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The Sony Xperia E1 Review

April 25, 2014

Sony Xperia E1 manyThe low-end smartphone market is currently receiving some nice devices that promise to offer a nice experience for a small amount of money for those of you who prefer keeping it simple, yet feel the need of a smartphone on your lives. Sony have recently released the Xperia E1, the successor of the original Xperia E, a smartphone that delivers a decent user experience and is aimed at the area of consumers who seek good audio performances, as it brings an improved Walkman audio player and several audio enhancements that will grant a clean, excellent output. Find out more about this budget phone and see if it deserves the investment by reading the following review.
The Xperia E1 comes in a box that also contains its charger, a microUSB cable used for charging and making data transfers, a pair of headphones and the user manuals.
The smartphone stands at 118 x 62.4 x 12 mm and has a weight of 120 grams, being quite lightweight and compact, very easy to manage with one hand. The clean lines and subtly rounded edges of the Xperia E1 make for a good looking design, while also being quite solid and very well put together. The phone is made from plastic, yet feels very sturdy and reliable. Its battery cover is removable, revealing a 1700 mAh battery that will last you two days and even more if using it moderately.
The Xperia E features a 4 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, a pixel density of 233 ppi and is protected by a scratch resistant glass. In terms of image quality, it does a decent job for a phone in its price range and delivers even a better experience than its predecessor when it comes to sunlight legibility.
Let’s find out what the Xperia E1 brings in terms of software. We’re greeted by Android v4.3 Jelly Bean and the device will be upgradeable to v4.4.2 KitKat. The Timescape user interface is also present, of course, for improving your user experience, which is already very pleasant due to the Android features and functionalities. The phone runs smooth through the interface, being powered by a Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200 chipset, with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 302 GPU, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage (2 user available). The internal memory can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The phone is a good performer, although it will eventually show a little lag if you put too much pressure on it and annoy it with some rather tedious applications.
In the area of connectivity, the Xperia E1 stands very well, having support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and tri-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA, dual band WI-Fi a/b/g/n, Hotspot, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, microUSB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP.
Surfing the web is a pleasant experience on the Xperia E1, as its Google Chrome browser loads the pages very fast and offers a plethora of settings for improving your browsing experience.
For snapping photos, the phone comes packed with a 3.15 megapixels camera that takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. The camera application offers features such as geo tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization, panorama, HDR, touch capture, scenes, effects and so on. The image quality isn’t anything to write home about, but is pretty decent for a 3 MP snapper and is certainly better than nothing.
The video camera offers the same image quality as its still sister when shooting SVGA videos at 20 fps.
For watching movies, you get a decent player that will handle MP4, DivX and MOV and 720p + 1080p videos, yet will have issues with AVI or MKVs. You can always install a different free player to solve any problems anyway.
The Xperia E1 proves to be very skilled when it comes to audio performances. Its Walkman music player features a lot of goodies, such as SensMe for filtering your songs according to 4 moods, the Infinity key for looking up information about the song (such as lyrics), several modes such as Surround, ClearAudio+ for choosing the best audio quality settings for a specific track, Clear Phase for adjusting the quality, xLOUD for enhancing the loudness and much more. An RM Radio is also here and features RDS support.
The audio output is very good.
Some other features that improve the overall user experience are Google Now, a personal assistant that also takes voice commands and proves to be very useful. A GPS receiver is also here, with support for GLONASS and A-GPS, using Google Maps for navigation, you also have Google+ and Facebook preinstalled. For more, you can always visit the Google Play Store.
Sony Xperia E1

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