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I was very impressed when I first got this phone. It was only a cheap replacement for a more expensive phone I had broken but it done pretty much everything the other phone did. I could access my emails, browse the internet and download all the latest apps from the Google play store. I was very impressed by the amount of songs and pictured the phone held. It was my first android phone but was simple to use and I worked everything out quickly. I had the white version and it looked very stylish and modern. However after a few months of using it, it became very slow and would crash when I tried to write texts and the apps and songs took forever to download. If I was going to buy another budget phone I would definitely consider another Sony Xperia would avoid buying the Xpeia E as there are now more up to date ones available.
The Sony Experia E is aesthetically a sleek, attractive and modern piece of design. Its shape is slim but relatively small, although it does serve the purpose of easy storage. The phone uses the Google Android Jellybean operating system. Since Android is developed by Google, the phone is preloaded with several Google services, such as Google Maps and Google web search which is quite convenient. You can also check the day's news and weather with ease from your phone, provided you have a connection to the internet. The signal strength is usually strong. Surfing the web is pleasant and convenient. Pages and images loaded quickly and easily, and the browser was also able to open 8 tabs simultaneously, making the browsing experience almost as good as a desktop computer. The Experia E's touch screeen is very responsive -- the responsiveness is also adjustable in the settings. The keyboard keys were a bit small for my fingers, but I still found the keyboard rather ingenius. The drag feature makes typing messages a breeze, easily recognizing words as you slide your fingers across the appropriate letters. Chatting live and texting with friends had never been so swift and easy. It may seem these days that smartphones can do almost anything but it's prime function is still communication. The call features Clear Voice and noise cancelling work effectively. Texting is quick too, and with the ability to track your messages you can know if your friends have received the texts even if they choose to ignore them.
Sony's Walkman application lives up to expectations, providing a rich sound quality, and also includes a pre-installed version of xLOUD to enhance speaker voulme for a better listening experience outside of the headphones. The equalizer allows users to optimize the quality of their music, including many mixer presets for particualr genres and the Clearbass application. Inside of the headphones is even better. The clarity of the sound and the base is immense. Sony headphones are well renowned and did not disappoint. The playlist feature was also easy to use, and I was able to create a playlist of my favourite music within minutes. I was able to transfer media from my computer to the phone without having to synchronize or install anything beforehand.
Aside from these helpful attributes, I have to say some of the phone's functions were not up to par. Unfortunately photo and video quality and capabilities were disappointing, especially in comparison to other similarly priced smartphones. WMV and AVI not being compatible video types, as well as certain MP4 rates, which was not even a problem with other phones operating on inferior Android systems. The camera was also lacking, which is to be expected considering the 3.2mp rate but this is not helped by having only VGA video sizes available. Sound quality on recordings is not too bad though, but definitely slightly grainy at best.
I spent £90 on this phone and with this comparatively low price pitfalls were to be expected. The keyboard functioned intelligently, music plays with crystal clear quality -- as do phonecalls, while the web browsing experience was modern and reliable. The phone is visually attractive but is let down by a key factor of the smartphone: the camera and video.