Summary: As a ruggedised smartphone laying claim to highest level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone, we really put the Sony Xperia Go through its paces, and though it’s certainly a compact and durable smartphone with top specifications, we’re not too convinced by its waterproofing.
Summary: The Sony Xperia Go is the active, tough and “rugged” member of the Xperia family. It features similar styling and features to Sony’s other Xperia devices , but has the added benefit of being dust- and water-resistant.
Pros: Dust proof, water resistant IP67, Small, portable, suits active lifestyle, Good battery life
Cons: USB and headphone jack flaps are hard to open, 320×480 res screen, Rear of the phone feels ‘rough’, No front camera
Summary: At the end of our today’s analysis, it appears to us that Sony’s Xperia Go is not an excellent rugged phone. But it sure doesn’t suck, either. It’s somewhere in between, with good protection against sand and water and good performance.
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.
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.
Pros: Great design and build, Most powerful rugged phone, Expandable storage
Cons: Low-resolution screen, Out of date Android version, Mediocre camera
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.
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 .
Excerpt: Rugged phones have been around for quite some time but have been quite gimmicky in their “rugged” utility. In focusing on the rugged aspect of the smartphone, these devices have given up on some essential features such as utility, comfort and power under the hood.
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.
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.
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 Ging...
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, 1...