Sony Xperia E4 review
|Review: April 2015|
In a nutshell: The Sony Xperia E4 is an entry-level phone that lacks 4G connectivity, but does offer a large screen, a capable camera, a big battery, and a decent amount of memory. It's available for under £100 on PAYG, or on the cheapest monthly contracts.
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The Sony Xperia E4 is the same as the E4g, but with a slightly larger screen and a less powerful processor. And as its name suggests, it's missing out on 4G connectivity.
Design & looks
The Xperia E4 is larger than the E4g, even though it's a cheaper phone, and it has a larger 5 inch screen, which fills nearly all of the front face. Compared with the Xperia E3, it's even bigger. It's really quite a thick and heavy phone, although the curved edges help with handling.
The phone comes in a choice of Black or White finishes.
The 5 inch display is really big for an entry-level phone, and if you're looking to get the most screen real estate for as little money as possible, then the E4 is probably your best option. Although it's not a HD screen, the pixel density is fair, with a 540 x 960 resolution. For an entry-level device, this is quite acceptable. The screen is of IPS type and is quite bright, although the poor contrast levels make the colours less vibrant than we'd like.
The Sony E4 runs Android KitKat, version 4.4.4.
The phone is fitted with front and back cameras, and these are the same as in the E4g. The main rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel HDR sensor, autofocus and LED flash. Image stabilisation helps it to perform well, even in low lighting conditions.
The front-facing camera is a less capable 2 megapixel model, but is perfectly good for casual selfies.
The main camera can record 1080p HD video, and the front camera handles 720p HD.
The E4 comes with a slightly less capable processor than the E4g. It's a quad-core, ARM Mali-400 MP2, clocked at a respectable 1.3 GHz. With 1GB of RAM, overall performance is quite acceptable for an entry-level phone.
The onboard memory is a decent 8GB, and with a microSD memory card slot, you can increase this by up to 32GB.
The E4 isn't 4G-compatible, but many entry-level phones aren't, and if you're looking to save a few pennies, this seems like a reasonable trade-off.
The phone does support 2G and 3G networks, as well as GPS positioning, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and a standard headphone jack.
The 2300mAh battery of the E4 is a good size and should provide up to 2 days use for most users. Very heavy users may need to charge daily. Sony's STAMINA Mode can extend the battery life by shutting down non-essential functions if the battery charge gets low.
Conclusion - a good low-cost option
The Sony E4 is available for less than £100 or on the cheapest monthly contracts, and that seems like excellent value for a phone with this capability. It may lack 4G connectivity, but for many users that's not a deal breaker, and the phone is cheaper than the Sony E4g.
The phone isn't as compact as most entry-level models, but it does offer a larger screen and a bigger battery than most. It also comes with a good camera, a useful amount of memory and a decent processor.
Sony Xperia E4 features include:
- Google Android 4.4.4 (Kitkat)
- 5 megapixel HDR camera with 4x digital zoom, autofocus, LED flash, image stabiliser, 1080p HD video recording
- 2 megapixel front camera with 720p HD video
- Display: IPS capacitive touchscreen, 960 x 540 pixels (5 inches), 16 million colours
- Walkman music player app
- FM radio with RDS
- xLOUD Experience, 3D surround sound
- Clear Audio+
- aGPS with Google Maps
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, instant messaging, conversations
- Vibration alert
- Internet: Web browser, YouTube, Google voice search
- Processor: 1.3 GHz quad core, ARM Mali-400 MP2
- Memory: 8GB flash memory plus 1GB RAM and microSD memory card slot (up to 32GB)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Networks: 3G HSPA, 2G GPRS/EDGE
- Size: 137 x 74.6 x 10.5 mm
- Weight: 144g
- Battery: 2300mAh
- Talktime: 10 hours
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When I make a call l can here the person I am calling but they can not here me can you help?
Asked by George
on 28th Jun 2017
My Sony experia E4 just stopped charging after a thunderstorm. Can it be repaired?
Asked by ifeoluwa
on 15th Nov 2016
Broken phone not working?
Asked by Carole
from United kingdom
on 28th Sep 2016
Recently cracked screen corner but was still working fine but now won't switch on did take the back off and pulled sim in and out it came back on and did receive a call and also made but now gone off again have left it on charge to see if this will help my phone is a Sony Xperia e4.
