Sony Xperia go Review

Sony Xperia go Review
The Sony Xperia go will be sold in Europe and Asia. The same model will be sold in the Unites States as the Sony Xperia advance.


Rugged phones have been around since time immemorial, but they have always been designed for a specific audience. Because of that, they are predominantly niche products, which, in most cases, are hard to look at, but can stand the forces of nature in a way that other handsets can't.

Well, it seems that Sony is trying to change that with its Xperia go, which is a new rugged model that tries to remain slim and attractive. To a certain extent, the company has achieved its goal, but there are some elements that ultimately hold the phone back. Read on to learn why we think the Sony Xperia go is a good, but not great phone...


The physical design of the Sony Xperia go is among its strongest, and weakest aspects at the same time.

To start off, the phone looks good. It's quite slim, it's relatively compact, and overall, there isn't anything ugly about it, which is a huge plus in today's phone market. It's also quite reminiscent of the Xperia sola (another mid-range handset by Sony), which is a good thing.

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

However (you knew this part is coming, didn't you?), the plastic that Sony has used for the casing of the phone is... well, it's unpleasant to the touch at best, and disgusting at worst – it depends on your taste. It's an incredibly crude piece of plastic, which gives the phone a very cheap feel. It would have been tons better if Sony had simply gone for the standard, glossy finish, but no, they had to make you regret that you've bought this phone every time you hold it in your hand.

Anyway, there are much worse things in life, so we'll just accept it as it is and move on. The Xperia go is a rugged device, but it's also a smartphone, so it needs to have a sizable screen. That's why Sony has equipped it with a 3.5” panel with a resolution of 320x480. The pixel density isn't sky-high, but at 165 ppi, small text still doesn't look terribly jagged. It's light-years away from the beauty of an HD screen, though. Viewing angles are so-so, which means they are OK for a mid-end device, while outdoor visibility is on par with most other smartphones out there. The Sony Xperia go is equipped with a scratch-resistant glass, which is in line with its rugged status.

Speaking of ruggedness, we should point out that the Xperia go isn't rugged in the traditional sense of the world. It only features water and dust protection, which should be enough in most cases. The go is IP67 certified, meaning that it's completely dust-proof, and you can submerge it under up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. The covers of the microUSB port and 3.5mm headset jack isolate the components tightly, but are easy to remove. The SIM card and microSD card compartments, situated under the back cover, as also well-sealed.



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well, honest effort Sony but I think its fare to say we all prefer this over the Lg optimus L5....

4. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Optimus L5 has ICS on it

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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 unregistered

Yeah, thats about its only positive point, lmao.

18. vignesh_viggs

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

OHH..!! prefer sony xperia go bcoz..YOur L5 got 6 star ratings.!!! ha ha

2. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

You know how s**t costly this phone is? It's priced at Xperia Sola level.

3. apawar71

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 28, 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: Apr 30, 2012

oh that. Bumblebee-looking phone. Best color for this phone.

5. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Looks extremly nice for a rugged phone ! deff the way to "go" pun intended

8. Balanko

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 19, 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: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

11. morell2

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Low device! but good for water and more

12. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

check out that vid that balanko posted!

13. vignesh_viggs

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 15, 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. Pros -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 cons -lacks front facing camera -1 day battery pack up

15. Sun_Wukong

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 14, 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: Jun 15, 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: Jul 24, 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: Jun 15, 2012

web browsing is smooth in 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: Jun 15, 2012


20. dhiraj1mumbai

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Hi, 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. Please advice. My EMail -

21. vignesh_viggs

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 15, 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: Aug 03, 2012

Thank you very much for information Vignesh.

24. vignesh_viggs

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

You're Most Welcome... :D

23. vangelistsakirakis

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 07, 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: Jun 15, 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: Aug 07, 2012

I am sure that dust inserted. The dust wasnt visible before.

26. dhiraj1mumbai

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 03, 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: Aug 11, 2012


30. vignesh_viggs

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 15, 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: Aug 03, 2012

Hi wannaplaayy, 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.
Xperia go
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1305 mAh(5.50h 3G talk time)

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