Sony Xperia Tipo Review
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The old classic by Sony, the Sony Xperia Tipo still sells and sells great! It has been a year since its release and it is still going great. The Xperia phone really kicked off last year with great sales and their profit comes from this lower price tag wonder the Sony Xperia Tipo. It has not the greatest of looks or built but is a great overall performer. It does have few amazing things here and there for such a price so that kind of helps. It has great sound, decent built, okayish camera and better than average performance. It can support both 2G and 3G networks. You can connect internet through the Wi-fi too.
Unlike its successor, the Xperia Tipo has the classic curves over the corners but with a flat back. Not the best feel for your hand. But the small size really helps grab the phone in your hands easily. The phone is quiet glossy in the front, nice reflective screen. Wonder how people take it. You really have to adjust your brightness of the display outside. The phone is really light weighing just 99grams. It has 103 x 57 x 13 mm (4.06 x 2.24 x 0.51 in) dimensions, not making it thin for such a length. Tipo has great powerful speakers which will blow your mind. The phone really has an awesome touch to it and you will be happy to hold it.
With a very decent and small 3.2 inch screen, the display is just okay. It supports only 2 fingers on multitouch. Not the best resolution for a 3.2 inch display or a great pixel density, it has a resolution of 320×480 pixels and a pixel density of 180ppi. It is not highly pixelated but yes you can see it lack somewhere. The small screen size really helps to not make that 180 seem too less. If you are one who would spend a lot of time watching videos on this phone, this is not it. Sad to say. Nor for browsing or long hours of games. There display is protected by a scratch resistant glass but you can see it detoriate after 3 months, so do not forget to put scratch guards.
Again, just a fairly decent camera on the Sony Xperia Tipo. Everything about this phone so far seems to be “just there”. It has a 3.15MP camera, not the best at detailing or contrast or colours. Its really satisfactory. The resolution in which images are taken is 2048×1536 pixels. There is no secondary camera, no led flash and absolutely no face detection or anything fancy. It’s not a camera you would like to carry on holidays if you are thinking about doing something that stupid.
Heart of the Xperia Tipo is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Android is big on customization. It has all the necessary apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and games everyone plays such as Angry Birds, Temple Run, TR 2 just everything. It also has a large number of applications to be explored. You will thoroughly enjoy your experience on Android. The UI on this phone by Sony is not bad at all, they give you a nice touch and easy access to everything on your phone.
With a 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB RAM Sony Xperia Tip does a good enough job for you. Do not reply on it to run heavy games or do big time multitasking, its not meant for that kind of work. But they do a satisfactory task at running the phone without much lag or crashes. You can rely on it for a okayish experience but nothing world class. Its mere 6,000INR phone so you cant expect much anyway. Android just makes the phone better at everything. Xperia Tipo has about 470h of stand by battery and 5h talk time on 2G and on 3G it has around 545h of standby time and 4h 30m of talk time (roughly) so that 1500mAh battery is pretty solid.
Memroy and Data
Sony offers you a 2.9GB internal memory out of the box but you can expand it to upto 32GB by buying a microSD card. But don’t go too far, the phone will lag itself to death (no not literally), it will become really very slow. It has a main memory/RAM of 512MB that does a good job. You get Bluetooh, microUSB to share data. You can also connect to the internet via Wi-Fi.
Frankly, don’t waste time on thinking about this phone, buy Xperia E, it is a better option, so much better on specs and performance for mere 3,000INR more. But if you had a hard time gathering this much amount then well go for it, not a disappointing phone at all. Very decent and really good.
Sony Xperia Tipo is available for just Rs.6990
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100 – ST21i|
|HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – ST21a|
|Status||Available. Released 2012, August|
|BODY||Dimensions||103 x 57 x 13 mm (4.06 x 2.24 x 0.51 in)|
|Weight||99.4 g (3.49 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors|
|Size||320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches (~180 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 2 fingers|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3 ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||2.9 GB (2.5 GB user available), 512 MB RAM|
|DATA||GPRS||Up to 86 kbps|
|EDGE||Up to 237 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|CPU||800 MHz Cortex-A5|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|Browser||HTML, Adobe Flash|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Classic Black, Classic White, Deep Red, Navy Blue|
|– SNS integration|
– MP4/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 470 h (2G) / Up to 545 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 5 h (2G) / Up to 4 h 30 min (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 30 h|
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