Sony Xperia E: is It Worth $200?

Sony Xperia E: Is It Worth $200?Sony has been making high-quality smartphones for many years, some of which are excellent devices worth considering. The company’s recent entry is for its Xperia E, which is a budget-priced smartphone with an approximate price tag of about $200 when the device is released. What I am going to explore with you, the reader, is whether or not the Sony Xperia E is worth the price when compared against the competition.

We first need to look at the specifications of the Sony Xperia E smartphone to determine exactly what the company is offering the consumer. The company states that its Xperia E model will contain the following hardware:

  • HD Voice and noise cancellation
  • Easy data and battery power management
  • Long-lasting 1500 mAh removable battery
  • 3.5″ HVGA display
  • xLOUD and 3D surround sound
  • Wireless DLNA connectivity
  • 1 GHz processor

The processor, which is 1 GHz from Qualcommon Snapdragon series model MSM7227A, is one of the company’s first processors using a single core. In a day where dual and quad cores processors have become common, this processor is fairly slow, even for a budget phone. In addition, the Sony Xperia E comes with only 512 MB of RAM, which again is on the low spectrum of RAM currently being used in newer models of smartphones. A 3.5″ screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a resolution of only 320 x 480 pixels seems also on the low end. Included in this model is an expansion card for adding up to 32 GB of added storage, while onboard storage is limited to 4 GB.

However, this is a budget-priced smartphone for the price-conscious consumer who is looking for a bargain. But is this really a bargain, or are there other phones to consider? My first thought was how this phone compares to the phone I bought from Walmart running on the T-Mobile network. So I took a look at the specifications for the Samsung T679 Android smartphone I bought, which currently costs $169.88 as of December 9th, 2012.

The specifications for the Samsung are:

  • 4G capable
  • 3.7″ 16M TFT, 480 x 800 pixel display
  • 3.0 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
  • 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM internal memory
  • Up to 32 GB memory card of expandable memory
  • 1 GHz processor speed

Both phones compare favorably to each other in hardware specifications. The big difference is when it comes to software, and there, the Sony dominates by offering an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, compared to the Samsung, which still uses the older Android 2.1 Gingerbread.

So is the Sony Xperia E a good deal? If Sony keeps the price at around $200, I believe this smartphone will be worth your consideration.

Comments are welcome.

Source: Sony