Sony’s response to Samsung’s Galaxy S series and the iPhone is the Xperia Z2, a fully powered phone that comes packed with all the strength needed to rival the functionality of the top-tier flagship giants. However, with great power comes great price, so users looking to get a less expensive, decent do-it-all phone with the style and finish of a flagship can instead opt for the new Sony Xperia T3. The phone has yet to be released in the United States, but unlocked models are available for sale on eBay for around $350.
The most attractive aspects of the Sony Xperia T3 are the screen and the design. The 5.3-inch display and seven mm thickness are complemented by a 1,280 by 720 resolution, which some might notice is a thinly spread ratio compared to most screens. For example, the Xperia Z1 Compact has the same resolution as the T3 but packs it all into a screen that’s about an entire inch smaller. As CNET puts it, “there’s no denying that the T3’s display lacks the pin-sharp clarity of higher resolution displays, but it’s far from fuzzy.” While this may not sound like the most attractive description, for the price tag of under $400 it’s worthy of attention, especially when considering all of its features.
The design, meanwhile, was approached with a minimalist’s touch. Its style is a matte black case covering an aluminum frame that looks nice combined with the wide glass display pane. It doesn’t weigh much, but it has substance when picked up, giving it a comfortable hold and an easy grip.
While the T3 does run the latest version of Android KitKat, it won’t reach the same performance levels a high-end smartphone will net, but that isn’t to say it’s powerless. Inside, users will find a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, the same processor as the cheaper Motorola Moto G. This means that the battery for the phone doesn’t have to be as large as those found alongside more powerful processors, but considering the screen, this isn’t such a good thing. While the display is better than what is found in most other similarly priced phones, the power cost will nearly drain the battery after just four hours of video streaming.
The potential saving grace here is the camera. The eight megapixel back-facing camera and built-in apps give aspiring smartphone photographers a lens worth looking through. Autofocus and touch-up features handle bright backgrounds fairly well and wide landscape shots look nice on the screen, but zooming in causes a fairly rapid rise in image noise. However, that’s all to be expected and well within the comfortable bounds of a phone camera at this price point.
The Big Picture
Overall, the Sony Xperia T3 is worth a look for users looking for a stylish phone at a good price. The nice display offers several hours of clean Netflix playback on a single battery charge, but the battery and the processor can also both be found in phones with much cheaper price tags. As Calum MacDougall, the director of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile, told PC Advisor, the Sony Xperia T3 “has been crafted with attention to detail for those who know how to appreciate distinctive design in their everyday life.”
Distinctive design? Definitely. But do you think the phone will be worth the predicted $350 price tag when it hits shelves in the United States?
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