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Sony Xperia miro Review

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Sony Xperia miro Review
Introduction:

Let's say you are a young, socially active individual who is looking for a decent smartphone, but isn't quite ready to drop a boatload of cash on one. Well, the Sony Xperia miro, which we are reviewing today, is made just for you then. It is a low-end handset with a 3.5-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera, and a number of built-in social networking features. Add to all this the blessing of running Android 4.0 ICS out of the box, and we have a clear winner on our hands, don't we? Well, we aren't too sure about that yet, which is why it is now time to put the Sony Xperia miro under the spotlight and see what it has to impress us with.

Box contents:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Screen protector
  • User guide

Design:

We aren't happy to say it, but the Sony Xperia miro looks about as exciting as a monolith. (Hint: they aren't exciting.) If it wasn't for the sloping metallic plate underneath the row of capacitive keys on its front, the handset would have had no distinctive visual features whatsoever. What soothes our disappointment a bit is the fact that Sony is offering the smartphone in various color combinations, including a snowy-white version. On the bright side of things, the Xperia miro feels well built, despite being made of boring matte plastic. Due to its petite size, the device fits nicely in the palm and can be easily operated with a single thumb.

The Sony Xperia miro feels well built - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro feels well built - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro feels well built - Sony Xperia miro Review

The Sony Xperia miro feels well built


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You can compare the Sony Xperia miro with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The three capacitive buttons under the screen are well spaced out and aren't susceptible to accidental presses. We really wish, however, that the lock key, positioned on top, and the 2-button volume rocker, located on the right side, weren't so tiny.

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Capacitive buttons

Front camera


microUSB port (left) - The sides of the Sony Xperia miro - Sony Xperia miro Review
Volume rocker (right) - The sides of the Sony Xperia miro - Sony Xperia miro Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the Sony Xperia miro - Sony Xperia miro Review
Bottom edge - The sides of the Sony Xperia miro - Sony Xperia miro Review

microUSB port (left)

Volume rocker (right)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Bottom edge

The sides of the Sony Xperia miro


What could possibly be better than a notification light? Two notification lights, of course! The Xperia miro has a discreet RGB LED right next to the earpiece, but what you'll be noticing a lot more often is the light strip at its bottom. Each time you have a missed call, a new Facebook message, or simply when the battery needs to be recharged, it will let you know by glowing in the respective color. A nice, handy feature, we must admit.

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Rear camera

Loudspeaker

Battery compartment



Display:

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And suddenly, there were pixels, thousands of them, exposed by the 3.5-inch display's mediocre resolution of 320 by 480. At only 165ppi, graphics don't look particularly pretty on it. Reading tiny text can be a challenge, if not impossible, which is why you'll find yourself zooming quite often when browsing the internet. If that is not enough, finger smudge builds up on its surface rather quickly, and getting it off is easier said than done.

At least we can safely say that the screen's color representation and viewing angles are okay, and if you put a little effort into it, using the smartphone on a bright, sunny day is not entirely impossible. For that, however, you'll have to boost its brightness to the maximum manually as there is no light sensor present on the device to do that for you.

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posted on 28 Sep 2012, 06:11 9

1. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


coolest cheap android phone in the market.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:28 6

2. Rexperia (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


so what do you expect for an entry level droid, PA?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:31 3

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Agreed... Just the screen resolution that's a letdown.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 06:24 1

15. AndroIndonesia (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


That's nothing, sony xperia miro has bravia engine

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:43 5

4. hkxm8 (Posts: 52; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


3.5inch, 1500mA battery and cheap price,... Uhm, seem promising.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 06:23 1

14. AndroIndonesia (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


absolutely, i've it

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 18:22 2

5. AndroIndonesia (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


yay, i have it, the camera is so detail and great

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:47

29. coltech88 (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I really don't think the camera is that great. It is not good with subjects that have shadows. They show up as totally dark blobs. And the bright objects in these photos are usually washed out. You can see examples in my HubPages article entitled Sony Xperia Miro Review by Randy M. Otherwise, I think the phone is great. I just carry it around to check emails and make phone calls.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 18:49 3

6. Seany (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


Phone Arena you are wrong about the browser being laggy. I have been using this phone for days now & the browser actually loads pages very fast & scrolling is smooth I have no idea where you get that idea. This phone for the price is very good & what Sony has done with ICS has made it very smooth and fast for what it is compared to even the dual core Xperia U this phone seems smoother imo.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:21 1

8. AndroIndonesia (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


yes, the browser isn't laggy

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 03:33

27. makoi09ph (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


yeah it isnt laggy!! so far im loving my xperia miro

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:29

31. coltech88 (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The browser is fine. I don't know what they are comparing it to, but I am quite happy with its speed. The voice-activated browser function is also flawless.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 18:51

7. Seany (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


Currently £99 @ Carphone Warehouse UK. Well built,screen is nice clear & bright & the res does not make it that bad at all. Call clarity,battery life & signal excellent . Camera pics better than expected

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:24

9. apawar71 (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxyLLSbhh9M&feature=player_embedded#!

Illumination bar widget! cool app!

