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Sony Xperia Go review

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

Continuing the company's run of deep media integration within its latest smartphone offerings, Sony once again offers you a fully ingrained multimedia experience with the Xperia Go, a smartphone that brings all of its photographic, music and video functionality to the fore.

Although only half of the 8GB worth of internal storage is available to you, the optional microSD card expansion means up to 32GB of content can fill the media-loving handset.

You're able to enjoy playback through a selection of well designed outlets compatible with MP3, MP4, WAV and WMV file types.

Sony Xperia Go review

Although the handset's integrated music player can be accessed through the centralised app menu, more intuitively, a pleasant widget offers quick, simple and attractive access to your tunes without the need to open up a dedicated program.

While the handset's MP3 player is a joy to use, the audio output is somewhat less impressive, with the integrated xLoud speaker technology failing to complete the strong media package.

Losing some of its charm when hitting the top end, although the Sony Xperia Go's inbuilt, rear-positioned speaker does not suffer from the usual distorting issues, sound quality is reduced, with a lack of depth and clarity accompanying playback.

On top of this, thanks to the speaker's placement, it is hard to achieve non-headphone-based playback that is not muffled, with the lower back positioning seeing hands frequently cover the output when held. This issue is extrapolated and audio ability reduced to near nothingness when placed on a surface.

Sony Xperia Go review

Although the Sony Xperia Go's 3.5-inch 320 x 480p screen is capable of surprisingly strong video playback with clear, smooth lines, in areas of direct sunlight, viewing the screen becomes a struggle.

Unlike its Sony Xperia P sibling, the Sony Xperia Go doesn't feature Sony's WhiteMagic technologies, meaning viewing media playback, or indeed simply attempting to use the display in areas of direct sunlight, can prove troublesome.

A considerable amount of glare dramatically reduces the quality of the on-screen content and tarnishes the enjoyment of media absorption in the process.

Despite Facebook syncing being a feature that will appeal to many, it isn't without its media-depleting faults, since the Sony Xperia Go's image gallery quickly becomes clogged by folder after folder of Facebook images, a move that can prove highly annoying when attempting to find a specific snap.

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.