Sony for quite a while now has been suffering a serious knock from biggies like Samsung and Apple. With an intention to make a serious comeback in the smartphone market, Sony, in August 2012, launched the Sony Xperia Tipo and the Xperia Tipo Dual. Earlier, the Xperia Neo and Xperia U seemed to be gaining a huge amount of attention, but the craze did not last for too long. Interestingly, the Tipo still seems to be one of the most sought after Android smartphones from Sony.
The only difference between the Xperia Tipo and the Xperia Tipo Dual is that the latter has two SIM slots. Amazingly, the Xperia Tipo weighs just 99gms. Finding an Android smartphone lighter than that is almost close to impossible. At 3.2-inch, the screen may seem a bit smaller, but is truly the best you can get at something around Rs. 10000. The Back, Home and the Menu buttons are neatly placed just below the screen. Top panel includes a 3.5mm jack and the power button, while a 3.2 MP camera is located at the back..
Xperia Tipo is powered by a 512 MB RAM and 800 MHz processor. The internal memory lets you store data up to 3 GB. You can further expand the memory up to 32 GB using a microSD card. The 1500 mAh Lithium-Ion battery promises a decent talk-time of 5 hours for 2G network. However, for 3G networks, the device offers a talk time of around 4 hours, which is obviously not bad.
The phone runs on Android 4.0 and is preloaded with several apps including an office suite, CircBuzz, Bollywood Hungama, Whatsapp and PVR cinema. Moreover, the phone also pumps in an app called the ‘appXtra’ which allows you to download other apps like Romantic Salman, SRK with love and many more. To put it simple, the app gives you access to free songs and videos of your favourite Bollywood stars. Finally, those interested in Astrology can make the most out of the Astro app by Bejan Daruwalla.
Sony Xperia Tipo does not offer a dedicated camera button and lacks the auto-focus feature which could disappoint phone users who love clicking snaps with their mobile phones.
Should you or shouldn’t you? Well, that completely depends on what you are exactly looking out for. If a high-end smart phone with a powerful processor is on your radar, this one may not be the right pick. However, if you are in a look out for a budget phone that’s packed in with the best features, this one is for you. Talking about the overall ratings, it is truly justified to give it an 8 on 10 for hardware as well as the design.