Sony Xperia Go review

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

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Lining up as a mid-range handset, the Sony Xperia Go's integrated camera is a very much middle of the road affair, with the 5 megapixel image resolution abilities partnering with clunky autofocus and an integrated LED flash.

Fully integrated as an integral, heavily pushed aspect of the handset, the Sony Xperia Go's camera is available from the off, with you able to unlock the device directly into the snapper's camera mode.

Sadly, what could be a useful, time saving and user-friendly feature is once again let down by an unnecessary niggling quirk.

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Unlocking to camera, while giving you quick, instant access to the handset's photographic capabilities forces the Sony Xperia Go to automatically take a shot, with the seemingly foolish command coming far too quickly, catching both you and the handset unawares and resulting in snaps that are rushed, lacking focus and, as a result, quality.

A largely impressive integrated camera, strong overall results can be let down by slightly blocky colours that can at times appear over-exaggerated and an almost mocking representation of the realistic hues.

Sony Xperia Go review

On top of this, given the handset's rugged, fast lifestyle persona, the Sony Xperia Go's camera is sluggishly slow to focus, meaning shots with any desired action aspect or moving focal point are often out of focus, disappointing and, thanks to the frankly farcical shutter speed, lacking the targeted content.

Unlike on a number of its Samsung-branded rivals that manage to perform the task well, the panorama shooting modes on the Sony Xperia Go are annoyingly flaky, not enabling you to select the length of the panorama shot and continuing to miss areas, branded 'grey areas' that subsequently spoil shots.

Annoyingly, despite being fully capable of capturing impressive 5 megapixel shots, the Sony Xperia Go's rear-mounted camera sets itself to shoot at just 3 megapixels when removed from the box.

Sony Xperia Go review

Although this is something that is easily rectified through accessing the handset's simple, Android-based camera options menu, for first-time smartphone users this could be a performance-depleting niggle that reduces the image quality of snaps for a considerable period.

As with many of its rivals, the handset's lack of a dedicated camera button is disappointing.

With the Sony Xperia Go, however, this omission has a greater knock-on effect, making possible underwater snaps tricky, since the touchscreen-based capture button is far from responsive when submerged, leaving you having to dip your device in upside-down in order to make the most of the sub-surface imaging abilities.

Despite not featuring a dedicated Macro shooting mode, the inbuilt camera found on the Sony Xperia Go is capable of producing a number of pleasantly surprising results when faced with extremely close-up subject matters, with pin-sharp results featuring a strong depth of image and a well-rounded colour palette.

Far from the most customisable smartphone snapper on the market, the Sony Xperia Go offers users a limited array of changeable settings, with minimal alterations to the ISO and white balance settings the extent of the options.

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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.