, GSMarena said the exact opposite. I trust GSMA a bit more though. They seem to take longer, more in-depth reviews.

11. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

The Price tag of this phone should be the reason for the low score. But it should be put in the Cons list. I could not understand the pricing of Sony. My T2 ultra which has better specs than this T3 has less price than this T3.

13. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Agree, PA is biased against Sony. Lets see if they say the same about the iPhone 6 bezels. As for the visual size comaprison, why use the S4 and not S5? Why use the G2 and not G3? The former flagships like S4 and G2 are one of the smallest 5in and 5.2in flagships ever so PA is deliberately trying to make the T3 look bad...And how can they compare a mid ranger to flagships? They should use the mid rangers like Galaxy Grand. Obvious bias !

15. MahanteshMeti

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

It very expensive and Sony Service is patetic, for the expensive handsets you need a good service that sony is lagging, if you give it for service you will get back refurbished item, that means you are paying for new mobile but getting 2nd hand item

16. adisrgt

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I own xperia t3 and I dont know vhat are you talking about this phone has one of the best cameras I have ever seen vith 8 megapixels ofcourse I compared this phone vith htc 8mpx and xperia sp 8mpx this camera is better very much better and display I dont know vhat did you measured but this phone has a beautiful display high brithnes ui very smooth and fast Asphalt 8 vorks very good I actually engoying using this phone When I shou this phone camera and display to my friends two of them changes phone every year they used galaxy s4 htc one m7 lg g3 iphone 5 lg 4x hd nexus htc m8 and theirs comments on this phone vas very good for the price of the phone so sorry I recomment to all of the users that read this review that it is not relevant.
Xperia T3
  • 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)

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