Sony Xperia J review

Can the Sony Ericsson inspired J jump in and make a splash?

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When it comes to surfing the web on the Sony Xperia J you're given the choice of two internet browsers out of the box.

There's the stock Android browser and the now more commonly used Chrome browser, both of which offer up a pretty similar web experience.

Sony Xperia J review

You can rock tabbed browsing, sync Google bookmarks, save pages for offline reading and request desktop sites on both, with the early difference between the two appearing to be the colour – the Android browser sports a dark skin, while Chrome offers a lighter style.

Mobile sites loaded in good time over both Wi-Fi and 3G, with the Xperia J rendering the pages in around three seconds.

Sony Xperia J review

The same can't be said for full websites, with the added complexities of the desktop version of TechRadar taking at least 30 seconds to finish loading – although we were able to pan around after about 20 seconds.

This is some seriously disappointing performance and leaves the Xperia J languishing behind the HTC Desire C and Orange San Diego in terms of browser speed.

Sony Xperia J review

As you may expect panning and zooming pages is equally as painful, with the Xperia J juddering as you move through magnification levels, and a less than smooth scroll action.

At least the 4-inch display shows you a decent chunk of website at a time, and the auto text-reflow feature makes reading articles much easier.

Sony Xperia J review

The Xperia J's resolution may not be mind blowing, but words and images appear sharp and crisp on the 480x854 display, which actually makes for a manageable reading experience once you get past those load times.

One advantage Chrome offers is its incognito function, allowing all your online activities to go unrecorded, perfect if you want to, erm, shop for a present.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.73 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia J
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time7.30 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 854
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)124 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density245 ppi
Height124.3 mm
Width61.2 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time618 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXperia J Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia J
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Number1268-2315
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

For your listening pleasure

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Get the bigger picture

Watch the world, big and bright on the large 4.0" screen. Or watch your favourite films. Browse the intuitive "Movies" app and enjoy the drama that matches your mood, sharp and clear. Show time? Connect the Xperia™ J DLNA Android phone to your TV or Tablet via Wi-Fi® and DLNA® and give people the bigger picture.