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Sony Xperia miro Review

Sony Xperia miro

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Interface and functionality:

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 comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Sony Xperia miro Review
The Sony Xperia miro comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Sony Xperia miro Review

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.

Surfing the internet on the Sony Xperia miro - Sony Xperia miro Review
Surfing the internet on the Sony Xperia miro - Sony Xperia miro Review

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.

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Sony Xperia miro

Sony Xperia miro

OS: Android 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB 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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