Sony Xperia J review

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

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The Sony Xperia J can record video, but sadly only at VGA quality, so you may want to think twice before hitting that red button.

While we realise the Xperia J is a budget handset, 720p video recording is becoming more common at the lower end of the market, and the Orange San Diego manages to produce full HD film.

Sony Xperia J review

The video recording function can be accessed through the camera app – there's no separate icon for it – which means you'll need to wait for the application to load up, then switch modes before you can start shooting.

Options are relatively limited, with four scene modes plus exposure, white balance and metering to play with.

You can toggle the LED on the back of the Xperia J, but you'll need to decide if you want it on or off before recording, as you can't change it when rolling.

Sony Xperia J review

The digital zoom is in play in video mode too, with the Sony Xperia J allowing you to zoom in and out while recording, although the quality deteriorates the more you magnify the shot.

Once again the app is simple to use, with intuitive buttons providing users with an easy way to navigate around the various features on offer.

Sony Xperia J review

Needless to say results are far from spectacular. Video is grainy and pixelated, while colours and movement are poorly represented – if video recording isn't a big issue for you, then you can overlook these flaws, but for anyone who wants to be able to capture half decent footage on their phone, you'll need to look elsewhere.

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
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