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Sony Xperia J review

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Contacts

Sony Xperia J review

Contacts are dealt with adequately on the Sony Xperia J, with the option to sign into your Google, email and social media accounts and pull through your contacts into the main application.

The contacts app itself is pretty standard Android, with a list of all your friends and a picture next to each of their names.

We found the Xperia J to be pretty hit and miss when it came to automatically matching up our chums with their relevant Facebook profiles, and the ones it did mange to link up saw profile pictures not always pulled through.

This led to us having to go through manually to link the ones it missed and scratching our heads as to why it wasn't pulling through everyone's picture.

Sony Xperia J review

Click through onto a contact's details and you'll note that if you have linked them with their Facebook profile the Xperia J has also pulled through their birthday and relationship status onto the contact card – handy if you're rubbish with dates or lazily on the pull.

There are also a couple of additional tabs, photos and interests, which grabs more information from the social network, allowing you to find out even more about your new-found friend.

If you're a Twitter fan then you won't be happy to learn that the Sony Xperia J does not cater for the 140 -character social medium in its contacts app for linking accounts together - #fail.

Adding a new friend to your contacts list is the same simple Android routine – hit the icon next to the search bar and you're taken to a form, allowing you to fill out a huge range of data.

Calling

The phone app appears as a separate icon on the Sony Xperia J, but in reality it's part of the same app as contacts – hitting phone just opens up the application on a different tab.

Sony Xperia J review

You're greeted with a numerical keyboard which also has your latest calls displayed above it, allowing you to quickly perform a call back.

Start tapping out a number and you'll note the Xperia J comes equipped with smart dial – offering up contact suggestions matching the digits you're typing.

Obviously you can also call someone by opening up their contact card from your friend list and tap their number.

Once in a call we found the quality to be perfectly acceptable, with volume going loud enough to hear our friend even in noisy situations.

Audio wasn't crystal clear, but we didn't experience any major issues, and the Xperia J managed to hold signal well, meaning we didn't drop calls.

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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