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Sony Xperia miro review

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The Sony Xperia miro currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

When you hear of Sony smartphones, you probably think of superb mobile cameras and excellent displays. That’s true in a sense, but not all models in Sony’s Android-flavoured roster are powerhouses. The Xperia miro is one such example. It has a reasonably sized, 3.5-inch HVGA screen and a decent 5MP camera, but is for the most part best described as "entry-level".

What the miro has going for it is its use of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, one of the latest versions of Google’s Android software. It also features Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 2.2GB of storage. Users who need more storage space for their multimedia files can add a microSD card.

The miro is a fairly simple iteration of an entry-level Android smartphone that’s available at a very low price. For some people, that’s more than enough.

Need to Know: Sony Xperia miro

1. Uses Android 4.0 ICS as the default OS. (The Good)

2. Affordable price point. (The Good)

3. Will not be upgraded to any of the later versions of Android. (The Bad)

4. Slow processor and a very limited amount of RAM and internal storage. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia Miro is best smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series till date. Powered with BRAVIA Engine this phone is much better than others in this price range. The 800 MHz processor, 5 megapixels camera with LED flash and Android 4.0 ICS OS are its main key features that gives it edge over its com...

- TT Gadget Editor, TelecomTiger
Android Police

The Ford KA of phones - You'll get from A To B, but the ride might be a little rough.

- John Thompson, Android Police
TrustedReviews

The phone doesn't exactly blow your mind with the rest of its specification, either, with the Sony Xperia Miro processor lining up as an 800MHz single-core offering which has a fairly modest 512MB of RAM available to it. Storage space is limited to 4GB, but almost half of this is taken up by the OS...

- Niall Magennis , TrustedReviews
GSMArena

The Sony Xperia miro is made exactly by the book - just not sure whose book it is. It seems all major manufacturers have near identical offers in the Android low-end. And while Sony is only catching up, some makers have had the time to perfect the entry-level smartphone concept. To be fair to the Xp...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Coolsmartphone

Overall the Miro is a great phone; for the target market anyway. If the screen had been a little bit better, say WVGA it could have been one of those phone that capture the hacking communities hearts. As it is it will become one of those also ran phones that just get cheaper and cheaper on contract....

- James Pearce, Coolsmartphone


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Sony released the Xperia miro on September 19, 2012.


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Sony backs up the Xperia miro with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.5"

The Sony Xperia miro's screen size is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
2.2 GB

Internal memory is 2.2 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 19.5 days standby time, 360 minutes.

Xperia miro Specs

Overview
Release date September 19, 2012
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 2.2 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.25 W/kg
Body: 1.36 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 374 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 360 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 19.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Black with pink carved in, White with silver carved in, White with gold carved in, White with gold carved in
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 5.8 x 1.0 cm (4.4 x 2.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AMR-WB, WAV, SMAF, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (NeoReader, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Play)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony ST23a

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Critic Reviews


TelecomTiger

Impress you more with its features, functions, stylish look and screen size

from TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia Miro is best smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series till date. Powered with BRAVIA Engine this phone is much better than others in this price range. The 800 MHz processor, 5 megapixels camera with LED flash and Android 4.0 ICS OS are its main key features that gives it edge over it...More

The Sony Xperia Miro is best smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series till date. Powered with BRAVIA Engine this phone is much better than others in this price range. The 800 MHz processor, 5 megapixels camera with LED flash and Android 4.0 ICS OS are its main key features that gives it edge over its competitors. But like other Sony phones this too has weak 512 MB RAM. The 3.5 inch screen size and its unique look will surely impress.

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Android Police

It's cheap, it serves a purpose, and it works pretty well most of the time

from Android Police

It's clear that the miro has a few negative points: the screen is, quite frankly, painful; the CPU is underpowered and struggles to cope with a lot of background processes running at a given time, and Sony is still using the same user interface that has been around since Google introduced Android 2.3....

