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I've used a few of the budget Sony smartphones before and felt they were a bit lacking in a few key areas (screen quality and not as quick as I wanted processor wise) The older Xperia E was not as good as it should have been (in my view)

The Xperia E1 is much improved in some respects and running Android 4.3 out of the box, though it's not the last word in budget phones it's worth looking at.
My quick summary of the good and bad...

Pros:
+ 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8210 dual-core, this is good enough for most users and doesn't suffer the lag of the older E, it's pretty snappy
+ Screen is vastly improved in every respect, larger, higher resolution, more colours and better contrast
+ The sound is good, Sony make a big deal out of the xLOUD speaker and it's not hype it's pretty impressive for a built in speaker (and yes it is loud! but as per most built in speaker not much bass)
+ Build is ok for this price range, joins and seams are tight with no creaking, though the plastics used could be higher quality
+ I had no problems or issues with wifi connection, or call quality and day to day use.
+ Fairly well featured for a budget end phone, as usual Sony cater quite well for the entertainment side with their Walkman (which has a dedicated button on the top of the phone - good for music quick playing), Movies app, and sound filters.
+ Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS
+ Battery Stamina mode, it's not a gimmick it does help (turns off wifi and connections quite aggressive battery management- you can cusomise the notifications) heavy users will need a charge every other day, but lighter ones can go a bit longer.

Cons:
- 512MB ram ok it's a budget phone, but still Android does like a bit more memory at times
- Camera is "ok" but nothing to get worked up over 3mp no flash, fairly basic passable for snaps. Budget models don't do well here, and the E1 is about average ok in good light not so great low light. Video is basic enough and can be a bit choppy at times too.
- While the screen is much improved, the viewing angles could be better, not great in this area
- No NFC (becoming more sought after)
- No front facing camera, even a basic one would be useful (skype etc)

Other information:
Micro SD supports up to 32GB
GMS networks: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Xperia E1 "major" improvements v the E

+ Screen is now 4" v the 3.5" on the older model and resolution is much better too (480x800 v 320x480). A lot More colours 16 million v 262k big difference overall
+ Dual core processor 1.2GHz v the single core 1 GHz (this is a very obvious in using both handsets the older E is just "slow")
+ Longer battery life (Sony quote over 8 hours talk time v just over 6 for the E) battery is up to 1750mAh v 1500mAh on the E (but note the screen is bigger) Day to day not a big difference though between the 2 models
+ Newer graphics processor Adreno 302 is more able to deal with games and 3d applications over the old one.

There are a lot of rivals out there and whilst the E1 doesn't blow the barn doors off spec wise, it does at least bring the older E (which was in my view a bit dated even at launch) up to par. Gone are the laggy slow responses (do bear in mind the ram is only 512MB though) and sub par screen that we had previously wasn't the most convincing offering for a budget Android handset. Games also play quite a lot better on the E1 (it's not top tier by any means but acceptable at this price point)

This is a much nicer phone to use, and no doubt will drop a little in price. Worth considering in this price range, where as the older E wasn't really. You can buy the Xperia J which is a bit cheaper in price, but it's only got the single core processor (and like the old E is not a fast handset) There are rivals that have somewhat better screens than the E1 (even though it's improved quite a bit it's a normal TFT not an IPS like the Lumia 520). It's a good choice for heavy music users thanks to the walkman button, good EQ settings and above average sound quality.

I'll give it 4 stars and will update the review with any issues/problems over time. Quite a solid offering that's worth consideration. The market is quite a bit more competitive though with lots of improved models out there so have a look around.
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on 13 October 2015
This was my first smart phone and thus I thought I'd buy this as a cheap one to start off.
This was a mistake and one that I hope this review will prevent others making.

Using this phone is like pulling teeth, it barely powerful enough to run the OS properly let alone anything else, today I spent 20 minutes trying to read a total of 3 short webpages. Its largest single flaw it an massive lack of on-board memory. . . . it only has 2Gb, well over half of which was full when I bought the phone with useless apps you can't delete.
I initially thought this wouldn't an issue as it can be expanded with an sd card, this was also a mistake.
The sd card is useful for long term storage of data, nothing else. All apps, updates, photos in fact pretty much everything all initially use the on-board memory before they can be moved to the card . . . . many apps even when moved still need a lot of their date stored in the on board memory and most also need a certain amount as a cache. I'm not a particularly heavy app user, I have perhaps 5-10 that I like to use a lot and the memory is honestly not enough to support regular use of even this small a number.
It also worth noting that bottom of the range models such as this one almost never get OS updates . . . . you're stuck using outdated software in which all the bugs are well known.

