Sony Xperia E4g review: Smaller but better

Smaller but better

Valentin Ganchev, 21 April, 2015.


The Sony Xperia E4g retail package is about as basic as they gets. It is a plain one-piece box that only opens on the side, much like a generic container.

The insides are kind of cluttered making it near impossible to put everything back in place and comfortably close the box. What you get with the low-cost Xperia E4g is nothing out of the ordinary: a very short but quite sturdy micro USB cable, a standard headset with a built-in mic, as well as an A/C adapter.

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Xperia E4g retail package

Sony Xperia E4g 360-degree spin

There is really nothing special about the Xperia E4g's look and build. The phone is unmistakably a Sony device, never mind it was clearly built to a budget.

Design and build quality

A fact's a fact though - the E4 is chunky and plasticky all-around and yet, the rubbery finish does make it feel and look a lot more premium than the Xperia E4. It measures 133 x 71 x 10.8mm and is not particularly light either at 135g. The back cover oddly looks too big and shaped more like a bumper case, almost like it doesn't belong and was borrowed from another device. Still, the smaller size lessens the effect, making for a slightly better look than the E4, but this is purely subjective.

Other than that, Sony has really done the best it could with the available materials. The body feels nice to the touch and the plastic does not look cheap in any way. The E4g is available in two colors: white and black.

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The rubberized finish makes for a slicker look

The Sony Xperia E4g feels comfortable enough in the hand and also quite sturdy. There are no apparent build quality blunders, everything is nicely put together with no cracks or rough edges. The back cover is kind of hard to remove, but this will only be a problem if you frequently change SIM and memory cards.

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The Xperia E4g looks odd with the cover off

The cover is removable to grant access the SIM and SD cards so a non-replaceable battery makes little sense in a phone that's not IP-certified or waterproofed.

Perhaps it's cheaper to manufacture this way.

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The Xperia E4g in the hand


The Sony Xperia E4 comes equipped with a 4.7-inch display, which at 540 x 960 pixels has a slightly higher ppi than the 4.5" FWVGA display of the Xperia E3. The good thing is Sony managed to slim down some bezel for an adequate screen-to-body ratio of 64.5%.

Above the screen, the earpiece is barely visible, cleverly concealed very close to the top edge, in a very Sony-like manner. The 2MP front-facing camera is slightly off to the left. The phone does not feature any physical buttons, so the area below the display is mostly empty, except for the mouthpiece.

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The front of the device is very clean

Going round the device, we find the left side housing only a microUSB port - the card slots are hidden underneath the back-cover: one or two micro SIM compartments (depending on the model) and a microSD slot. There is also a hardware reset pinhole, to help get out of tricky situations without access to the battery.

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The left side of the E4g is mostly empty

The right-hand side is equally minimalist. There is the signature round Power/Lock button and, below it, a slim volume rocker.

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The right side features the volume rocker and Power/Lock button

The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the top of the device near the left corner.

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The top hosts the 3.5mm headphone jack

The bottom of the Xperia E4g is completely empty, except for a small eyelet in the left corner. We were quite happy to discover that it lets you attach a lanyard, just like the old times.

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An empty bottom side

Around the back, we find the 5MP camera lens and a single LED flash right next to it. They seem to be identical to the ones in the Xperia E4, but, interestingly enough, their position has been swapped. Perhaps for the sole purpose of telling the devices apart (just kidding).

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A clean back side

Near the bottom, right beneath the etched Xperia logo, there's a small speaker grille. A rear speaker can get easily muffled if the phone's lying flat on its back and Sony has taken no precautions against it. But that's perhaps nitpicking.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 19 Dec 2020
  • KS2

Now after 4years battery is down how to get bettery

  • Biscuit
  • 17 Aug 2020
  • r3H

What do you expect?? I mean it's a 2,300mAh battery it should get low

  • Hudson
  • 03 Apr 2020
  • Nue

Why is the battery not lasting