Dec 22, 2013

Only The Marvelous x Sony Xperia-C Christmas Giveaway

If you know me, you would know, I am all for taking stunning “selfies.” If you're into "SUPER SELFIES" then you need a SUPER GADGET. That is EXACTLY what The Sony Xperia C is all about. The Sony Xperia C features an 8 megapixel camera with Sony’s Exmor R sensor and HDR for photos, a smart voice guide and “Portrait retouch”. It might seem very technical but taking a self portrait is easy! Using the main camera (the one on the back), users can simply enable the smart voice guide and the phone will use voice commands to help frame the shot. Afterwards, you can edit your photos with the “Portrait Retouch” by softening skin tone to ensure the harsh lighting conditions or visible blemishes ruin the photo!

IF YOU WANT THIS GADGET and TAKE SUPER SELFIES (like me) ...Here’s how you can get a hold of it:

  1. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Follow Sony on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.
  3. Take YOUR BEST selfie and tweet or instagram it. 
  4. Do not forget: Tag me and Sony Philippines upon posting, and say “I want to take good selfies with Sony Xperia C.” @joannaladrido @SonyPHInc
  5. Comment below with the following and if you can provide links: (a) Followed on Twitter and Instagram, (b) Followed Sony on Twitter and Instagram, (c) Link to Selfie on either twitter or instagram

It is absolutely worth it and TRUST ME, it does not get better than this...

UPDATED: JOIN NOW! This contest ends 


January 9,2014. 
(Isn't that just a lovely way to welcome the new year?) 

JL of Only The Marvelous
The lovely people from Sony Philippines 



And here's a message from me...

Via Sony

and now the same message featuring my Xperia-C

For those fluent in techie speak: 
(I am not) are the key features you might need to know...

Introducing XperiaTM C - a Sony smartphone sized for immersive entertainment

  • The latest model in Sony’s Xperia range of premium smartphones, Xperia C is the 5” dual-SIM smartphone ranging in select markets
  • Showcases Sony’s screen technologies with a beautiful 5” qHD display
·         Create stunning self-portraits with the new voice guide and “Portrait retouch”

Sony Philippines launches Xperia C, a beautiful 5” smartphone for immersive entertainment that features Sony’s digital imaging expertise and enhancement technology.

Xperia C is designed to bring Sony experiences to life through the combination of its high quality, qHD display, a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor and a stunning 8 megapixel camera with Sony’s ExmorTM R sensor.
“Xperia C combines Sony’s leading camera and display technology with our 2013 OmniBalance design philosophy to create an affordable smartphone tailored for teens and young adults,” said Vincent Dela Cruz, Assistant Manager for Mobile Communications. “The combination of the vibrant qHD display and the powerful processor results in a phone where speed and performance comes to the fore.”

Stunning self portraits
Xperia C features an 8 megapixel camera with Sony’s ExmorTM R sensor and HDR for photos, a smart voice guide and “Portrait retouch”. To take a self-portrait with the main camera, users simply enable the smart voice guide and the phone will use voice commands to help frame the shot. “Portrait retouch” offers users a way of softening skin tones to ensure that harsh lighting conditions or blemishes never ruin the perfect picture.

Premium, signature Sony design
Xperia C boasts Sony’s now familiar OmniBalance design, first introduced in flagship Xperia Z. The aesthetic language takes the form of a precision-crafted skeleton frame, and gives the phone a premium, symmetrical look with a curved back panel for ergonomic comfort. Designed to complement the minimalist style, Xperia C also features colour-changing illuminations to visually alert users to incoming calls, texts messages and alarms.

Xperia C will be available in Black, White and Purple.

