I purchased Sony Xperia E Duo to be used as an international phone. And this is probably the only single full featured unlocked smart phone which is being officially sold in US, and which costs well under $200. Considering its price point, I will not criticize the device for its screen size, memory capacity, or processor power. Budget price does not come for nothing. What I like: Easy to carry compact size, strong signal reception, clear and loud sound with good noise reduction. Two SIM card capabilities allow having virtually two telephones (local and international) in the same device. Surprisingly good web browser which unlike many more expensive phones does not scramble contents of some of non mobile friendly web sites; and which allows for surprisingly comfortable web browsing on a 3.5 inch screen. Solid WiFi and WiFi Hot Spot performance with no trouble operation through thick brick walls of European buildings. Good sound quality from music player, good battery life for stand by and a talk time. Good GPS performance and handy Google Maps assistance abroad. Satisfyingly fast response from Android 4.1 OS. What I do not like: Literally pin hole sized Power LED with poor reproduction of Amber color which shows as unmixed Green and Red colors together. Tree mega pixels camera with mediocre light sensitivity and with no flash light is near useless. Very small, and with poor tactile feel Volume button. Lack of control over insufficiently short duration of illumination of Home, Back, and Menu keys leaves user to operate them by memory most of the times in a dim light. The phone function symbols on the screens drag down status bar are barely distinguishable from a background color when inactive. Buggy e-mail application which voluntarily hides less than 2 weeks old e-mails from the Inbox folder with no user control over this function. Similarly, the phone numbers in a call history log are also disappearing in less than 2 weeks from a date of their entry. In comparison, my main cell. phone stores 3 month worth of call history data. English grammar mistake in e-mail application stating No new mails along with strange default Bluetooth device name of Nonhu feel uncomfortable and distracting. In conclusion I would like to emphasize that despite on my lengthy description of do not like category, its content is a minor deduction from a solid performance of overly good and value packed mobile device. Four stars out of five. Good job Sony!
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