- Battery life
- Weak processor for gaming or heavy use
Sony is known for their attention to design details. This isn’t something you see much of in the entry-level mobile market. With the Xperia E5, Sony hopes to offer a refined mobile experience without killing your budget.
Good budget phones are about making the right compromises. Did Sony find the right balance or does this pretty handset disappoint when the power comes on?
Reviews are in! Let’s see what people are saying!
While it might be all plastic, reviewers were quick to point out the solid feel, slight heft and comfortable grip of the Xperia E5. Phone Arena said, “One would have a hard time calling this anything but reasonably attractive. More so at this price point, and especially compared to the rather mundane-looking competitors.”
Head around to the front of the phone and reviews are still good, despite the lack of the signature visuals tweaks present in high-end Sony models. Phone Area ran the 5-inch 720p IPS display though their benchmarking and noted, “Color accuracy is pretty decent for a device of this caliber.” The screen also impressed Expert Reviews UK. They described it as “More than punchy enough to remain legible in direct sunlight.”
One area where the entry-level aspects of the E5 show through is performance. Opinions on the 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 1.5 GB of RAM varied. Recombu said, “The Xperia E5 has actually proved itself a respectable budget blower. There’s an occasional lingering pause when you try and open an app, but Android runs surprisingly well, as did all of the apps I tested out.” Unfortunately, they all agreed that gaming wasn’t a pleasant experience.
With 16GB of internal storage, you should have no trouble keeping your favorite apps and games on hand. Should you need more room for media, there’s a microSD slot for quick expansion.
Reviews of the UI were good. Sony runs a minimal skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. No one complained about bloatware or excessive memory use.
Although reviewers were pleased with image quality from the 13MP camera. However, they were quick to add “for an entry-level phone” to their praise. GSM Arena said, “The phone takes sharp photos with plenty of detail. Unfortunately, the images have a lot of noise even in good light, but we like the overall processing of the fine details.” The front-facing 5MP lens had similar reviews.
Battery life is where reviews get ugly. The 2,700mAh battery wasn’t enough to keep the phone running all day for most reviewers. Phone Arena noted, “We were secure in our knowledge that the E5 will make it through the day, but then again, that was with relatively light usage. Prolonged game sessions or binge watching sessions will murder the battery fast.”
Ultimately, this last flaw made many reviewers question whether to recommend the phone. Recombu summed up opinions well, saying, “Attractive and solid design work, respectable performance and battery life, and a decent HD screen all make for a worthy £100 handset.” Just keep your charge cable handy.