Sony Xperia miro Review
Kudos to Sony for launching the Xperia miro with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box instead of making us wait for an update. The user interface has been altered using a fresh dose of Timescape UI, which is an interface with heavy focus on social networking. That explains why you get Sony's very own Timescape widgets, which aggregate a user's Facebook and Twitter feed, so that messages and events are listed chronologically in one place. If needed, support for additional social networks or services, such as Gmail, Foursquare, LinkedIn, and many more, can be added.
You get a total of five home screens, which can be customized using some of the many additional widgets that come pre-loaded. The stock Android gallery app has been replaced with a custom one, which conveniently lists photos and videos in chronological order and can pin-point the location where they have been taken on a map, as long as the geo-tagging feature is on.
The Sony Xperia miro also comes with goodies like a Power Saver, which, if enabled, can switch off a number of features and reduce the screen's brightness in order to preserve energy. The Recommender app can also come in handy as it suggests cool games and software one can download from the Play Store. The Smart Connect app, which is also on board, can launch apps when a certain event is triggered. For example, the Walkman music player will launch once you plug in your earphones, and the alarm clock will be brought forth when you plug in your charger in the evening.
Processor and memory:
We were surprised to see that the Sony Xperia miro is quite responsive despite its seemingly weak hardware specification. The smartphone comes with a Snapdragon S1 SoC by Qualcomm – the MSM7225A clocked at 800Mhz, with Adreno 200 Enhanced graphics and 512MB of RAM. Even with a live wallpaper running, there is no lag when shuffling between home screens or switching applications. Gamers would be pleased to know that most of the 3D games we tried were playable, including Gears and Guts, Minecraft, and Temple Run. Dead Trigger (yes, that Dead Trigger) also runs at a decent frame rate, believe it or not, yet a graphics glitch spoils the entire experience.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Sony Xperia miro||1439||2864||15,9|
|HTC Desire V||1807||2866||19,7|
|Sony Xperia U||2266||5419||28,3|
|LG Optimus L5||1470||2665||14,2|
Getting a microSD card for the Xperia miro would probably be a good idea. Out of the 4 gigs of on-board storage, only 758MB are available for software, and about 2GB are allocated for music, photos, and other files.
Web browser and connectivity:
Brace yourselves with patience if you'll be surfing the internet on the Sony Xperia miro. With both Chrome and the stock ICS browser, zooming and scrolling around content-rich web pages is often choppy, and even moderately heavy sites tend to lag. And that's without running Adobe Flash content on them as the plug-in doesn't come installed, although embedded YouTube videos are playable. Basic internet pages, however, and mobile-optimized sites are not a problem to enjoy.
All standard connectivity features are supported by the Xperia miro, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G at up to 7.2Mbps. Hooking up the smartphone to a computer, be it for file transfer or simply to charge its battery, is done via its microUSB port.
1. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
coolest cheap android phone in the market.
2. Rexperia (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)
so what do you expect for an entry level droid, PA?
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Agreed... Just the screen resolution that's a letdown.
15. AndroIndonesia (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)
That's nothing, sony xperia miro has bravia engine
4. hkxm8 (Posts: 52; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
3.5inch, 1500mA battery and cheap price,... Uhm, seem promising.
5. AndroIndonesia (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)
yay, i have it, the camera is so detail and great
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.
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.
27. makoi09ph (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
yeah it isnt laggy!! so far im loving my xperia miro
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.
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
9. apawar71 (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
Illumination bar widget! cool app!
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.!
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
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:
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
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.......
20. hari19932 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
i m too confused.....xperia miro vs xperia go.......pls help which one is better???
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....
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 ......
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?
26. makoi09ph (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
when youre listening to music and wants to use the snapper? it pauses automatically.
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...
28. kjayaprakash (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
does Xperia miro has adobe flash plugin and bravia engine.
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.
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....
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.
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.
|Display||3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
|Size||4.45 x 2.34 x 0.39 inches|
(113 x 59.4 x 9.9 mm)
3.88 oz (110 g)
|Battery||1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time|