Sony Xperia Go review

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

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Due to the need to keep all connection ports covered and waterproof, the Sony Xperia Go causes itself a number of issues when it comes to accessing the micro USB connector required for charging and the 3.5mm jack for audio playback through a pair of headphones.

While it is reassuring that difficulties in accessing the sockets implies they are thoroughly protected against accidental immersions, opening the protective covers requires you to have relatively long fingernails, otherwise their inaccessibility will have you searching for a small object to wedge under the access point.

Furthermore, once opened, these access covers often get in the way of the cables being connected, causing frustration. Plus excessive bending over time looks certain to weaken the protective lids, a move that could spell disaster for the handset's 1m, 30 minute waterproof standards.

Sony Xperia Go review

Away from physical connectors the Sony Xperia Go offers the now standard collection of mid-range connectivity options as the impressive 3G and Wi-Fi connection methods are paired with Bluetooth 3.0 and 14.4Mbps HSDPA options.

Battery life

Pleasingly, the Sony Xperia Go is a smartphone that is relatively friendly on its battery. Like all modern smartphones the Sony Xperia Go will run its life down speedily if being used to watch movies or extensively play high-end, strenuous app-based games.

But with general levels of day-to-day use the handset can easily combat the one day battery hump and power you through a couple of days without major concern.

With the integrated 1,305mAh lithium-ion battery touting a claimed 460 hours standby time and 5 hour 30 minute talk time, although these ambitions aren't particularly high when compared with a selection of rival devices, they ring true, offering ample ability between charges.

Sony Xperia Go review

For those often on the move, the Sony Xperia Go's battery can't be removed, meaning replacement power packs can't be carried to switch around during heavy periods of use while away from a charging outlet.

Wrapped securely within the device to avoid unexpected leakages damaging the handset's power supply, Sony's decision to have the Xperia Go's battery fixed is in order to combat an all too frequent cause of smartphone death when taking an unexpected trip to a liquid grave.

As is the trend with the latest Xperia smartphones introduced in the months since Sony parted ways with Ericsson, the Sony Xperia Go comes boxed with a hugely over-engineered plug adaptor.

Thanks to its unnecessary moving parts and plastic construct, this fails to offer any reassurance when being used and frequently gives off the feeling that the all-important lead prong is about to snap off.

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.