Smartphone "Sony Xperia C3": reviews and specifications
Sony Xperia C3 is advertised as a professional selfie smartphone, but it can be overlooked in the growing crowd of phones with wide-angle high-definition front-facing cameras. The first Sony model with a 5-megapixel sensor on the front panel and a 25-mm lens is definitely late, but it is still trying to get through the line. This is one of the few phones with frontal LED flash brought the self-portrait shooting to a new level.
Mobile phone "Sony Xperia C3" reviews are called unremarkable. Build a 5.5-inch 720p IPS-display, 4-core 1.2-GHz Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, it must have been easy.
The smartphone comes in 2 versions: with LTE-connection and two SIM-cards with the stated support for their simultaneous operation.
The rear camera model has not received the attention that was paid to the front. The smartphone is equipped with an 8-megapixel ExmorRS BSI sensor, which has been a popular choice in Sony mid-range phones since the release of the original Xperia C.This time it is coupled with an even more powerful LED flash, so it should work better in low light.
The framework of the smartphone "Sony Xperia C3" reviews of the owners called the biggest problem of its design. If the updated front sensor and the LED flash located above the screen can still be a good excuse, then the empty space under the display is difficult to explain.
Selfie camera can not shoot video with Full HD resolution, and this is another dubious decision.
Overall, the outdated Snapdragon 400 still has good performance, and the choice between LTE and Dual-SIM boosts the outlook for the model.
The phone box is too large for its contents. The basic set is respected, but that is all. The user receives a network adapter, microUSB cable and a standard headset with built-in microphone.
The smartphone is big, but the reason is not a 5.5 ”IPS-display, because models such as the Meizu MX Pro 4 have a better ratio of screen area to the front surface. On the other hand, the Xperia C3 is thinner. With dimensions of 156.2 x 78.7 x 7.6 mm, the phone is 1 cm taller than 5.5 ”LG G3 and is almost equal to the iPhone 6 Plus, which, however, has a fingerprint scanner. Xperia C3 weighs a reasonable 150 g.
The width of the frame is not the flagship, but in the end, this device is average. In fact, they are the same as the 5.5 "HTC Desire 820, which is a direct competitor to this model.
The design of the smartphone has already been used in several generations of Xperia phones. OmniBalance is still great for more affordable models. The Xperia C3 looks more than reasonable and probably thinner than most phones in this price range. According to reviews, the smartphone "Sony Xperia C3" is nice to hold in your hand and easily recognizable. It is equipped with a large Triluminos HD screen, but the focus on the front panel is given to a 5 megapixel camera and an LED flash. The grilles above and below the display look like stereo speakers, but in fact they are the headset and the main microphone.
The chassis is plastic and has a glossy silver finish on the edges, which greatly improves the appearance, but "attracts" fingerprints.
The non-removable back cover is made of matte plastic, typical of the middle class Xperia line. There are no prints left on it, and it provides excellent grip to the hand.
The phone is large, and while its user interface provides some options for one-handed control, it’s best to use both.
Reviews of the smartphone "Sony Xperia C3" positively appreciate the fact that its thin profile and light body is quite comfortable to hold and carry in your pocket.
The 5.5-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 720p occupies most of the front panel, although rather large frames do not provide the best ratio of screen area and the entire panel, equal to 67.8%.
Many will be interested in a 5-megapixel selfie camera with flash, which is a rather noticeable circle next to the Sony logo. Nearby is the speaker. His hole in the protective glass screen is located above the logo and hidden grille. Above the display is a pair of hidden sensors and a status LED.
The grille under the screen is not a speaker, but hides the main microphone.
On the left, on the side panel, there is a microUSB port and a microSD card slot under its own plastic cover. The right side is full. First, another plastic cover hides a tray for 1 or 2 microSIM cards, depending on the model chosen. Then there is a round metal button on the switch, followed by a small plastic volume rocker and a two-stage camera release button.
Upstairs there is a 3.5mm headset jack and the bottom edge is completely empty.
The 8-megapixel lens of the Exmor RS camera is at the back, along with a flash and a second microphone used to record stereo sound or active noise cancellation. Behind the base is a huge speaker grille. Matte back cover can not be removed.
