Well, this sounds like an apt title really. The Sony Xperia E is among the cheapest packages on offer from Sony, second to only the Tipo. From the design theme of the first generation of Sony smartphones, to the familiar internals, the Sony Xperia E has little to no surprises. Especially that we’ve actually seen its twin already.
The Sony Xperia E and Xperia E dual are nearly identical, with the number of SIM slots the only notable hardware difference. It boils down to what makes more sense to you as a user – dual-SIM support or the more recent Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
Sony Xperia E official pictures
When talking entry-level smartphones, a single-SIM package usually has to try harder to make itself noticed. Dual-SIM versions are usually regarded as niche devices but they have the benefit of a clearly defined target audience. There’s a lot of competition in Sony Xperia E‘s price bracket, and not just droids either. Yet, Jelly Bean right out of the box gives it a good enough start. Let’s take a closer look at what else it has to offer:
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and -band UMTS support
- 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
- 3.5″ 256K-color capacitive TFT touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480)
- Android OS v4.1.1 Jelly Bean
- 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227A chipset
- 512 MB of RAM
- 2GB of user-accessible built-in storage (4GB total)
- microSD slot (32GB supported)
- 3.15 MP fixed-focus camera, geo-tagging
- VGA video @ 30fps
- Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
- GPS with A-GPS
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
- User-accessible battery, Li-Ion 1530 mAh
- Feeble chipset and uninspiring performance
- Mediocre screen quality
- Fixed-focus camera, No LED flash
- Video recording No front-facing camera
The Sony Xperia E is yet another Qualcomm-powered 3.5-incher for Sony in the entry level market. It’s got the upper hand over the likes of the Tipo and Miro (clocked at 800MHz), and probably even the Xperia J which is has the exact same 1GHz chipset but a bigger and more pixel-rich FWVGA screen. Bottom line, no record-breaking speed is to be expected here but theXperia E will most likely get the job done for first-time smartphone users.
Sony Xperia E studio pictures
So, the main thing to try and find out here is whether a reasonably good-looking basic smartphone will prove an equally reasonable performer. As usual, we’ll start with our traditional hardware overview right after the break.
Battery Life depends on how you use your device. For your Sony Xperia Z device, if you want to save your battery to last longerhours, you may need to adjust your settings. Follow these suggestions:
• Turn on the power-saving option on the device. Then lessen the screen brightness and the screen lock timeout. On the Homescreen, tap on Menu icon. Select Settings > Power management.
– Use the Stamina mode and Low battery mode features.
– To activate the STAMINA mode: While you are in thePower management, tap on Point icon next to STAMINA mode, then tap Activate.
• Turn down your device volume with the volume keys.
• Close any apps or features when you are done using it so they will not continuously running in the background.
• Turn off the network connection if you are out of range so that your device will stop searchingfor a network signal. To turn off the network go to Settings and turn off the Bluetooth andWi-Fi.
• You should use the latest version of the software update. Software updates improves some features and fixes some bugs on the previous software version.
• Adjust your brightness level to low.
• Turn off the camera flash.
• If you have any live wallpaper, Disable it.
• Set the synchronization application to manual. You can also choose the automatic, but increase the synchronization intervals.
• If you want to listen to music, use the Sony original handsfree device. It demand less battery power than your device’s own loudspeakers.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the best smartphones on the market according to many customers that are using it already; if you have not got your hands on this 4G device then think about Best Buy.
Best Buy now offers this handset for only $199.99 with a new 2ear contract with AT&T, great smartphone, superb price, and a reliable network operator.The SGS2 features Wi-Fi with 4G speed, and comes running Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
Main features Include:
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n network, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, Bluetooth compatibility, 16GB internal memory, memory can also be expanded thanks to the microSD card slot, take lovely photos on the 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 2MP digital camera, 1080p camcorder for video chats, HDMI output (via MHL adapter, not included), Voice recorder, Up to 8 hours talk time and up to 400 hours of standby, plus so much more.
Head on over to Best Buy for more information and the option to buy, if you already own the Samsung Galaxy S II, please do send in your personal reviews.
This Best Buy deal requires a minimum data service starting at $15/month, you can also take out an early termination fee, starting at $325 minus $10 for each full month of service commitment completed.
Whenever a Galaxy S phone thinks “Boy, it feels good at the top”, there’s always someone down below to say “You’re welcome”. Samsung most certainly know who to thank. It was smartphones like the Galaxy Ace and the Galaxy mini that made Android so much more accessible and helped the Koreans get where they are.
Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500 official photo
This year brings the sequels to the two immensely popular smartphones and things look promising. The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 ups the resolution, adds a bit of extra oomph and improves on the looks and that’s already a solid foundation for a worthy successor. Here’s what else it gets right and what it doesn’t:
- Quad-Band GSM and dual-band 3G support
- 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
- 3.27″ 256K-color HVGA TFT touchscreen
- ARMv6 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM
- Android OS v2.3 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz v3.0 UI
- 4GB internal storage, hot-swappable MicroSD slot
- 3.15 MP fixed-focus camera with geotagging
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
- NFC connectivity (in some markets)
- GPS receiver with A-GPS
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Document editor
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- MicroUSB v2.0
- Stereo Bluetooth 3.0
- Swype text input
- Poor display quality
- Fixed-focus camera, no flash
- No secondary video-call camera
- Video recording maxes out at VGA @ 25fps
- Sub-par ARMv6 CPU limits performance and app selection
With the smartphone market still far from becoming a zero sum game, devices like the mini 2 are supposed to convert as many feature-phone and Symbian users as possible. Once they are in the right camp, it will be much easier to sell them a Galaxy S IV or even a Note 2.
A solid plan indeed, but there’s a catch. While the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 price tag will probably help, there are potential turn-offs that need to be addressed. The mini 2 doesn’t have to be perfect or have an upmarket feel. A solid smartphone experience is a must though and we’re interested to see if the mini 2 delivers it.
Samsung Galaxy mini S6500 studio shots
HTC has just announced its first dual-SIM phone – the Desire V alongside a dedicated dual-mode version for China called Desire VC.
The Desire V and Desire VC have identical specifications but for the network support – the Desire V supports tri-band GSM on its secondary slot and quad-band GSM/EDGE + dual-band HSPA on the primary SIM-1 slot. The Desire VC on the other hand is a CDMA/EVDO phone with a SIM card slot for tri-band GSM support.
The new Desire duo packs 4-inch WVGA displays and is based on Qualcomm MSM7227A chipsets, featuring a 1GHz Cortex-A5 processor, Adreno 200 graphics and 512MB RAM. The rest of the specs sheet includes a 5 MP snapper with LED flash and VGA recording, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM radio, 4GB storage and a microSD expansion slot.
HTC Desire V/VC is running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich skinned with HTC Sense 4.0 UI. Beats Audio enhancements are also included.
HTC Desire V will launch in Asia in early July and will probably premiere worldwide soon after. We guess the Desire VC will hit China around the same time. The price should be about $345 (€275) for the Desire V and $318 (€253) for the Desire VC.
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If you intend to buy a Galaxy S II, there is some good news for you. It seems Samsung is shipping all new Galaxy S II units with pre-installed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
We’ve only received confirmation from the Indian market, but we guess other areas are getting the same treatment. The ICS update for the Galaxy S II has been around for a while but lots of people will appreciate the fact that Samsung spared them the effort of upgrading.
If you insist on getting an ICS-bundled Galaxy S II, look out for units imported in April 2012 or later. In case you get an older device after all, don’t worry – the update is delivered OTA, so you’ll only need a Wi-Fi network to apply it.
With its international sibling receiving accolades left and right, it is time for the AT&T exclusive, LTE sporting HTC One X to take the stage. While the newcomer has retained the gorgeous looks of the global version, it is yet another case of a character makeover, received prior to crossing the Atlantic. In order to get along with AT&T’s LTE network, the US residing HTC One X sports a Qualcomm chipset and CPU, rather than the NVIDIA silicon featured in the globally available smartphone.
HTC One X for AT&T official photos
The HTC One X for AT&T packs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon S4 chipset, featuring two Krait CPU cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. While this is quite a sharp departure from the quad-core sporting Tegra 3 from NVIDIA, it is the only way to enjoy LTE on the smartphone at the moment. And besides, our previous encounter with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, packed in the HTC One S, clearly showed that, due to its brand new architecture, it stacks up quite well, and even outperforms the Tegra 3 silicon at times.
Here goes the full list of features, which the HTC One X for AT&T has to offer, followed by some of its disadvantages.
- Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support
- CAT3 LTE network support
- 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
- 4.7″ 16M-color Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen of HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels); Gorilla glass
- Superb build quality
- Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich with latest HTC Sense 4.0
- 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset
- 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of storage; 25GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years
- 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging
- 1080p and 720p video recording @ 30fps with stereo sound
- 720p front-facing camera for video-chat
- Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
- GPS with A-GPS
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Accelerometer, proximity sensor and auto-brightness sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v4.0
- MHL TV-out (requires MHL-to-HDMI adapter)
- Smart dialing, voice dialing
- DivX/XviD video support
- HTC Locations app
- HTCSense.com integration
- HTC Portable Hotspot
- Office document editor
- Beats audio enhancements
- No microSD card slot, no alternative options in terms of storage
- No dedicated camera key
- Non-user-accessible battery
With the spec sheet ticking almost all the boxes, only the pickiest of users will find something to complain about. The HTC One X for AT&T is a proper Android powerhouse, ready to take on any competition.
HTC One X for AT&T live photos
The smartphone’s weakest point will undoubtedly be the limited amount of built-in memory – it’s non-expandable and 13 gigs worth of storage are not too likely to cut it for heavy users these days, considering the fact that graphic intensive video games easily hit the 700MB download mark. Not to mention the high-definition videos you might want to enjoy on that HD screen.