Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia tipo / ST21i
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Sony Xperia Tipo
30 June 2013
Summary: Sony’s affordable entry-level smartphone, the Xperia Tipo, packs decent specs for its €79 price tag. But how did this smart device for beginners fare with a smartphone novice, and did it make him a convert?
Summary: The Sony Xperia Tipo delivers Android Ice Cream Sandwich to people on a tight budget. It's small in the hand and under the hood so it's only going to appeal to folk with fairly modest mobile needs. But it could be worth a look if you're after ICS on a budget. Just be aware there are more powerful Android phones with larger, clearer screens at this price.
Sony Xperia Tipo — The baby of the Xperia range offers up ICS at a low price
4 November 2012
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia Tipo is the latest addition to the Xperia smartphone range, and it’s undoubtedly the baby of the family. It comes in at around £100 (around $160), with an 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 2.5GB of internal storage, a 3.2MP camera and a 3.2-inch 320 x 480 display. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich , which in terms of its specifications is definitely the standout feature.
Conclusion: The Sony Tipo represents smart styling, great battery life and exceptional value. The fact there’s Android 4.0 on board means you’re in a great position as far as app support goes and Sony’s UI tweaks are (for the most part) complementary. It could be more powerful and the screen could be bigger and sharper, but for £89 off contract, we really are nit picking.
Pros: Android 4.0, Impressive battery life, Great design
Cons: Poor camera, Small screen, Occasional slowdown
Summary: Although the Sony Xperia looks and feels nice, it offers poor performance and little in the way of features. Battery life is good but it means less when the Huawei Ascend G300 outclasses it and costs even less.
Summary: From what we have seen, the Sony Xperia Tipo will appeal to the demographic that are brand conscious. Android ICS out of the box, and is targeted at someone who has fairly basic smartphone usage patterns. If you aren't too brand conscious, there are more powerful options out there, with bigger displays as well.
Pros: Stable performance, Good battery life, Android ICS out of the box, UI doesn't bog down performance
Cons: Small display may not suit everyone, Camera isn't very good, Display doesn't have adequate crispness
Conclusion: The Xperia line can be tracked down to the days when Ericsson was in the mix and some may go as far as calling the Sony Xperia tipo a snapshot of that time. The tipo is based on a certain model in the Sony Ericsson lineup and there's no denying that it's a step down from the prototype in terms of equipment. However, the Xperia tipo was never meant to be an upgrade of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band UMTS support, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 3.2" 256K-color capacitive TFT touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480), Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 800 MHz Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7225AA chipset, 512 MB of RAM, 2.5GB of inbuilt storage, microSD slot (32GB supported), 3.15 MP fixed-focus camera, geotagging, VGA video @ 25fps, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and proximity sen...
Cons: Fixed-focus camera, No LED flash, Mediocre screen quality, No front camera, Non-hot-swappable microSD slot, Loudspeaker performance is so-so, No DivX/XviD support
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia tipo is a very decent foray in the world of entry level Androids. It has the performance and stability of Android Ice Cream Sandwich going for it, as well as a pleasant to hold, and comfortable to operate with one hand chubby chassis with soft touch plastic on the back.
Excerpt: Just when the phones borrowing the design of the XPeria S were starting to be more than they should be, Sony created a different device, at least design wise, and we are presented with the ST21i. After the appearence of the Xperia S in the market, Sony faced an unusual situation where they had only one new device to offer and an expensive one on top of that.