Sony Xperia E3 Review: Blue Collar: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

By 07:36 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


Screen comes short on resolution

The display of the Sony Xperia E3 has a 4.5" diagonal and an IPS matrix but the resolution isn't too impressive. Sony has gone for a 480x854 pixel resolution that stretches a small thin for around 218 pixels per inch.

While that number doesn't translate into superb sharpness, the display of the Xperia E3 isn't too poor for its class. Sure, the Moto G and a few others have it easily beaten, but WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) and qHD screens are still very much the norm here.




The 4.5" display of the Sony Xperia E3

Viewing angles are fine for the most part. There is some loss of contrast at some angles but colors remain the same. Speaking of colors, the Xperia E3 offers good, saturated colors on its LCD.

The pixel arrangement of the Xperia E3 is standard RGB with equally-sized green, red and blue pixels. Here it is under a microscope.


The display of the Xperia E3 has okay blacks, about on par with its competition. Contrast was fine and the classy screen can acquire very colorful too making it an overall solid offering. The only area where it's lacking is the sharpness - at just 218 ppi things aren't as sharp as on the Moto G and Moto G (2014) displays.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Sony Xperia E3 - - - 0.69 608 887

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - - - 0.77 725 942

Motorola Moto G 0.35 315 906 0.57 550 967

Motorola Moto G 4G 0.42 387 916 0.7 651 929

Nokia Lumia 630 0.24 184 764 0.71 508 771

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini 0 226 ∞ 0 432 ∞

Sony Xperia M2 0.33 325 989 0.64 643 1000

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua 0.26 247 960 0.44 531 1094



The sunlight legibility of the Xperia E3 display is okay and about the same as the upper Xperia Z2. It's certainly usable outdoors even if it's not the prettiest sight.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    3.174

  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Ativ S

    3.129

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    2.958

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • LG G Flex

    2.407

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    2.193

  • HTC One (E8)

    2.185

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    2.17

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    2.142

  • Nokia 515

    2.134

  • HTC Desire 500

    2.129

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    2.119

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    2.103

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • Sony Xperia SL

    2.078

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    2.056

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    2.024

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    2.022

  • Apple iPhone 4

    2.016

  • HTC One mini

    2.003

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1.992

  • LG G2

    1.976

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Oppo R819

    1.957

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Sony Xperia E3

    1.943

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    1.941

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.94

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    1.938

  • Sony Xperia J

    1.932

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    1.931

  • LG Nexus 4

    1.926

  • LG G Pro 2

    1.922

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    1.913

  • Nokia Asha 308

    1.911

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    1.905

  • Sony Xperia T

    1.894

  • HTC Desire X

    1.878

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly S

    1.867

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1.865

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    1.845

  • LG G2 mini

    1.838

  • LG G3

    1.82

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    1.813

  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim

    1.797

  • Sony Xperia V

    1.792

  • HTC Desire 816

    1.783

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    1.769

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Meizu MX3

    1.754

  • LG Optimus G

    1.753

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1.74

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    1.735

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1.733

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • Oppo Find 7

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.68

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    1.672

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • LG Optimus 3D Max

    1.658

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    1.632

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1.578

  • Sony Xperia go

    1.577

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160

    1.566

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    1.563

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1.552

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • LG Optimus 3D

    1.542

  • Nokia Asha 302

    1.537

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320

    1.488

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Oppo N1

    1.47

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1.462

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    1.432

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos

    1.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    1.393

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    1.38

  • Sony Xperia E1

    1.372

  • Nokia Lumia 625

    1.371

  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355

    1.361

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

    1.35

  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S

    1.35

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    1.331

  • Sony Xperia miro

    1.324

  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand

    1.321

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    1.315

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Nokia X

    1.291

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Nokia Asha 503

    1.281

  • Nokia Asha 501

    1.27

  • LG Optimus L7

    1.269

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    1.268

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    1.245

  • LG Optimus L9

    1.227

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    1.22

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

  • Nokia XL

    1.204

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1.203

  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C

    1.198

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    1.18

  • Nokia Asha 305

    1.178

  • Nokia Asha 306

    1.175

  • Sony Xperia neo L

    1.169

  • Sony Xperia tipo

    1.166

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    1.161

  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos

    1.148

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114

Battery life test

The Sony Xperia E3 has a sealed 2,330mAh battery inside. We would've liked the option to swap it out for a spare since the back panel of the Xperia E3 is removable, but we will still be okay as long as it offers fine enough battery.



Sealed-in battery

And that's just what we got from the Sony Xperia E3, which managed to go on a charge for 75 hours or just over 3 days of utilize if you stick to our pattern of an hour of talking, an hour of web browsing and an hour of video watching per day. This means Sony's claim of 2 days is well justified as the Xperia E3 should last for 48h even if you utilize it fairly heavily (and particularly if you don't watch lots of video, which turned out to be its weak spot).


Check out our detailed Xperia E3 battery life test here.

Our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our battery test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating.

Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

Connectivity

The Sony Xperia E3 comes in single and dual SIM flavors. It has quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support and either tri-band or quad- depending on the market. LTE is its key strength here and comes in quad-band penta-band and hexa-band options.

The rest of the connectivity features include single-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and GLONASS, plus an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS. There is also NFC connectivity with support for Android Beam for sending files to other Android devices. There's no IR port, though.

The ultra-low power ANT+ connectivity protocol handles connections to various sports accessories such as heart rate monitors or bicycle speed & cadence meters.

There is a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port for charging and data connections. Media transfer mode is supported for accessing the phone's built-in memory and microSD card over the Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable.

The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port can also be used in On-the-go mode for connecting Universal Serial Bus (USB) peripherals such as pen drives, keyboards or real Universal Serial Bus (USB) hard drives.

The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port doesn't have any TV-out functionality, but if you own a compatible HDTV, you can output your phone's classy screen wirelessly via the Miracast protocol or Sony's Xperia Connectivity Throw option. The app allows you to share your media through DLNA by creating a media server and connect to a PlayStation DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller.


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