There are times when some trends goes away fast, while some remains still popular as people get addicted to it. Though, there is one trend that is being even followed by mobile vendors like Sony, HTC and recently by Samsung. Well, we doesn’t know if selfies are going to hit a wall or not. But we do know that dedicated selfie smartphones are not going to stop coming. We had our hands on with Sony Xperia C3 for the couple of weeks now. There had been times when we loved it for its camera and hated it for high priced. But to know more about what is good and bad on this Xperia device, we have to dig deep.
First talking about the design. The Xperia C3 is a phablet, all thanks to its large 5.5-inch display. There are large bezels above and below the screen and have chrome detailing around edges. In front of the device, you will find the front camera with flash; notification LED and sensors above the display. While the bottom part only contains the primary microphone.
On the right side, you will find a flap for the SIM card tray, power button, volume rocker and dedicated camera shutter key. The left side hold the flap for microSD card and microUSB port. The headphone jack is located on the top edge. The back panel is made of matte finish plastic and features the primary camera with flash. There is also secondary microphone up to, as well as a loudspeaker located at the bottom.
Now coming to the display, which is 5.5-inch 720p, and has 267 PPI density. The display manages to be reasonably sharp, and offers good viewing angles and brightness. There were no complaints with us regarding the touch screen responsiveness. Although, you can also enable the glove mode to boast touch sensitivity.
Handling processing on the Xperia C3 is the Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, clocking at 1.2 GHz. It is complimented by Adreno 305 Graphics and 1GB of RAM. The device has 8GB of internal storage, out of which little less than 5GB of storage is available to use. The microSD card supports expansion of up to 32GB. While the USB OTG functionality allows you to attach flash drive to access media.
The Xperia C3 is not exactly a speed demon, but it zips along very well while playing games. It can handle most of the games, but there is a noticeable lag while playing games like Asphalt and Riptide GP. Sony’s reputation with Good battery life continues with the C3. With 2500mAh battery, the device can last for as long as two days on average use.
The Xperia C3 runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, layered with Sony’s UI, which is present in all Xperia smartphone. There is nothing new or different about it. It has same widgets, app functionality, pull –out tab in the app drawer, etc. Though, Sony has changed the lock screen with its old swipe down functionality. But still it is one of the quickest interfaces by any mobile vendors. In settings, you can configure various connectivity options that Sony offers. You can also personalize the look via Xperia themes or use the Simple Home feature for convenience. There are few features that allow one-handed operations like unlocking phone using PIN. As well as you can access notification and quick settings using double tap on Home screen.
Coming to the USP of the device, the 5MP front shooter features a 25mm wide angle lens, which makes it ideal for group shots. The soft LED flash on the front provides gentle illumination without blinding your eyes. It works especially in daylight, producing natural skin tone and accurate colors. Though, sometimes we noticed that it hides the details with too much brightness.
Now about the primary camera, it offers the 8MP resolution with LED flash. In low-light the images are quite vague, so you need to use the flash or find a good light source. It features the Sony’s Exmor BSI sensor. Apart from the HDR mode on the Sony’s camera app, there are various modes in it to enhance your photo sharing experiences. Including Picture effect, AR effect, Timeshift burst, social live, Sweet panorama and portrait retouch.
The camera app from Sony is capable of shooting in various scenes like macro and landscape. Colors appear to be washed out sometimes, but the significant amount of details retained when you zoom-in. It doesn’t perform well in the low-light, though, producing images that are too dark to use.
Even though, it is a dedicated selfie smartphone which has a large display size. There is hardly any justification to why it is priced at such a high price of around 20K. While for that same price range, you can get flagship phones of some popular Chinese manufacturers. The device also feels very cheap, and it might be the first smartphone from Sony that I didn’t like regarding the build quality. With many selfie phones coming up in the market, the Big brands like Sony should consider pricing handsets cleverly.
There is no doubt that the selfie phones are growing as the trend hits high. Even with the need for a specific feature, the user will also want other hardware specs to be good. By all means, it might be one of the best selfie phones out there in the market. But the device is overly sized according to the 5.5-inch. As when it is placed beside Note 4 with 5.7-inch, the C3 seems to be little bigger than in size. At this price range, it is hardly the worthy competent smartphone.