Sony Xperia go ReviewSony Xperia go 7
The Sony Xperia go is an Android 2.3-running phone with the manufacturer's own custom interface on top. We've always liked Sony's UI, so we're perfectly fine with it being preloaded here as well. It looks good and is relatively simple to use, at least in comparison with other manufacturers' UIs.
Most of the built-in apps are re-skinned so that they fit the overall theme of the interface, but their functionality hasn't been changed much. Probably the biggest software alteration is found with Timescape and the widgets associated with it. For those unfamiliar with Timescape, it's an app that aggregates new updates and communication from Facebook, Twitter and your phone. You can install extensions for Timescape in order to add additional services like Foursquare, YouTube, Picasa, Gmail and so on. All in all, we like the concept of Timescape and how seamlessly it works, but the interface isn't really optimized. It can be much easier to swipe through your updates than the way it's been implemented in Timescape.
By default, the portrait keyboard of the Xperia go is s traditional T9 one, and that's for a reason. If you opt to use the QWERTY portrait keyboard, you'll have to deal with its cramped design. Naturally, the landscape option is much more comfortable to use, though you shouldn't expect any wonders.
Since the Sony Xperia go is a Gingerbread device, the stock web browser doesn't perform too well, as it's somewhat laggy. That's easy to fix, though, since you can install a more capable third-party browser like Opera or Firefox. In most cases, the 3.5” display is big enough to deliver a satisfying browsing experience, and the resolution isn't so terrible, but of course – be prepared for a lot of zooming action.
The Xperia go features a 1GHz dual-core processor, so Flash Player is supported, providing full compatibility with almost all sites.
In case Wi-Fi isn't present, you can use the device's built-in HSPA radio, which supports 14.4 Mbit/s on the downlink, and 5.76 Mbit/s on the uplink.
Processor and Memory:
The Xperia go may not be a top-shelf device, but that doesn't mean that it's specs are weak. As we mentioned earlier, the go packs a 1GHz dual-core processor – an ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, to be precise, which does well in keeping the interface responsive. The 512MB of RAM also seem to be sufficient for Gingerbread's relatively smooth operation.
Thankfully, Sony has supplied the Xperia go with 4GB of internal storage, but there's no need to stop there, as you can also install a microSD card of up to 32 GB.
1. Birds (Posts: 1056; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Well, honest effort Sony but I think its fare to say we all prefer this over the Lg optimus L5....
6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
True. L5 has ICS.. but their UI sucks atleast IMO. Sony's timescape looks good... and will be better when an ICS arrives.. I really admire how timescape makes the whole package better.
9. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Yeah, thats about its only positive point, lmao.
18. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
OHH..!! prefer sony xperia go bcoz..YOur L5 got 6 star ratings.!!! ha ha
2. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
You know how s**t costly this phone is? It's priced at Xperia Sola level.
3. apawar71 (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
why dont you guys at Phonearena review Xperia Go Yellow. I think its priced a lil higher but it isn't that plasticky.
7. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
oh that. Bumblebee-looking phone. Best color for this phone.
5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
Looks extremly nice for a rugged phone ! deff the way to "go"
8. Balanko (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)
One of the main things, if not THE ONLY thing that matters with this phone is it's resitance to water dust and shock !
who cares about the phone's interface we've seen and you tested it hundreds of time for Sony ericsson and sony's phones.
You should have tested the phone sturdiness ! not it's gingerbread version!
For interested people watch this video: WOW
10. Jyakotu (Posts: 824; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
For a rugged phone, it sure doesn't look ugly like most of them do, which is a good thing IMO. I agree with Balanko, you guys should've done some tests on how sturdy the device is, since most companies don't tend to make high end rugged devices.
13. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
phone arena needs to GET A LIFE..(FOR this conclusive comment :unpleasant plastic casing may ruin the experience for you)-my hands feel great with Xperia Go (whatever Very cheap-feeling plastic build) other samsung and htc will shatter into pieces if u put the device down.
excellent device... GB feels comfort with dual core processor.
-Going to get ICS
-IP 67 rating for water & dust proof
-although Low screen resolution (SONY BRAVIA ENGINE GIVES CRYSTAL CLARITY)
-1GHz dual-core processor
-Good HD video capture
-lacks front facing camera
-1 day battery pack up
15. Sun_Wukong (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
I also think the reviewer is not being fair to Xperia Go. The feel of the phone is subjective to one's view. I handled the phone recently myself, and felt that the soft-touch matt casing comfortable and sturdy on my hands. It definitely don't feel cheap, but solid.
16. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
yep dude..!! i think phone arena this review is biased...!!
this review by Ray S Should be retrieved...!! according to xperia Go can(SHOULD) get Atleast 8 stars...!!!
14. tin121389 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)
guys, I need help. Is this device really good?
( I mean aside from its water&dust proof quality) in web browsing, its camera?
coz I really cant decide if I should buy Xperia Go or Galaxy S Advance.
helpful comments will really be appreciated. thanks!
19. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
web browsing is smooth in firefox..camera rocking. xperia go also gonna get ICS AND JELLY BEAN but this is not in the case of galaxy s advance...
17. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
OMG !!!! GET SHOCKED !!! Xperia GO and Samsung Galaxy Y get 7 STARS RATINGS.!!!
I DONT WANT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE.!!!
20. dhiraj1mumbai (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Last week I bought Sony XPeria GO.
I am facing trouble on signal range. i.e. when I put my cell in mobile cover or in Pant's pocket, the range will gone and cross (x) sign is coming on range display. Range is fine for same network on another phone.
When I restart my phone, then it will work fine for some time.
My EMail - firstname.lastname@example.org
21. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
Dhiraj there is an update which will resolve your problem...
Connect Phone to PC via sony PC companion & it will show how to update..
more details :
22. dhiraj1mumbai (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Thank you very much for information Vignesh.
23. vangelistsakirakis (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)
I bought it and after 8 days of very careful usage a dust particle inserted under the screen! Now my new phone is for service...
I have no words to describe my disappointment ...
25. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
I thing Dust particle May be inside the screen When You're Buying the phone(manufacture defect)...Not after usage...
27. vangelistsakirakis (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)
I am sure that dust inserted. The dust wasnt visible before.
26. dhiraj1mumbai (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
I want to know one thing about battery life. Guys, my mobile's battery will only last for 8-10 hours if I am using Internet and playing songs.
Any ideas about your Cell. Also if there are any ways to save battery then please share.
28. wannaplaayy (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
PLEASE HELP ME. I AM CANVASING PHONES, AND IM REALLY HAVING A BAD TIME CHOOSING BETWEEN (LG OPTIMUS L7) versus (XPERIA GO) CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE WHAT TO BUY? THANKS ALOT! GOD BLESS
30. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
according to me if your'e using more time in music & web browsing(not for gaming) you can chose - L7 because more battery but no use of that
BECAUSE Single core 1 GHz Cortex-A5 not suitable for gaming when comparing Xperia Go.. acc. to me
Hardware spcs comparison : shows that L7 lack behind Xperia Go except in the case Front facing camera & pixel density(there is no much diff - 165ppi(go) & 217ppi(L7))
XPeria go has 8 GB storage whereas L7 Has 4 GB storage
Go has face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama & 720p videoquality & L7 lacks these things
1 GHz Cortex-A5 V Dual core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
GO wins ..!! ICS in L7 & GB in GO...ICS is a failure acc . to me bcoz of lot of bugs & lags...sure you can choose Xperia go for silky & smooth xperience ( my personal opinion is that is never gonna upgrade my phone ICS (although if it is released or not)only to Jelly bean)...
29. dhiraj1mumbai (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
I can tell you about XPERIA GO because 15 days before I bought it.
XPERIA GO -
GOOD - Very Sturdy, Waterproof, Excellent Touch screen, Excellent sound, Good internet speed, Android Ice Cream-Sand witch up gradable.
BAD - Battery life is short. If you are continuously using the internet and songs then only 10-12 hours of battery life. Also, there was a problem in catching the n/w signal. But after upgrading the os, this problem was got removed (See my first comment).
I will also suggest to check for HTC ONE-V.
When selecting the phone, keep in mind about Battery life of phone.
31. Jaysonmüh (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
uhm . . . good day there ...
sir/maam vignesh_viggs can i ask if sony xperia Go is better phone? bcoz i plan to buy it so im just asking if its one of the better and new phones ... i need your opinion :) thanks a lot :)
32. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
xperia go is one of best mid-range acc. to me because
L7 has Single core 1 GHz Cortex-A5
Htc One v has single core 1 GHz
whereas Dual core 1 GHz Cortex-A9(same also in XPERIA P)
charge(battery life) is not a main problem for me becoz i m average net user ; Then it is going to upgrade to ICS
durableness is perfect for me because surely it can withstands drops..
so go for xperia go...
