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.