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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

Even cheaper smartphones these days are expected to offer a whole range of messaging options and the Sony Xperia J is no exception.

Kicking us off are the dual email clients: the Google-built Gmail app which deals solely with the search giant's email offering, alongside the standard Email app which can host multiple accounts.

Sony Xperia J review

There's nothing different in the Gmail app, which offers the same experience you find on every Android handset these days – a simple and intuitive app which makes dealing with emails a breeze.

Over in the Email app you can have multiple email accounts feeding into one universal inbox, but if that all gets a bit too busy you can view each inbox individually as well.

Sony Xperia J review

Slightly annoyingly you can't zoom out fully on HTML emails to get an overview of them, leaving you panning around feverishly to consume all the wordy goodness.

Text messages are handled, unsurprisingly in the messaging app, which offers up the traditional Android experience, with a list of conversations with your various pals, and if there's a photo associated with a contact that's pulled through here too.

Sony Xperia J review

We found the text messaging app could be a bit slow to load at times, especially when a new message arrived - the Xperia J took a second or two to refresh the list to display the latest ramblings from our friend.

These functions are nothing without a means of tapping out replies, however the keyboard supplied on the Sony Xperia J isn't a particularly pleasing one.

The keyboard is cramped even on the 4-inch display, and the poorly placed "hide keyboard" and "settings" keys meant we were constantly hitting them instead of the symbols, comma and full stop buttons.

Turning the Xperia J 90 degrees offered little reprieve, as while the keys became better spaced, we still found it difficult to accurately tap out our missives.

We also found the board was slow to respond to our taps, which made tapping out messages a laborious and frustrating chore – needless to say we quickly sacked it off in favour of a third party option downloaded from Google Play – SwiftKey 3 if you're asking.

Sony Xperia J review

As far a social networking is concerned Sony has helpfully pre-installed the official Facebook and Twitter apps on the Xperia J – something we'd like every manufacturer to do, along with the Google+ app which appears alongside the range of other Google offerings.

There's no social media aggregator app on the Xperia J, with the Timescape app found on Sony Ericssons ditched in favour of three homescreen widgets, all bearing the Timescape brand.

You can choose from Feed, Friends and Share – all of which are pretty self explanatory, and all link into your Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep you up to date with all the latest going- ons.

There's also the option to download more links from Google Play, including Foursquare, LinkedIn, Google+ and Flickr, if you really want to get on board.

Without a dedicated app it's all quite limiting and we found ourselves opting for the official apps over the widgets – but some may find them useful and it's a nice option to have.

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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