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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 has a 3.2MP rear-facing camera. There's no camera on the front of the phone, which means that video calls are more or less off the menu, as is the gimmicky face unlock feature that most Android 4.0 devices include.

Even the camera on the back is quite basic. 3.2MP isn't too bad for an entry-level smartphone camera, but bear in mind that there's no flash on it, so it doesn't fare well in poor light conditions. Even in well lit areas, results are mixed.

There are at least quite a few settings to play with - scene modes are limited to night, sports and beach and snow, but you can manually adjust the exposure value, white balance and metering.

These can all easily be changed with a menu that pops up over the camera display, which enables you to see the effects of any changes you make as they happen. There's also an option to geo-tag your photos. All in all, while the camera isn't great, it's about the standard you'd expect on a phone of this price.

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Beach and snow mode isn't brilliant at dealing with reflective surfaces. Ripples and details are evident in the water nearest the camera, but more distant water isn't handled so well, with reflections washing out the colours and detail.

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On standard settings, dark environments are very noisy, and appear almost black and white.

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Night mode brightens things up considerably and retains a little bit of the colour, though the resulting image is still quite washed out.

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Outdoor photos are blurred and washed out, even in relatively shady areas.

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Sports mode did an adequate job of shooting moving vehicles, which showed little more blur than static shots.

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Brightly lit photos lack detail, and the colours become even more washed out.

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Close ups come out slightly blurred but don't suffer too badly in comparison to other photos.

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Landscapes suffer as the detail drops dramatically on distant objects - the trees and tower in the background are little more than coloured blobs.

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The Sony Xperia Tipo's camera fares better in more closed in spaces.

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.