Sony Xperia tipo Review

Interface and Functionality:

We have Sony’s usual Timescape UI over Android 4.0 ICS on the Xperia tipo, complete with its deep Facebook integration, the Mediascape shortcut in the dock, the Recommender app for music, video and apps, as well as the nice flippable pics&video widget. Sony provides its own connectivity toggle widget, so there are no switches in the pull-down notification bar, like on LG or Samsung handsets.

Typing on that 3.2” screen is pretty hard, especially if you have larger hands, but turning the phone into landscape helps a bit.

Processor and Memory:

The 800MHZ Qualcomm MSM7225A processor with Adreno 200 graphics is the bare minimum we would expect even on an entry level phone these days, yet it actually powers the Xperia tipo in a pretty fluid manner.

The usual hiccups with weaker hardware – slow loading of apps and content indexing – is present on the Xperia tipo, though. There are 512MB of RAM, and 2.9GB of internal storage, of which about 2.5GB are user-available. Thankfully, there is a microSD card slot for storage expansion, too.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia tipo 1557 2616 15,8
LG Optimus L3 1271 2559 13,2
Sony Xperia U 2266 5419 28,3

Internet and Connectivity:

The ICS browser on the Xperia tipo doesn’t support Adobe Flash, only the Lite 4.0 version that allows you to see ads, but otherwise it performs comparatively well, considering the processing power.

Scrolling, panning around, and text reflow are fluid enough, so that the browser is usable for quick checks what’s going on around the Internets. Zooming is an issue, though, as the phone takes a while to re-render the page after a double-tap.

The handset has up to 7.2Mbps 3G downloads support, and all the basic connectivity options – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS and FM Radio with RDS.



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

2. lethalmemo

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Sony is doing a great job...

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Reminds me of Xperia mini!! :)

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nothing to see here.

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.

7. ryq24

Posts: 875; 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.

8. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

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

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.

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


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.

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.
Xperia tipo
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 2.5 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(4.50h 3G talk time)

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