The Sony Xperia C is another sleek looking phone in the Sony Xperia range of mobile phones. Its a good model however looking at the price and what it offers compared to the Sony Xperia Performance I have to wonder if an extra €60 is not worth paying to have the extra bells and whistles the Performance offers.
Out of the stable the Sony Xperia C offers 2G (GSM 900/1800/1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2) as well as 3G (HSDPA 900/2100). The phone was released in July 2013 and comes with EDGE (up to 237 kbps) as well as GPRS (up to 85.6 kbps). Much like the other phones in the Xperia range the size of 141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm is pretty much in the same league as the others. The phone weights 153 g and comes with a dual-SIM.
The screen is a TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors which is pretty standard today. It is also large being a 5.0 inches (~65.6% screen-to-body ratio) screen and has a screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels with a low ~220 ppi pixel density. It is a multi touch screen with protection against scratches. To compare, the Xperia Performance has a pixel density twice of this Xperia C with the same sized screen.
The phone uses the Mediatek MT6589 chipset which is powered by a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU to manage the graphics on the phone using the operating system of the Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). There is a dedicated microSD card slot with up to 32 GB of storage space. There is 4 GB of storage space as well as 1 GB RAM to use. With an 8 MP autofocus camera as well as an LED flash. The camera comes with the standard geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR that you would expect from the Sony Xperia range of phones. The video on the phone is a good 1080p and there is also a secondary VGA phone.
The phones has vibration; MP3 as well as WAV ringtones for alerts. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a loudspeaker. WiFi comes in the form of Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and also hotspot. There is also Bluetooth, GPS and a radio. The sensors on the phone are an accelerometer, proximity as well as a compass. There is no Java on the phone but it does offer an HTML5 browser. There is also a USB port microUSB v2.0.
The phone has much to offer in the price range as it is also powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 2390 mAh battery with 14 hours of talk time. The phone is good but if you can spare the extra money then the Performance is way better if you are looking for more multimedia ability. Overall it is a very good buy and a purchase you will not regret.