Sony Xperia E1 review: An affordable phone that offers serious performance for its class

Apr 19 2014, 14:57 IST
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Priced at Rs 10,490, Sony Xperia E1 is a good phone to buy if youre into music, along with some minor multitasking. Priced at Rs 10,490, Sony Xperia E1 is a good phone to buy if youre into music, along with some minor multitasking.
SummarySony Xperia E1 Dual Sim is affordable and great for music, multitasking.

Music lovers on a budget can totally rejoice with the Sony Xperia E1 Dual Sim. With a dedicated Walkman button and cool music app, you can be assured of a rich musical experience. It is also a very compact and lightweight phone given its plastic outer shell. Obviously, at Rs 10,490 this phone doesnt look and feel upmarket. Besides, the phone carries only a 3MP camera without flash and no front camera. Might be a deal-breaker, but before you decide, heres the inside scoop on this smartphone.


The Phone looks and feels plastic, therefore it weighs just 120 grams. You might also say its a fairly chubby phone from the side measuring at 12mm. Thats not great news for the manufacturer because nowadays even affordable phones such as the MOTO G sport a sleeker look and come with wide colour options. However, barring the looks its a well put together phone and given its modest dimensions (2.46 inch wide), its perfect for single-handed use.

You also have a Walkman key on top of the phone. The button is meant to control the music and integrates with the Sonys music app. Press it long enough and it kick-starts the Walkman app, while double pressing it skips to the next song. Quite a neat feature for music aficionados.


The E1 has got a biggish 4-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels. The display isnt great and lacks colour depth. In fact, if you tilt the phone you will notice a poor contrast and loss of colours. But given the price, youll feel its not all that bad.

This phone, however, has an automatic brightness adjustment feature that adjusts according to outdoors visibility.


One feature we found practical was the sufficiently large size of the on-screen keyboard that makes for a fast and convenient typing experience. Youre less likely to jumble up words due to lack of screen real estate.


Its surprising, but true: the E1 Dual Sim comes with a faster version of the Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 chip. For its price and class, it is fast enough to perform daily functions. This also means most of your games could run very smoothly.

But what will leave you disappointed is that it runs on Andord 4.3 Jelly Bean and not the 4.4 Kit Kat. That aside, it only has a meager 512 MB RAM on offer, which will affect the

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