Sony Xperia E4g review
|Review: April 2015|
In a nutshell: The Sony Xperia E4g is a solid and practical phone that offers all the smartphone essentials at a fair price. Particular strengths include an excellent camera and robust battery life. It's a strong all-round performer with no weak points.
Sony has been steadily refining its budget range of Xperia E phones, and the recent Xperia E3 was truly excellent. The E4g marks a slight change in direction however. The price has crept up, pushing the E4g beyond entry-level and into the beginnings of the mid-range sector. We can't say we're entirely happy about that, but let's take a look and see if the increased price is worth it.
Design & looks
The E4g is slightly larger and thicker than the superslim E3. In fact it's quite a chunky phone, measuring nearly 11mm at its thickest point. However, the curved edges make it feel slimmer and it isn't a heavy phone. The bezel is narrower than earlier E series phones, which has enabled Sony to cram in a slightly larger screen, which is a welcome improvement.
There are nice touches to the design, like the aluminium power button, and the phone is robust and practical. It comes in a choice of Black or White, both of which look very smart.
The 4.7 inch display is an excellent size, and although it's not a HD screen, it comes with a decent 960 x 540 pixel resolution, resulting in a moderate 234ppi pixel density. Hardly cutting edge, but a match for other phones in this price bracket. It's an IPS screen that lacks the brightness and contrast of high-end phones, but is visible outdoors and does the job perfectly well.
The E4g still runs Google 4.4.4 (aka "KitKat"), not the latest Lollipop flavour.
The camera is one of the stronger points of the E4g. The rear camera hasn't changed since the E3, but that doesn't detract from its fine performance. Using a 5 megapixel HDR sensor with image stabilisation, it performs well enough in daylight, and is a cut above the competition when it comes to indoor and night-time photography. It can also record full HD 1080p video
The front camera has been upgraded to 2 megapixels and can record HD 720p video.
The E4g is fitted with a 1.5 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6732 processor, which delivers solid mid-range performance. And with 1GB of RAM, you'll find none of the snarl-ups and delays that plague so many entry-level phones.
We're pleased to see that the built-in flash memory has been increased to 8GB, and you can add a microSD memory card to provide an additional 32GB of storage. The increase to 8GB is probably the most compelling reason to choose this phone over cheaper models.
As its name suggests, the E4g is a 4G phone, with 3G HSPA and 2G networks supported too. On a 4G network, it will provide very fast web browsing and video streaming with theoretical speeds up to 150Mbps.
The phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, micro USB 2.0 connectivity, DLNA support and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also supports both GPS and GLONASS positioning. NFC support is available on certain models only, so check before you buy.
The E series phones have generally offered decent battery life, and the 2300mAh battery of the E4g will provide up to 2 days use for most users. Sony's STAMINA Mode can extend this even further by shutting down non-essential functions if the battery charge gets low.
Conclusion - a solid 4 stars
The increase is price isn't something we welcome, and ideally we'd like to see this phone selling for under £100. Still, even at around £150 it offers excellent value and we have no hesitation in awarding it a solid 4 stars.
The design of the phone is practical, even though we miss the superslim design of the E3. The screen is good, the camera excellent, the processor zippy and the connectivity does all we need (although watch out if NFC is important to you.) The battery life is particularly strong. Compared with the E3, the E4g offers a slightly better screen and a slightly faster processor, plus more memory.
Sony Xperia E4g 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 (4.7 inches), 16 million colours
- Walkman music player app
- FM radio with RDS
- xLOUD Experience, 3D surround sound
- Clear Audio+
- aGPS and GLONASS with Google Maps
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, instant messaging, conversations
- Vibration alert
- Internet: Web browser, YouTube, Google voice search
- Processor: 1.5 GHz quad core, MediaTek MT6732
- Memory: 8GB flash memory plus 1GB RAM and microSD memory card slot (up to 32GB)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, DLNA, 3.5mm audio jack
- Networks: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA, 2G GPRS/EDGE
- Size: 133 x 71 x 10.8 mm
- Weight: 135g
- Battery: 2300mAh
- Talktime: 13 hours
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Does this phone have a flashlight/torch and if so how do I use it?
from united kingdom
on 15th Dec 2016
How do I reject calls?
Asked by johhn
on 6th Jun 2016
Does this phone have a flash?
Asked by Ben
on 8th Mar 2016
Reply by Bertzea
on 3rd May 2016
Yes, it has a flash.
Sony Xperia E4g user reviews
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Average rating from 6 reviews:
Reviewed by Terry
on 5th Feb 2016
Thanks to everyone for their reviews it really helps people like me to make up my mind and compare the phone . I will give this phone 4 out of 5 but everything is good but the size and the answer to the screen being easy to scratch is put a cover on it .
Reviewed by sidders2
on 15th Oct 2015
The dogs! Especially after the most recent update!
Reviewed by lynn jenner
on 17th Aug 2015
only had the E4G for 4 months and today its been on charge for 5 hours and still only reached 50% surely this is not right.
Reviewed by Steve
on 12th Jul 2015
Only just brought my eg4, but ive been using Xperia z series upto now!
Although its not in the same league, it offers a very good experience for the price, and would advise anyone to go and buy one :-))
GREAT FOR THE MONEY!! :-D
Reviewed by Balthasar
on 18th Jun 2015
My E4g freezes and restarts from time to time with no viewable reason. About once a day.
Making phone calls hurts on the ear, as there is a sharp edge.
Not very lucky with this phone.
Reviewed by lynn
on 15th Jun 2015
I don't really rate this phone. I've had it 3 weeks & in this time. I have found out that when I use it at home the reception is rubbish & keeps cutting off when I'm calling someone, also I have found out that the screen easily scratches. I'm going to take it back to the O2 shop. I only got it coz the contract is cheaper than the one that I was on.