Conclusion: Right now, it's hard to deliver a definitive verdict on the Xperia Play. This is largely due to the that the PlayStation Suite online store not being ready. However we're generally impressed with both the phone and how existing games have been integrated to use the Xperia Play's controls. We like how the new custom UI both looks and works – a definite improvement on how it used to be on the Xperia X10. One area that concerns us is memory.
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Go is therefore fine looking, easily the most handsome and powerful rugged phone out there. The fact its waterproof, able to deal with life’s little mishaps definitely adds a great USP to the mix. We’re not sure that this excuses the low resolution screen or out of date operating system, but the Xperia Go has plenty of appeal. In turn, anyone who wants a waterproof looker and can splash out £220 needn’t look elsewhere.
Pros: Great design and build, Most powerful rugged phone, Expandable storage
Cons: Low-resolution screen, Out of date Android version, Mediocre camera
Summary: The overall experience was great, and the performance was very impressive. We must say that Sony’s Xperia Go is a fantastic Android smartphone for those who frequently travel. Those who love trekking, mountaineering or wandering into the wild will find this phone extremely useful. Featuring light weight, a sleek form-factor, a crisp display, a fast UI, a waterproof and dustproof shell, an onboard GPS, music and entertainment, and Internet connectivity, all packed into...
Excerpt: An active lifestyle demands a certain type of smartphone. At least, that's what the product designers at Sony seem to think. Last year brought the Xperia Active, and now the Xperia Go has seen the light of day. Both of these phones are aimed at active people that enjoy physical exercise and aren't afraid of a little weather. Hardware.Info tested the new Xperia Go.
Conclusion: If you fancy an Xperia active in a more attractive disguise this is absolutely the phone for you. What’s more the go is an excellent all-rounder for the money, especially when you compare it to key rugged rivals like the Motorola Defy+ and far pricier Panasonic Eluga . Even if you’re not especially in need of a rugged phone we can see the water resistance being genuinely useful, especially if you’re adventurous and allergic to phone insurance, and we’d be very surprised...
Summary: The Sony Xperia Go is quite the looker, and under the bonnet it’s packing all the right hardware: it’s simply an added bonus that the whole affair is water and dust resistant. However, unless you’re spectacularly butterfingered or work on an oil rig, it’s hard to recommend over rivals: running Android 2.3 as it does, it’s now two full versions out of date. You’d be better off with the HTC One V, which runs the more modern Android 4.0 for a similar price - £200 upfront.
Summary: If anything, the added resistance to the natural elements and from occasional bumps and scratches is the Sony Xperia Go’s greatest selling point. This should appeal to people who are looking for a smartphone that they can take wherever they are regardless of the weather. Considering that Sony is aiming at the said market, the phone’s below average battery capacity coupled with its lackluster screen resolution can be a huge roadblock for prospective buyers.
Conclusion: Sony may've parted ways with Ericsson but they still seem to hang out at some of the places they used to go together. One thing's for sure, the Xperia go won't mind being around the Xperia active, even if it finds itself under the occasional meter of water. So, it's a phone that's supposed to make a living off the beaten track, but the Xperia go plays it safe by following closely in the Xperia active's footsteps.
Pros: IP67 certified for dust and water resistance, wet-finger tracking, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 3.5" 16M-color LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480 pixels) at around 165 ppi, Bravia Mobile engine, Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread, Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400 GPU, NovaThor U8500 chipset, 512 MB RAM, 5 MP autofocus camera, single LED flashlight, geotagging, image stabilization, smile ...
Cons: No ICS out of the box, Screen resolution a bit low by today's standards, No arm case and wrist strap in the bundle (ala the Sony Ericsson Xperia active)- available in the Xperia go "Sports Edition", No hardware camera shutter key, No secondary camera, no video calls, No DivX/XviD video support, 1080p video playback is a no go, too, No ANT+ support for connection to sports peripherals (unlike the Xperia active)
Summary: The Sony Xperia Go runs on Android OS v2.3 (Gingerbread) and is powered by Dual-core 1.0 GHz processor with 512MB RAM. It has a 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixel display. The Sony Xperia Go also comes with a 5.0-megapixel camera that is able to record videos at 720p. It comes with 4GB of built-in storage, and is able to support microSD cards of up to 32GB.
Pros: + Water and dust resistant, + Excellent call quality, + Decent camera
Cons: - Low resolution display, - No Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), - Back cover is a stain magnet, - Transceiver, - Headset, - USB Cable, - Charger