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Sony Xperia T3 review

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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.

The "1-Minute" Review

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...


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
PhoneArena

Sony has made a well-rounded midranger that shines in terms of design, and performs adequately in most departments. Granted, its screen seems a bit too reflective outdoors, and the earpiece is not up to snuff, but the Xperia T3 offers an ultrathin chassis that is comfortable to hold, and an excellen...

- Daniel P., PhoneArena


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia T3 on August 2, 2014.


Sony Xperia T3 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Sony's suggested retail price is $399.99. You can compare Xperia T3 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia T3 user manual here.


Sony backs up the Xperia T3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Xperia T3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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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, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8228 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
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
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates 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
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
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
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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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Critic Reviews


The Lowdown

Premium build, attractive design, with groundbreaking rear camera

from 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 cameras impressed us with their quality and accuracy...

More

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 cameras impressed us with their quality and accuracy.

It’s a good looking device too, so if you’re thinking of getting a new phone in the near future, why not check it out?

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Digital Versus

The phablet that gets almost everything right

from 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...More

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 body, it's hard to find much wrong with it. In this price range, the T3's biggest competitor is still the HTC Desire 816, which would also be a solid buy.

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Notebookcheck

Appealing design and a swift chipset in a mid-range model

from 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 receiver is a stylish design feature. The swift Internet speed also has to be highlighted, and the speed of the internal storage is fast.

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More

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 receiver is a stylish design feature. The swift Internet speed also has to be highlighted, and the speed of the internal storage is fast.

However, the Xperia T3 Style also has its shortcomings. The biggest one is found in battery runtime. The relatively high power consumption during high load drains the smartphone faster than contenders based on the same chipset. Furthermore, Sony's 8-megapixel camera was not completely convincing. The pictures were sometimes too blurry, and the auto-focus needed quite some time. Lastly, we have to reproach the installed speaker a bit. A better speaker would have added value to the smartphone.

Despite that, it can be said that Sony's Xperia T3 Style is a well-conceived smartphone. Perhaps Sony will be able to increase the battery runtime with a software update. However, buyers who are not deterred by this or the middling camera will get a well-built smartphone with a stylish design and good operating speed. 

 

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UnleashThePhones

A very comfortable phone to use

from 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 and a much more stylish design, at a similar price. Heck there’s even the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra which is a much larger phone that offers the same specs, better battery life, and costs exactly the same price...

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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 and a much more stylish design, at a similar price. Heck there’s even the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra which is a much larger phone that offers the same specs, better battery life, and costs exactly the same price.

At the end of the day, while the Sony Xperia T3 is a nice enough phone by itself, there’s way better alternatives available at the same price, or cheaper. There’s just nothing about it that really stands out to make it a unique enough offering. 

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PhoneArena

Very slim, comfortable to hold design, decent picture and video quality

from PhoneArena

Sony has made a well-rounded midranger that shines in terms of design, and performs adequately in most departments. Granted, its screen seems a bit too reflective outdoors, and the earpiece is not up to snuff, but the Xperia T3 offers an ultrathin chassis that is comfortable to hold, and an excellent battery life...

More

Sony has made a well-rounded midranger that shines in terms of design, and performs adequately in most departments. Granted, its screen seems a bit too reflective outdoors, and the earpiece is not up to snuff, but the Xperia T3 offers an ultrathin chassis that is comfortable to hold, and an excellent battery life.

The catwalk star goes for about $400 in the States, or EUR 300 in Europe, which, granted, is a midrange price, and yet would make you pause if you compare it with the competition. For that kind of money you can now get the 32 GB G2, LG's 5.2” flagship from last year, which beats the T3 in almost every aspect, save for the thin design, and the battery life. Samsung's Galaxy S4 is a formidable competitor as well, since it comes with superior specs for the same price. It has a smaller, 5” display, but is way more compact than the T3. You can also take a long, hard look at the Chinese brands, churning phones like Huawei Honor 6, which can be grabbed from Amazon, or Xiaomi Mi4, which is available on Newegg, for instance. Granted, these brands are fairly obscure in the US, but will offer you truly flagship specs, like 5” 1080p displays, Snapdragon 801 procesors, and 13 MP cameras, for the same, or a bit higher tag than what Sony asks for the T3. Don't get us wrong, though – with its thin, yet sturdy chassis, and excellent battery life, the Sony Xperia T3 is still a great midranger – we'd just advise you to wait for the inevitable price drop, so you can save on the buyer's remorse when you compare it with last year's flagships. 

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TechRadar

Offers a good core experience thanks to its decent screen and clear software

from TechRadar

Aside from being quite big, the Sony Xperia T3 is very easy to get on with. Aside from a few cut-down and missing features there are no deal-breaking issues. However, it is too expensive when you compare it to other phones at the price.

Unless you're desperate for a big screen Sony han...More

Aside from being quite big, the Sony Xperia T3 is very easy to get on with. Aside from a few cut-down and missing features there are no deal-breaking issues. However, it is too expensive when you compare it to other phones at the price.

