Sony Xperia E4 review

Sony recently released its latest mid-range handset. We got our hands on it, so we can break down exactly what we liked and thought could be improved.
Sony Xperia E4 review


Around six months ago Sony released the Xperia Z3, and we loved it. Following that, we’ve been looking forward to what the Japanese company will produce next. Although we’re yet to see the next flagship device, we have got our hands on the company’s newest mid-range handset, the Xperia E4. Let’s have a look at what it can do…


  • Simple Home mode for easy use
  • Loads of great camera features
  • Large battery


  • Low resolution screen
  • Plastic shell
  • Chunky design


The first thing you’ll notice when picking up the Xperia E4 is that is has a bulky, bumper-like shell. Kind of like it’s been wrapped up for its first day of school by an overprotective parent. The plastic casing can be easily clicked off to reveal the SIM and a microSD card slot, which means that if you have lots of photos and music, which generally take up a lot of storage space, you can expand the E4’s memory by 32GB (gigabytes).

The 5-inch screen is comfortable to use, and is quickly becoming a standard size in the smartphone world. Compared to the Xperia E3, the screen is half an inch bigger, so it’s definitely a move in the right direction. And, thanks to Sony’s smart display technology, you’ll be able to enjoy the view from any angle.


The Xperia E4 runs on Google’s mobile operating system, Android KitKat. This isn’t the most current version of Android, but hopefully an update will be available in the coming months. Saying that, having Google run your phone is great because you have access to over a million great apps from the Google Play store, including YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail.

Simple Home mode is built into the E4 and is a great feature that strips down the phone’s functionality and home screen to your most-used apps. Doing this will make it very easy to navigate around the phone and you can increase the font size if you’re finding your messages a bit tricky to read.

There are also loads of exclusive Sony apps on board to boost the mobile experience including Walkman, which provides unlimited access to millions of songs.


The E4 has two cameras – the main 5 megapixel lens is on the rear and the secondary 2MP camera, which is slightly less powerful, is on the front. With Sony you get a wealth of photography apps that can be used to both improve your photos, and have a bit of fun with. The augmented reality settings (or AR for short) allow you to spruce up even the most mundane of photos by adding dinosaurs or woodland creatures – yes you read that right. It may sound a bit mad, but it’s perfect for keeping the kids entertained, or if you’re anything like us, your selfish inner-child.

If that’s not enough you can also broadcast videos live to YouTube or Facebook, record video in Full HD, add amazing slow motions effects, or if you consider yourself a bit of a photography buff, use the Manual shooting mode to choose all your own settings.


The processor inside the E4 is quite a respectable size (1.3GHz quad core) and looks after how the phone deals with multiple tasks. We tested out a couple of games and happily found they ran fairly smoothly with minimal interruptions. If you’re running a lot of apps at once however, you may see a slight delay, but this can easily be avoided by closing them down when you’re finished. Just tap the two overlapping squares in the bottom left hand corner to view all your open apps.

There’s also a 2,300mAh battery in the E4, which is an amazing size considering how big the phone is. For an idea of just how good that is, the Xperia Z3’s battery is just 800mAhs more, and it’s considered to have one of the longest-lasting batteries on the market.


The E4 is definitely a move in the right direction from its predecessor, the Xperia E3. It’s a bit bigger; more grown up, and ultimately does more stuff. In the grand scheme of things, it’s got nothing on the likes of Sony’s current flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, but it’s a great mid-range handset for the price and has a lot of Sony’s superb functionality.

0 Stars

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
The Sony Xperia Z3 is more waterproof than ever. What better way to put that to the test than to unb
The Sony Xperia Z3 is the world's most waterproof smartphone. Can it back up this feature with a gre
We went hands on with the Huawei Ascend G7. Here are our thoughts on Huawei's recent big and beautif

17 February, 2020
We got our hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S20s. Find out about cameras, Space Zoom...
14 February, 2020
A smartphone that flips and folds? Find out everything you need to know about Samsung’s...
19 August, 2019
We check out the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, a power-packed smartphone with...
7 June, 2019
What a performance! The Xperia 1 has a superb triple lens camera, the world’s first...
8 May, 2019
We visited Google’s head office in central London to catch a glimpse of its new highly-anticipated,...
7 May, 2019
The Huawei P30 Lite is a budget smartphone packed with premium features including...
10 April, 2019
The new Samsung Galaxy A80 has arrived - and it’s got all the specs you’d expect...
4 April, 2019
The Samsung Galaxy S10e might be the smallest of the S10 range, but it’s still got...
8 March, 2019
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the flagship you’ve been waiting for - it’s everything...
19 November, 2018
The OnePlus 6T is a spectacular phone, packed with amazing tech. Thinking of getting...
16 October, 2018
We’re at ExCel London, where Huawei has just unveiled its new Mate 20 Pro. And we’re...
10 October, 2018
The Google Pixel 3 has arrived. We were luck enough to get our hands on it recently,...