The Sony Xperia T3 is a tricky phone. It offers a good core experience thanks to its decent screen and clear software. However, when you look at the spec and the price, you can't help but think there are better deals out there.

Like the HTC Desire 816, it can't really compete with the end of line phones from last year that are still pretty easy to get hold of. The LG G2 and Nexus 5 are the two obvious examples, but if you're looking to get a contract, you may even be able to get the Galaxy S4 at a similar price.

We liked

The interface of the Xperia T3 is nice and simple. It may have a bit of app bloat, but it still feels great in-use.

A super-slim frame makes the Xperia T3 reasonably easy to handle despite the large screen and Sony has made sure all the buttons are easy to reach even though the phone is big.

We disliked

At the price I'd hope to see a 1080p screen. While generally of good quality, the display is still a bit of a disappointment.

Using 1GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 400 CPU in a £300 phone seems a bit rich when 2GB/Snapdragon 800 alternatives are available at the price.

8GB of storage is a little low for a phone of this grade, and limits how many games you can install despite the microSD slot.

Final verdict

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.