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It's clear that the miro has a few negative points: the screen is, quite frankly, painful; the CPU is underpowered and struggles to cope with a lot of background processes running at a given time, and Sony is still using the same user interface that has been around since Google introduced Android 2.3.

Despite these bad points, however, the miro really isn't a terrible phone, especially considering the ridiculously cheap price point of £150. It's well built, it feels nice in your hand, and it will plod along while you go about your day-to-day business. Put simply, the miro is the Ford KA of the phone world: it will get you from A to B, but the ride might be a little rough.

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TrustedReviews

Price is high for the specification

from TrustedReviews

The phone doesn't exactly blow your mind with the rest of its specification, either, with the Sony Xperia Miro processor lining up as an 800MHz single-core offering which has a fairly modest 512MB of RAM available to it. Storage space is limited to 4GB, but almost half of this is taken up by the...More

The phone doesn't exactly blow your mind with the rest of its specification, either, with the Sony Xperia Miro processor lining up as an 800MHz single-core offering which has a fairly modest 512MB of RAM available to it. Storage space is limited to 4GB, but almost half of this is taken up by the OS and various built-in apps, so you're left with 2.2GB to play with, which isn't a huge amount really. You can beef up the phone's storage using microSD cards though with the Sony Xperia Miro accepting cards of up to 32GB in size with the card slot found under the battery cover which is actually a bit tricky to remove.

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GSMArena

The Xperia miro is perfectly on par with its main competitors

The Sony Xperia miro is made exactly by the book - just not sure whose book it is. It seems all major manufacturers have near identical offers in the Android low-end. And while Sony is only catching up, some makers have had the time to perfect the entry-level smartphone concept. To be fair to the...More

The Sony Xperia miro is made exactly by the book - just not sure whose book it is. It seems all major manufacturers have near identical offers in the Android low-end. And while Sony is only catching up, some makers have had the time to perfect the entry-level smartphone concept. To be fair to the Xperia miro though, it's on the spot considering the most recent competitors in this price range, and it looks no worse than most - however subjective that is.

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Coolsmartphone

The overall build felt a little plasticy

from Coolsmartphone

Overall the Miro is a great phone; for the target market anyway. If the screen had been a little bit better, say WVGA it could have been one of those phone that capture the hacking communities hearts. As it is it will become one of those also ran phones that just get cheaper and cheaper on contra...More

Overall the Miro is a great phone; for the target market anyway. If the screen had been a little bit better, say WVGA it could have been one of those phone that capture the hacking communities hearts. As it is it will become one of those also ran phones that just get cheaper and cheaper on contract. Sony are in danger of releasing too many budget devices, the differences between this and the Tipo are tiny. It almost seems like they are making them for specific networks. Companies really need to start making 3 or 4 devices per year and leave it at that.

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PhoneArena

Takes good photos for its class

from PhoneArena

Now that we've gone over its pros and cons, we can safely conclude that the Sony Xperia miro is worthy of bearing our seal of approval. It earned our sympathies with its responsiveness and decent main camera, which are features not often seen on low-end Androids. Yeah, it may have a screen of bel...More

Now that we've gone over its pros and cons, we can safely conclude that the Sony Xperia miro is worthy of bearing our seal of approval. It earned our sympathies with its responsiveness and decent main camera, which are features not often seen on low-end Androids. Yeah, it may have a screen of below average quality and its looks might be uninspiring, but it is better to hold on to an ugly, yet functional device, than a flashy smartphone that has the snappiness of a sloth.

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The Inquirer

Quirky design, low-end processor, and decent camera

from The Inquirer

The Sony Xperia Miro is an interesting handset. It's quirky design stands-out amidst a sea of black brick styled handsets and its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system means users could see an update to Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

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The Sony Xperia Miro is an interesting handset. It's quirky design stands-out amidst a sea of black brick styled handsets and its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system means users could see an update to Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

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