Sony Xperia Go review

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

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Sony Xperia Go review

Reasonably quick to be brought to life, the Sony Xperia Go interface sees the standard collection of Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system paired with a smooth, functional, friendly user interface to form a rugged smartphone that is simple and intuitive to use while offering a broad and expansive array of features and functions.

Despite a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM, the moderately specced, mid-range Sony Xperia Go is far from the smoothest and speediest handset on the market, with a noticeable period of lag and a selection of stutters and miss-starts accompanying most commands, program selections and menu scrolls.

Sony Xperia Go review

Unlike many Android-filled handsets, the Sony Xperia Go's centralised apps menu is not that intuitive or user-friendly, with the oversized app icons deducing the amount of options that can be viewed on a single screen.

A linear selection process means the first and last menu screens are not accessible, forcing you to scroll backwards multiple times to get back to missed content.

Although there is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update already planned for this resilient little handset, disappointingly, the phone comes pre-installed with the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread system, an inclusion that offers a deceptive insight into the age and ability of this largely impressive device.

Sony Xperia Go review

While this Gingerbread inclusion will be sure to disappoint and deter some, there is no denying that Sony has worked well with the Google software to create a device that is, for the most part, simple and pleasant to use.

Further aiding the user friendliness of the handset, the Sony Xperia Go's selection of five home screens can be easily and quickly filled with a selection of app shortcuts, folders and widgets that give an immersive view of a broad range of features, from an interactive music player and image gallery to upfront social networking access. All these features help save time and improve the overall user experience.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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.