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Sony Xperia tipo Review

Sony Xperia tipo

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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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Sony Xperia tipo

Sony Xperia tipo

OS: Android 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB 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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