The 5.5-inch IPS-display of the smartphone has a resolution of 720p, which corresponds to a pixel density of 267 tons / inch. Although this is far from the characteristics of modern flagships, the C3 is in a completely different price range. The display is enhanced by the Sony BRAVIA 2 mobile engine. It improves sharpness, reduces noise, and also improves contrast and saturation and does it quite well. Triluminous technology expands the range of colors with more vibrant red and natural green and blue. The contrast (1207: 1) and the brightness of the screen (642 nits) are very good, as is the color rendition - all this provides excellent image quality.
Thanks to the IPS-matrix, the viewing angles of the Sony Xperia C3 smartphone screen, according to the owners, are not bad. When tilting there is no noticeable loss of contrast or color, although in some directions there is a shift in the latter.Using the phone outdoors in bright daylight does not cause problems.
Sony has supplied the model with a 2500 mAh battery. Reviews of the Sony Ixperia C3 talk about an impressive battery life of 91 hours. Thus, if you spend daily an hour talking, browsing the web and playing videos, you can count on 4 days without recharging.
Power Saver, which is included in the settings menu, allows you to extend battery life by helping to turn off Wi-Fi, GPS, display brightness, Bluetooth, automatic synchronization and background work as soon as the battery charge drops below a user-defined threshold. You can also automatically turn off Wi-Fi if there is no known wireless network, or transfer mobile data when the screen is off, and much more.
The model supports 4-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE. LTE is offered in a modification with one SIM for 5 frequency bands. Dual SIM has only 3G on SIM1, and on SIM2 - GSM and EDGE.
According to the reviews of the owners, "Sony Xperia C3", contrary to advertising, does not allow you to take 2 calls at the same time. Only dual standby is available.When using one of the cards, the other becomes unavailable for incoming calls. You can set your phone to redirect from an unavailable card to an active card, but this is another function.
Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi Direct single-band Wi-Fi b / g / n. There are GLONASS, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio with RDS, NFC support for Android Beam to send files to other Android devices. There is no infrared port.
The ultra low power ANT + protocol provides connectivity to various sports accessories such as a heart rate monitor or cycling speedometer.
The microUSB 2.0 connector is used to charge and transfer data to the internal memory and microSD card. Peripheral devices such as keyboards and USB drives can also be connected to it. The port does not have any TV-out functions, but if there is a compatible HDTV, then the phone's screen can be displayed on the TV display wirelessly via Miracast or via Xperia Connectivity Throw. The application allows you to transfer media via DLNA, create a media server and connect to a wireless controller PlayStation DUALSHOCK 3 (or 4).
The smartphone runs on Android 4.4.2. The user interface is similar to any other Xperia phone, for example, E3.
The lock screen is standard.Widgets are supported (one by one), and the rightmost panel launches the camera. Several are available by default, but you can always find more on the Play Store. In addition, third-party applications often use their own set of additional widgets. Naturally, you can protect the lock screen by giving access by face, entering a shape, PIN, or password.
By default, the desktop consists of 5 panels, each of which can be set as the main one. You can not have more than 7 panels or change the order in which they are located.
The user can set live and static wallpapers, add widgets and shortcuts, or change the theme of the user interface. You can also choose which icons will appear in the status bar, and which ones should remain hidden.
The notification area displays messages and there is a separate tab with quick settings with 20 different switches, 12 of which are displayed on the highlighted page. If you hold your finger on any of them, you can go to his menu.
If you activate gestures, the notification area can be called up by double pressing the Home button, and the entire interface will be closer to your fingertips.The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus does almost the same with their Reachability feature, although it works in all user interfaces.
The application box is located on several pages, and the user can sort them manually, in alphabetical order, by frequency of use, or by installation date.
The interface uses the Android Task Manager, which allows you to switch between recently opened applications, as well as stop them by moving shortcuts to the side.
Tiny widgets are available that can be moved and used without opening a full program. These include Active Clip, Chrome Bookmarks, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Gmail, Timer, Notes and Recorder.
Finally, Google Now integrates with a Google account to access the user's Internet searches and email, providing information that matches their interests and daily needs.
8 GB of memory are filled fairly quickly, so you need a microSD card. Images, videos and other multimedia files are easily transferred, but applications are more difficult to move. Most of the built-in and all downloaded programs can be written to external memory, but it takes a lot of time and requires a deep immersion in the menu.
