The Sony Xperia J: Cute But Very Flawed

The Sony Xperia J: Cute But Very FlawedSony had this idea that it needed to concentrate on a select few handsets to be able to come out with worthy devices. Now, it seems the company is again releasing model after model, one Android after the next. One of the more recent offerings from the Japanese tech company is the Xperia J — a beauty of a phone that’s obviously intended for the lower-midrange market. Even with its budget price and good looks, however, the Xperia J is littered with disappointing specs and performance.

The Good

Just like many other Sony smartphone releases, the Xperia J is a looker. While not exactly on the level of Apple in terms of industrial design and quality, Sony makes really good hardware and won’t empty your bank account in the process. Sony tries its best to set its offerings apart from the common smartphone that has minimal bezels, big screen, and a rectangular shape. The Xperia J is no exception, with a slim, inward-curving body that’s sure to stand out.

It resembles a former Sony Ericsson flagship — the Xperia Arc — in this regard, although the Xperia J is not quite as slim. However, whereas some found the Arc to be rather unwieldy, the Xperia J handles quite well and will sit comfortably in the hand — likely because of the added thickness.

The 4 inch TFT screen has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, which give it a decent 245 ppi pixel density. Even though you could consider it a drawback that this phone doesn’t have the typical Mobile BRAVIA engine common to Xperia phones, the screen looks good enough for common tasks like watching video and browsing the Internet.

The Bad

Unfortunately, we have to touch on the bad aspects of the Xperia J — and it has quite a lot. For starters, the phone runs on a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A5 processor, but it’s laggy as heck. From interface elements to gaming, users will find that this CPU just isn’t on par with other 1 GHz phones’ processors. Sony probably messed up in optimizing the chip again, and even the relatively decent 512 MB of RAM isn’t enough to offset this.

Another thing going against the Xperia J is its 5 megapixel main camera. It’s good enough for Instagram and Facebook updates, but you likely won’t achieve the quality you want. You might want to consider getting another similar unit like the Xperia Sola, which by the way features a dual-core processor and double the internal storage. It has a more dated look, a bit of a higher price tag, and a smaller screen, but you get better performance across the board.

Speaking of internal storage, there’s only 2 GB available to the user. There’s a microSD card slot that can handle up to 32 GB of additional storage, but really, a paltry 2 GB will surely fill up quickly.

Conclusion

Well, you do get what you pay for. In the case of the Xperia J, the budget tag means that there have been a bunch of compromises, and that’s evident in the spec sheet as well as the phone’s performance. That’s just too bad, since the phone really looks nice. It’s not going to be a daily driver or a workhorse of a business phone, but it would probably be a good phone for someone dipping his or her hand into Android with an entry-level handset, or for people who like good-looking things that won’t strain the finances too much.

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Leiden Johnson is a photographer by trade but loves all that geeky, tech stuff and the outdoors. If she's not working or going out, you can see her in front of her computer either writing about anything or playing MMORPGs, which helps her to be more creative in her photoshoots.