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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

The Sony Xperia Miro has an impressively decent battery life. It only has a 1,500mAh battery, which wouldn't go far on some handsets, but thanks to a small screen and low specs - you know, the things that are otherwise seen as a negative - it gets the job done.

In standby it seemed to generally drop less than 1% an hour, even with Wi-Fi on and emails and Facebook alerts being pushed to the phone. In other words, if you're not using it much it will keep on going for a long, long time.

Sony Xperia Miro review

But there's little point in having a smartphone if you're not going to make use of all its features, and thankfully the battery performs pretty well even with moderately heavy use.

We never had a problem getting through the day - and that was with us putting it through its paces to test it out. Photos, videos, web browsing, calls, texts and games can all be done in moderation on a single charge.

Sony Xperia Miro review

Sony claims that the Xperia Miro can manage up to 545 hours of standby time over 3G, up to six hours of talk time and up to 36 hours and 30 minutes of music.

The six hours of talk time over 3G seems about right in our experience.

We're slightly less convinced about the 545 hours of standby time, but it will certainly keep on chugging for days.

In our own battery test - running a 90 minute video with the screen at full brightness and everything set to push notifications - having started at full battery the Sony Xperia Miro had dropped to 76% by the end, which isn't bad at all.

Connectivity

The Sony Xperia Miro doesn't skimp on connections, either, with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA support, Bluetooth 2.1, HSDPA at 7.2Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76Mbps.

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

Sony Xperia Miro review

These connections are all very easy to set up, with options in the settings screen for most of them. The exception to this is DLNA, but while that seems to be absent from the settings screen, it's built right into the video player.

You can plug the Sony Xperia Miro into a PC using the micro USB port, and from there it mounts itself as a drive.

Then it's just a matter of dragging and dropping to move content to and from the device, just like a normal USB drive. This is a fairly standard option on Android, but it makes moving files around incredibly simple.

Of course there are other options too. Apps can be downloaded straight from Google Play, and most of the major cloud storage services have their own apps, making it easy to access any content stored online.

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.