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Sony Xperia Tipo review

The baby of the Xperia range offers up ICS at a low price

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 2.90 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Android 4.0
  • Smooth and responsive
  • Solid battery life
  • Fast browser
  • Good for music

Against

  • Low res screen
  • Cramped keyboard
  • Bad for watching video
  • Mediocre camera
  • Contacts and messaging

Sony Xperia Tipo review

Like most Android phones, the Sony Xperia Tipo comes with Google Maps out of the box.

For a free service it's fairly full-featured, with detailed maps, the ability to search for nearby cafes, ATMs and more, directions for drivers and pedestrians, public transport information and even a basic sat nav service.

Maps and related functions are all very easy to use, too, but for those wanting a more comprehensive sat nav, there are also paid options available to download from Google Play.

Sony Xperia Tipo review

GPS performance seemed a bit suspect, though - we found that it sometimes took a while to lock on, at times leaving us waiting for over a minute before it found our exact location.

Applications can be downloaded from Google Play, and though there aren't quite as many on offer for the Sony Xperia Tipo as there are for Apple devices, the selection is still huge, and growing all the time.

Google Play is very simple to find your way around, with apps split into categories and sub-categories.

Plus, new apps and editor's choices are highlighted on the main page.

It's worth noting that, despite the fairly humble specs of the Sony Xperia Tipo, most games ran without a hitch.

Sony Xperia Tipo review

Sony has bundled a few apps with the phone, including Voice Dialler, which works a little like Siri, enabling you to give voice commands. That's the idea, anyway; in practice it almost never did the right thing.

More usefully, the Sony Xperia Tipo also comes with TrackID, which works much like Shazam - identifying songs and linking you to places where you can purchase them.

A power saver tool is also included, which enables you to set specific profiles for screen brightness, screen timeout and more, and activate them automatically when the battery level drops to a certain point.

Sony Xperia Tipo review

Another useful tool is LiveWare Manager, which enables you to toggle specific applications to start automatically when headphones or the phone charger are plugged in.

Finally there's a Music and Videos app, which highlights music and videos that friends have shared over social networks.

Beyond those you get standard apps on the Sony Xperia Tipo such as a calendar, calculator and alarm clock.

By and large these are fully functional, though the alarm clock only enables you to set alarms - you can't, for example, set a timer or use it as a stop watch.

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 Memory2.90 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value1.37 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia tipo
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 900, GSM 850
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)99.2 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
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
Pixel Density180 ppi
Height86.4 mm
Width55.9 mm
Depth10.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXperia tipo
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia tipo
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number1264-0772
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Made to get you started

Buy the phone. Open the box. Turn it on. Relax. Simply follow the guide to set up your accounts, such as Google and Facebook, and transfer contacts from your phone.

Made to make life easy

Enjoy the entertainment. Xperia tipo is so easy to use. The latest apps and music are just a click away from your home screen. Running on the latest Android platform, the Xperia tipo makes web browsing quicker and easier too.

Made to keep in touch - for longer

Chat on the phone. Or have an all-night gossip using Xperia with Facebook. For longer. With the powerful battery you can charge your phone and then use it for 24 hours without having to charge it again. Long battery life means you'll never miss that important call - or funny status update again.