In conclusion, DO NOT buy this piece of rubbish unless you honestly have no other affordable option available.
I intend to buy a better phone now that the year of hell on this one is over I'm going to enjoy taking a hammer to it once I no longer need it.
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The Sony Xperia E1 is the follow up to the Sony Xperia E, a great little budget phone that had a nice design but whose screen feels a little small by todays standard. The Xperia E1 has expanded the screen and changed the design to give it the same overall look as the more expensive Xperia phones such as the Xperia M2 or Z range.

The changes give you a screen size of 4" and it's a decent enough screen for this price point. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz duel core processor which is nippy enough for everyday tasks. Android feels smooth and you get the same Sony interface as you'd find across the Sony range. In terms of the styling the Xperia E1 feels like a step back from the original Xperia E, it feels a lot more plasticy and is a little fatter.

Where this differs from the rest of the Sony range is that rather than a dedicated camera button you get a dedicated Walkman button on the top of the mobile which can be used to start the Walkman app and control playback. The Xperia E1 speaker is fairly loud, as loud as some low cost Bluetooth speakers, and like low cost speakers the Xperia E1 also suffers the same lack of bass.

Given this is a phone apparently aimed at a younger audience it's surprising there is no front facing camera for the inevitable selfies such a market would want to take. Around the back is a 3 megapixel camera that doesn't have a flash and takes just OK photos. Video is also just OK, you can see an example in the review video and while it does the job it's clear this mobile isn't for those who want a photo/video mobile.

Internal space is rather small so you'll want to pop a microSD card in fairly quickly, especially if you want to download any games. Games run OK, the small screen means that for some games your hands might get in the way of the on screen action, but as you'll see in the video the Xperia E1 coped well with a racing game.

To get this phone at such a low price you'll have to accept a few trade offs, but accepting those cuts gives you a decent mobile that lets you do the basics for a relatively low cost. However, if you're budget can stretch to it and you're interested in Sony phones then the Sony Xperia M2 UK Sim Free Smartphone - Black gives a much better all round experience.
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on 19 May 2014
I read the other reviews with a smile. It seems that people forget that you can pay 100's of pounds for phones these days. This is just over £100 or less than £10 per month on contract.
It's a smashing little phone. Just the right size, with easy to reach controls and very intuitive to use.
The battery came 50% charged (amazing) and I was able to set up the phone with the minimum of fuss and with very little reference to the manual - I am a man after all!
You do need to be a Googlite. Sorry you need to have a Google account and it definitely suits anyone who uses Google's products. But please don't be put off if you don't.
I like the android operating system, it is very easy to use. The screen is a beauty, very clear and the touch is extremely responsive. Easily up to Apple standards.
I won't go on about the music aspect but suffice to say it is excellent. Films look great as do still pictures.
I have never really used any phone to take serious photos so I am not disappointed by the camera. If you take a snap shot it is more than adequate. If you want a great shot, buy a dedicated camera!
I bought a 32gb micro SD card as I want to store a lot of music, photos and films.
Overall, thoroughly recommended. I can't see that I need anything more powerful or expensive.

Update - I've now been using this for a couple of weeks and have upgraded from 4 Stars to 5 Stars. This really is a great little phone. I've now managed to sync with my business calendar and contacts via outlook using the Sony software. Very easy as it turned out. As an added bonus this also updates my Google Calendar - very useful. I am now using the music aspect of the phone on a regular basis - absolutely fantastic. I love it :)

Before you fork out mega money for other phones, check this one out. You won't be disappointed!
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VINE VOICEon 31 January 2015
EDIT:

Since having the phone for a year, i've reduced it to a 3 star rating, as it has a few recurrent problems. Now it stops notifying of text messages, so manually going in to the messages folder and checking when you remember is the only way. Also, the charger hisses with electrical current, the volume and on/off buttons sometimes decide to not respond, and because of the pre-installed and non-deletable apps, there is little space for more than 4 major apps and a few photos.

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A great smartphone that's exactly matched to it's price. Not amazingly fantastic because it's not in the £100's, but more than worth it for it's actual price. Slightly plasticky and light, feels sometimes like a toy phone, but strong and sturdy. If you're familiar with the android system it runs this well, a little slow at times but not frustrating or unmanageable. The battery life is on par with others; smartphones these days drink the juice so you can expect a full day of battery, but be prepared to charge it every night.

