Sony’s latest low-end Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia J, arrived at my doorstep today. While it certainly is too soon to deliver any detailed impressions, I’ve had enough time to get it out of its box and do a quick hands-on with it, gathering some initial observations along the way.
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[title]What’s in the retail box:[/title]
- Sony Xperia J
- AC adapter
- USB to microUSB cable
- Assorted literature
We are indeed missing a set of bundled earphones with the Sony Xperia J, and it certainly isn’t anything impressive when it comes to specs; not only is it saddled with a dated single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 SOC, it also has just 768MB of storage available for apps, 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera paired with a single LED flash. Unlike its higher-end siblings, the Xperia T and the Xperia V, the J also sticks to capacitive touch buttons for Back, Home and Menu instead of making the switch to virtual buttons. There’s no HDMI-out or NFC to be had; there isn’t even an ambient light sensor.
In terms of software, the Xperia J runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sony’s weird UXP NXT-Timescape UI mishmash on top, not unlike what you’d get if you upgraded a 2011 Xperia device like the original Arc or the Arc S to Ice Cream Sandwich. That said, the Xperia J does boast decent build quality and materials; its matte plastic back is relatively fingerprint resistant and feels good in the hand, and the 4-inch 480×854 display is bright and vibrant. I’ll be using the Xperia J as my main phone over the next few days, and I’ll certainly be reporting back with more.
Do fire off in the comments section below if you have any questions or opinions about the Xperia J!