33. Jaysonmüh (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
thanks for the information sir? or maam? :)
i plan to buy it in christmas :)
i very badly want that :)
the signal problem? how to upgrade that? i had read a comment about the signal ...
and im also a mid-range net user :)
thanks a lot sir/maam vignesh :)
i WILL buy it for SURE !!! thanks again :) god bless ahead :)
34. Jaysonmüh (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
uhm vignesh ... can i ask if what is much better? xperia go or xperia acro s? :)
thanks ... i just need your side :) ...
35. Jaysonmüh (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
oh vignesh ... w/c is better? go or neo L? this is the last :)
thanks :) hope you reply :)
36. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
Dont go for Neo L - Acro S is excellent than Xperia go becoz of it's price..
One kind advice - Device will always be outdated so don't wait for long time...just go for a device ..!!
also consider Xperia T,J,V ...then go to this link for more sony devices..
Thats It \m/
37. djrye11 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
Well, if you compare the two: go and acro s, there are some same features like the water and dust proof feature. But they have also different features like:
-16GB internal storage
-12MP primary camera
-Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset
-8GB internal storage
-5MP primary camera
-NovaThor U8500 chipset
If you see the features on both, Acro S is much better, BUT, of course, it is more expensive than Go.
38. djrye11 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
Another thing, please consider the water and dust proof feature.
Acro S is IP57 while Go is IP67
IP67, What Does That Mean?
There has always been considerable confusion regarding the rating systems for ruggedized Pocket PCs. If a unit is described as meeting a particular standard, that can be helpful in making a decision as to which Pocket PC to purchase, depending on the user needs. This white paper will discuss two rating systems, the IP system and the MIL-STD-810. This is only a brief summary.
Please review additional sources if you need a more complete definition of either standard.
IP Ratings: (Ingress Protection or International Protection) - The Ingress Protection rating system is a classification system showing the degrees of protection from solid objects and liquids. The first number refers to the protection against solid objects, normally dust in relation to testing Pocket PCs.
If the first number is 0, there is no protection
provided. A number 5 refers to limited protection against dust. The number 6 is for total protection against dust.
The second number of the IP rating system refers to protection against liquids. A 0 indicates no protection, while a 7 refers to protection against immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter. The following two tables give the protection
IP First number - Protection against solid objects
IP Second number - Protection against liquids
Most environmentally sealed Pocket PCs are rated IP67. They are protected from dust and capable of withstanding water immersion
between 15 cm and 1 meter for 30 minutes.
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0 No special protection
1 Protection against accidental touch by hands
2 Protection against objects such as fingers
3 Protection against tools and wires
4 Protection against tools, wires, small wires
5 Limited protection against dust
6 Protected from dust
0 No Protection
1 Protection against vertically dropping condensation
2 Protection against direct sprays of water up to 15 degrees from vert.
3 Protection against direct sprays of water up to 60 degrees from vert.
4 Protection from sprays of water in all directions. Limited water ingress permitted
5 Protection from low pressure jets of water in all directions. Limited water ingress permitted
6 Nearly the same as # 5, except for ship decks
7 Protected against the effects of immersion in water to depth between 15 cm and 1 meter
39. djrye11 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
The MIL-STD-810 series of standards are issued by the United States Army's Developmental Test Command, to specify various environmental tests to simulate conditions that the tested item will encounter in the field. The current revision, as of 2006, is revision F, issued January 1, 2000, superseding revision E from 1989. MIL-STD810 E refers to the type of testing that mobile gear is put through to determine its ruggedness. Rugged mobile gear will state that it is MIL-STD810 E rated or may say it is MIL-STD810 F compliant. They both mean the same level of ruggedness is applicable. MIL-STD810 F is just a revision of MIL-STD810 E and applies more to the testing process rather than the resulting rating.
MIL-STD810 E and F are the highest standard for ruggedized testing for mobile gear. Always check for this testing result when looking at mobile gear that is labeled as "rugged". There are 24 categories which are tested and all must obtain the MIL-STD810 E/F rating to be considered rugged.