I work a lot in various places where my phone is either in a dusty environment, in a place likely to get covered in paint, or out on location where I undoubtedly will drop it in mud or something of the sort. For this reason it's perfect, as I can have the capabilities of a smartphone without the extortionate price; breaking it or losing it is only a £50 or so loss compared to a £300 one. It would be ideal too for a first phone for a teenager, as it's cheap enough but can still access instagram and facebook, and any other popular apps that will come out post to writing this review.

The only slight downsides are the sony interface, it's nothing terrible but it gives you a lot of options and apps in the beginning - prepare to spend some time deleting a few, as many all do the same thing and it gets confusing as to what is what. It can take up to a 32GB microSD, recommended for any android phone nowadays, and though the camera isn't brilliant (this is where iPhones and Samsung come in to their league) it's good enough for the comedic snapchat or instagram shot.

Overall, recommended. Excellent value for money. The box comes with a screen protector, headphones and charger, and setup is remarkably easy.
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on 23 November 2015
Bought this for my mum and it is the slowest phone I've ever seen. Takes a long time to load anything - caller list, contacts, pictures etc. I have a Sony Xperia Z3 so thought this would be a good purchase since this is also Sony but it's awful. Even when I ring her the screen takes a good 10 seconds to light up. The phone is ringing but the screen isn't on for her to answer. Useless. I'll probably buy her a new phone so have wasted my money.
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on 8 August 2015
Having gained the said phone on 'freebee rewardz' points courtesy of Vodafone late December of last year/January 2015, it certainly has its positives (fast texting, good Internet surfing, e-mailing and excellent picture quality etc).

Unfortunately with such devices, they certainly do havetheir issues (restarting, slow responses and the volume button doesn't react in a hurry etc).

Out of ten, I'd rate it 7.5 - as I said qualities and thankfully they are outweighed by the negatives: I'm not at all surprised why Sony is "phasing" them out: not because of the 50/50 on the phone, but other companies have upped their game.

Hopefully, Sony Xperia does exactly the same!.
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on 16 June 2015
I was pleasantly surprised with this phone, as I needed a second phone to use when I am abroad and didn't want to spend a lot of money It uses the standard SIM card (the larger one) not a mini. It was easy to set up and connect to Facebook which is already installed, along with many other Apps. It has very good picture quality and comes with a small stylus pen. The on off switch is to the right of the phone and easy to use to activate from standby. The screen is a good size and very clear
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on 15 May 2015
Sony Xperia E1 is a brilliant Smartphone. I needed a new mobile as I'd dropped my mobile in washing up water and ruined it ! The Sony Xperia has some great features, it's quite a lightweight phone and looks a lot more expensive than it was. Am very pleased with it and would definitely recommend. The battery lasts longer too and the apps are all easily found. You can personalise the phone with ease.
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on 3 May 2014
This phone is very much a case of you get what you pay for, which suits me fine.

It's a nice size, if a little chunky, with decent build quality and I've found it to be pretty snappy. Having come from a samsung the sony skin is nice to use on top of android.

The clincher for me was the addition of a memory card slot, in which i have a 32gb card mostly for spotify music. Be aware however there is only about 2gb of available on board storage. I had hoped any apps i download could be put on the card but this unfortunately doesn't appear to be the case.

Ive not found battery life to be an issue. Im a light user and get about 2.5 days standby time. This is without using wifi and gps but with about an hours music listening per day and with the 'stamina mode' active.

For circa £100 Im not sure if you can do much better. If your willing to spend a little more and not bothered by memory the moto G is a better choice.

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Update 05/09/2014
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Pro's and cons after 4 months use....

Pro's

- The phone has received an update to kitkat which has vastly improved the stability and performance. I used to experience random crashes, as reported in other reviews but since the update the phone has been flawless.
- The kitkat update now allows apps to be installed on the memory card. With a 32gb memory card I have all the space I need on a sub £100 phone.
- I'm still finding battery life to be impressive, around 3 days on standby, although this is with light use - a few phone calls, a few txts, maybe half an hour of music and internet browsing a day.

Cons

- I have found the GPS to be sluggish in locking onto a signal.
- The Walkman button is more annoying than useful.
- As reported by others I have experienced cosmetic damage with minimal wear and tear. 2 letters of the foil sony logo on the back of the phone have peeled off and dropping the phone on it's edge has taken a chip out of the plastic in the corner.

Sticking with 4 stars. Still represents good value for money in my opinion although the mobile market moves at such a rapid pace. The 4.4.2 kitkat upgrade saves this phone, otherwise my updated review would have put this as 1 star with some of the other reviews.

The E3 will arrive soon, as will the new moto G which is the best option at the budget price point.
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