Summary: The rugged Sony Xperia Go is happy to be exposed to the elements but, in other areas, its performance is underwhelming. You're asked to accept compromises for an Android device you can dunk in the river. That might be a trade-off you're happy to make, but if you're not outdoorsy, there are better, slicker all-rounders out there.
Cons: Low-res screen; Calls are on the quiet side; Gingerbread not Ice Cream Sandwich.
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...
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.
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Cons: Low-resolution screen, Out of date Android version, Mediocre camera
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: The Sony Xperia Go is a device whose performance is louder than its appearance. At its price, the Xperia Go faces off against the HTC One V, and takes the cake in terms of performance. The only downside is that the Go runs on Android 2.3 out of the box and the solace is that it will receive the ICS update in the near future.
Pros: Solid performance, Great build quality, Good camera
Cons: No ICS out-of-the-box, Low-res display, Cramped onscreen keyboard
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.