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Sony Xperia tipo Review

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Call quality:

Sony Xperia tipo Review
The earpiece of the Xperia tipo is pretty good, as we could hear the voices from the other end very loud and clear. The microphone is not as good, as there was some distortion in our voices for the other end, but they were still relayed loud enough to be audible well even in a street environment. The loudspeaker is quite strong, too, so you are unlikely to miss a call when the phone is ringing in the next room, or in your purse, for instance.


The 1500mAh battery is about the standard capacity for an entry level phone, and is quoted for 4.5 hours of talk in 3G mode, and 30 hours of music playback. The standby times are very good, as the phone can rest in a low-powered state for more than a month this way.


The Sony Xperia tipo is a very decent foray in the world of entry level Androids. It has the performance and stability of Android Ice Cream Sandwich going for it, as well as a pleasant to hold, and comfortable to operate with one hand chubby chassis with soft touch plastic on the back.

The handset’s basic hardware won’t make it suitable for power users, but it will handle your everyday Android tasks sufficiently, and on top of that it functions very well as a phone, with a loud and clear earpiece, and a potent loudspeaker. A notable downside is the camera quality, which is pretty weak both in terms of pictures, and as the VGA video goes.

Still, the Sony Xperia tipo is in the same price range as the Samsung Galaxy Y, or the LG Optimus L3, and has about the same capabilities, yet sports a better screen resolution and more internal memory. It also has a more distinct design with the “waterfall” effect of the front.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.0.4, Build 11.0.A.0.16

Sony Xperia tipo Video Review:


  • Good call quality
  • Capable loudspeaker


  • Subpar camera quality
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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 04:12

1. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 04:26

3. Daniel.P (Posts: 107; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

Fixed, thx

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 04:15 7

2. lethalmemo (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

Sony is doing a great job...

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 05:19 4

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Reminds me of Xperia mini!! :)

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 05:37 1

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Nothing to see here.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 05:48 2

6. s1nnless (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:35

7. ryq24 (Posts: 771; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 20:18 2

9. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 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.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:08 1

8. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

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

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 11:49

10. pvnkmr17 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 06:36

12. Annon07 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Nope it does not.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 06:31

11. Annon07 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Can't we watch youtube videos on tipo ??

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 06:05

14. drei.02 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:38

13. raushanrox (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 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.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 11:04

15. praniljagdale (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Oct 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.

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Sony Xperia tipo

Sony Xperia tipo

OS: Android 4.0.4
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
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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