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Sony Xperia J review

Can the Sony Ericsson inspired J jump in and make a splash?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7.30 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 854

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For

  • Nice design
  • Good battery life
  • Decent price

Against

  • Very laggy
  • Poor camera
  • Awful keyboard

The Sony Xperia J is, as the firm itself declared during its launch at IFA 2012, a smartphone which "combines great style with affordability."

It may not be a wizard on the inside, but overall it offers a respectable smartphone experience at an attractive price point.

We liked

We are fans of the design of the Sony Xperia J, bringing back the look from the old Sony Ericssons and updating it with a smooth, stylish finish that sits nicely in the hand.

Battery life is also impressive, as more and more smartphones struggle to get through a day the Xperia J will happily chug through at least two, if not more with careful use.

We disliked

The Xperia J is laggy, very laggy. We felt like we were constantly waiting for the phone to catch up with what we wanted it to do and this severely detracted from the user experience.

Typing out messages was also frustrating, with the poorly designed keyboard reducing us to mistake after mistake and leaving us sending texts or emails which only half made sense.

The camera isn't great either, and while we're aware the Xperia J is more of a budget-centric handset, there is better on offer for the same money.

Verdict

If we're honest, we were a little disappointed with the Sony Xperia J. Sure, it looks great and will last a few days on one charge, but the sluggishness of the Android operating system makes us feel like we've gone back a few years.

We wanted to love the Xperia J, but instead we were left frustrated with flaws which we feel could have been easily addressed by Sony during development.

If you're in the market for a sub-£200 phone then we'd recommend you shop around, as there's a lot of choice out there and at the end of the day your decision will come down to personal preference.

You should certainly consider the Sony Xperia J, as it has all the makings of a decent handset and when the Jelly Bean upgrade lands, it might make all the difference. Here's hoping.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.73 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia J
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time7.30 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 854
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)124 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Timer, Conference Call
Pixel Density245 ppi
Height124.3 mm
Width61.2 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXperia J Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia J
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Number1268-2315
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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