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Sony Xperia E3 Review – The Cheapest LTE Smartphone from Sony

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The year 2014 is nearly ending and it has been an immense one when it comes to technological developments.

What the world of mobile technology has experienced this year is nothing that could have been predicted a few years ago, say a decade. However, with the advent of Android and the boom in the world of smartphones that is being witnessed in the mobile market today; Sony has not lagged behind in this game.

Sony first came into this zone with a phone that was intended to capture the low-end users of smartphones. They launched the Sony Xperia E1 and this phone rose into immediate popularity thanks to the reasonable price tag that Sony placed on the E1. In an attempt to keep attracting more users to their world, Sony has once again released a new low-end smartphone in the shape of Sony Xperia E3 and with this phone, you’ll be getting the cheapest 4G LTE smartphone there is today.

Advanced Technology for Sony Xperia E3

In an attempt to convince budget users that this phone is the best for them, Sony has included more technology in their newest release. The next section takes a closer look at the design, software and hardware of the Xperia E3.

Design

The Sony Xperia E3 comes with a design that is slim and light; aspects that make the E3 look and feel elegant. This phone takes the shape of another of Sony’s models in the shape of Xperia Z3. It comes with nylon corners that are intended to offer the phone protection from any damages, probably due to falling. In addition, the Xperia E3 comes with a screen that is made of tempered glass in order to make it resistant to scratches.

Color Variants

The Sony Xperia E3 comes in a variety of four colors that you can choose from and they include black, yellow, white and copper. As earlier mentioned, this smartphone looks just as elegant as more expensive models from Sony like the Z3 and the Z3 Compact, however; it is quite heavy when compared to these models.

The new Xperia E3 comes with a weight of 143 g and it has a thickness of 8.5 mm. However, as much as these features may look and feel somehow chunkier, they are the things that give the Xperia E3 the balance it deserves for its size. The phone will feel firm in your hand and with such a great feeling; you’ll look more elegant than what most would imagine for the price of such a phone.

Screen Display and Performance

The Sony Xperia E3 comes with a slightly smaller screen as compared to most of the giant phones in the market; but as earlier noted, it is a smartphone designed for the low-end users. It features a display of 4.5 inches, which is quite a good size when compared to the current generation of smart phones. In terms of resolution, the Xperia E3 has a resolution of 480 × 854 pixels. It also features a quad core 1.2 GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and an Adreno 305 graphics processor with a 1 GB RAM. These great features make this smartphone perform fast, when executing applications or playing games. The best of it all is that the Sony Xperia E3 provides its users with 4G LTE that ensures the phone has superior performance. This feature makes this phone very popular.

Software

The Sony Xperia E3 runs on an earlier version of Android in the shape of the KitKat 4.4 and it has a Sony interface. In addition, this Sony smartphone is equipped with numerous apps from Sony, including Video and Music Unlimited, and Walkman mobile apps that come with a free 30-day trial period.

On the other hand, the phone has a rear camera of 5 MP that also offers HDR and it has the capability of shooting 1080p high definition videos. The front camera is not the best of all, as it offers a VGA camera with a sensor that is less than 1 MP. This means the Sony Xperia E3 is not the best of smartphones when it comes to taking selfies.

The camera app also includes other features like burst, AR effect, timeshift as well as the YouTube Live and Social Live apps that aid in sharing of videos and photos.

The shake feature is what makes this phone a standout among other low-end smartphones. You can customize apps shortcuts in order to easily and quickly access them by simply shaking your wrist.