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Sony Xperia Miro review

Sony's second budget handset in as many months - does it do enough to stand out?

Our Verdict

The Miro was always going to struggle to stand out. The budget phone market has become incredibly crowded, and even Sony itself has a couple of other handsets that aren't dramatically different.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 480

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For

  • Long battery life
  • Great music player
  • Great for calls and messaging
  • Strong connectivity options

Against

  • Poor screen
  • Terrible video recording
  • Sluggish performance
  • Cheap build
  • Little storage

Sony Xperia Miro review

Maps

Like just about every Android phone, the Sony Xperia Miro comes with Google Maps.

That might be both standard and expected, but it's also a very good thing.

Google Maps is one of the best free mapping services out there, and not using it is a recipe for disaster, as Apple Maps revealed recently.

Google Maps is feature packed, accurate and regularly updated.

The GPS locks on fast and has support for offline viewing, Google Street view built in, traffic and terrain information.

Sony Xperia Miro review

And with accurate directions for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users too, it's unlikely you'll ever need to use anything else for your general mapping needs.

It even includes a surprisingly good sat nav in the form of Google Navigation.

The service is still in Beta, but we've had no problems with it beyond occasionally being sent on a slightly suspect route, and it always got us where we were going.

If for any reason you don't get on with it, there are plenty of other sat nav and mapping options available from Google Play, of both the free and paid variety.

Apps

Sony Xperia Miro review

The Sony Xperia Miro comes with a fair few apps pre-loaded.

Many of these are things that would otherwise be available from Google Play, such as Amazon, TripAdvisor and Evernote.

They're generally quite useful things that you would likely want anyway, but if you don't then they're easy enough to delete.

Additionally, there's a small selection of Google apps, such as YouTube, Play Movies and Play Books.

However, Sony has also included a handful of its own apps, the highlight of which is undoubtedly TrackID, which works in much the same way as Shazam - identifying music and then providing links to download it or find it on YouTube.

Sony Xperia Miro review

It seems pretty accurate, too. There's also a power saver app that could come in handy, because it enables you to set up profiles that will turn off various services when the battery hits a certain level.

Less usefully, Sony has included its PlayNow store, which sells apps, music and games.

With Google Play as well stocked as it is we'd say it's superfluous to requirements, but it's there if you want it.

There's also a calendar app that can be synced with Facebook and Gmail, a basic calculator and an alarm clock.

Sony Xperia Miro review

The clock works fine for alarms but it would be nice if it had a stop watch or timer function built in too. Alas, it does not.

Many of the built-in apps can be used as widgets, which is appreciated.

And while it's a decent selection, there are hundreds of thousands more available on Google Play that should help fill any gaps in functionality.

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 Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.87 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedYes
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXPERIA miro
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported2
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution320 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
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, Call Waiting, Call Holding, Caller ID, Call Timer, Conference Call
Pixel Density165 ppi
Height113 mm
Width59.4 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA miro Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXPERIA miro
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Orientation Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1265-4055
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Stylishly colourful

The slim Xperia miro, powered by the latest version of the Android platform, Ice Cream Sandwich, comes in four stylish and eye-catching colours. Choose yours and start expressing yourself.

Full Facebook integration

Stay close to your mates. Share music, pics and laughs - Facebook features are integrated throughout the Xperia miro.

Unique illumination alerts

What's going on? Xperia miro's unique illuminations give you a heads-up. The light notifies you of incoming messages, Facebook updates and more. Choose light intervals and have it just the way you want it.