Sony Xperia miro Review

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 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.

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33 Comments

1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

coolest cheap android phone in the market.

2. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

so what do you expect for an entry level droid, PA?

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Agreed... Just the screen resolution that's a letdown.

15. AndroIndonesia

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

That's nothing, sony xperia miro has bravia engine

4. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

3.5inch, 1500mA battery and cheap price,... Uhm, seem promising.

14. AndroIndonesia

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

absolutely, i've it

5. AndroIndonesia

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

yay, i have it, the camera is so detail and great

29. coltech88

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

8. AndroIndonesia

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

yes, the browser isn't laggy

27. makoi09ph

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

yeah it isnt laggy!! so far im loving my xperia miro

31. coltech88

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 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: Nov 28, 2011

10. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 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: Oct 02, 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

16. AndroIndonesia

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

yeah, this device is so cool

17. ruchi

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 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:http://www.smartprix.com/mobiles/sony_xperia_miro_vs_samsung_wave_3_s8600-c2196_1989.php

32. coltech88

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Interesting, I will check it out.

18. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 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: Oct 06, 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: Nov 26, 2012

i m too confused.....xperia miro vs xperia go.......pls help which one is better???

24. iwanra

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

xperia miro

21. bijop

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 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: Dec 19, 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: Jul 27, 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: Dec 21, 2012

when youre listening to music and wants to use the snapper? it pauses automatically.

25. makoi09ph

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 21, 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: Jan 05, 2013

does Xperia miro has adobe flash plugin and bravia engine.

30. coltech88

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 28, 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.
Xperia miro
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 2.2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h 3G talk time)

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