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Sony Xperia Go review

Can Sony's Go Go gadget phone make a splash?

Although not as coveted as a strong camera or speedy processor, the messaging abilities of a handset are, alongside the phone's calling capabilities, arguably the most important and frequently used aspect. The Sony Xperia Go ensures such functions and features are handled with style and grace.

With a centralised messaging system enabling you to select whether you wish to send a text or email when picking desired recipients, the Sony Xperia Go's messaging abilities are further enhanced by a relatively impressive input option and simple MMS abilities.

Sony Xperia Go review

The bane of many touchscreen smartphones, the Sony Xperia Go's digitally generated on-screen QWERTY keyboard is, at first use, a very middle of the road affair, not proving hugely intuitive to use and still forcing the occasional accidental button press, thanks to its relatively compact form. The software-based input system, however, is not without its merits.

Sony Xperia Go review

Where Samsung-branded TouchWiz handsets feature fast, intuitive input methods in the form of the company's Swype system, the Sony Xperia Go features largely the same software, just under a different, more direct but far less recognised name: 'gesture control'.

Extremely accurate and simple to use, Sony's Gesture Control input method is every bit as functional as Samsung's Swype offering, with one additional niggle.

Unlike Swype, the Sony system requires you to physically enter spaces between words, as opposed to auto inputing a space after each finger lift at the end of the current word - a setup that is far more intuitive and appealing.

Sony Xperia Go review

The keyboard further benefits from the handset being rotated into a more spacious landscape stance.

Building on a strong foundation, as always seems to be the case on Android-powered handsets, multimedia messaging services on the Sony Xperia Go are easy to access and simple to use, with a single tap of the landscape-depicting button that accompanies standard SMS templates enabling you to instantly attach a photo, video or sound recording to outgoing messages.

With a dedicated social networking widget available on the handset's home screens, the Sony Xperia Go handles all desired messaging types with relative ease for a well-rounded and intuitive user experience.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.89 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXPERIA go
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6.50 Hour
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density165 ppi
Height111 mm
Width60.3 mm
Depth9.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time520 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA go Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineXPERIA go
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number1264-6137
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Smart, Sleek & Durable

Ups, downs and sudden showers. We've designed Xperia™ go to handle everything life dishes out. We gave it a scratch-resistant display, a battery-save mode for when you're running late and made sure it had the highest water and dust resistance of any smartphone. As a final trick, we put all this toughness in an elegant costume. At just 9.8 mm, you'd never guess that slim Xperia™ go is a giant on durability.

Finally, a smartphone that's as stylish as it is strong.

Strong enough for life's little problems

For something that's such a vital part of life, most smartphones can't handle life's little bumps. Now there's an Android smartphone you never have to worry about. Xperia go is a dust-proof, water-resistant phone. Sure, you can take it on a hike through the rainforest. But it's made for less dramatic challenges. Like a drop into the flour while you're baking, a "surprise" dive into the fishbowl and whatever else daily life has in store.