COLIN BAKER

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Typ­i­cally, Sony at­tempts to cover all the bases with its ver­sa­tile range of Xpe­ria smart­phones. The E1 is a more en­try-level of­fer­ing, which aims to of­fer so­phis­ti­cated smart­phone ca­pa­bil­ity for a frac­tion of the cost of some of its high-end coun­ter­parts.

The E1 stands out a bit more than some of the Xpe­ria range thanks to its two-tone tex­tured plas­tic build and the dis­tinc­tive Sony start but­ton on the side. It feels quite com­fort­able in hand, per­fectly suited for one-handed use, and it’s light at just 120g, yet still ro­bust. The E1 is cer­tainly ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing a cou­ple of knocks.

Mu­sic lovers may be par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the Xpe­ria E1, which fea­tures a ded­i­cated Walk­man but­ton at the top. This but­ton is used to kick­start the Walk­man app; bring up a player con­trol, even while the phone is locked; and tog­gle play and pause. Con­ve­niently, the app re­mem­bers what you were lis­ten­ing to even if you switched it off be­tween ses­sions.

If you want to share your au­ral ex­pe­ri­ence with friends, the 100 decibel speaker will cer­tainly help you out. And if those friends hap­pen to be else­where, you can keep them up to date thanks to the E1’s abil­ity to share tunes with Face­book friends. You can also down­load mu­sic info, look stuff up on­line like YouTube videos, Wikipedia, lyrics searches, and even find karaoke videos.

The 4-inch screen of­fers a res­o­lu­tion of 800x480 pix­els (233ppi) and this is more than sharp enough to read small text on web pages. The hand­set is pow­ered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz pro­ces­sor and 512MB RAM, so it’s per­fectly ca­pa­ble of gen­eral use and brows­ing, but you won’t be switch­ing be­tween mul­ti­ple apps in a hurry. On the other hand, bat­tery life is a ma­jor plus with a cou­ple of days of fre­quent use a com­mon oc­cur­rence.

Sony’s Xpe­ria E1 is an af­ford­able, yet ca­pa­ble hand­set and is cer­tainly worth a look if you’re into your mu­sic.

SPECS

» 4-inch dis­play with 800 x 480 pixel res­o­lu­tion

» 1.2GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor and 512MB RAM

» 4GB stor­age (mi­croSD sup­ported)

» 3.15MP rear-fac­ing cam­era Avail­able now in Car­phone Ware­house na­tion­wide Ask in store for lat­est prices

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