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Sony Xperia tipo review

6.1/10 AVG.
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6.1/10
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The Sony Xperia tipo currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Believe it or not, there are people who don't like carrying around a huge display in their pocket. It’s for these people that phones like the Sony Xperia tipo exist. It uses a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen on a very pocketable casing. In spite of its small size, however, it still offers surprisingly good build quality. It’s something you can easily carry around most anywhere. However, given its somewhat limited feature-set, you probably won’t.

Its display is, quite frankly, disappointing, and its camera performance leaves a lot to be desired. The displays resolution offering insanely low native resolution and the camera lacking auto-focus and just a 3-megapixel sensor.

Ultimately, people are going to buy the tipo based on two things: size and price. It’s got the size part of the equation mostly right, however, the price is a bit too high considering what you’ll get with it. That is to say, you’ll likely find plenty more bang for your buck with Android-based alternatives from other manufacturers.

Need to Know: Sony Xperia tipo

1. Surprisingly good build quality in a small package. (The Good)

2. Uses Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default. (The Good)

3. Camera performance is dismal. (The Bad)

4. Low screen resolution makes it hard to fully enjoy its features. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia Tipo dual is a compact smart phone with dual sim functionality in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features t...

- TT Gadget Editor, TelecomTiger
TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia Tipo is truly a compact smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over its...

- TT Gadget Editor, TelecomTiger
TrustedReviews

The fact that the Sony Xperia Tipo is so small and moderately priced will attract many.

- Niall Magennis , TrustedReviews
Tech Advisor

Although the Sony Xperia looks and feels nice, it offers poor performance and little in the way of features. Battery life is good but it means less when the Huawei Ascend G300 outclasses it and costs even less.

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Fone Arena

It is great indeed to find an Android 4.0 phone at such low-cost from a popular mobile maker.This is Sony’s first attempt at making a dual sim phone and the company has done a pretty good job with the tipo dual. The battery life is decent, but since it is a Dual SIM phone talk time is less than the...

- Shilpa, Fone Arena


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Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia tipo on September 26, 2012.


Sony Xperia tipo prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Sony's suggested retail price is $179.99. You can compare Xperia tipo prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia tipo user manual here.


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


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Screen Size
3.2"

The Sony Xperia tipo's screen size is 3.2 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225AA 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
2.5 GB

Internal memory is 2.5 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, 300 minutes.

Xperia tipo Specs

Overview
Release date September 26, 2012
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225AA 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 2.5 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.28 W/kg
Body: 1.37 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: 180 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 300 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 19.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Classic Black, Classic White, Deep Red, Navy Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.0 cm (3.4 x 2.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 99 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 262k
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 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 -
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 OTA
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
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
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, WAV, SMAF, OGG
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 No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, NeoReader, YouTube, Play Store)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony ST21a

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Critic Reviews


TelecomTiger

It has less weight and is handy, camera is not satisfactory

from TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia Tipo dual is a compact smart phone with dual sim functionality in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key featu...More

The Sony Xperia Tipo dual is a compact smart phone with dual sim functionality in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over its competitors. Its week 512 MB RAM, small screen size and no front facing camera might be reasons for avoiding it.

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TelecomTiger

Design is good and it’s handy too

from TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia Tipo is truly a compact smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over...More

The Sony Xperia Tipo is truly a compact smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over its competitors. But it trails with less 512 MB RAM, small screen size and no front camera. This might be a reason to think.

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TrustedReviews

Price is relatively high for the specification

from TrustedReviews

The fact that the Sony Xperia Tipo is so small and moderately priced will attract many. It's also a bonus that it runs the relatively recent Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. However, the small and low resolution screen makes it fiddly to use for everything bar the basics and the fact remain...More

The fact that the Sony Xperia Tipo is so small and moderately priced will attract many. It's also a bonus that it runs the relatively recent Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. However, the small and low resolution screen makes it fiddly to use for everything bar the basics and the fact remains that the Huawei Ascend G300 offers a much better all round package for a similar price.

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Tech Advisor

Low price but limited specifications

from Tech Advisor

Although the Sony Xperia looks and feels nice, it offers poor performance and little in the way of features. Battery life is good but it means less when the Huawei Ascend G300 outclasses it and costs even less.

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Although the Sony Xperia looks and feels nice, it offers poor performance and little in the way of features. Battery life is good but it means less when the Huawei Ascend G300 outclasses it and costs even less.