The 24 categories are as follows:
· Low Pressure (Altitude)
· High Temperature
· Low Temperature
· Temperature Shock
· Contamination by Fluids
· Solar Radiation (Sunshine)
· Rain Method
· Salt Fog
· Sand and Dust
· Explosive Atmosphere
· Acoustic Noise
· Acidic Atmosphere
· Gunfire Vibration
· Temperature, Humidity, Vibration, and Altitude
· Icing/Freezing Rain
· Ballistic Shock
These categories are tested to determine the environmental worthiness and durability of a design. There are guidelines for each phase of testing in all categories. All mobile gear to be tested are first run under normal conditions to ensure that they do operate properly and to set a baseline performance. Tests are conducted in natural environments or in
laboratories in simulated conditions. When possible a combination of testing environments is used. As an example of the rating systems being used, the following image shows the ratings for the Nomad 800 Series Pocket PCs. It lists the IP67 rating plus the specific tests done under the MIL-STD-810F systems. At a minimum, all environmentally sealed Pocket PCs used in the field should be shock resistant, water submersible, and dust proof.
40. Jaysonmüh (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
thanks sir ... thanks a lot for the info :)
now i know how to look at the IP's (before i dont know it :) thanks) ... the MIL-STD-810F ... for the ruggedness ...
thanks sir djrye11 :)
and sir vignesh
i dont also want neo L ... :)
go, or acro s and ill wait for the xperia V :)
thanks sir vignesh :)
#thanks sir djrye11 & sir vignesh :)
41. djrye11 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
Yeah, Xperia V is the latest unit of Sony that is IP certified!
43. Jaysonmüh (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
i think Xperia Go was the one i can afford :)
but i want the walkman app in xperia V :(
and what ARE the disadvantages of xperia go ?
i WANT XPERIA GO AND V !!! haha :D
44. Jaysonmüh (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
sir vignesh is it true that the scratch resistant in xperia go wag not TOTALLY working ? you have this xperia right ? so is it true ?
i have read it here →http://razzbd.com/sony-xperia-go-review-pros-and-cons.html
thanks for the feed back if ever ...
45. gadget1959 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
Firstly, let me say that this IS actually a nice little phone ... but I wouldn't want it as my ONLY phone.
I purchased the Xpedia GO soon after it came out. It is actually quite a nice little phone (especially as a second phone), however, it has a MAJOR design fault. Do NOT EVER try and use a MICRO SIM with a "caddy" (the normal way you use a "micro" sim on any other phone. Not only do you run the risk of not getting it back out, you also run the risk of having to have a NEW CIRCUIT BOARD !!!!!!! Now this is REALLY bad, because more and more phones are now moving to micro-sim cards and not being comfortable about swaping the sim back and forth is a serious issue.
OK, now, given that there is a basic design fault with the phone, you would expect Sony to have replacement circuit-boards in stock ........ NO, none available !!!!!! I have now been wating a month for mine to be repaired and they STILL have NO circuit boards available. PLUS I have to keep phoning them and chasing them to find out what the status is.
So, basically, it isn't a bad little phone, BUT I would NOT recommend this to anyone for 2 reasons ....... 1) A basic design fault, and 2) Sony's terrible customer service.
On a further point, I also own the newly released "Xperia Acro S". I have a micro sim in this too and, based on the "lack of smoothness" I experienced sliding it in (and I was very careful), I'm dreading ever having to take it out because I'm scared that will have the same problem and I'll be without another phone for WEEKS !!!!!! So, beware when buying the Acro S as well.
While we're on the subject of the Acro S, I wish Sony wouldn't mess about with ICS. Some of the really nice, inbuilt features, of ICS have been removed .............. why do these companies think they can re-design Android - if they are that clever, they should have written Android themselves!!! Or maybe I should have just kept my Galaxy S3 (except it isn't waterproof)!!!
46. hari19932 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
i m too confused...xperia miro vs xperia go ...which one is better???
47. SpectatorS (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
for the case, I prefer non-glossy one since glossy tend to get scratched and leaving scars everywhere thus making it not so attractive after some time
and xperia go case isn't 'plasticky either!
when I hold it, it just determine its beauty and strength
48. Lalala (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
Is the battery removevable? Please reply me if can ;)
49. dhiraj1mumbai (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
@Lalala: For XPeria GO, Battery is not removable.
50. dhiraj1mumbai (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
@gadget1959 - I dont find any problem in removing and insering SIM card. The only thing I want to do is to Push it, I have to use some small pointers like Nip of a Pen.
52. owen23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
how long with the battery f im going to play music?
53. rITIK (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
please tell me a good low budget android phone under RS 18000
|Display||3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT|
ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
512 MB RAM
|Size||4.37 x 2.37 x 0.39 inches|
(111 x 60.3 x 9.8 mm)
3.88 oz (110 g)
|Battery||1305 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time|