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Sony Xperia GO

Today we’re going to take a look at the Sony Xperia GO. This is a fairly good phone. It’s not one of the best in the Xperia series ( the new ones, the ones that came out this year ), but it’s still better than their older products. This is good, few companies actually evolve that much in such a short time. Last year around this time, I’m not proud to say it, but Sony didn’t have that big of a hit in the phone industry. Now, however, they released quite a lot of phones and have announced even more, both with a great deal of power and a bright destiny for each. This phone, the Sony Xperia GO, which is also known as the Xperia Advance and Sony LT26w, is a smaller version of its more powerful counterparts. However, this is somewhat understandable. When you release a phone which is a Mini, you do so the same way you do with Demos for games. You release it so that it would spark the interest in the client so that the client will purchase the full one to enjoy all the benefits.

Let’s begin this little review, shall we ?

GENERAL

We’ll start off by taking a look at some of the more general aspects of the device. Here you can find out a bit about the supported networks as well as the announcement and release dates of the Sony Xperia GO. The supported networks of the Sony Xperia GO are both 2G and 3G ones. Those networks are as following : GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900 ( the 2G ones ) and HSDPA 850, HSDPA 900, HSDPA 1900 and HSDPA 2100 ( the 3G ones ). The Sony Xperia GO was announced in May 2012 and is expected to come out somewhere around Q3 of 2012, same as many other phones. That’s about it for the General things, now let’s move on.

BODY

Next up we’ll be taking a look at the aspect of the Sony Xperia GO. Here you can find out a bit of info about the size and weight of the device, as well as see whether or not the Sony Xperia GO has any particularities related to the body. The Sony Xperia GO is around 111 x 60.3 x 9.8 mm big and weighs somewhere around 110 grams. The Sony Xperia GO also has Touch-Sensitive Controls instead of buttons. That’s about it for the Body, so let’s move on now.

DISPLAY

Next up we’ll be taking a look at the display of the Sony Xperia GO. Here you can find out a bit about the type of screen of the device, the screen size, the screen’s resolution and pixel density as well as see whether or not the Sony Xperia GO has any Screen protection and any particularities related to the display. The Sony Xperia GO has an LED-Backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen with approximately 16 million colors. The screen of this device is around 3.5 inches big and can house a resolution of approximately 320 x 480 pixels. The pixel density is pretty small due to the small screen – 165 ppi. This phone also has an Advanced Multitouch which can support up to 10 simultaneous fingers. The protection of this device consists of a Scratch-Resistant Glass display. The Sony Xperia GO has a few particularities as well : Sony BRAVIA Engine. This phone is also IP67 certified dust and and water proof ( the water proof is applicable on depth of up to 1 m or submersion of around 30 minutes ). That’s about it for the display of the Sony Xperia GO, so let’s move on.

SOUND

Next up we’ll be taking a look at the audio output capabilities of the Sony Xperia GO. Here you can find out a bit of info about the Alert Types, speaker and audio jack as well as see whether or not this phone has any sound enhancement whatsoever on it, be it software-based or otherwise. The Alert Types of the Sony Xperia GO are as following : Vibration and MP3 ringtones. This phone also has a Loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. Unfortunately, the Sony Xperia GO has no sound enhancement whatsoever on it, so one may be right when one calls it pretty basic as far as sound is concerned. Since there’s no more to be said here, let’s move on now to the next part.

MEMORY

Next up we’ll be taking a look at the memory of the Sony Xperia GO. Here you can find out a bit about the RAM of the device, the internal storage space and ways of expanding said storage space. The RAM of the device is around 512 MB, which isn’t all that powerful, however, it’s halfway decent and you can live with it. The storage space of the Sony Xperia GO is 8 GB but sadly, only 4 GB are user-available. However disappointing that may be for some, threat not, for this phone has a Micro SD card slot which can use any card of up to 32 GB. That’s about enough for the memory, so let’s move on now to the next part.

