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Sony throws a direct punch to Samsung by introducing the Xperia C, a 5 inch budget smartphone to counter the Samsung Galaxy Grand. You will notice in the review it not only counters the Grand but banishes it for good. Too bad Mr. Samsung Galaxy Grand. I like what Sony has done with the Xperia C, they have incorporated the best without compromising the quality and user experience.
Sony Xperia C has this really great built quality. It has this wonderfully smooth finish that is to die for, for a phone of this price. The back is nice and flat with very slight curves on the edges. This is something that Grand can’t even match. The quality on the Xperia C is far superior to the cheap plastic built on the Galaxy Grand. The speakers on board are terrific as well. They are loud and they do an amazing job at being clear as well.
Sony has introduced a 5.0 inch display on this phone but is it any good? Hell yes it is. With a resolution of 540×960 pixels and pixel density of 220ppi, the display is absolutely beautiful. Obviously it is not as wonderful as what you see on the GS4 or HTC One but quite stunning for its price bracket. The viewing angles are not that great but good enough to view under direct sunlight. The gaming experience on this display is amazing as well. There is nothing I would want more from the display. It has a nice size and looks soothing to the eyes.
With an 8MP sensor, this phone can actually do wonders with the images. At certain areas i found this lens much better than the one on Nexus 4, no kidding. It does not over saturate like most Xperia lenses but it does wash off the colours, but overall they are in good tone. They can take great macro shots and they let you be creative with certain manual settings as well. They give you an HDR mode and a pano mode as well. Video quality is nice and clean as well. Front facing camera does a decent job on video calls.
It does incorporate one of the latest versions of Android, the Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The UI is more like Ice Cream Sandwich. The UI does not provide you some amazing features but clean and easy functions. I really like the simplicity, though it is like most of the UI’s on other Android devices but much cleaner.
With a Quad Core 1.2GHz processor it is almost twice as fast as its rivals in the same price bracket. It has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory which is expandable. It is a really fast phone. It will give you nice and smooth response, but yes it lags here and there. NFC does not make it to the stage here but they have the latest bluetooth version for sharing and pairing. This phone screams performance in every way.
Sony Xperia C is a thing of beauty. I look at the phone, use it and then I see the price and I want to buy it right away. The display is so pleasing, it will be enough to draw you in to buy it. Additionally, everything about this phone is nothing short of amazing. I love it and highly recommend it in the Rs 18.000-Rs 23,000 bracket.
Sony Xperia C comes for Rs. 20399
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, July|
|BODY||Dimensions||141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm (5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight||153 g (5.40 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches (~220 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 4 fingers|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3 ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||4 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|DATA||GPRS||Up to 85.6 kbps|
|EDGE||Up to 237 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA, 11.5 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR|
|Video||Yes, 1080p, video stabilization|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.2 GHz|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Black, White, Purple|
|– SNS integration
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 2390 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 588 h (2G) / Up to 605 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 12 h 25 min (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 111 h|
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