It has been some time since I’ve used a smartphone with a mainstream brand, but since I’ve gotten a mobile contract recently, the Xperia C3 came with it for free.
The Xperia C3 comes in a relatively flat box, and in the box is the phone, a wall charger, a pair of earbuds, and a couple papers.
Right out of the box, we can see the 5.5 inch screen, 5 megapixels wide-angle front camera, and proximity/light sensors. Do note that the speaker-like arrays on the top and bottom do not make up a dual-speaker array, but the earpiece on the top, and a microphone on the bottom.
|The front side of the Xperia C3|
On the back of the device, we see the 8 megapixels rear camera, LED flash, noise cancelling microphone, and the logos, mainly the NFC logo, Sony logo, and the Xperia logo. The rear speaker is located on the bottom, and looks to be a dual speaker array, but since the device is non-openable, I am unable to determine that.
|The rear side of the Xperia C3|
Turning on the device, it’s a typical OEM-skinned Android. The device runs Android 4.4.2 out-of-box, but is far from the typical stock Android we see on MediaTek devices. The ROM on the C3 is heavily skinned, with over 200 system applications installed. RAM usage is also always more than 90%, even after rooting and uninstalling more than 100 system apps. Since it’s a phone I got from my operator, the phone was crammed with bloatware, albeit installed as user apps) which I didn’t need. Many features such as STAMINA mode and the Xperia Lounge though, are pretty useful.
Attempting an update proved to be useless, as the operator I’ve obtained the phone from has not pushed updates to my device yet. Android 4.4.2 works perfectly though, at this time. With the high RAM usage now too, Android 5.0 would probably be a disaster, so I am not looking forward to any updates any time soon.
General usage of this phone proves to be less than satisfactory. The constant high RAM usage makes multitasking almost impossible, as something like playing music on the Music (formerly Walkman) app and surfing the web on Chrome would either crash the Music app, or render Chrome a non-responsive piece of code. The phone also lags quite a bit when left turned on without a reboot for more than a day.
Aside from that, the phone has pretty decent connectivity, with LTE support too. NFC works perfectly, Bluetooth and WiFi also work pretty well. Since this is not a MediaTek device too, the GPS works much better. Surprisingly too, the 2500mAh battery on this phone lasts way longer than any phone I’ve had, other than the THL 5000.
As for the cameras, the 5MP front camera and the 8MP rear camera proved to be disappointing, with colours extremely washed out. I’m actually not sure why the device was advertised as a selfie phone, as the only thing good about the front camera was its wide-angle feature. The focus also acts up randomly, which means that sometimes a split second before you’re taking the photo, the focus would go off, resulting in a bad photo. If you are getting a phone for the camera, I would not recommend this device. Aside from that, the camera button is pretty useful though, for taking shots that are a lot less shaky than normal shots taken by pressing the button on-screen.
That is all I can bring out in this review! If you have any comments or things you would like to know, do leave a comment to let me know!
Until next time, stay awesome!