Clearly, the Tipo dual is Sony’s attempt to makes its presence felt in the entry-level Android smartphone market. This phone is similar to the Xperia Tipo but with only one major difference. The Sony Xperia Tipo Dual is a dual SIM phone. Another difference, although not a serious one is that the Tipo is available in more colors than the dual. You can choose from white, red and blue. The Tipo Dual only comes in black and white.
On first impressions, you will notice that this device is short and stout. This smartphone is not an odd one out, but an exception. While many smartphone brands have begun to endorse the trend of larger screen sizes, the Xperia Tipo Dual is designed with a different viewpoint. This smartphone only has 3.2” of screen size. And it is not a thin smartphone. It is 13 mm thick making it a chubby rather than a chunky device. Despite this chubby disposition, the device weighs only 99 grams.
The all-plastic construct gives the phone a robust and light build. The phone does not feel like plastic despite being constructed majorly of plastic. The soft matte coating allows for smooth aesthetics. The phone looks sturdy all along. More than calling this phone elegant, you would call it compact and sturdy.
The Sony Xperia Tipo Dual has a 3.2” display with a resolution of 480 X 320 pixels. For the phone’s price, the screen offers decent resolution and viewing angles. In comparison to many phones in this price range, the screen is good. Some of the phones in this price range are LG Optimus L3, Samsung Galaxy Y and Samsung Galaxy Y Duos.
Android phones have a common complaint – their build is sloppy. But the Xperia Tipo Dual is an exception. Despite being an entry-level device, the glass of the display is mineralized and scratch-resistant. And the handset is very light compared to other handsets in its league.
The smartphone has a decent camera with a decent resolution of 3.2 MP. Under bright sunlight, the picture quality is good. There are a bunch of useful camera technologies. There are also different modes to choose from. For instance, there are the Night Scene, Beach, and Sporty modes that transform your pictures into artsy images. Essentially this is a basic camera with basic settings. There is the White Balance setting that allows you to adjust the White Balance to improve the quality of your pictures. You can also GeoTag all your clicked pictures.
One of the biggest advantages of this phone is that it is an Android device. Running on the Android 4.0, the Xperia Tipo Dual offers a zippy user experience. The Timescape UI provides up to 5 home screens. There are many applications that come bundled. Bollywood Hungama lets you stay updated on the latest Bollywood news, and gossip. It provides you infotainment and a whole lot of services to satiate your appetite for Bollywood.
CricBuzz is also an Indie app. It is for ardent cricket lovers who can’t stay away from their favorite game. The PVR Cinema app lets you checkout show timings and also book movie tickets. aaXtra lets you download television content such as TV shows and videos. There are many such interesting apps that come bundled. Being an Android phone, you also have access to the Google Play Store from where you have access to thousands of music tracks, videos, games, and such multimedia content.
Being a Sony phone, expect good audio and video playback capabilities. The multimedia player supports a wide range of video and audio formats. The sound quality is more than average when on the loudspeaker or the headphone. The speaker has the integrated xLoud technology that gives you really loud decibels.
Given that this is a dual SIM smartphone, the dual SIM settings are impressive. You can choose a SIM for voice, data, or messaging functions. You can also choose two different operators for the SIMs.
What’s not so great?
The screen size is definitely not the best. The viewing angles are only decent. The reflective screen does not offer good clarity under bright sunlight.
It is Ok if the camera resolution is low. It is understandable considering the price of this phone. But there is no Auto Focus. This is a must-have feature that is becoming a bare minimum in several entry level camera phones. There is no dedicated button to operate the camera. You have to access the camera app to be able to click pictures. Given that there is no inbuilt LED flash, you cannot click pictures in the dark or when there is not enough ambient light.
The performance of the Xperia Tipo Dual is at best decent. The processor specification is just 800 MHz. For an entry level device just as this, it is an OK specification. So you can expect performance to be commensurate with the price. You may not be able to get an optimal multitasking experience. Your browsing experience could get sluggish.
The multimedia player does offer a decent playback, but it supports video resolution only up to 480 pixels. Anything above that will turn the video choppy. Also, the small screen size does not give you an ideal video-watching experience. The small screen size also makes it difficult when browsing the Internet.
Vs. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos
The Y Duos has a low resolution display given that it sports only 240 x 320 pixels resolution. Both phones have the same set of specifications and the lack of certain specifications.
Vs. Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos
The Ace Duos has a higher resolution camera with autofocus. The Sony Xperia Tipo Dual does not have any significant advantages over the Ace Duos.
Vs. HTC Desire C
The Desire C has better internal storage at 4 GB. It has a higher resolution camera of 5 MP. On the other hand, the Tipo Dual has more specifications. Importantly, it has better battery time. The HTC Desire C may have a slight advantage given that it runs on the Android 4.0.3 which is a touch newer compared to Android 4.0.
Vs. Motorola Defy Mini
The Defy Mini runs on a lower version Android OS – 2.3.6. The touchscreen of the Defy Mini has a light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brightness according to ambient light. Both phones are neck on neck in terms of specifications.
For the price of this phone, it offers a decent smartphone experience. You cannot expect a high-end smartphone experience from this phone. The phone does have good apps. It has good audio quality and battery life. The user interface and navigation is decent. You can capture decent quality images. You can also capture videos.
So everything about this phone is just that – decent. You cannot expect more than “decent”. And this phone does come at a “decent” price. So is you are looking for a low-level entry-level budget smartphone that also has dual SIM support, you can choose this one. Another reason would be that it is an Android phone. But alas, the screen size and the internal storage specifications, as well as the processor inhibit your abilities to harness the full might of the Android universe.
Price and availability
The Sony Xperia Tipo Dual is priced in the range of 7000 to 10000 rupees. This price could vary by ecommerce stores and electronic outlets.