The Sony Xperia Tipo is a remarkable smartphone. It is for people who want to own an Xperia handset. Being a low-cost device, the Tipo is affordable. Although inexpensive, this is a pretty good smartphone to have.
The form factor of the Tipo complements its personality. It is a small and lightweight smartphone. The finish of the phone is surprisingly good. Even though the display is just 3.2 inches, it is definitely not a big-display phone. The phone has a black bezel that aesthetically wraps the device. The buttons on the phone are ergonomically placed. The finish of the phone is matte plain white colored. Even though the phone is inexpensive as compared to other phones in the Xperia series, this smartphone does look premium.
The size of the phone is a plus factor. If you are looking for a smallish smartphone, then the Sony Xperia Tipo fits the bill. Being of modest build, the quality of construction of the phone is good.
Being an Android device, the smartphone is powered by an 800 MHz Qualcomm processor. The primary memory specification on the phone is 512 MB. Expect all the goodness of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on the phone.
The camera on the phone has a resolution of 3.2 MP. The auto focus technology helps you take accurate snapshots. The image stabilization technology ensures that you get stable pictures without the need to have a non-shaky posture when capturing photos.
There is also face detection and touch focus to add to the impressive repertoire. You can take 3D sweep panorama pictures with this camera. The 4X digital zoom lets you take full advantage of the in-built photo light.
The camera is excellent for taking outdoor photographs with sufficient ambient light. You can manage these images in multiple image formats. Some of the supported image formats are JPEG, PNG, BMP, and GIF.
The battery life of the Sony Xperia Tipo is good. The standard Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery delivers up to 400 hours to 350 hours. You can play music on the device continuously for 17 hours. The talk time is around 13 hours.
The Tipo is an ideal smartphone to listen music. All Xperia models have great music playback, and this smartphone is no different. The Tipo has a FM player. The music player supports multiple formats. The inbuilt xLOUD Experience technology gives you amazing sound quality.
Being an Android device, you can download applications from the Android App Market. In addition, the phone has pre-installed apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for example. There are a slew of Google applications pre-installed as well. Some of them are namely Google Talk, Calendar, Maps and Voice Search.
The Tipo has good connectivity features. The USB High Speed 2.0 facility lets you transfer and receive content to and from your smartphone. There is WiFi and WiFi Hotspot. The inbuilt aGPS gives you good navigation facilities when on the move.
There is also Bluetooth to engage in contactless sharing of content. You can even synchronize your phone data using Google Sync. All in all, this smartphone has plenty of connectivity options.
What’s not so great?
The processor specification is poor. And so is the primary memory. You will experience latency when opening and closing applications. You may not be able to multitask to the level you desire. So it has to be said that the performance of the Tipo is basic.
The decision to make the processing performance basic is not understood. This is at a time when low-end Huawei Ascend phones have better processors and RAM. In fact, they have powerful processors in spite of being low-end devices. Probably Sony can take a leaf out of Huawei’s strategy?
The 3.2 inch display is modest. Understandably so, given that this smartphone is at the low-end of Xperia smartphones. The resolution on the phone is modest too. 480 X 320 pixels is no match to the screen resolutions found on other high-end devices.
The camera is a measly 3.2 MP. It lacks LED flash. You cannot take pictures when there is no sufficient ambient light. There is no front facing camera on the Sony Xperia Tipo to make video calls.
The internal memory of the phone is just 2.9 GB. You can expand the memory to 32 GB through a microSD expansion slot. Even with the expandable memory, the internal memory is not enough. Being an Android device, you are tempted to download so many applications and multimedia content. But the internal memory storage capacity is a hindrance.
Vs. HTC Desire C
Interestingly, the HTC Desire C has a slower processor. HTC phones are known for their fast processors, but this smartphone does not. The only advantage that HTC Desire C has over the Sony Xperia Tipo is that it has NFC (Near Field Communication). This apart, there is nothing much to choose between these two phones. The Xperia is for Sony smartphone lovers. The Desire C is for HTC smartphone lovers.
Vs, Samsung Galaxy Y
There are not many advantages of the Tipo over the Galaxy Y. In fact, both these smartphones are neck on neck in terms of specifications and functionality. However, the Tipo is a slightly larger smartphone, despite being small itself. The Tipo also has better display resolution in comparison to the 240 X 320 pixels on the Galaxy Y.
Vs. Galaxy Mini 2
The Mini 2 has NFC support. Apart from that, there is nothing much to choose between these two devices. The Mini 2 has lower screen resolution and thus lower pixels per pinch density.
Vs. Nokia Lumia 510
The 510 is a Windows phone. The 510 has better battery time. This includes video playback and talk time. Both the phones run on the same processor. The 510 has better inbuilt storage of 4GB. So what’s the USP of the 510?
As with the current genre of Nokia phones, expect quality in this phone. The hardware and software of the Lumia 510 is of high quality. But the Tipo is as good in these aspects. The one serious advantage of the Tipo is that it is an Android phone and thus you can download a variety of applications from the Android App Market.
Vs. LG Optimus L5
Both these phones run on Android. They have capacitive touchscreens based on TFT technology. They run on the same processor specification. The L5 has a better camera resolution of 5 MP. The camera has LED flash to help you take pictures in any ambient light.
The Sony Xperia Tipo is a small compact smartphone that is moderately priced in comparison with the other Xperia smartphones. Therefore, it will definitely have buyers. It runs on the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and has decent processing performance.
Snugly fitting into your palm, the 3.2” display is small. But this phone is made to be small. And if you are looking for a smartphone that fits your palm, it is Tipo that you should buy. There are several good features, some ordinary ones, and many desirable features. But as with any phone, there is scope for improvement in the Tipo as well.
Price and availability
The lowest price of the Sony Xperia Tipo is Rs. 7815. The smartphone is available at all leading electronics outlets and online stores.