Sony Xperia E dual Review
The Sony Xperia E dual runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but an update to Andorid 4.1 Jelly Bean is in the works. Layered on top of it is the Sony Timescape user interface with its broad selection of useful widgets and integration of social networking features. In addition, Sony has added widgets that leverage the smartphone's dual-SIM functionality. Among them are ones that let you pick favorite contacts associated with either of the two SIM cards. An SMS counter comes loaded as well. Overall, the user interface is more practical than pleasant to the eye, and will surely meet the needs of customers interested in the Sony Xperia E dual.
The on-screen keyboard, however, requires time and patience to get used to. Since the smartphone's screen is relatively small, its virtual keys feel tiny and that's why typos are common. Fortunately, the auto-correct feature takes care of that, and you can always flip the keyboard sideways to its landscape orientation.
Dual SIM functionality:
Behind the back cover of the Sony Xperia E dual reside the two slots for regular-sized SIM cards. Both are on stand-by at all times and can be set to handle different tasks. For example, outgoing calls can be handled by SIM number one and the second SIM may be responsible for 3G data connectivity. Or vice versa, it is up to the user.
The toggle switch on the drop-down menu selects which SIM card takes care of outgoing voice calls and text messages by default. If one uses both cards for calling, a dedicated widget can be used to assign a list of contacts to a respective SIM. Both SIM slots can take advantage of 7.2Mbps HSPA. .
Processor and memory:
There's a low-end Snapdragon system-on-a-chip powering the Sony Xperia E dual – MSM7227A, with a single-core CPU topping out at 1GHz and enhanced Adreno 200 graphics. There are 512MB of RAM present on board, which is the bare minimum a smartphone should have today. Yet overall, the device is usable and responsive enough for its class. Unless a live wallpaper is loaded, lags whine navigating through menus and home screens are rare. Of course, advanced 3D games can't be played on the Xperia E dual, but some less complex ones, such as Jetpack Joyride, Angry Birds Star Wars and Temple Run 2 run just fine.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Sony Xperia E dual||2424||5552||27,4|
|Samsung Galaxy S Duos||2032||3439||19,9|
|HTC Desire V||1807||2866||19,7|
|LG Optimus L3||1271||2559||13,2|
Since the Sony Xperia E dual has only 4GB of on-board storage, chances are you'll have to supply a microSD card of your own. Still, those who prefer using the device as it is will have 780MB available for their applications and 2.2GB for photos, documents, music, and other media.
The built-in web browser on the Sony Xperia E dual struggles with heavy, content-rich web pages. Still, it gets the job done if it isn't being pushed too hard, as long as you're comfortable with viewing pages on a relatively smallish, low quality display. Sony has not altered the app itself from its stock form so you get only the bare necessities, such as bookmarks, multiple tabs, and pinch to zoom. Features like saving pages for offline reading and requesting desktop versions of web sites are accessible as well. Embedded YouTube videos are playable, but we don't recommend running them as that renders the browser unresponsive.
1. Rexperia posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:16 6 0
nice entry level android.. please PA, this is an entry level and low budget phone so what do you expect???
4. boosook posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:13 3 0
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.
5. predator93 posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:28 0 0
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.
2. lee480 posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:16 9 1
Haha the budget Xperia E scored the same as BlackBerry Z10.
10. Raymond_htc posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:42 1 4
Both are different category of phones. Your argument is invalid :)
3. Nathan_ingx posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:20 0 2
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...
6. PointMaza posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:49 0 0
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?
7. Nathan_ingx posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:24 0 0
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.
11. Samsomesh posted on 10 Feb 2013, 03:59 0 1
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...