The smartphone is equipped with a mid-level Snapdragon 400 chipset with 4 1.2-GHz A7 cores, Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. In 2015, the Snapdragon 400 was installed on many devices, it is enough to work without lags, but the time of this processor is long gone. The 64-bit chipset is more up-to-date.
According to customer reviews, Sony Xperia C3 shows modest results in the GeekBench 3 multi-core test (1181 points). The smartphone is not inferior to Moto G (2014), but other devices with Snapdragon 400, such as Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Sony Xperia T3, demonstrate better performance.
AnTuTu is a combined test that also takes into account the performance of RAM and hcp. 18,466 Xperia C3 points are average and close to expected. Naturally, the 8-core Redmi Note and Desire 820 processors are noticeably better.
One thing is clear: the smartphone does not shine. On the contrary, the performance of the phone "Sony Iksperiya C3" reviews are called, at best, average and hardly comparable with some competitors. On the other hand, synthetic tests cannot fully characterize the speed of the device, since in real life the smartphone works quite well. It ensures stable and smooth operation of Android and copes with the launch of regular games.
Unfortunately, more demanding 3D games may not work at all due to insufficient RAM or performance bottlenecks.
The smartphone demonstrates good sound quality, demonstrating a clean job in two test scenarios.
The first concerns the connection to an active external amplifier, and its results speak of the very good performance of the Sony Ixperia C3. And the reviews confirm this. The audio system has no weak points, except for the volume, which turned out to be below average.
Connecting headphones to the Sony Ixperia C3, according to reviews, causes a moderate surge of crosstalk, and also adds some intermodulation distortion, but these problems are not easily detected if there is no good hearing. The volume level here again turns out to be the main problem - the smartphone cannot cope with more demanding headphones.
The model is equipped with a standard Sony Sony RS-S8 8-megapixel sensor with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels in manual mode and Superior Auto. The nearby LED flash comes in handy when shooting in low light conditions.
The phone has a hardware release button, which can be configured toso that she unlocks the phone and launches the camera. The key also allows you to instantly take a picture or start recording video. This is useful when suddenly turned up a good time.
The camera interface consists of two panels and is unified: you can take pictures or shoot videos without changing the mode.
In manual mode, the user has access to the exposure compensation slider and white balance selector. You can also control ISO, exposure metering and focus, turn image stabilization on and off, but these settings are hidden in the menu.
The camera app offers augmented reality effects when one of several virtual worlds is introduced into the scene. You can even navigate through them thanks to a motion tracking system, but this will require real visual cues. Children will love it, but adults are unlikely to be impressed.
The “social broadcasting” mode allows you to broadcast video from the camera directly to Facebook.
Timeshift allows you to take 30 shots in just 2 seconds. At the same time shooting begins before the shutter is released.
The main camera "Sony Iksperiya C3", according to the owners, takes pictures with high resolution and good exposure, contrast and colors.But with the increase it is noticeable that the noise reduction algorithm completely removes fine details, although the noise still remains high in some images. In addition, significant artifacts are visible on the screen. Dynamic range is also low.
The smartphone records video with a resolution of 1080p at a speed of 30 fps. You can set a timer and change the exposure, metering, focus mode, etc. The video quality is mediocre, but, according to reviews, the photo “Sony I3 C3” makes it even worse: less detail is lost because the noise reduction system is not so destructive. The frame rate is consistently 28 fps with a bit rate of 16-17 Mbit / s, and the sound is recorded as 128 kbps with a sampling rate of 48 kHz.
Focusing on a selfie camera is probably a good way to make money without spending a lot. It is not surprising that there are many such devices in the average price range. Frontal flash narrows the list of potential competitors in just a few models. The smartphone is clearly the bottom class, but this is exactly the place where the selfie camera can be claimed. Especially paired with LED flash.
However, the smartphone is not limited to this.It comes with a wide 5.5 ”IPS display with a decent resolution. You can choose between LTE support and 2 SIM cards. Snapdragon 400 and Android KitKat provide overall stable performance. The battery discharges slowly, and the amount of ROM can be expanded thanks to the slot for memory cards.
In their reviews of the model "Sony Xperia C3" users express doubt that the manufacturer has made considerable efforts in the development of a smartphone. This is pretty much an Xperia T3 with an improved front-facing camera. However, the 5-megapixel sensor is not impressive, with or without flash. The image quality is mediocre, the added applications and features do not matter much, and the lack of video recording in Full HD resolution clearly speaks against the model.