Sony Xperia E1 review: Great for music lovers, not so for photographers

Priced at Rs 10,490, it’s a good phone to buy if you’re into music, along with some minor multitasking

Sony Xperia E1 Dual Sim is great for music, bad for photography Sony Xperia E1 Dual Sim is great for music, bad for photography
Written by Abhimanyu Chakravorty | Updated: April 21, 2014 10:19 am

Music lovers on a budget can totally rejoice with the Sony Xperia E1 Dual Sim. With a dedicated Walkman button and cool music app, you can be assured of a rich musical experience. It is also a very compact and lightweight phone given its plastic outer shell. Obviously, at Rs 10,490 this phone doesn’t look and feel upmarket. Besides, the phone carries only a 3MP camera without flash and no front camera. Might be a deal-breaker, but before you decide, here’s the inside scoop on this smartphone.


The Phone looks and feels plastic, therefore it weighs just 120 grams. You might also say it’s a fairly chubby phone from the side measuring at 12mm. That’s not great news for the manufacturer because nowadays even affordable phones such as the MOTO G sport a sleeker look and come with wide colour options. However, barring the looks it’s a well put together phone and given its modest dimensions (2.46 inch wide), it’s perfect for single-handed use.

You also have a Walkman key on top of the phone. The button is meant to control the music and integrates with the Sony’s music app. Press it long enough and it kick-starts the Walkman app, while double pressing it skips to the next song. Quite a neat feature for music aficionados.


The E1 has got a biggish 4-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels. The display isn’t great and lacks colour depth. In fact, if you tilt the phone you will notice a poor contrast and loss of colours. But given the price, you’ll feel it’s not all that bad.

This phone, however, has an automatic brightness adjustment feature that adjusts according to outdoors visibility.

One feature we found practical was the sufficiently large size of the on-screen keyboard that makes for a fast and convenient typing experience. You’re less likely to jumble up words due to lack of screen real estate.


It’s surprising, but true: the E1 Dual Sim comes with a faster version of the Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 chip. For it’s price and class, it is fast enough to perform daily functions. This also means most of your games could run very smoothly.

But what will leave you disappointed is that it runs on Andord 4.3 Jelly Bean and not the 4.4 Kit Kat. That aside, it only has a meager 512 MB RAM on offer, which will affect the phone’s multitasking abilities. And this will be evident when you straddle different apps and open multiple windows on your Google Chrome browser. On one instance, after we opened multiple tabs on Google Chrome, the phone hung and shut down.

With just 4GB of internal storage, out of which only 2GB is available, it might be extremely difficult for users to store large amount of data. But luckily, the phone has …continued »

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