Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia tipo / ST21i / Xperia tipo Dual / ST21i2
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16 January 2013
Summary: Emerging from the growingly crowded sea of budget Android smartphones is the Sony Xperia tipo dual, quite rightly one of the smallest smartphones we’ve had. The question, of course, is how well it holds up for something just shy of RM600?
Pros: Dual-SIM support, Loud speakers, Long battery life
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.
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.
Pros: Android 4.0, Impressive battery life, Great design
Cons: Poor camera, Small screen, Occasional slowdown
Excerpt: The Tipo is essentially the baby smartphone in the Sony Xperia range of devices. In India, this is the first entry-level Xperia smartphone. In a price segment where smartphones clearly look, feel and perform with the “budget” aspect in mind, the Tipo isn’t being held back by that.
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...
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...
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.
Summary: Even Sony Ericsson, at it's lowest point in sales and overall situation, would not try and make the potentional buyers believe this is an actual dual SIM phone. Actually since the phone was in developement when Sony bought Ericsson's shares it is both companies fault that such a device will come to...
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.
Summary: After forging a formidable reputation for itself in the conventional smartphone market, Sony has now ventured into dual SIM smartphone waters with the Xperia tipo Dual, an affordable Android-powered dual SIM device. But does the Xperia magic work over two SIMs?