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Sony Xperia tipo Review

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Sony Xperia tipo Review
Introduction:

Sony Xperia tipo Review
Sony Xperia tipo Review
Sony isn’t as shy to go downmarket with Android as HTC used to be, and the Xperia tipo is a proud proof of that strategy. Codenamed as the Tapioca (we wish they kept the edible name), this is the first truly entry level Android from the Japanese.

The company is said to launch a boatload of sub-$200 Androids like the Xperia tipo in the first half of next year, so it should keep us occupied reviewing them for the foreseeable future. If we take the tipo as evidence for what the entry level onslaught will be, has Sony managed to cram enough specs and wrap them up well not to count just on the brand to sell? Read on our review to find out…


Design:

The Xperia tipo has a waterfall frontal design, with the bottom part of the screen seamlessly cascading into the bezel underneath, where the Xperia logo stays loud and proud. No NXT design with fancy illuminated strips here, but the phone’s chubby physique with tapered edges of the back is very comfortable to hold and operate with one hand.

The Sony Xperia tipo is very comfortable to hold and operate with one hand - Sony Xperia tipo Review
The Sony Xperia tipo is very comfortable to hold and operate with one hand - Sony Xperia tipo Review
The Sony Xperia tipo is very comfortable to hold and operate with one hand - Sony Xperia tipo Review

The Sony Xperia tipo is very comfortable to hold and operate with one hand


Sony Xperia tipo Review

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

The build quality is good, and the soft touch plastic on the rear adds a bit more premium feeling than the price warrants. The volume rocker on the right is a bit too thin, but with adequate tactile feedback, whereas the power/lock key at the top is thankfully situated on the left, so you just have to stretch your index finger a bit from your usual holding position to reach it.

Volume rocker (right) - The sides of the Sony Xperia tipo - Sony Xperia tipo Review
Power key and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Sony Xperia tipo - Sony Xperia tipo Review
microUSB port (left) - The sides of the Sony Xperia tipo - Sony Xperia tipo Review

Volume rocker (right)

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (left)

The sides of the Sony Xperia tipo


The three capacitive navigational buttons underneath the display light up in white when you unlock the phone, indicating their place well in the dark. There is also a nice little LED notification dot up right, which glows with different colors depending on whether you have a missed call/message, or the phone is fully charged, for example.

Front - Sony Xperia tipo Review
Capacitive navigational buttons - Sony Xperia tipo Review

Front

Capacitive navigational buttons


Back - Sony Xperia tipo Review
Battery compartment - Sony Xperia tipo Review
Camera - Sony Xperia tipo Review

Back

Battery compartment

Camera



Display:

Sony Xperia tipo Review
The 3.2” screen comes is sufficiently bright for outside viewing, and shows good color representation. The meager 320x480 pixels of resolution, eking out 180ppi pixel density, are however normal for its category and price, and you are likely not going to be reading articles on the smallish screen for hours on end anyway.

The only apparent flaw with the screen is the upper vertical viewing angle, where colors and contrast deteriorate rapidly with the slightest tilt of the handset. Also, there is no oleophobic coating, so the screen smudges easily.

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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 04:12

1. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


adreno 220 graphics, should be adreno 200 last time i checked

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 04:26

3. Daniel.P (Posts: 97; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Fixed, thx

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 04:15 7

2. lethalmemo (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Sony is doing a great job...

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 05:19 4

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Reminds me of Xperia mini!! :)

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 05:37 1

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Nothing to see here.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 05:48 2

6. s1nnless (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


MSM7225A is a ArmV7 SoC, with a Cortex A5 core, so it should be able to run flash.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:35

7. ryq24 (Posts: 442; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


this phone is way too expensive for its range. galaxy y and L3 are way cheaper as far as here in the philippines. even if it is already running ICS the price still is not justified.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 20:18 2

9. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


galaxy y will get ics through xda, lg have a bad history with updates but they're getting there. but both phones have qvga screens so really the tipo is a better option because you'll have slightly better viewing angles.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:08 1

8. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Nicer Design than The Y and L3 i think many users will prefer this

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 11:49

10. pvnkmr17 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I like this mobile very much... Bt it has no front camera?

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 06:36

12. Annon07 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Nope it does not.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 06:31

11. Annon07 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Can't we watch youtube videos on tipo ??

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 06:05

14. drei.02 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


yes!!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:38

13. raushanrox (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)


Hi friends, I need your help.

Actually, internet connection(wi-fi) has become very slow on my "sony xperia tipo dual" mobile. Last week, it was giving speed about 2 mbps. But currently, it's giving in bps(Byte per sec). I am not able to figure out, why it is happening?
But when i checked internet speed on my friend's mobile (same sony mobile), there is no such issue. What is wrong with my handset? Please help.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 11:04

15. praniljagdale (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Oct 2013)


Hello Friend,
i suggest u never buy tipo,it show many problem related to display ,earphone jack ect.
i purchased on1st march 2013 and within 10 days i face such problem and repeatedly same problem i m facing till today....
Sony service centre never help you for this problem,they simply says this is MODERATE mobile phon.

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Sony Xperia tipo

Sony Xperia tipo

OS: Android 4.0.4
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.06 x 2.24 x 0.51 inches
(103 x 57 x 13 mm)
3.51 oz  (99 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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