The Sony Xperia E1 is a small, budget Android smartphone. Out there SIM-free for under $115 you will be pushed to find a cheaper entry level smartphone.
In lots of respects the wallet-friendly Sony Xperia E1 represents good worth and would make a superb 1st handset for the kids. However, the Motorola Moto E is a significantly superior model and can only set you back an additional $10.
Sony Xperia E1: Design
What you lose within the trade-off is fairly obvious from the moment you hold the smartphone. The Sony Xperia E1 is small, plastic and a bit dumpy. Its curves make it a bit better-looking than a few of the extra pig-ugly budget smartphones, however it most likely will get teased by its bigger brothers the Sony Xperia M2 and Sony Xperia Z2.
Build quality appears OK sufficient, however there is 0 flashiness to this little bundle of plastic. The Sony Xperia E1’s back is textured in quite a cheap fashion, and the power button creaks a bit. Anything creaking on a smartphone tells you it has been made to a compromised funds. However what do you anticipate for £70? It is the Space Invaders crisps of the phone world. And for those of you too young to get that reference, Space Invaders used to cost 10p.
Sony Xperia E1: Display
The Sony Xperia E1 has got a biggish 4-inch display screen with 800 x 480 pixels. The display is not great and lacks color depth. Actually, if you tilt the phone you’ll notice a poor contrast and loss of colors. However given the worth, you will really feel it is not all that bad.
This smartphone, however, has an automatic brightness adjustment feature that adjusts according to outdoor visibility.
One feature we found practical was the sufficiently massive dimension of the on-screen keyboard that makes for a quick and convenient typing experience. You are less likely to jumble up phrases due to lack of screen real estate.
Sony Xperia E1: Camera
Sony has pulled out exactly not one of the stops with the Sony Xperia E1 camera hardware. It only has one camera sensor, simply the rear one, and no flash.
You get a 3.2 MP camera that is about as basic as they arrive in terms of core capabilities. With no autofocus and no manual metering, you’ve zero hands-on control over your photos in traditional terms. You may not pick a subject for your photographs and may not select whether to expose the photo to suit the sky or the foreground.
Sony Xperia E1: Software
Software fares better, though. You get Android 4.3 with the custom Sony interface, which is fairly nice-looking and supports things like folders to get your applications menu in order. It is very similar to the interface you get in Sony’s much more costly phones, minus just a few of the extras features the Sony Xperia E1 can not hack.
Sony Xperia E1: Battery
The Sony Xperia E1 ships with a 1750 mAh user-removable battery. Quoted talk time stands at 8.2 hours, which is under the average. In our each day experience with it, the phone lasted around a day, requiring an overnight charge generally.
Sony Xperia E1: Specification
- OS: Android 4.3
- Body: 118 x 62.4 x 12 mm
- Weight: 120 g
- Display: 480 x 800 pixels , 4 inches
- Memory: 4 GB internal, 32 expandable, 512 MB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200
- Camera: 3.15 MP, no secondary
- Battery: 1,700 mAh
Sony Xperia E1: Verdict
The Sony Xperia E1 is an affordable phone, and it both appears and looks. Not like some rivals it has not fairly made sufficient right moves to make sure it brings a solid core expertise to the table, whereas still including some fluffier elements like a dedicated music button.
Thanks to the decent interface it is a affordable low-cost possibility, but it is solidly overwhelmed by the Motorola Moto E, which prices as little as £10 more.