Sony Xperia Go review

Can Sony's Go Go gadget phone make a splash?

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Sony Xperia Go review

With the usual Google Maps and Navigation software pre-installed, the rugged Sony Xperia Go is a handy device to have with you when venturing out with an uncertain destination in mind.

Speedy to lock on to a GPS signal, the smartphone's mapping abilities - like those of most modern Android handsets - is simple and intuitive to use, with location-based data and quick, easy to follow point-by-point directions just a few quick clicks away.

Further expanding the tough, outdoors appeal of the handset, the Sony Xperia Go comes pre-installed with a selection of high profile fitness apps that are sure to appeal to a large proportion of the people in the market for a water and dust-proof, life-beating handset.

Sony Xperia Go review

Loaded up front and centre to highlight the outdoorsy nature of the device, the Sony Xperia Go's home screen apps bar hosts a 'Fitness' folder with the likes of Adidas miCoach and the pedometer-styled WalkMate apps available for use from the off.

Although these might be overlooked by some, given the Sony Xperia Go's target market and unique selling points, their inclusion is one that is sure to appeal to many.

For those not taken by the fitness scene, the Sony Xperia Go also boasts a broad range of standard Android fare, with the usual Google+ and YouTube offerings joined by pre-installed Facebook and WhatsApp offerings.

Sony Xperia Go review

Enabling you to individually customise and fully tune your handset to personal wants and needs, the Google Play Store is accessible via a centrally located app, enabling you to fill your handset from the 600,000 apps on offer to Android handset users.

Because the Sony Xperia Go has been released since the Google outlet's rebranding saw it turn from the Android Market to the Google Play Store, the revamped service comes pre-installed, saving any confusion and time-consuming updates.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.89 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXPERIA go
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6.50 Hour
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density165 ppi
Height111 mm
Width60.3 mm
Depth9.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time520 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA go Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineXPERIA go
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number1264-6137
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Smart, Sleek & Durable

Ups, downs and sudden showers. We've designed Xperia™ go to handle everything life dishes out. We gave it a scratch-resistant display, a battery-save mode for when you're running late and made sure it had the highest water and dust resistance of any smartphone. As a final trick, we put all this toughness in an elegant costume. At just 9.8 mm, you'd never guess that slim Xperia™ go is a giant on durability.

Finally, a smartphone that's as stylish as it is strong.

Strong enough for life's little problems

For something that's such a vital part of life, most smartphones can't handle life's little bumps. Now there's an Android smartphone you never have to worry about. Xperia go is a dust-proof, water-resistant phone. Sure, you can take it on a hike through the rainforest. But it's made for less dramatic challenges. Like a drop into the flour while you're baking, a "surprise" dive into the fishbowl and whatever else daily life has in store.