Unless you're desperate for a big screen Sony handset and don't have the budget to get the Xperia Z Ultra, you're probably best off looking elsewhere.

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Computerworld

Clean, simple, stylish and easy to use

from Computerworld

The Xperia T3 is a good but not great smartphone which will only really suit a particular customer: those wanting a large screen smartphone without spending loads of cash. It delivers this but you should consider the slightly smaller Nexus 5 for a little more money to gain better specs or even So...More

The Xperia T3 is a good but not great smartphone which will only really suit a particular customer: those wanting a large screen smartphone without spending loads of cash. It delivers this but you should consider the slightly smaller Nexus 5 for a little more money to gain better specs or even Sony's own Xperia Z Ultra if 6.4in doesn't sound too big.

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PC Pro

A perfectly competent mid-range smartphone

from PC Pro

The Sony Xperia T3 is a promising mid-range smartphone in many regards; the screen, battery life, design and build are all alluringly competitive. However, the T3’s underwhelming performance is, for us, a real dealbreaker. We’d recommend either the Motorola Moto G, which offers compar...More

The Sony Xperia T3 is a promising mid-range smartphone in many regards; the screen, battery life, design and build are all alluringly competitive. However, the T3’s underwhelming performance is, for us, a real dealbreaker. We’d recommend either the Motorola Moto G, which offers comparable performance and screen quality for £100 less, or the Nexus 5, which is superior to the T3 in all respects and currently costs £271. It may be tough to resist the charms of the Xperia T3’s glorious 5.3in screen, but there are far better phones to be had for the money.

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TrustedReviews

A slim, stylish big phone that won't disappoint you, but no single part of it really stands out.

from TrustedReviews

The Sony Xperia T3 is a good-looking, mid -ange phone that won't blow you away in any one department. It’s a similar story to the HTC Desire 816. Both hide their hulking bodies well and have similar deficiencies in the screen and camera departments.

Despite having similar specs sheets, it’s probably unfair to compare the £299 Xperia T3 to the significantly cheaper Moto G based on the different screen sizes. When you square it up to the 5.5-inch, £229 OnePlus One however, then it’s a big phone where you can get better value for money elsewhere. The OnePlus One has a Full HD screen and a more powerful CPU wrapped in a slim, attractive body...

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The Sony Xperia T3 is a good-looking, mid -ange phone that won't blow you away in any one department. It’s a similar story to the HTC Desire 816. Both hide their hulking bodies well and have similar deficiencies in the screen and camera departments.

Despite having similar specs sheets, it’s probably unfair to compare the £299 Xperia T3 to the significantly cheaper Moto G based on the different screen sizes. When you square it up to the 5.5-inch, £229 OnePlus One however, then it’s a big phone where you can get better value for money elsewhere. The OnePlus One has a Full HD screen and a more powerful CPU wrapped in a slim, attractive body.

Of course, the OnePlus One is much tougher to get hold of — it's only sold direct and you need an 'invite' from an owner to get one. So if you want a big phone that’s slim and has the design allure of a more expensive phone, then the T3 is a good option.

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Tech Advisor

A budget phablet with thin design and mid-range specs

from Tech Advisor

The Xperia T3 is a good but not great smartphone which will only really suit a particular customer: those wanting a large screen smartphone without spending loads of cash. It delivers this but you should consider the slightly smaller Nexus 5 for a little more money to gain better specs or even So...More

The Xperia T3 is a good but not great smartphone which will only really suit a particular customer: those wanting a large screen smartphone without spending loads of cash. It delivers this but you should consider the slightly smaller Nexus 5 for a little more money to gain better specs or even Sony's own Xperia Z Ultra if 6.4in doesn't sound too big.

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User Reviews


D-Man

I HATE this phone!

Always getting error messages when going online. Storage space is far too small to handling more than 2 apps. Huge waste of money!
Erin

Impressed, but heartbroken.

This phone has been by far, one of the better working phones I've come across. Its quick running, and I seldomly have any issues with any of my apps crashing. I am however, a little dissapointed that I can't set individual text tones to my contacts without an "aftermarket" contacts/messaging app. I per...More
This phone has been by far, one of the better working phones I've come across. Its quick running, and I seldomly have any issues with any of my apps crashing. I am however, a little dissapointed that I can't set individual text tones to my contacts without an "aftermarket" contacts/messaging app. I personally went with the white version, and I do regret doing so now, as the back has stained so noticably badly, and before I had a chance to get a cover for it. I have looked online and tried a few home hacks and have had little to no success getting the stains out of the soft plastic back of the phone. If I get another of these phones in the future, I will be going with a different color option. 8/10, aside from esthetic issues, I am extremely pleased with this phone. Less

Much more than enough

I have been using for some time, and I am totally contented with the phone. It's performance, sound and visual quality are all fantastic. In addition, it is so thin and beautiful that whoever sees it gets attracted from the charm of the phone.

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