Naturally, smartphone companies are trying to stem the tide by developing devices with powerful front cameras. The camera features a 25mm wide-angle lens that Allen presented at the 2014 Oscars with his Oscar Samsung Galaxy 3 (review | photos) to accommodate for more faces. Apart from this, the front camera also has a soft LED flash. As always, we test the device with our batteries.
Look and feel
When we opened the box, the mint-colored Sony Xperia C3 duel caught our attention. This is probably the boldest color we’ve ever seen on a smartphone, and we expect fashionistas to pass as well. This phone is also available in plain old black and white color for those who are not feeling thrilled. The C3 Dual is built with Sony’s test and trial (and more commonly used) ‘balanced’ design style. While the entire body is made of plastic, a chrome trim runs on each side. Overall the phone feels strong.
After playing with the LG G3 (review | photo), which produces a 5.5-inch display in a compact design, the Sony Xperia C3 dual seems to be proportional to the same 5.5-inch screen size. Its dimensions are 156.2×78.7×7.6 mm. It is very thin, and for a device of this size it is only light at 150 grams. Unless your hands are large, it will be difficult to operate the phone with one hand.
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Specifications and software
Like some mid-range devices, the Sony Xperia C3 Dual features a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, with a core Adreno 305 integrated GPU at 1.2 GHz. Fortunately, one can expand the space up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
These operate in dual standby mode. The rest of the connections are in the form of Wi-Fi A / B / G / N, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The device has a 2500mAh battery that provides juice to run. The colors are slightly oversaturated but the screen does not look good. Viewing angles and sunshine are very good.
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Sony transfers the Xperia C3 Dual with the latest Android 4.4 (KitKat) and wraps its skin around it. One of the things we noticed is the addition of an easy option in the Settings menu. Unfortunately, this feature is not as useful as LG or Samsung. Changing the feature allows users to do only two tasks: use a pattern to unlock the screen using one hand, and press the home button to access information and settings instead of the above.
There is no split screen mode or window mode to talk to. Swiping to the left of the application drawer brings up a set of options that help users find, install, and change the apps in which the applications come from. Here are some additional applications, most of which are not working and cannot be removed. Apart from the Walkman and Album apps, the rest of the Sony brand Bluetooth is not worth your time.
After extensive testing of the front camera, we can safely say that selfie lovers can pick up the Xperia C3 Dual with their eyes closed. The camera shows great detail and twists the 5 megapixel front camera of the HTC Desire 816 with a soft LED flash. The colors captured are natural and the software automatically works to reduce noise. Soft flash is also great because it does not throw too much light on any subject, and instead exposes facial features well.
On the other hand, the 8-megapixel rear camera is disappointing. The camera has difficulty focusing on subjects and is also slow. Most of the time, we eliminated blurry shots because the camera could not focus. Even if he managed to focus, the captured images were of average quality, to say the least. The details were amazing and we noticed some color distortions. The captured 1080p video quality is very good.
The camera app has some modes including Superior Auto, Manual, AR Effect, Image Effect, Time Shift Burst, Social Direct, Swap Panorama and Portrait Retouch. The manual format includes several options, and the HDR option can be combined with the truckload of other visual settings that this format provides.
We are now well aware that there is no shortage of Snapdragon 400 processors. With daily usage, this processor with 1 GB of RAM ensures that swiping through the app drawer and opening / closing the app is a smooth process for Sony Xperia C3 Dual. We played Asphalt 8 and it went on without much break.
The loudspeaker is not very loud, but it makes a crisp and clear sound. On the other hand, bundled earphones are not great for listening to music and they start to hurt twenty minutes or so earlier. We will propose to replace them. Call quality is good and we have not experienced call drop even in areas with less network.
One thing that shocked us was that the 2,500 mAh battery in the Sony Xperia C3 Dual is a beast. This lasted 13 hours and 40 minutes in our continuous video loop test. We have found that in our day-to-day use, the phone runs smoothly for two days before charging us. Congratulations to Sony for getting it.
As far as Sony is concerned, the company has a marketing strategy for the Xperia C3 Dual. For those who want a capable smartphone that can take great selfies, the Xperia C3 Dual is the best bet right now. Its official price is Rs. 23,990, the phone competes directly with the HTC Desire 816. HTC’s phablet has a bigger screen and a better rear camera, while battery life is better on Sony Xperia C3 Dual. Both phones are very good in their own right, so in the end it becomes the buyer’s choice.