The Sony Xperia Tipo is coming, it’s a new model from Sony, and their first simpler or low-budget model to put it that way. We say the first because this Japanese company announced that it will launch a large number of similar models of this class by the middle of next year. This announcement by the Japanese technology giant is extremely dear to us given the fact that although this company literally bombarded the market with a large number of Xperia series devices, we can say that they were all more expensive devices of stronger middle or high class, and a large number of potential buyers simply could not or he didn’t want to afford such an expensive cell phone.
I would say that Sony has carried out the timing of this business move quite wisely, as their South Korean competitor Samsung (which otherwise has a fairly wide range of cheaper Android devices) has “hands full” with a legal war against Apple.
Harmonious design and high-quality workmanship!
The Sony Xperia Tipo is a relatively small phone measuring 103 x 57 x 13 mm and weighing 99.4 grams. It is made of quality materials and has a slightly “chubby” look. The front of this model is made with a relief detail below the display that resembles a waterfall, and in this place, there is also a proudly and conspicuously prominent Xperia mark. The back cover is made of softer and embossed plastic, which adds a more refined and class-like feel to this model when you hold it in your hand than the price of this model suggests.
As for the buttons located on the surface of the model, there is a power button to turn off the model, as well as a side button to increase and decrease the sound, which is somehow thin and “hard to find” but performs its function flawlessly to the touch. touch-sensitive navigation commands. In the upper right corner of the device, there is a small LED light that flashes to signal its user a missed call, message, or e.g. that the battery is a riot. Thanks to this kind of construction or design, this model fits nicely in the hand and can be easily and conveniently used with one hand.
The display that this model is equipped with is a 3.2 inch TFT display that is sensitive to touch, clear, with enough light, and is visible even when used in strong sunlight. The colors are natural and “alive”. The display resolution is 320 × 480 pixels with 180ppi (pixel density), and although this display is great for a device of this class, we do not recommend it for the long reading of large articles because “thanks” to its dimensions long-term reading becomes tedious. , and the only decrease in image sharpness is noticed when the display is viewed from above, ie the top of the phone. Criticism of the lack of oleophobic display protection is inevitable, which actually prevents the display from quickly “greasing”. Overall, the performance of this display is good, and in its class and price range, we rate it with a strong eight.
Functionality and user interface
The functionality of this model is high, thanks to the Ice Cream Sandwich Timescape user interface. This model has a useful and today almost indispensable integrated Facebook support, applications for music and video files, as well as widgets for viewing images and video files. This model also has its own widget for easy access to device connections, unlike Samsung or LG devices where you have to choose these options from the drop-down menu. Tapping messages will not be an easy task for people with thicker fingers, but when the device rotates, the situation is where better and becomes a far more convenient operation.
Processor and memory
The processor of this model boasts 800MHz power and Adreno 200 graphics, and this is really the lower limit, even for the initial Android model, but we were pleasantly surprised by the use of the device because we did not experience stuck and brake the device and we can say that the functioning of this model is fluid and solid. These technical characteristics automatically predetermine the slower loading of more demanding applications. The Xperia Tipo uses 512MB of RAM and 2.9GB of internal memory, of which approximately 2.5GB is available to the user for use. This model has another useful feature, which is to expand the memory with a Micro SD card up to a maximum of 32GB.
Internet and connections
Ice Cream Sandwich browser of this device does not support Adobe Flash, only the 4.0 Lite version, which allows you to view, say, commercials, but when you consider the processor power of this device, we can say that this model turned out pretty well. Web browsing is pretty fast, browsing and viewing pages are great, but when zooming in on certain details or text this model takes a little more time to sharpen the image. This is not so dramatic, and it works solidly, but if we are talking about finesse, then it is a detail that must be mentioned.
Xperia Tipo has support for 3G download with a throughput of 7.2 Mbps, as well as other already common types of connections such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
This model also supports the use of A-GPS navigation, as well as FM radio with RDS.
The camera of this model in terms of performance is nothing below and nothing above the expected 3.15 MP. The user interface of the camera is quite simple and easy to use, and the images taken with this model are solid. VGA videos of this model again fit into the camera frames of this pixel and with their 30fps they do not slow down and we can say that they are quite fluid, but they are clear and clear in “small dimensions, ie players” because increasing these recordings on your monitor gradually loses quality.
The sound quality of this model is exceptional.
When it comes to the player and sound quality, we have to pay due respect to Sony here. The player is simple with the harmonious album and song categorization solutions as well as numerous equalizers to set up the maximum music experience. The sound quality is at a high level (as with most Xperia series models) whether in terms of volume or sound clarity.
The sound quality during the conversation is also one of the sacred points and the high performance that this model can boast of. When testing the sound, we realized that it is flawless and loud enough on the street near heavy traffic. With this model, it is unlikely that you will hear when someone calls you regardless of whether the device is in another room or in your purse e.g.
The battery of this phone can be said to be standard for a device of this class, and with its 1500mAh it “finishes the job perfectly”. According to the specification, it allows you 4.5 hours of talk time in 3G mode and 30 hours of music listening, which is quite impressive.
In the end, if we summarize this model and its performance, we can say that it is a solid device of quality workmanship and harmonious dimensions that fits nicely in the hand, with the performance and stability of the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android.
The hardware will not meet the expectations of demanding users who need high processor power, but it is certainly more than enough to meet your every day “Android” needs, and the functionality of the phone and high sound quality of this model is one of the great advantages of Xperia Tipo. This model is in the same class and price range as the competing Samsung Galaxy Y or LG Optimus L3, but compared to the mentioned models, the Xperia Tipo boasts a higher display resolution, with more internal memory, but also a more interesting design.
This model will soon be released in the Dual SIM (Dual Stand by) version, with the same performance, and all indications are that this and similar Sony models that are yet to appear will significantly shake the current market order when this class of phone in question.