Plenty of bang-for-buck

2015-04-11 00:00

THE perfect-sized smartphone is always a debatable issue, but in recent times the “phablet” — which was once believed would never take off — has become increasingly popular.

The issue with those wanting to buy a phablet is the pricing, as high-end devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note series do not come cheap.

Offering an alternative at a lower price point and most of the features you would expect in a larger-screened smartphone, the Sony Xperia C3 has a display only 0,7 inches smaller than the Galaxy Note 4.

The C3 is touted as the first “PROselfie” smartphone, boasting a five-megapixel facing camera that takes wide-angle images and records video in 720p. It is also one of the only smartphones on the market to have a flash for its facing camera.

The device follows the slate format and features mirror sides, with buttons for power, wake up, volume and photo capture.

It is also much lighter than other smartphones its size, at 149,7 grams. Under the hood, the device has a 1,2 GHz processor that runs Android’s KitKat operating system.

The 5,5-inch triluminos display also runs on the Sony Bravia engine and has a 720 X 1080 pixel resolution. A 1080p HD video plays back at vivid quality with the screen at full brightness. The issue is the device needs to have a separate SD card for added media, as the onboard memory of only four gigabytes will hold two high definition movies on it at most.

The C3 has an impressive battery life, with a standby mode of a few weeks on power saving mode.

What’s more, this device can be used to play PlayStation remotely via the app. Playing off the console in your home, while connected to the same WiFi point, would be the best option. Remote play away from home would be possible with a strong enough Internet connection on both ends.

On the downside though, the rear eight-megapixel camera could have been upgraded, with Sony known for producing smartphones with some of the best cameras on the market.

The C3 is great value for money and offers most of what a user needs. With minor downfalls, the device won’t outperform many rivals, but has just enough space to run most social apps, and a fast enough processor to avoid sluggish performance. Adding additional memory to the device will give it the edge, but at the price point the C3 features in, not too much can be expected. Nevertheless, the C3 will be the most affordable phablet available.

Let me know what you think ­@KyleVenktess on Twitter.


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