Sony Xperia Go review

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

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Sony Xperia Go review

As with many of the Sony Xperia Go's rival phones, be they Samsung or HTC-branded, the Sony handset's contacts services are much of the usual Android fare, with a simple, well laid out setup offering quick and easy - albeit far from inspiring - access to contacts.

Accessed via a dedicated application icon that can be found in the handset's centralised apps menu or pinned to one of the device's numerous home screens, the Sony Xperia Go's contact features see all stored data displayed in handy, familiar alphabetical fashion.

As easy to add a contact as it is to access the personnel storage service, a simplistic template with pre-organised input boxes ensures speedy, efficient data collection and a user-friendly formulaic system that is pleasant to navigate and doesn't become clogged with unnecessary details.

Sony Xperia Go review

Although it is possible to sync your social networking contacts such as Facebook Friends lists with the Sony Xperia Go's centralised contacts form, doing so proves problematic, with the phone intent on only adding social details for people who are already added to the device rather than simply mirroring the available details, as found on many rival handsets.


Moving away from the handset's contacts and on to the Sony Xperia Go's calling capabilities, the story is much the same - a familiar Android-based interface that offers a smooth, useful user experience that fails to offer any revolutionary features or market-defining functions.

Despite this relatively formulaic setup, the Sony Xperia Go could have benefited from Sony focusing less on the unnecessary entertainment-based bells and whistles and more on the calling performance, with a number of niggles detracting from what is an otherwise very solid smartphone.

Although there are no issues with signal strength - the handset's 3G base in fact performs admirably - calls are far from clear, with the speaker creating a muffled effect to voices that can prove problematic, while background noise at times is all too apparent.

Despite these concerns, the Sony Xperia Go lines up against the majority of its competitors on level ground, with far too many other mid-range smartphones failing to fully address strong calling capabilities.

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.