The Sony Xperia T3 is Sony's latest phablet, which will appeal to customers wanting a large-screen smartphone at a fair price. Watch our Sony Xperia T3 smartphone video review. Also see: 40 best smartphones 2014.

A mid-range phablet that you can pick up for around £250, the Sony Xperia T3 isn't taking on the Samsung Galaxy Notes of this world. Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 4: release date, price and specs.

Sony has used the same square-style design for the last couple of years and the Xperia T3 is no departure from this. 

It's very thin and light for a big phone – the thinnest smartphone with a 5.3in display, according to Sony (although we can't think of many other phones with a 5.3in panel).

We like the stylish stainless-steel frame, which provides strength, but the Sony Xperia T3 has a chunky bezel and plastic- rather than glass rear cover, as found on Sony's premium Z range (read our Sony Xperia Z2 review). An advantage is that the cover is grippy and curved at the sides, making the Sony Xperia T3 smartphone more comfortable to hold.

In terms of hardware, you get exactly you'd expect from a mid-range smartphone with the Sony Xperia T3. 

The screen has a reasonable but not awe-inspiring 720p resolution. On the plus side it boasts Sony's Triluminos technology and the IPS panel provides good viewing angles. 

Performance from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is mostly smooth, even if we didn't record great benchmark scores. Compare the Sony Xperia T3's performance to other recent smartphones in our article: What's the fastest smartphone.

Battery life is a highlight, and in our tests with light usage the Sony Xperia T3 could last three days before needing a recharge. Most users will get a couple of days out of the Xperia T3.

Storage is a little on the low side with just 8GB inside, but a microSD card slot lets you can add up to 32GB more.

You won't find additional features such as a waterproof design and an infrared blaster. But, perhaps surprisingly for a mid-range phone, the Sony Xperia T3 does support 4G (also see: What is 4G: a complete guide to 4G) and NFC (also see: What is NFC).

We've come to expect good photography from Sony smartphones, so it's nice to see the Exmor RS for mobile image sensor in the Xperia T3's 8Mp camera. There's a dedicated shutter button and the phone can get some decent results with the Xperia T3.

Android 4.4 KitKat comes preloaded on the device, complete with Sony's own user interface. The latter is more laid back and minimal when compared to those from rivals such as HTC and Samsung. 

This keeps things nice and simple, and we like Sony's little touches, such as decent wallpapers and widgets, plus great content-related apps such as Walkman. You could argue that the Sony Xperia T3 lacks standout features, though. Also see: 37 best Android phones 2014.

The Xperia T3 is a good but not great smartphone, which will suit only a particular customer: one who wants a large-screen smartphone without spending loads of cash. The Sony delivers on this front, but you should consider the slightly smaller, slightly more expensive Nexus 5 for better performance. Alternatively, Sony's own Xperia Z Ultra is a nicer smartphone and costs about the same money, as long as you can handle its 6.4in screen.

We award the Sony Xperia T3 three and a half out of a possible five stars.

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