DATA CONNECTION

Next up we’ll be taking a look at the connectivity of the Sony Xperia GO. Here you can find out a bit about the GPRS and EDGE of the device, the Speed and WLAN and the Bluetooth, USB and other ( if any ) connections. The Sony Xperia GO has both GPRS and EDGE. It isn’t mentioned what Class those two are, but we do know for sure what speed they can reach. The GPRS can go all the way up to 86 KB/s and the EDGE up to 237 KB/s. The Speed of the Sony Xperia GO is as following : HSDPA of 14.4 MB/s and HSUPA of 5.8 MB/s. The WLAN of the Sony Xperia GO is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. The Bluetooth of the Sony Xperia GO is a v2.1 one with A2DP and EDR. This phone’s USB port is a Micro USB v2.0 one with USB On-The-Go support. That’s about it for the connectivity, so let’s go to the next part.

CAMERA

Next up we’ll be taking a look at the camera of the Sony Xperia GO. Here you can find out a bit of info about the main and secondary camera of the device and see what features and capabilities they have. The Sony Xperia GO has a 5 MP main camera which can photograph at resolutions of approximately 2592 x 1944 pixels. The features of the main camera are as following : autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and 3D sweep panorama. The main camera can record video in 720p HD quality at around 30 frames per second. The video recorder of this device also has its own features : continuous autofocus, video light and video stabilization. Unfortunately the Sony Xperia GO has no secondary camera, so, out of lack of things to write about, let’s move on.

BATTERY LIFE

Next up we’ll be taking a look at the battery of the Sony Xperia GO. Here you can find out what battery the Sony Xperia GO has and how long it can function. This phone has a Standard Li-Ion 1305 mAh battery. This battery can function for approximately : 520 hours of stand-by in 2G and 460 hours of stand-by in 3G,  6 hours and 30 minutes of talk-time in 2G and 5 hours and 30 minutes in 3G and up to 45 hours of continuous music play. That’s it for the battery, so let’s move on to the next part.

HARDWARE

Next up we’ll be taking a look at the hardware of the Sony Xperia GO. We’ll be looking at the three main hardware components, to be more specific : processor, motherboard and graphics card. Unfortunately, the Sony Xperia GO has only one of the three, and even that one is exceptional. The only thing this phone has is a processor – a Dual-Core 1 GHz processor, to be more exact. Since the other components are nowhere to be seen, let’s move on.

SOFTWARE

Now is a time to look at the OS of the Sony Xperia GO. Here you can find out a bit about the Android OS version of the Sony Xperia GO and see whether or not it can be upgraded to a better one. The Sony Xperia GO has Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread installed on it, however, fear not since it has a planned upgrade in the near future to Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is by far the best OS for phones. That’s it here, so let’s move on to the last part.

FEATURES

Time to take a look at the more random features and capabilities of the Sony Xperia GO. The sensors of the Sony Xperia GO are as following : Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Compass. The messaging on this phone can be done via : SMS ( with Threaded view ), MMS, E-Mail, IM and Push Mail. The browser of the Sony Xperia GO uses HTML5 and has integrated support for Adobe Flash. This phone also has a Stereo FM radio with RDS on it and a GPS with A-GPS support. The Sony Xperia GO also has Java via Java MIDP emulation. This phone is available in the following colors : White, Black and Yellow.

Here is a brief list of what the Sony Xperia GO can do :

  • SNS integration
  • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
  • MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

This concludes our little review of the Sony Xperia GO. If you feel that anything is lacking from this review feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below for things which should be added and I will be sure to take them into consideration when writing my future projects. In the meantime, I sincerely hope you had as much fun reading my little review as I had writing it.

About Alexandru Becheru

He is a technology enthusiast and experienced writer.
  • http://www.newiphone5.net/ Dave Dann – iPhone 5

    Ive got this one..can only recommend..price is also aceptable.