Sony Xperia E4 user reviews
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Average rating from 15 reviews:
Reviewed by Amos m zulu
on 25th Oct 2016
I have really liked this phone it's nice. But how many years can I use this phone e4 Sony xperia? Well I thank because its good.
Reviewed by Friq
on 4th Jul 2016
I have similiar issues as Charlotte. None of Sony's phones was making me as annoyed as this one. Touch screen often freezes and is badly calibrated. Plus that ridiculous 10cm charger cord that makes you want to buy a longer one from the first day. Even my older Xperia M wasn't as bad as this one. My solution is - don't buy cheap phones from Sony.
Reviewed by neil davies
on 13th Feb 2016
The sony xperia e4 is a fantastic budget smartphone. I have had it for nearly a year now great big screen super battery life. It does all I want downloading apps quite quickly. I give it ten out of ten.
Reviewed by timi daniel
on 18th Jan 2016
I love the phone xperia x4 but bthe issue is my phone fell and refuse to on since last week, what can I do and the parts are not in Nigeria
Reviewed by Ahmed
on 26th Dec 2015
It is a great phone for the price because the processor is good for £70, great rear and FF cameras. In my opinion the Sony UI is a looker. It might run the older sofware but it is very stabke after touch response issues. I gave it an 8/10.
Good: Large Screen, User interface, Great cameras & affordable.
Bad: Touch screen issues resolved, Quite thick at 10.5mm.
Reviewed by Abbie
on 7th Dec 2015
Reviewed by Charlotte
on 6th Dec 2015
Had the phone a few months, was pretty pleased with it to begin with, the battery was ok for a gamer like me, touch screen was responsive, did everything i wanted it to.
But after a couple months of use it has fallen below good standards, the touch screen bugs out so much that i had to remove the pattern lock i had on it as at one point i couldnt draw the pattern because the screen was bugging out all over the place.
Its had times where it goes off but refuses to turn on or respond in any way, the only way to fix it is by plugging it into a power source which is annoying when you are out and about, had to buy a portable power pack just for that.
The battery life is shocking, it barely lasts an hour on a none intensive game or something such as kik which i use alot.
When it is working properly its not a bad phone other than the battery life, considering a factory reset to see if that helps at all.
I wouldnt recomend this phone as a long term phone as its quality really decreases after a couple months of use.
I have my contract for 2years with Tesco, as they have some decent deals on, was £7.50 a month with 500minutes, 5000 texts and 500mb of data, i believe its £8.50 a month now. I have an extra data bundle with mine.
Also it is supposed to support 3G, i dont think in all the time i have used it has it once been on 3G i only get the H+.
I would recommend spending a little more on a better phone than considering this one, i bought it because i had the Sony xperia e before, but now i think about it im sure that one went down hill fairly quickly too. Will not be buying Sony phones again, will be going back to LG or try a Samsung.
Reviewed by Jim
on 21st Oct 2015
Absolutely over the moon with this phone. The value for money is unbeatable. A large screen, excellent connectivity, with a wealth of apps to download.
The battery life is great.
Reviewed by Jean
on 15th Oct 2015
Well impressed. Had it a couple of days and so far so good.
Reviewed by Mr halo
on 14th Oct 2015
It's a great phone for the price might find yourself having to use two hands due to the width and the best price at this current time is Argos for ninety pound.
Reviewed by pratima
on 12th Oct 2015
M lovin it
Reviewed by Cin
on 5th Sep 2015
I bought this phone a week ago and am very impressed with it overall. It is speedy enough, shows great colors and has an adequate camera for everyday shots. It is also an affordable smartphone with a nice 5 inch screen that is perfect for anyone who doesn't want to spend hundreds of dollars for a phone. I would recommend this phone to anyone looking for a decent smartphone as it's impressed me so far and I've had a few in my time.
Reviewed by Anuwar
on 31st Aug 2015
i like one mobile 4 sony e4.
Reviewed by John
on 6th Aug 2015
Sony Experia E4 nice phone, good battery life if you dont use a lot of the widgits. £7.50 with bundled calls from Tesco.
Reviewed by steve
on 8th May 2015
i think this is a good phone (thinking about speed etc)
very good of sony to release a 4g version instead of buying an expensive sim