Continuing the attempt to launch entry level smart phones, the electronics and smart phone manufacturer Sony is on an all time high and is trying its best to penetrate into the creamy layer of the low-end market and retain customers.
As soon as the Xperia E1 was introduced to the market, came the Xperia E3with the through motive of creating curiosity (and may be a little sadness in the minds of those who bought the Xperia E1)
Sony is not only adding a slew of smart phones, it is also gradually increasing the technology in the low level troopers to get the entry level smart phone buyers a trailer of what the higher ranging smart phones look and feel like.
The E3 shares a little bit of similarity with its pricier and fancier looking cousin, the Z3 as well as the Z3 compact and shares various design similarities and the base DNA of Xperia. Also known as the Sony D2203, D 2206 D 2243 D 2202, this device has a fair share of Sony’s technology and prominence. Sony Xperia E3 Price in India Today is Rs.5990/-. This is the Best available Online Price as of now.
The Xperia E3 features the latest version of the Android Operating system, the 4.4 Kit kat OS with decent hardware that includes a Qualcomm MSM 8926-2 Snapdragon 400 chipset that comes along with a Quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 processor that makes things a tad slow. The device also sports up the Adreno 305 Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) that makes gaming experience larger than life. The device has an Accelerometer Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Barometer as well as the Ambient light sensor. Sony also brings users closer with SMS (threaded view) MMS, Email, IM and Push Email integration. There is an HTML 5 browser that comes common in most smart phones these days along with Java support (Java MIDP emulator).
The device has additional features such as ANT+ support along with SNS integration, TV out via MHL3 A/V link that is a prominent feature, Active noise cancellation along with dedicated mic as well as a Document Viewer, a Photo viewer/editor, a voice memo and voice dial and finally a predictive text input.
Design and Display:
As far as the design aesthetics are considered, you would know a Sony when you see one. This device looks similar to all the Sony devices. The design looks impressive enough as most Sony handsets go. The Xperia E3 measures 137.7 x 69.4 x 8.5 mm or 5.42 x 2.73 x 0.33 inches and weighs 143 grams.
As far as the display of the device is concerned, the phone features an impressive shatter proof glass protection and it is quite sturdy and tough. The display has 480 x 854 pixels with 218 ppi pixel density. The 4.5 inch IPS capacitive touch screen has 16 Million color support and looks decent. A better pixel resolution would have been better and might have been a game changer, but this device has decent color appearance. You might not get the best looking display and appearance on this device but, managing your essential apps and tasks would be really a piece of cake. The device is capable of multi tasking with its multi touch display (up to 10 fingers).
Most devices would have a poor display appearance under direct sunlight, and this device does not offer a lot of scope too. Users can avail the device with Black, White, Yellow and Copper colors.
Network and Connectivity:
The device has a stunning display of various network connectivity options along with various connectivity options under its hood. The device connects to 2G networks with GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands with – D 2203, D 2206, D 2243, D 2202, 3G networks with HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100on D-2203, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100with D 2203, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 and 2100 bands with D 2202, LTE 800 / 850 / 900 1800 / 2100 and 2600 bands with D 2203, LTE 700 / 1700 / 1900 /2100 and 2600 bands with D 2206 and LTE 700 /1700 / 2100 and 2600 bands with D 2243 with a micro sim support
As far as data and connectivity goes, the device has GPRS connectivity ( up to 107 kbps) EDGE support ( up to 296 kbps) and can reach HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL speeds. It also connect to Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot) Bluetooth (v4.0, A2DP) as well as GPS (A-GPS) as well as Micro USB connectivity (v 2.0, MHL3) USB on the go, USB host as well as TV out via MHL3 A/V link, most entry level devices do not have such features and connectivity options in them. This makes this device a little superior in terms of Network and Connectivity options.
Another interesting fact about the Xperia E3 is the lasting non removable battery that has 2330 mAh capacity and provides a good standby time of up to 706 hours on 2G connectivity as well as 661 hours on 3G connectivity as well as a Talk time of up to 12 hours and 20 minutes on 2G connectivity as well as 8 hours and 41 minutes on 3G connectivity as well as a Music Play of up to 49 hours. As compared to most devices falling in the same category, this device is quite the deal breaker.
Camera and Multimedia:
The Xperia E3 has an internal memory of 4GB with 1GB of RAM along with a Micro SD Card support that supports up to 32GB memory card. The device also has a 5 Megapixel primary rear facing camera with 2592 x 1944 pixel resolution with autofocus. The camera also features Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Image Stabilization, HDR as well as Panorama modes and features. The device has a front facing VGA camera that is sufficient to make decent looking video calls and decent selfies.
Entertainment also has a good role to play on this device; the smart phone has MP3 / eAAc+ / WAV / Flac supporting audio and a dedicated audio player as well as Xvid / MP4 / H.263 / H. 264 video player. The device also has 1080p video shooter at 30 fps. The device also has FM radio with RDS.
The Sony Xperia E3 is a very good device with impressive features and specs under its hood. For a good price, it is a very nice performer. A greater processor would have been great, but it constitutes a good entry level device.
Sony Xperia E3 Rivals:
Asus Zenfone 4 A450CG
Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM
Micromax Canvas A1
Karbonn Sparkle V
Samsung Galaxy Core 2 Duos
Spice Dream UNO Mi 498
Nokia X2 Dual SIM
Oppo Neo 5
HTC Desire 310