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Sony Xperia Go review

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

Taking the specs fight to a number of its higher priced rivals, the Sony Xperia Go's video capabilities are nothing to be sniffed at, with the impressive on-paper combination of 720p HD recording at 30 frames per second translating into strong, well-round results and largely pleasing content.

Like the stills aspect of the Sony Xperia Go's 5 megapixel, 720p snapper, the handset's video content can at times suffer from blocky colours that fail to replicate the intricacies of the real world.

But the device largely handles lighting conditions surprisingly well, with a good balance when transitioning between areas of light and shade.

Sony Xperia Go review

Further enhancing the Sony Xperia Go's variable light shooting, the handset's integrated LED flash can be turned on to act as a recording light of sorts. Although in close indoor quarters this can prove marginally overpowering, it's an option that helps expand the phone's capturing capabilities.

Although the Xperia handset's video recording results offer little concern for unwanted, distracting motion blur, the device isn't without fault, with an unsteady hand resulting in nauseating content playback.

Although the Sony Xperia Go features image stabilising technologies, this proves largely ineffective, with even the smallest tremor in the hand resulting in noticeable jerks and wobbles in the captured content.

With a few customisable options enabling you to make minor white balance adjustments before shooting, the Sony Xperia Go plays host to one very handy feature, enabling you to capture in a dedicated MMS mode.

Although recording direct for media messaging purposes reduces the quality of the recording quite dramatically, the option makes sending video clips a breeze, removing all the file limit fuss from the equation.

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.