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…


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.

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.

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.


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.



15. praniljagdale

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Hello Friend, i suggest u never buy tipo,it show many problem related to display ,earphone jack ect. i purchased on1st march 2013 and within 10 days i face such problem and repeatedly same problem i m facing till today.... Sony service centre never help you for this problem,they simply says this is MODERATE mobile phon.

13. raushanrox

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

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.

11. Annon07

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Can't we watch youtube videos on tipo ??

14. drei.02

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 01, 2013


10. pvnkmr17

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I like this mobile very much... Bt it has no front camera?

12. Annon07

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Nope it does not.

8. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Nicer Design than The Y and L3 i think many users will prefer this

7. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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.

6. s1nnless

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

MSM7225A is a ArmV7 SoC, with a Cortex A5 core, so it should be able to run flash.

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nothing to see here.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Reminds me of Xperia mini!! :)

2. lethalmemo

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Sony is doing a great job...

1. mrbtree

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

adreno 220 graphics, should be adreno 200 last time i checked

3. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Fixed, thx
Xperia tipo
  • Display 3.2 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 2.5GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0.4

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