Key features for Xperia C
·         Sony’s OmniBalance design, with large format 5” qHD display
·         8 megapixel fast capture camera with auto-focus and HDR for photos, ExmorTM R sensor, a dedicated camera shutter key, Full HD 1080p video recording, smart voice guide for self-portraits and “Portrait retouch”
·         Fast performance with quad-core processor
·         Battery STAMINA Mode for outstanding battery life
·         “WALKMAN” app with Sony’s signature audio enhancement technology ClearAudio+ mode including xLOUD and 3D Surround Sound (VPT)
·         Available in Black, White and Purple

Consistent Sony entertainment experiences
As with all Xperia smartphones, Xperia C will allow users access to Sony’s suite of media applications, offering consistent entertainment experiences across mobile, tablet, desktop and console platforms. The “WALKMAN”, Album and Movies apps, provide online and offline content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The “WALKMAN” application provides access to all your downloaded music, with Facebook social integration. The Movies application collates your films and TV series. The Album application enables easy access to Facebook friends’ photos, as well as the ability to organise images both by location and, through the new “Faces” function, by the people that feature in them.

Sony’s entertainment technology turns content into experiences, and with Xperia C users will be able to enjoy these experiences for longer thanks to Battery STAMINA Mode. The latest version of Sony’s battery management technology improves standby time of the smartphone by four times or more**, by preventing battery-draining apps from sending and receiving data whenever the screen is off, while still allowing you to receive notifications. Simply pressing the power button will wake up your screen and everything starts running again.

Xperia C is a dual-SIM smartphone – users are prompted for SIM selection before making a call or sending a message. Each SIM card can also be customised separately – for example, a formal ring for business or another tune for pleasure - perfect when users want to separate work from play, and handle calls more efficiently.

The Xperia C is available with an SRP of 13,990 (0% for 6 months.) For more details on Xperia and other Sony products, visit the nearest Sony Centre, Xperia Shop or Authorized dealer, log on to, like us on and follow us on

Key technical specifications

Xperia C
Black, White, Purple
141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm
153 grams
Operating System
Google™ Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
1.2 GHz MTK6589 quad-core
8 megapixel camera
4x digital zoom
Auto focus
Face detection
Flash/Photo flash
Front-facing camera (VGA)
Send to web
Smile shutter™
Video stabilizer
Sweep Panorama
Touch capture
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording (Full HD 1080p)
3D Surround Sound (VPT)
Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Clear bass
Clear Phase™
Clear stereo
Dynamic normalizer
Manual equalizer
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition*
“WALKMAN” application
xLoud™ Experience
NeoReader™ barcode scanner*
Web browser (WebKit™)

Call list
Conference calls
Video chat ready

Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)

Auto rotation
Illumination effect
On-screen 12-key keyboard
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Picture wallpaper
Screen capturing
Touch screen
Voice input
Wallpaper animation

3D games
Media browser
Motion gaming
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Video streaming

Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Document readers
Setup guide
World clock

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
Bluetooth™ 4.0 wireless technology
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
Media Go™*
PC Companion
Play Anywhere
Screen mirroring
Smart Connect
Synchronisation via SyncML™
Synchronisation with computer
Synchronisation via Microsoft®
Exchange ActiveSync®
USB High speed 2.0 support
USB mass storage
Xperia Link™
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality

960x540 pixels
16,777,216 colour TFT
Scratch-resistant touch panel cover glass (Schott 2nd source)
Internal phone storage
4 GB (up to 2 GB user-accessible memory)
Expansion slot
microSD™ card, up to 32 GB
UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
Battery life***
Battery (removable)
2390 mAh, typical
2330 mAh, minimum
Talk time GSM
Up to 14 hours 4 min.
Standby time GSM
Up to 588 hours
Talk time UMTS
Up to 12 hours 25 min.
Standby time UMTS
Up to 605 hours
Music listening time
Up to 111 hours 47 min.
Video playback time
Up to 12 hours 25 min.
In the kit
Xperia™ C, battery, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, Sony stereo headset and user documentation.

* This service is not available in all markets
** Memory comprises of approximate 1.2 GB firmware and 2 GB internal storage used for music, pictures and movies, and downloaded applications and their data
*** Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique as performed in controlled laboratory conditions. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

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