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Sony Xperia E1 Short Hands On Review

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It has been an open book that we are big fans of Sony smartphones (even Ericsson phone years ago). When Sony decided to continue to offer affordable smartphones, we are one of the happiest users. The Sony Xperia E1 is one of their cheapest Androids. It is meant to be more of a music device so expect the headset included in the package would be awesome.

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Sony Xperia E1 specs:

  • 1.2GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
  • Adreno 305 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4-inch WVGA TFT display (480 x 800 pixels) 233 ppi
  • scratch resistant glass
  • 3.15 megapixel rear facing camera
  • 3G, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 1,700 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean with Timescape UI, upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P6,980 (Sony store)
  • Status: Available on Sony stores, retailers and online stores

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This is what “low end” really looks like – dual core, small screen, small RAM and a mediocre camera so don’t expect superb performance from it. But who will buy the Xperia E1? There’s still users who are not solved with local brands. These users believe the usual, local brands are not durable, poor build quality, poor performance and many more but does not have the budget to buy a high end smartphone. The Sony Xperia E1 will be perfect for those users.

The WVGA resolution for us is perfect on a 4-inch TFT display. Pixels are not evident when looking it closely but it is not as sharp compared to IPS LCD displays. Based on our experience with Sony smartphones, calls quality is excellent even on entry level ones.

Verdict – For P6,890 pricetag, it is quite expensive considering the specs. At this price point, you can get a 5-inch smartphone with a quad core processor, 8 megapixel camera and an HD display from MyPhone and Cherry Mobile. But despite their popularity, there are still some who prefer trusted brands like Sony. For us, we do recommend this for users who likes listening to music and makes their smartphones their MP3 players.