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Sony Xperia E1: Pros and Cons

Android OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210
Adreno 302
512 MB / 4 GB
4 inch (480 x 800 px)
3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 px

Sony announced the launch of the Xperia E1 smartphone in 2014. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 4 inch TFT display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 SoC, and 512 MB of RAM. The Xperia E1 comes with Android OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean) pre-installed. This phone uses a 4 inch TFT display. This phone has only one rear-camera (3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 px) on its back for photos and videos. Is the cost justified by its features? I'll strive to answer that by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Sony Xperia E1 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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Sony Xperia E1 specifications

BrandSony
NameXperia E1
ModelD2004/D2005
Release date2014

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight4.23 oz
Dimensions4.65 x 2.46 x 0.47 inch
Colorsback, purple, white
SIM typeMini SIM

The weight of the Sony Xperia E1 is still considered to be lightweight and portable.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPUAdreno 302

The Sony Xperia E1 comes with Android OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. Android is an open-source operating system. This means users and developers have more control over the software. This CPU can be fast enough for basic phone operations. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeTFT
Screen size4 inch
Resolution480 x 800 px
Multitouch supportyes, up to 2 fingers

This 4 inch smartphone comes with a TFT display. Smaller smartphones are generally more compact and easier to handle. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM512 MB
Internal storage4 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

512 MB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. More RAM lets you keep more apps and processes open in the background. This keeps the device from slowing down. If you use your smartphone for basic tasks like calling, texting, and browsing the web, 32GB may be sufficient for your needs. You can expand the internal storage of the Xperia E1 (4 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 px
Flashno
Selfie camerano

You may have budget limits. Or, you may prioritize other features over a multi-camera system. If so, this single camera setup can be a good choice. The main camera of Xperia E1 smartphone does not have OIS. The optical image stabilization (OIS) is an important feature in smartphones.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCno
FM radioyes, with RDS
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

Compared to modern 4G and 5G networks, 3G networks are much slower. The Xperia E1 supports the latest Wi-Fi standards. You can use Bluetooth to connect your Xperia E1 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. The Xperia E1 has a GPS receiver. Many fitness and activity tracking apps rely on GPS. It is used to accurately measure and record outdoor activities. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 1700 mAh

The Li-Ion 1700 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. You can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by yourself.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity
Specials50 GB lifetime cloud storage

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer is a sensor. It measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Sony phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • TFT display
  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • lack of autofocus
  • no 4G support
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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