Sony Xperia E5 Review
We keep blocking the darn earpiece!
phone constantly changes position relative to your ear. We found this to be rather annoying, and not the first time we're faced with this issue when it comes to a Sony device.
As for call quality, that same earpiece again disappoints. You can easily tell who's calling, and there aren't any pronounced artifacts, it's just that things don't sound particularly clear. We found that we got used to this, though.
The microphone, on the other hand, does much better, delivering high fidelity tonal information.
Daily charging required
While the Xperia E4g managed an impressive battery score in our testing, our custom script drained the Xperia E5 after only 6 hours and 10 minutes, which is a strictly average score relative to our entire database, and kind of poor compared to some competing solutions out there. This is doubly true considering the largish, 2,700 mAh cell and rather frugal (in theory) 720p display.
Specs sheets and synthetic tests aside, our own experience with the Xperia E5 largely corroborates our results, perhaps missing the mark by just the bit. We were secure in our knowledge that the E5 will make it through the day, but then again, that was with relatively light usage. Prolonged game sessions or binge watching sessions will murder the battery fast.
Once you're out, you'll need a little over an hour and a half to charge back to full using the included charger.
Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 6h 10 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 8h 41 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia E4g 9h 6 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 10h 8 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Sony Xperia E5 114
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 153
Sony Xperia E4g 207
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 112
Xperia E5. That's not because it's a problematic device—the very opposite in fact! As a whole, we were pleasantly surprised by Sony's work with this affordable, €199 (~$210) smartphone, which performed well across the board. A very welcome surprise!
So why wait? Put simply, with the market being what it is, we'd rather wait it out and see how the Moto G4 Play (<$199 expected), and even the slightly more expensive Asus Zenfone 3 ($249), translate in the real world, as both have the potential to be the better buy. Better yet, both of them ought to hit markets worldwide in the next month or two, and both are expected to be available in the States—unlike the Xperia E5, it seems.
Of course, if you absolutely must go for it now, the Xperia E5 in the current climate is worth the buy.
- Signature design
- Good display
- No-nonsense software
- Good performance
- Very decent camera overall
- Volume rocker's placement isn't optimal
- Earpiece produces muffled voices
- Camera sometimes messes up white balance
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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)