Sony Xperia E5 Review
posted by Chris P. / Jun 30, 2016, 9:08 AM
Perhaps the bravest of them all, the Sony Xperia E series has a challenging task set upon it: to convince buyers within the ruthlessly competitive low-end market to pick it over increasingly strong alternatives. This has been a tough ask for a long while, specifically given the rather uncompetitive pricing that Sony management has traditionally agreed upon.
Xperia E5 seems stronger than ever, with significantly better hardware compared to its predecessor in essentially every area: design, display, power-crunching, and even imaging. On paper, it's a worthy successor, but sold for the equivalent of about $210 (€199) in Europe, is that enough to make it a success?
We take a look.
Attractive, sturdy design that is sure to tempt buyers on a budget.
If there's one thing the Xperia E5 has going for it, it's design. Unlike previous E-line devices—which looked decidedly low end—one would have a hard time calling this anything but reasonably attractive. More so at this price point, and especially compared to the rather mundane-looking competitors.
In typical Sony style, the E5's form factor is that of a pleasantly rounded rectangle with evenly sized top and bottom bezel—a welcome change from previous Sony designs. There are no seemingly precious materials adorning the phone, which is entirely made out of polycarbonate, but it honestly feels solid and well-constructed. The back plate has a matte finish, which despite everything, actually makes this a far more ergonomically sound phone than the likes of even the Xperia Z5.
Sony aficionados, however, will be quick to notice the missing—and kind of signature—dedicated physical shutter key. While we're fine with this particular omission, we felt the volume rocker, located on the upper side of the frame, is a bit too far for comfortable use, even with larger-than-average hands. That said, the power key is well in reach, and both buttons offer a satisfying click when pressed. .
At a time when we're still witnesses of poorly calibrated panels even at the higher end, the Xperia E5 is a welcome change—especially at the lower end. Upgrading upon the resolution of its predecessor, the E5 features a 5-inch, 720 x 1280 pixel display of the LCD type, ensuring an adequate viewing experience—though some graininess is definitely noticeable.
In terms of screen properties, as mentioned earlier, the E5 doesn't disappoint and brings peak brightness of over 500 nits, so you won't have to strain your eyes too much under direct sunlight. At 4 nits, minimum brightness is also sufficiently low for the night owls among us to enjoy the E5 before bed when the lights are out.
Finally, color accuracy is pretty decent for a device of this caliber. We've got an excellent color temperature, decently accurate gamma across the brightness spectrum, and relatively lifelike colors for the most part.
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When the Sony E5 gets a much better score then its brothers (coughxperformcough) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 9:15 AM 6
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Give this man an oscar!!
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 9:34 AM 2
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The Xperia X performance gets a 6.3 with a SD 820, 3gb of ram, 32gb of storage, 23mp hybrid auto focus camera, 13mp selfies camera, aluminum construction for $699. Yet this phone gets a gets a 8 with a Mediatek 1.3ghz processor with 1.5gb of ram, 16gb of storage, a worse camera for $210. So that means the iPhone 6s should have received a score of 6 or less then.
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 11:19 AM 5
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1. A different PA author did this review. 2. If you read the reviews page for page the X Performance is the far superior device. It's got to be the "value for your dollar" opinion which makes the scores so different.
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 11:05 AM 0
Different price ranges, and being judged against different standards.
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 11:16 AM 2
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Quite an embarrassment for the ehem... X series (the name is quite ironic if u think deep enough)
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 9:18 AM 0
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The X line was a disappointment considering the price, unlike the E5.
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 9:39 AM 9
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It is hardly surprising. Sony has always loved their midrangers and lowends more than their flagship. Other than Xperia E5, I have another perfect example. I have Xperia M5 and: - The camera completely destroys Z5's and actually putting up a good fight against S7 and S6 camera (I have proof of this) - The battery is giving me constant 7h 30 min of screen time despite it is only 2600mah and paired with reportedly energy inefficient MediaTek X10 chipset - Speaker is only single but the output quality is louder and clearer than Xperias with stereo speakers I used to be a die hard sony fan, but what they do in 2016 really saddens me. If Sony doesn't change, then Xperia M5 is going to be my last sony phone
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 9:44 AM 2
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7.5 hours SOT? I bet you only use your phone to make calls... No offense.
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 1:36 PM 0
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Here ya go bro M5 vs S7 and S6:https://drive.google.com/folde
M5 vs Z5:https://drive.google.com/folde rview?id=0B2xbzy4iULR-RS1FUUU2aGNxY0U
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 11:28 PM 0
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how is this phone better? -cortex a53 cpu -mali 720 -hd display compare to something like redmi note 3 with cortex a72 core, adreno 510 and full hd? what standard do phonearena use to give out score?
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 10:09 AM 2
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Stop comparing these phones to the likes of redmi's and other low cost phones They have their place .. Big companies have to spend a lot on marketing and maintaining Proper after sales services , international availability , brand recognition .. and not to mention setting up proper offline channels .. 80-85 % of sales are still offline while sony still has a lot of flaws ( especially price ) but compare it to samsung , htc and the likes and not against Redmi's and oppo's By that logic every site should give lower scores to Samsung galaxy S and note series , htc .. when you only get mid range from samsung/htc specs for 400 $ vs flagship specs from redmi for 400$
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 3:06 PM 2
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obviously because they hate chinese brand... lol... FHD, SD650, 3GB RAM, 4000mAh battery at $180 get 6.8/10 HD, MT6735 (even slower than SD616), 1.5GB RAM, 2700mAh at $210 get 8/10 whats your excuse? lol..
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 10:37 PM 0
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- Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2300 mAh(9.5h 3G talk time)