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Sony Xperia Go review

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

Our Verdict

It's not going to set the world alight, but for anyone looking for a phone that is both beautiful and able to stand up to whatever you throw at it, there is no better option than the Xperia Go.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Stunning design
  • Rugged IP67 certification
  • Largely impressive camera
  • Speedy, easy internet
  • Broad media capabilities

Against

  • No physical camera button
  • No auto spacing in gesture control
  • Speaker placement
  • Slight lag
  • Stiff connection covers

Sony Xperia Go review

One of the most used aspects of smartphones, Sony's Xperia Go does not fall short of expectation on the internet access front, with impressive load times and strong connections accompanying your browsing habits, whether venturing online by Wi-Fi or 3G means.

Using a standard Android 2.3 browser, the Sony Xperia Go's web experience is far from unique, with a standard layout joined by a familiar selection of features.

Despite this generic base, however, the Sony Xperia Go performs far better than a selection of its rivals, thanks to its zippy load times and rendering.

With Wi-Fi networks proving easy to set up and manage, once connected the rugged Xperia is all action, with extremely fast load times seeing images and text rendered simultaneously, and no lag accompanying page launches, searches or backwards skipping.

Sony Xperia Go review

Although the handset's 3G internet speeds are notably slower with content-rich websites, causing slight issues as images and graphics take considerably longer than text to appear, the Sony Xperia Go still manages to offer an impressive experience, surpassing a number of its closest, web-struggling rivals.

Further enhancing the browsing experience and general user friendliness, the Sony Xperia Go's integrated browser features text reflow functionality, enabling you to better zoom in on text within the confines of the 3.5-inch display, removing the need for time-consuming side scrolling.

Despite its availability, the handset's text reflow functions are far from perfect, with the potentially hugely useful feature forcing you to use a selection of dedicated on-screen zoom controls to move in and out of content with reflow effects.

A slightly annoying quirk that fails to incorporate the frequently used and more intuitive pinch-to-zoom options, the flaw fails to capitalise on what could be a hugely intuitive feature.

Sony Xperia Go review

Thanks to the Sony Xperia Go's mediocre 3.5-inch display, viewing images within the handset's generic Android browser is a far from earth-shattering affair, with integrated content all too frequently lacking in sharpness and definition, looking almost pixelated in their disappointing form. This issue is further compounded when accessing the web via 3G connections.

As is generally the case when dealing with a generically skinned version of Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, accessing and using the bookmarking features of the Sony Xperia Go is a quick and painless affair, with a simple click of the dedicated on-screen button not only enabling you to view and create bookmarks, but also to gain quick, instant access to your most visited sites and see your browsing history.

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
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density165 ppi
Height111 mm
Width60.3 mm
Depth9.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
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.