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Sony Xperia Miro review

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

Sony Xperia Miro review

The Sony Xperia Miro comes with the standard selection of internet connection options, specifically Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSDPA at 7.2Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76Mbps.

It also supports Wi-Fi direct and can be used as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

It comes with the stock Android browser, though it's certainly not at its smoothest here.

Stick to mobile sites and it's suitably zippy, but loading desktop sites generally takes around eight seconds over Wi-Fi and considerably longer over 3G.

Sony Xperia Miro review

Zooming and scrolling are both a bit jerky, with it seeming to take a second or two to catch up.

The screen is a reasonable size for browsing, but the low resolution doesn't do it any favours.

The keyboard is pretty accurate though, so typing in web addresses and posting on forums is handled well.

The browser also generally does a good job of auto-fitting pages to the screen, which helps make web browsing a more pleasant experience.

The address bar can be found at the top of the page, and to the right of that you can access your tabs - enabling you to switch between them and open and close them.

You can also access the bookmarks screen from here.

Sony Xperia Miro review

Long pressing an image enables you to save it, while long pressing a link gives options to open it in a new tab or copy the URL.

If you've used pretty much any other Android phone you'll be familiar with the options available on the browser.

Hitting the menu button enables you to access your bookmarks or save the current page to them.

You can also share the page, save it for offline reading and access the settings screen.

The Sony Xperia Miro's browser settings screen, as you might expect, is where the bulk of the options live.

Sony Xperia Miro review

There's a ton of things you can do from here, including but not limited to telling the browser to automatically fill in forms, clear history and cookies, change the default text size and turn images off to decrease loading times and data use.

The bookmarks page shows an image of each bookmark, and these can be synced to your Gmail account so that they're accessible from multiple devices.

You can also access your history and saved pages from here.

It's a solid browser, but there are plenty of alternatives available from Google Play if you don't get on with it, including the arguably superior Google Chrome.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
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
Height113 mm
Width59.4 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time470 Hour
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.