Sony XPeria C3, Pocket Rocket with an Attitude

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After admiring flagships and premium smartphones in my latest reviews, I think it’s time to throw some attention towards the mid-rangers out there, as there’s a lot of them that deserve it and might interest you. One of them is the Sony Xperia C3, a very decent and capable device that also comes in a dual-SIM version and offers, among others, a 5.5 inches IPS LCD Triluminous display, a Snapdragon 400 chipset, a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, an 8 MP primary camera and a 5 MP front-facing one which also has a LED flash and more. Keep reading and find out more!

In the Xperia C3’s package, you’ll come across a charger, a microUSB cable for re-charging your device and making data transfers, a pair of headphones and the user manuals.

The Sony Xperia C3measures 156.2 x 78.7 x 7.6 mm and has a weight of almost 150 grams (149.7, to be more precise), being quite hefty for a 5.5-incher. Its bezels could have definitely been smaller, but this is something that can be forgiven, considering that we’re not dealing with a premium device, after all. The good thing is that it has a slim profile and features the already-known Sony OmniBalance design, which makes it feel more comfortable in the hand and easy to manage. Although it’s made from plastic, the handset seems very solid and reliable. Its back cover features a matte finish, which will keep fingerprints away from sticking to it and also offers a great hand grip.

The frontal part of the C3’s body is taken by a 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 267 ppi. The Triluminous screen is powered by Sony’s Mobile BRAVIS Engine 2, which is supposed to enhance the contrast, sharpness and saturation. The image quality offered is great, probably among the best from the mid-range area, offering pleasing and accurate colors, wide viewing angles, a good contrast and a very decent sunlight legibility.

In terms of user interface, the Sony Xperia C3 comes packed with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which has been tweaked here and there by Sony. The interface is friendly and intuitive, so you’ll get accustomed to it pretty quick if you’re a “newbie”. The lockscreen can be protected by PIN, password, face or pattern unlock and holds widgets. The homescreens come in a default number of five and you can customize the interface with plenty of themes, wallpapers, widgets and shortcuts. In the notification area, you’ll be greeted by, naturally, your notifications and there’s also a tab for quick settings, which displays a list of 12 toggles. A long-press on any of them will take you to the list menu. The app drawer holds your apps and enables you to sort them however you want.
Google Now is also on board for optimizing your user experience by offering an obedient and helpful personal assistant for performing searches, displaying relevant information according to your searches and smartphone-related routine.
At the hardware section, the Xperia C3 holds support for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The handset is a decent performer for a device from the mid-range area and will deliver a smooth user experience if you don’t abuse it with power-hungry games and the like.

At the connectivity department, the Xperia C3 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, penta-band LTE for the single-SIM version and 3G for the dual-SIM one, Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.

For snapping pictures, the Xperia C3 comes loaded with an 8 MP camera which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and features a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. The camera application reveals support for HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, focus and more.
The photos delivered are okay, with accurate colors, good contrast and a decent amount of resolved detail. This isn’t the greatest 8 MP snapper around, but it gets the job done fine.
The video camera is also decent and delivers some nice 1080p videos @30 fps.
There’s also a front-facing 5MP camera on board for taking selfies and making video calls and it’s equipped with a LED flash too, which isn’t something that you usually find on most smartphones.

Some other useful tools offered by the Xperia C3 are an FM Radio with RDS support, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, the Office Suite 8 for managing document files, Google Chrome for offering a great browsing experience and more.

The Sony Xperia C3 is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery and will stay alive for almost 4 days under a moderate usage.

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