We're not sure what the 'E' represents in Sony's Xperia alphabet but we're taking a guess on Entry level, which is where the Sony Xperia E slots into the ever growing range
3.5 inch touchscreen
3.2 megapixel camera
Walkman music player
Useful Memory card slot
DLNA - send your photos and music to your Smart TV
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by Mike Leader
Don't let 'Entry level' put you off. This is a Sony Xperia smartphone in every sense of the word. The casing feels rugged and good to hold thanks to it's curved soft-touch rear panel and silver trim.
Of course this is no monolith, but the 3.5 inch screen - that's the same size as the iPhone 4s remember - is a scratch resistant glass 480 x 320 pixel display which is very capable of displaying the Android operating system in all it's glory.
Specification will not leave you wanting on this budget smartphone with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. A memory card slot is a welcome addition which will accept memory cards up to 32GB.
The handset is equipped with a capable 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and geotagging with video recording in VGA mode at 30 frames per second.
However this is primarily a music-oriented smartphone and Sony also include their Walkman music player with bass boost and a direct link to their Sony Entertainment Network streaming music service.
Active noise cancellation for clearer calls in noisy environments, voice memo and voice dialling also add to a long list of features.
Premium connectivity suite
Connectivity includes 3G, GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, stereo Bluetooth 2.1, and GPS for satellite navigation with a-GPS support which helps you to get a lock on satellites much faster.
Remarkably for an entry-level handset Sony also include DLNA, which enables you to wirelessly transfer your music and videos to a DNLA-enabled TV or audio system via Wi-Fi. The handset also includes a proximity sensor and an accelerometer.
The replaceable battery offers a talk time of over 6 hours and up to 530 hours standby.
All in all the Sony Xperia E is an excellent introduction to the android smartphone world at an affordable price point with a wealth of features that would have been considered high-end just a very short while ago.
We think this entry level smartphone represents fantastic value for money that is well worthy of the Sony brand name and we rate it very highly for the extensive feature set included as standard.