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ZTE Blade 3 or Sony Xperia E: Which one to buy?

ZTE Blade 3 or Sony Xperia E: Which one to buy?
 

If you are searching for a cheap smartphone, then you can buy a new cheap smartphone or an older model with a dropped price.

There are a lot of cheap smartphones so there are many options. Here we are going to compare ZTE Blade 3, one of the most popular cheap smartphones and Sony Xperia E, a new cheap smartphone by Sony.

ZTE Blade 3 was launched in September 2012 and Sony Xperia E is just some months old as it was launched in March 2013.

Let’s compare these phones.

Winners:

Shape: Sony Xperia E
Design: Sony Xperia E

Body

Sony Xperia E is a bit lighter as it has a smaller screen and a smaller body. So Sony weights 115g compared to 130 for ZTE Blade 3.

The design is a personal taste. We love the design of Sony Xperia E as it has the same line as the new premium phones of the company. I think Sony has made a better work than ZTE on the design.

ZTE Blade 3 is a bit slimmer, it is just 1mm but here the numbers make the difference.

Winner: ZTE Blade 3

Screen

Sony Xperia E has a smaller screen, it is 3.5 inches compared to the 4 inches of ZTE Blade 3.

The screen of ZTE Blade 3 has also a better screen as it has 233 pixels per inch compared to the 165 pixels per inch of Sony Xperia E.

You will notice the difference between the two phones.

Winner:
Primary camera: ZTE Blade 3

Cameras

ZTE Blade 3 has a 5MP camera and Sony Xperia E has a 3.15MP camera that take video too.

Both phones take VGA phones and they have a geotagging capability.

There is no secondary camera so you should forget the video chat.

The camera on ZTE Blade 3 is better.

Speed

Both phones have a single core processor at 1.0GHz and 512MB of RAM. So they have the same processor and they have the same speed. So no winner here.

Winner: ZTE Blade 3

Battery

The battery on the two phones is almost the same. Almost. ZTE Blade 3 has a 1600mAh battery and Sony Xperia E a 1530mAh battery. The battery depends on the use we make of the phone and both phones will not stay without recharging more than 2 days. But as the numbers count, ZTE Blade 3 has a better battery.

Other specs and details

Memory: The two phones have 4GB of space and they support a microSD card. So you have as memory as you want on your phone. Winner: No Winner

Android version: Sony Xperia U is newer so it’s normal that it has a newer version of Android. ZTE Blade 3 started with Android 4.0 and Sony Xperia E has started with Android 4.1. We don’t know if Sony Xperia E will be updated to Android 4.2 (I think not) but here it takes the point. Winner: Sony Xperia E

Options & Apps: Both phones have the Android apps package and Sony has some more apps as all Sony phones. They both have GPS and Radio and support HTML5 and Java. Sony Xperia E has Timescape software, this is a custom Sony UI we like a lot so we give the point to Sony. Winner: Sony Xperia E

Final verdict

Newer is not always the best. Design does not always win. This is what you should remember in that war. ZTE Blade 3 is a bit older but it is still a good choice as it has a great screen and a better camera. Sony Xperia E has a beautiful design and a newer Android version. As there are no great differences between Android 4.0 and Android 4.1, Sony Xperia E has only the design to convince you. But do you really care about design? Well, that depends!

Total Wins

ZTE Blade 3 (read the full review)
bigger and better screen
better camera
bigger battery
Sony Xperia E
beautiful design
newer Android version
more preinstalled apps

Specs rating of ZTE Blade 3

SpecZTE Blade 3Compared to:with spec:ScoreBuy now:
AVP rating methodTotal Rating45.3%
Width10iPhone 57.668%

Weight130iPhone 511284%
Screen PPI233HTC One46950%
Camera MP5Nokia Pureview4112%
2nd Camera0Sony Xperia Z2.20%
Processor1 * 1.0Samsung S48 * 1.68%
RAM MB512HTC One200026%
Battery mAh1600Samsung Note 2310052%
Android4.0Google Nexus 44.267%
SAR1.35-0.0033%
Release Date2012-09Today2013-0375%
Our view70%-100%70%

Specs rating of Sony Xperia E

SpecSony Xperia ECompared to:with spec:ScoreBuy now:
AVC rating methodTotal Rating46.5%Get the best price!
Width11iPhone 57.655%
Weight115HTC Desire C10085%
Screen PPI165HTC One46935%
Camera MP3.15Nokia Pureview418%
2nd Camera-Sony Xperia Z2.20%
Processor1 * 1.0Samsung S48 * 1.68%
RAM MB512HTC One200026%
Battery mAh1530Samsung Note 2310049%
Android4.1Google Nexus 44.283%
SAR0.87-0.0057%
Release Date2013-03-Today88%
Our view65%-100%65%

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