Sony Xperia Tipo Review: Entry-Level, Good Performance Phone
Xperia Tipo was released on August 2012 and since then it is used by not too many, but some. Sony is trying hard to release loads of smartphones in the market and in this view it has already launched a series of similar looking and almost similar specs/features. Lets us review the new Sony Xperia Tipo and find out what this phone carries.
The Tipo offers smooth performance, good build quality, Android 4.0 out of the box, and good loudspeaker.
Tipo has low screen resolution and has fixed focus camera without autofocus.
Design and Display
Tipo measures a dimension of 103 mm x 57 mm x 13 mm and weighs 99.4 grams, though very light in hand. The Tipo sports a TFT capacitive touchscreen with 256K colors and 320 by 480 pixels of resolution. The multitouch screen measures 3.2 inches and is protected with scratch-resistant glass. The phone offers a 3.5 mm headset jack which can also be connected to a computer. The phone is available in various color choices – Deep Red, Classic White, Classic Black, and Navy Blue. It has got slightly larger appearance than the Xperia mini and the company has replaced its hardware buttons with capacitive touch buttons. The Tipo has also got Sony’s own User Interface on top.
The display of this phone is bright, but it lacks the charisma of colors. In fact, viewing angles are not good due to poor color depth with just 256k. Users get a large earpiece with branding of Sony below that. Proximity and LED indicator are located at the top right for notifying the user, but ambient light sensor is missing. As mentioned earlier, hardware buttons have been replaced from 2011 Xperia devices for new capacitive touch buttons. At the bottom of the display sits three capacitive touch buttons – back, home and menu. The bottom of the phone is curvy and is adorned with Xperia branding.
At the left of this device placed volume rocker and the bottom holds a small hole for lanyard. microUSB port is placed at the right side of the device and the top is occupied by power/lock button and a 3.5 mm headset jack. At the rear, you will find a 3.2 megapixel fixed focus camera that comes without the support of flash. So, don’t expect that good image quality. Moving to the bottom side, you will find Xperia logo that poses its brand along with a loudspeaker grille. The battery is removable which can be accessed by removing the plastic back cover. To access microSD card slot, you need to open the back cover and find its place below the SIM card slot.
The phone has an internet memory of 2.9 GB with 2.5 GB user availability. For increased storage, users can use a microSD card of up to 32 GB. It carries a RAM of 512 MB.
Data and Browser
Xperia Tipo offers a GPRS of up to 86 kbps and EDGE up to 237 kbps with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA speed. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wifi hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, and v2.0 microUSB for file transfer. Users can access Android webkit browser which is fast enough to load various pages. It has 2 finger multi-touch, so you can pinch to zoom the pages comfortably. The phone offers good HTML5 speed and thanks to the browser that supports Adobe flash.
Tipo is a moderate priced smartphone and so it retains a smaller 3.15 megapixel sensor with higher 2048 by 1536 pixels of screen resolution. However, there is no secondary front facing camera which is widely used in all smartphones for video conferencing. The primary camera comes along with VGA video recording and Geo-tagging feature.
The Tipo carries a 3.2 MP fixed-focus camera that is really not impressive, but at least you can take pictures that can be called as decent. During day time, you can expect some good pictures and videos. Since there is no auto focus, the images in low lighting condition get blurred and low quality. You have to touch the screen to capture an image rather than clicking the touch button on screen. A camera app can also be launched instantly by swiping on screen from locked mode to left. There is no physical camera button. Different scene modes such as Beach, snow, night scene, and sports make the camera somewhat useful. Adjusting exposure is another good feature in camera. Other options that the camera features are white balance settings, self-timer, geotagging, metering, and turn off shutter sound option.
Videos can be clicked on VGA mode that is in 640 by 480 pixels resolution and video resolution can be further reduced to QVGA or MMS formats.
Sony Xperia Tipo runs Google’s Android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and a Qualcomm MSM7225AA chipset with just 800 MHz Cortex-A5 processor. The phone also comes packed with Adreno 200 graphics processing unit and proximity, compass and accelerometer sensors.
For messaging, the Tipo offers SMS in threaded view, IM, Push, Email, and MMS. For browsing, it offers HTML, Adobe Flash. The Tipo also incorporates a Stereo FM radio with RDS support. To make this phone be called from this generation, Sony has also added GPS with A-GPS support. This cellphone also have Java which can be accessed via Java MIDP emulator.
Despite this, it comes packed with organizer, voice memo/dial, predictive text input, SNS integration, and MP3/MP4 players.
Due to the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android, the Tipo becomes an appealing budget smartphone in Xperia series. There is a folder for Media placed at the bottom tray on screen that gives quick access to Music, Gallery, FM Radio, and Camera. Home screen can be personalized by pressing and holding a menu where apps, shortcuts, widgets, and other themes and wallpapers can be added. A drop-down notification bar at the top of the screen makes the Tipo entirely new in the market. All you need to do is to swipe the bar down to check different notifications such as Facebook updates, Android apps updates and Antivirus updates. Music player can also be controlled from that drop down notification menu.
A range of utility apps are offered including weather, clock, calculator, calendar, and news. Google Apps including Play Store, YouTube, Google Search, Gmail, Talk are some of the useful apps that keep you connected with friends and family. An Office Suit app is also offered to view documents. Last but not the least, a separate email app is also offered for convenience.
Of all the moderate level specs that this phone possesses, what makes more sense is its battery that should satisfy the user. Well, the Sony Xperia Tipo holds under its hood a standard Li-ion 1500 mAh battery that gives a standby backup of up to 470 hours on 2G and up to 545 hours on 3G. Apart from this, it gives talktime backup of up to 5 hours on 2G and up to 4 hours 30 minutes on 3G. If played music, expect the battery to give continues backup of up to 30 hours.
Sony Xperia Tipo price is set at Rs. 9,500 which is a great choice for those who want to have a budget phone with all Android excitements.
The Sony Xperia Tipo entry-level Android smartphone has got good specs as per the price. It comes bundled with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 512 MB RAM, 2.5GB user memory and expandable up to 32 GB, and 1500 mAh battery. What is more interesting to know is that the Tipo performs better than many same ranged phones in the market such as LG Optimus L3, HTC Explorer, and Samsung Galaxy Y. Battery life is good for those who don’t want to keep charging their phones. At least you can make few calls, enjoy messaging, and listen to music for few hours. The phone has solid built and good OS out of the box. However, it lacks in low screen resolution, fixed focus camera, and lack of auto focus. And as per the price, the phone becomes an ideal choice for many.
Sony Xperia Tipo