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Review: Sony Xperia Tipo Dual

TT Gadget Editor  |  |   12 Apr 2013, New Delhi
Review: Sony Xperia Tipo Dual

Why to buy it:

Sony Xperia Tipo Dual is the lowest priced Android smartphone with 512 MB RAM and 800 MHz Processor. It has less weight and is handy.

Why to avoid:

The Camera is not satisfactory. Its multitasking/swapping applications are slower.

Our Take:

Xperia Tipo dual is a good buy for Rs 10,500. It has certain limitations of camera and slow processor.

Rating:

Price:
Rs. 10, 500

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Detailed Review

Design:

Xperia Tipo dual is at the same cost for Xperia Tipo, but is a dual sim smartphone. The handset dimension is 103 mm, 57 mm and 13 mm in height, width and depth and is 99.4 gm in weight. The phone comes with 3.2 inches scratch-resistant TFT touch screen with 320 x 480 pixels screen resolution. It is available in Black, Red, Blue and white colours. On the top it has a 3.5 mm earjack. The right side has a USB charger/PC connecting port whereas, the left side of the phone gives you volume/camera key on the upper side. It lacks with front facing camera. Below the screen is a physical home key with back and menu key along its sides. On the back of the device you have a 3.2 megapixels camera but lacks with LED flash light. And below the camera is a speaker grill. Overall, the phone is handy with a different and attractive look but lacks with the small screen size.

                        
            
Interface/OS:

The Sony Xperia Tipo dual runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. This phone is power backed by 800 MHz Qualcomm processor and 512 MB of RAM. When tested, the mobile functioned smoother and easier but, delayed in multitasking and swapping applications because of its slower 512 MB of RAM.

Camera:

The Xperia Tipo Dual comes with an average 3.2 megapixels main camera but without LED flash light and it does not have a front facing camera for video calls. The camera has all smart features like, Geo-tagging, image stabilization, smile and face detection and touch focus. It has in-built photo light, 3D sweep panorama and auto focus functions enabled with 4X digital zoom. The image playback supported formats are BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP and the image captured supported format is JPEG. When tested, the outdoor images were clear and rich with colours whereas, the indoor shots were clear with flash support but the colours were dull. The camera captures the picture fast and the overall camera performance is average.

Memory:

Sony Xperia Tipo dual gives you in-built 2.5 GB user accessible memory with 512 MB of RAM. It allows you to extend it up to 32 GB through micro SD extension slot.

                                        

Battery:

Xperia Tipo dual comes with a standard Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery which has done full justice to this device. It delivers the stand by time of up to 370 hours on 2G and up to 300 hours on 3G. The music playback time is up to 15 hours and the Talk Time from the battery is up to 13 hours on 2G and up to 6.5 hours when on 3G. The overall battery performance was great with average daily use, but it discharges early while browsing on 3G.

Audio/Video:

Xperia Tipo dual is amazing and so its music player. This phone has a FM radio with RDS player and it supports MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA and Ogg vorbis audio playback supported formats. Track ID music recognition is in-built in the device and 3GPP, MP4 and AMR are audio recording supported formats. The video quality of the phone when tested was good and it really delivers 720 pixels video recording. The video playback and recording formats are 3GPP and MP4. When tested, camera performed average with its video quality and was in 720 pixels.

Features:

Xperia Tipo dual from Sony is in-built with all Android smart phone features and applications and you can purchase or download latest android applications to your phone. In-built it has many social and other apps integrated like, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, etc. The list of pre-loaded application include: Google Voice Search, Google Talk video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, and Google Maps with Street View. For connectivity and communication you have multiple options like USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support with Native USB tethering. As well as WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality with DLNA Certified you can connect/access to internet. Synchronization via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook is possible. aGPS is in-built in the device and you have a WebKit web browser with Pan and zoom functions in it. Bluetooth technology helps you pair with other devices and share data with them.

                

Conclusion:

The Sony Xperia Tipo dual is a compact smart phone with dual sim functionality in Sony’s Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over its competitors. Its week 512 MB RAM, small screen size and no front facing camera might be reasons for avoiding it. So, we give this phone 3 star rating.

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