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Fone Arena

A small and powerful Dual SIM smartphone running Android 4.0

from Fone Arena

It is great indeed to find an Android 4.0 phone at such low-cost from a popular mobile maker.This is Sony’s first attempt at making a dual sim phone and the company has done a pretty good job with the tipo dual. The battery life is decent, but since it is a Dual SIM phone talk time is less than...More

It is great indeed to find an Android 4.0 phone at such low-cost from a popular mobile maker.This is Sony’s first attempt at making a dual sim phone and the company has done a pretty good job with the tipo dual. The battery life is decent, but since it is a Dual SIM phone talk time is less than the single SIM tipo phone. If you are looking for a small and powerful Dual SIM smartphone running Android 4.0, the tipo dual is a good choice.

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Fone Arena

Performance is smooth, display is bright and build is good

from Fone Arena

As an entry-level Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia tipo has better specs including 512MB of RAM, 2.5GB of user memory and performs better than most the phones in the range such has HTC Explorer, LG Optimus L3 and Samsung Galaxy Y. The battery life is also good that lasts for a day with average...More

As an entry-level Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia tipo has better specs including 512MB of RAM, 2.5GB of user memory and performs better than most the phones in the range such has HTC Explorer, LG Optimus L3 and Samsung Galaxy Y. The battery life is also good that lasts for a day with average use including few calls, messages and few hours of audio playback. It has a good build quality and comes with Android 4.0 out of the box, but the low resolution display and the fixed focus camera makes you think twice before opting for the device. But then, if you don’t care about lack of auto focus camera, low-resolution display and need a compact device, this is a pretty good choice. Hope Sony reduces the price of the device soon to heat up the competition.

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GSMArena

Attractive design and modest specs with affordable price tag

The Xperia line can be tracked down to the days when Ericsson was in the mix and some may go as far as calling the Sony Xperia tipo a snapshot of that time. The tipo is based on a certain model in the Sony Ericsson lineup and there's no denying that it's a step down from the prototype in terms of equipment....

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The Xperia line can be tracked down to the days when Ericsson was in the mix and some may go as far as calling the Sony Xperia tipo a snapshot of that time. The tipo is based on a certain model in the Sony Ericsson lineup and there's no denying that it's a step down from the prototype in terms of equipment.

However, the Xperia tipo was never meant to be an upgrade of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini. Like every true smartphone lineup, Sony's has to cover as many bases as possible, and cater to as many market segments as it can. It's more important to Sony to wrestle a few customers away from the stranglehold that Samsung have on the budget Android market than to prove anything to their ex allies.

Looking at the budget Android market, it's clear that many manufacturers are catching on that consumers are looking for some cheaper ways into Google's mobile OS. And while the midrange and flagship bar is oftentimes set at varying heights, the standard for affordable budget droids is unusually close - just see how close the specs of our recommendations above are.

So, in the end, Sony is focusing on the current lower-midrange competition and trying to match the likes of the HTC Desire C and the Samsung Galaxy mini 2. From that perspective, it has done a reasonably good job with the Xperia tipo. However, it's very hard not to recommend the year-old Sony Ericsson Xperia mini over it.

That said, the Sony's Xperia tipo will probably be readily available for free through carrier-subsidized deals, as the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini nears the end of its life cycle. And that might make the compact smartphone far harder to resist.

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TelecomTiger

A value for money, if you are willing to compromise on Camera and multitasking

from TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia Tipo is truly a compact smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over...More

The Sony Xperia Tipo is truly a compact smart phone in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over its competitors. But its week 512 MB RAM, small screen size and no front facing camera are its weak points.

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Coolsmartphone

A bargain for what you get and what it can do

from Coolsmartphone

Running Ice Cream Sandwich is a huge plus point for the Tipo. Not many budget devices come out with virtually the most current version out of the box. Yes there are devices out there like the Huawei Ascend G300 that offer similar spec and price but are a little larger, but if you want a small device that isn’t going to need hacking then this would be an ideal phone....

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Running Ice Cream Sandwich is a huge plus point for the Tipo. Not many budget devices come out with virtually the most current version out of the box. Yes there are devices out there like the Huawei Ascend G300 that offer similar spec and price but are a little larger, but if you want a small device that isn’t going to need hacking then this would be an ideal phone.

Suitable uses for this would be, as a second phone for taking out running, as it would be ideal for Endomondo tracking and music playback. A cheaper phone on payg for a member of your family who doesn’t want the latest and greatest device. Or just a device that does the job with little fuss and can be easily replaced if damaged.

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PhoneArena

A very decent foray in the world of entry level Androids

from PhoneArena

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.

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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.

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