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Sony Xperia T3 review

7/10 AVG.
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7/10
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The Sony Xperia T3 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Incredibly thin and light
  • Fairly sharp screen with good color reproduction
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • 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."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Beta News

Sony's handsets always seem to be a bit chalk and cheese. If you are a fan of the whole Sony ecosystem then the range of apps dedicated to the company's wares will have clear appeal. For those not so loyal, there are still goodies to be had, but the array of apps seems to lack cohesion. Elsewhere, S...

- Sandra Vogel, Beta News
The Lowdown

The Huawei P8 might not be as sexy as Samsung or some of the other premier smartphones, but having spent some time with it, we don’t think it’s too far behind the big boys. It’s got some really imaginative features (some almost too imaginative, maybe), and both the front and rear c...

- The Lowdown Team, The Lowdown
Digital Versus

Looking at specs only, the Sony Xperia T3 is too expensive for a low-cost phone. All the same, it would be a shame not to give it a chance, because it has a lot going for it, and not a lot going against it. Between its quality display, great camera (for stills), overall speedy navigation and thin bo...

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
Notebookcheck

There are several points that make Sony's Xperia T3 Style appealing. Firstly, we very much liked the screen with its exemplary brightness. Then, the smartphone scored with its build, including the metal bezel. The operating speed and gaming performance also proved good, and the message LED in the re...

- Andre Reinhardt, Notebookcheck
UnleashThePhones

The Sony Xperia T3 is a good looking mid-range phone but apart from how slim it is, there’s really no major stand-out quality about it. Atleast nothing that sets it apart from the similarly-speced-but-much-cheaper Moto G. Then there’s even the HTC Desire 816, which offers similar specs a...

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones


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Screen Size
5.3"

The Sony Xperia T3's screen size is 5.3 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8228 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 887 minutes, 333 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia T3 Specs

Overview
Release date August 2, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8228 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.479 W/kg
Body: 0.966 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 494 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 333 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 887 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 28.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.1 x 7.7 x 0.7 cm (5.9 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 148 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 277 pixels
Size 5.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Panorama, Burst mode, HDR, Scene recognition
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Xperia Style, D5102, D5103, D5106

D5103/D5106 model has Qualcomm MSM8928-2 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor

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