- Slow performance when using more intensive apps
- Poor viewing angles on screen
- A bit too tall for easy one-handed use
The Xperia T3 is Sony's answer to the booming mid-range smartphone market. While it doesn't share the high end specs of the Xperia Z2 flagship, it is incredibly thin at 0.3 inches and weighs a scant 148 grams. While slim, it unfortunately veers into the "too tall" category at 5.9 inches, most of which is due to very large top and bottom bezel around the display. While reviewers describe the phone as easy to grip, they add that the added height makes it difficult to use one-handed.
Taking up most of the 5.9 inches is the T3's 5.3-inch display. It offers a 720p resolution and a pixel density of 277ppi. While it might not qualify as retina, experts describe it as "adequately sharp" without any noticeable pixilation. As well, they praise the overall color reproduction though the Times of India states, "colors tend to be warmer than they actually are." Viewing angles, unfortunately, are not the T3's strong suit as critics discovered that colors quickly appear washed out.
In order to minimize the phone costs, Sony has opted for lower end specs for the T3. While the 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM were generally zippy enough for experts during normal use, they ran into latency issues when trying to use more processor-intensive apps like 3D games. However, they add that it is powerful enough to easily playback 1080p videos and more casual games. Internal storage is limited to 8GB though it can be expanded to up to 32GB via the microSD slot. The one standout piece of hardware is the T3's battery. At 2,500mAh the battery might not be that large, but due to the lower end display and processor it was able to provide reviewers with up to 11 hours of very heavy use and over a day of moderate use.
Photo quality with the 8MP rear camera didn't wow critics but it didn't necessarily disappoint either. Indian Express states, "The 8MP camera is good, but there is no way you can compare it with the Z2." Others add that the low light pictures were very blurry as the camera couldn't focus properly.
In comparison to other smartphones in the same market, reviewers have a hard time recommending the Xperia T3. NDTV says, "The two things going for the Sony Xperia T3 are its great battery lie and decent camera…but…it just isn't compelling enough for us to recommend."