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 21:18

10. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


That's one of the greatesh mid-ranger of sony.! I love it.! but P.A. U should also suggest samsung galaxy s duos which is also great.!

posted on 02 Oct 2012, 23:15 1

13. sonymiro (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


this is my 1st smartphone.i got the miro 2 days ago.after looking at over 20 xperias.& other makes.i desided 2 get the miro.cause of some features that i wanted.iam very happy with it.except.of 2 problems.now & then when i try 2 press the phone button,i have 2 press it several times b4 it works.but most of the time very gd.the other ive had problems with is ,getting contactacs off my sim card..i dont no if the a thing with all smart phones.but u have 2 add contacts 2 ur phone .not ur sim card.if put them 2 ur sim u carnt use them.love all the bright colours.rum smoothley.you can get them from 1 shop at 99pound on voda or unlocked.but can also get them on 02 payg.but a certain shop says u carnt.but they are 130 pound on 02.hope this helps ty d

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 06:25

16. AndroIndonesia (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


yeah, this device is so cool

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:01

17. ruchi (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


Samsung Wave 3 is better than this phone. For same price range we get almost double the CPU speed. Screen is almost same (just 0.5 inch bigger). Resolution is better. And also if you love to record videos, it has 720p recording which miro doesn't have. Battery backup of wave 3 is also good.

The main fallout of wave 3 is that it has Bada operating system and if you like android better.

Here is detailed comparison of these two:
http://www.smartprix.com/mobiles/sony_xperia_miro_vs_samsung_wave_3_s8600-c2196_1989.php

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:56

32. coltech88 (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Interesting, I will check it out.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 21:48

18. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


I've been eyeing on this product for a while and I must say it is a pretty decent mid-ranger smartphone! ONE OF THE BEST OF ITS RANGE AND CLASSIFICATION! Kudos to Sony! Perfect for a student like me who's always short on budget! I'm still saving, wanna buy this phone really sooon. Hope I will win Sony Mobile's promos on Facebook! LOL. :D

posted on 06 Oct 2012, 09:35

19. chiraggupta651995 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


I Think It Is The Best Smartphone From Sony For Students Like Me As It Is Under Budget And Its Integrated Facebook App Is Really Good For Us And Its ILLUMINATION Light Is Also Fabulus I Will Reccomand Another Students to Have This Mobile Its Preety Good And Sleek.......

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:14

20. hari19932 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


i m too confused.....xperia miro vs xperia go.......pls help which one is better???

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 09:48

24. iwanra (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


xperia miro

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 12:29

21. bijop (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


please dont buy experia miro... worst phone i have ever used... first day itself it got shutted down itself while in use ... i approached the dealer for a reason... they consoled me saying battery it not charged properly... and they removed the battery and reinserted and it turned on.... but the same thing repeated almost every two days especially while using internet... also it shows a message of " RAM DUMPING TO SD" and stay idle for few minutes and restarts its own.... and exactly after one month... it stopped while use as usual and never turned on even after i tried all the tricks... now i taken it to the service center ... they asked me to wait for two weeks....
dont buy this .... never... if you do .... you will get big headaches for cheap price... better go for any samsung galaxy....

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 09:22

23. iwanra (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


i think u got cheat by some one becoz one of the cheap and best mobile is SONY XPERIA MIRO .samsung galaxy the one of the !.!.!.!.!.!>>>>> theme
i honestly sugggest friend to buy sony xperia miro ......

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 09:47

22. yce_marvel (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)


Would you be kind to tell me if this phone has the ability to listen to music and take photos in the same time?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 03:32

26. makoi09ph (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


when youre listening to music and wants to use the snapper? it pauses automatically.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 03:30

25. makoi09ph (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This is my first android device and so far so good. my only concern is that, when im using the walkman is that, the volume it tends to slow down for some occasion then pumps up, which is a bit annoying and alters the walkman experience. anyone who is experiencing the same problem? plzz help...

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 00:42

28. kjayaprakash (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


does Xperia miro has adobe flash plugin and bravia engine.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:50

30. coltech88 (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I like the phone - economical, good reception, call quality and the browser works great. I have had it about 6 months. It's just a little hard on my old eyes. I look forward to getting a larger display phone in the future to help my eyes out a little.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 10:27

33. geoffrey_Geum (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


I bought this product here in Philippines. I thought that camera is great, but upon having a first shot on rear camera in a dim light dining room, it got a poor quality image even with Led Flash. Ouch!.. Then upon testing the front camera, MY GOD!! The Front Camera captures VERY VERY Dark in a Well lighted room?... So what's this phone anyway?. I've spend almost big amount of money buying this low grade phone ( I was fooled ) and with these quality pictures that they are advertising they are all fake..f**k off Sony!.. And one thing the phone is just light/ not heavy to my curiosity, upon checking the BOX, is says... MADE IN CHINA... I wanna burst into disappointment....

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 10:33

34. coltech88 (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Yes, the front camera isn't very good. Even for Skyping I found out. You need to be either outdoors or in a very well lit area. The back camera is ok, but it has a hard time with shadows. But, I still like the phone for a communication device. BTW, most devices are made in China these days, even the esteemed iPhone 5. If you bought this for the camera, you made a mistake. I always carry a good camera with me and don't depend on the phone so much for shots.

posted on 17 May 2013, 03:23

35. seopenkey (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2013)


Sony Xperia Miro has a great looks. This phone runs on android os. It has better specification among all the sony phones in this proce range. But, it has low pixel density around 165ppi. I msut say Samsung Galaxy S duos is the better option over Xperia Miro. I have seen 91mobiles is offering the best price.

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Sony Xperia miro

Sony Xperia miro

OS: Android 4.0.4
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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.45 x 2.34 x 0.39 inches
(113 x 59.4 x 9.9 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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