Sony Xperia C4 Dual review: Flashy performer

Flashy performer

GSMArena team, 24 July 2015.

Phonebook

The phonebook on the Xperia C4 is called Contacts. It uses a tabbed interface, consisting of Contacts, Favorites and Groups. It's not bundled with the phone app, but you can still quickly jump to it from the dialer. The contact list has a dedicated search filed plus it offers a very nicely animated alphabetical scroll bar.

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Phonebook

Single contact view opens in full screen, rather than the pop-up view of previous Xperias. You get plenty of options for adding contact details with practically unlimited number of fields.

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Viewing and editing a contact

Telephony

The Xperia C4 had no problem with reception and we didn't experience dropped calls or other issues. The volume range is rather wide and you wouldn't want to pump it all the way up in all but the loudest surroundings. Even at maximum volume the output remains clear.

The dialer is its own dedicated app and supports smart dialing. It doesn't have a built-in recorder, if you're into that sort of thing.

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Standalone dialer with smart dial in-call screen

The loudspeaker of the Xperia C4 behaves quite differently with ClearAudio+ disabled and with the feature turned on. While the off setting makes for an only Average score, switching it on results in a substantial boost in volume across the board, meeting our criteria for a Very Good rating. It does introduce a bit of noise at maximum volume, so you'll need to weigh the pros and cons.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 60.2 57.2 64.5 Below Average
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML 62.9 61.7 67.7 Below Average
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua (Clear Audio) 67.5 60.7 69 Below Average
Xiaomi Mi 4i 63.7 65.7 68 Below Average
Motorola Nexus 6 66.5 66.2 66.3 Below Average
Sony Xperia C3 Dual 66.2 61.1 75.3 Average
Samsung Galaxy A7 64.8 66.3 73.5 Average
HTC Desire Eye 65.7 65.3 74.2 Average
Sony Xperia C3 Dual (Clear Audio) 68.3 65.8 71.6 Average
Sony Xperia C4 65 65.8 75.7 Average
Samsung Galaxy E7 66.2 66.2 74.1 Average
Sony Xperia Z2 66.7 64.6 75.7 Average
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505 68.4 64.4 75.8 Good
Oppo N3 68.2 65.8 75.7 Good
Nokia Lumia 1520 73.7 67.7 74.7 Good
LG G3 70.2 66.6 80.2 Good
Xiaomi Redmi 2 70.8 70.9 77.4 Very Good
Oppo N1 73.7 67.7 78.7 Very Good
Sony Xperia C4 (ClearAudio+ enabled) 71.1 70.5 79.9 Very Good
Nokia Lumia 930 76.7 69.7 77.2 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi Note 75.9 68.9 83.3 Excellent
OnePlus One 74.8 73.5 80.2 Excellent
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 74.7 73.5 81.6 Excellent
Meizu MX4 81.3 75.8 83.6 Excellent


Messaging, email and text input

The Sony messaging app has the regular functionality with threaded view and automatic transition to MMS when attaching media. Google Hangouts is also on board.

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Messaging app

Naturally, the Gmail client and the default Email apps are on board. Either one can sync with multiple accounts, both Google and POP3/IMAP.

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Generic Mail app

The Xperia keyboard has every feature you may need. It has symbols on long press, smiley key, and Swype-like gesture input. There's also a one-handed mode which squishes the entire keyboard to one side for easier access. A selection of three differently colored skins is also available.

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Xperia keyboard with secondary symbols smileys one-handed keyboard gesture input skins

Reader comments

  • Nemesis

Don't buy this phone, awful battery life, heating very fast, charging port on side make damage very easy to charging cable + sony give us very short cable.. Full of regret after buy this phone

  • Anonymous

Same ghost touch

  • sarvan

Battery problem and touch problem is affaired