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Sony Xperia E dual Review

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Sony Xperia E dual Review
Introduction:

The Sony Xperia E dual is the thrifty Scotsman's dream phone come true – cheap, versatile, and able to work with two SIM cards simultaneously. That latter feature allows one to take advantage of two carriers' deals from a single device, or have two separate phone numbers – one for business and one for personal matters. At the same time, the Xperia E dual provides access to Google Play's vast library of Android applications. It also has acceptable hardware specs, such as a 3.5-inch screen, 1GHz processor, and a 3.2MP camera, so all the basic necessities seem to be covered. But is it any good for what it costs? Well, let's find out!

Sony Xperia E dual Review
The box contains:

  • Wired stereo earphones (model MH401C)
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick start guide and FCC statement

Design:

We have to give credit to Sony for making the Xperia E dual visually appealing. Okay, it surely isn't going to win any design contests, especially when it's made out of squeaky plastic, but for an entry-level smartphone, the device actually looks quite nice. The handset's back side is curved inwards, which makes it easy to handle and operate, while the texture adds character and additional grip. The unit itself is 11 millimeters thick, which is within the acceptable norms.

The Sony Xperia E dual is visually appealing - Sony Xperia E dual Review
The Sony Xperia E dual is visually appealing - Sony Xperia E dual Review

The Sony Xperia E dual is visually appealing


Sony Xperia E dual Review

You can compare the Sony Xperia E dual with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

A nice addition to the Sony Xperia E dual is the embedded notification light on the bottom. It is of the RGB kind so it glows in a different color depending on the type of pending notification.

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Capacitive Android buttons - Sony Xperia E dual Review
 

Capacitive Android buttons


Underneath the smartphone's screen we see three capacitive Android buttons – well spaced so that one can't press them by accident. On the right side of the device reside all its physical buttons – a volume rocker, lock key in the middle, and a camera shutter. Our only complaint about them is that the volume rocker is likely to be too small for some users.

microUSB port (left) - The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual - Sony Xperia E dual Review
Volume, power and camera keys (right) - The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual - Sony Xperia E dual Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual - Sony Xperia E dual Review
Bottom - The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual - Sony Xperia E dual Review

microUSB port (left)

Volume, power and camera keys (right)

3.5mm jack (top)

Bottom

Back - The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual - Sony Xperia E dual Review
Rear camera - The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual - Sony Xperia E dual Review
Speaker grill - The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual - Sony Xperia E dual Review
The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual - Sony Xperia E dual Review

Back

Rear camera

Speaker grill

 

The sides of the Sony Xperia E dual



Display:

Sony has outfitted the Xperia E dual with a small, low-quality screen that may be passable, but fails to impress us in any way. It measures 3.5 inches in diagonal and has a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels. Punching these numbers into a calculator gives us a poor figure of only 165ppi, which explains why graphics are rough around the edges and why text looks jagged. The color depth and viewing angles are also mediocre.

When using the Sony Xperia E dual outdoors, you'll want to have its screen brightness turned up to the maximum. Otherwise, it is simply unusable as its surface reflects too much light. Too bad that a light sensor isn't present so you'll have to adjust the screen brightness manually.


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posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:16 6

1. Rexperia (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


nice entry level android.. please PA, this is an entry level and low budget phone so what do you expect???

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:13 3

4. boosook (Posts: 933; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Exactly. This is in the same league of the galaxy mini 2, which has a screen with awful contrast and brightness. I bet the Sony will be at least a little bit better. And the screen is a tad bigger.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:28

5. predator93 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Actually its UK price is higher than what the xperia sola is selling for so i don't see any value in this phone unless its price drops.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:00 3

8. IU_Lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


sony jellybean

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:16 9

2. lee480 (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Haha the budget Xperia E scored the same as BlackBerry Z10.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:42 1

10. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Both are different category of phones. Your argument is invalid :)

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:20

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Galaxy Fame has specs that are a l'le better than this phone...it comes with 4.1 out of the box to point one out. Let's see what you give the Fame...

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:49

6. PointMaza (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


blackberry z10 and this one has the same rating??
PA this doesn't makes sense
BBZ10 is an highend smartphone and this one is budget phone?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:24

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I guess you're new here... There are different rating systems depending on the category of the phone reviewed, that it feature phones, mid-range phones, high-end phones etc.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:30

9. PointMaza (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


hmmmmmmmm....!!

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 03:59

11. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


It should get 7.5... BbZ10 its high-end but not upto mark.. Xperia e dual gets the job done with its standard as its an good entry level device...

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.47 x 2.43 x 0.43 inches
(113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm)
4.08 oz  (116 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.2 hours talk time

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