Sony Xperia E1 vs. Nokia XL Specifications and Price

By Adam Willis – 22nd August 2014
Sony Xperia E1 vs. Nokia XL Specifications and Price

Sony’s Xperia E1 and Nokia XL are two smartphones currently on the market with comparable features and prices. At only $149.99 for the Xperia E1 and $179.99 for the Nokia XL, both devices provide advanced features at prices that are friendly to new smartphone users. The two phones differ in several areas, however, particularly with respect to the display, camera quality, battery life, and operating system.

The Sony Xperia E1 has a 4.0 inch touchscreen display, while the Nokia XL boasts a larger screen 5.0 inch screen. Both devices feature a square, tablet-like design, but the Nokia XL is heavier than the Xperia E1. Weighing 6.7 ounces and measuring 5.57 x 3.06 x 0.43 inches, some users may find it a little big for their taste. The Sony Xperia E1, on the other hand, weighs only 4.23 ounces and measures 4.65 x 2.46 x 0.47 inches. Inside, however, the Nokia XL boasts a 5.0 megapixel camera, which puts it above the Sony Xperia E1’s 3.0 megapixel camera. The Nokia also has a front-facing camera and a video sharing feature, something also not available on the Xperia E1.

Both phones run on Android, but Nokia runs on Android Nokia X 1.0 UI, an OS that combines the best of Nokia’s and Android’s features into a unique user interface designed by Nokia. Xperia runs on Android 4.4, a version which is more familiar to many Android smartphone users. The Nokia X 1.0 UI operating system allows users to view apps in a display of tile-like squares, similar to those of Windows mobile devices. Some users may find the change jarring, especially if they are used to the Android interface, so this should be taken into account when comparing the two phones.

As for battery life, the Nokia XL wins out here, boasting 16 hours of talk time and 30 days of standby. The Sony Xperia E1 will need a charge after 8 hours of talk time or 20 days of standby.

Overall, the Nokia XL appears to be the better choice. Though the Sony Xperia E1 is more compact in size, its camera and battery time leave much to be desired. For a little more money and many more features, the Nokia XL is the better smartphone