Sony Xperia Tipo review

The baby of the Xperia range offers up ICS at a low price

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The Sony Xperia Tipo comes with a 1500mAh battery, which is a decent size for such a modest phone. It's better than the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy Y and comparable to the Huawei Ascend G300.

Sony Xperia Tipo review

Sony Xperia Tipo review

Sony reckons it can manage up to five hours talk time, 30 hours of music, three hours of video and a whopping 470 hours of standby time.

With light use (about 90 minutes of talk time, 45 minutes of web browsing, sending a few texts and Wi-Fi always on) the battery was still at 17% after around 30 hours.

Heavier use obviously drained it a lot faster, but we think most users could easily get a day of use out of it before it needs a charge.

As for connectivity options, the Sony Xperia Tipo offers GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSDPA at 7.2Mbps, HSUPA at 5.76Mbps and Bluetooth connectivity.

Sony Xperia Tipo review

This is all pretty straightforward to set up and use - in fact the phone even comes with a widget to toggle them all on or off.

If you delve into the settings menu you can even turn the handset into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

Media can be downloaded straight to the phone from Google Play, the internet or any number of other apps. But if you want to you can connect the Sony Xperia Tipo to a computer using the supplied USB cable.

Managing content with your computer is a simple case of dragging and dropping in much the way you would with any other storage device.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2.90 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value1.37 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia tipo
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 900, GSM 850
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)99.2 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
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 Density180 ppi
Height86.4 mm
Width55.9 mm
Depth10.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time470 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXperia tipo
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia tipo
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number1264-0772
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Made to get you started

Buy the phone. Open the box. Turn it on. Relax. Simply follow the guide to set up your accounts, such as Google and Facebook, and transfer contacts from your phone.

Made to make life easy

Enjoy the entertainment. Xperia tipo is so easy to use. The latest apps and music are just a click away from your home screen. Running on the latest Android platform, the Xperia tipo makes web browsing quicker and easier too.

Made to keep in touch - for longer

Chat on the phone. Or have an all-night gossip using Xperia with Facebook. For longer. With the powerful battery you can charge your phone and then use it for 24 hours without having to charge it again. Long battery life means you'll never miss that important call - or funny status update again.