Sony Xperia tipo Review
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…
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.
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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)
Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)
microUSB port (left)
The sides of the Sony Xperia tipo
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.
Interface, Functionality, Internet and Connectivity
1. mrbtree posted on 04 Sep 2012, 04:12 0
adreno 220 graphics, should be adreno 200 last time i checked
6. s1nnless posted on 04 Sep 2012, 05:48 2
MSM7225A is a ArmV7 SoC, with a Cortex A5 core, so it should be able to run flash.
7. ryq24 posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:35 0
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.
9. mrbtree posted on 04 Sep 2012, 20:18 2
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.
8. loken posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:08 1
Nicer Design than The Y and L3 i think many users will prefer this
10. pvnkmr17 posted on 22 Sep 2012, 11:49 0
I like this mobile very much... Bt it has no front camera?
13. raushanrox posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:38 0
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.