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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

The Sony Xperia Tipo sports both 3G and Wi-Fi b/g/n, and both seem pretty fast. Wi-Fi loads mobile optimised pages in around two to three seconds, while even desktop pages full of pictures tend to load in around six to eight seconds.

Browsing over 3G is obviously slower, but generally only seemed to add a couple of seconds to those times.

It comes with the stock Android browser, which works fine. But of course, this being Android, there are plenty of other browsers available from Google Play if you don't get on with it.

The stock browser enables you to pinch or double-tap to zoom and easily switch between tabs and bookmark pages.

Sony Xperia Tipo review

It also has all the basic features you'd expect from a mobile browser, such as being able to share pages, save pages for offline reading, auto fill in forms, enable text reflow and block pop-ups.

Most of these options are available by pressing the menu button.

The Sony Xperia Tipo's bookmarks screen shows both images and names of bookmarked pages.

When adding bookmarks they can be sorted into different folders, which is a great way of keeping things tidy when you've got a lot of bookmarks.

Sony Xperia Tipo review

Navigating around on the browser is fast, intuitive and smooth. Other than a bit of scrolling, the small screen size poses little problem, as long as you're happy to stick to mobile versions of sites. And zoomed-in pages look clear and very readable.

However, zoomed out pages are pretty much unreadable, and we did occasionally find pages would get cut off at the bottom, as if they hadn't fully loaded.

Also, as with everything else on the phone, as soon as you want to enter text, things get a lot more cramped. So while browsing is generally handled reasonably well, posting to forums and social networks can be a bit of a pain.

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.