Sony Xperia Go waterproof Android phone review
Another blower for beer baptism benchmarking
The arrival of the Nexus 7 has given me cause to reconsider my next phone purchase. Do I need a 4.6in superphone now I have a 7in Tegra 3 tablet? Surely a small, rugged handset with good battery life, a decent dual-core CPU and plenty of storage for apps would make more sense. An outright purchase price of around £200 would be nice too. Sony seems to have read my mind with its new Xperia Go.
Hardy handset: Sony's Xperia Go
I certainly like the compact dimensions of the Go and its 110g weight. The matt-finished sides and rear make for a very secure grip, as does the recessed lip beneath the screen. The grommets that cover the 3.5mm audio and micro USB ports are a bit of a bugger to open but that’s the price you pay for an IP67 rating that among classes the phone as resistant to water and dust.
8GB on-board with Micro SD card expansion
The back of the handset can be removed to access the SIM and microSD card slots but the battery is built-in. The whole things feels extremely robust and survived an inadvertent drop of over 2m onto a concrete floor with no signs of damage.
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The 165dpi 3.5in 320 x 480 screen is no better in terms of basic spec than that fitted to HTC’s Desire C but thanks to Sony’s Bravia Mobile engine – with its contrast enhancement, sharpness filters and noise reduction – the end results are far more impressive. Even my 720p test videos looked good. There are no extra WhiteMagic pixels as found in some of the Go’s big Xperia brothers but I found the LCD panel bright enough for easy use out of doors.
AnTuTu and Sunspider results
Buried inside is a dual-core 1GHz NovaThor U8500 CPU and 512MB of RAM which gives the Xperia Go some serious pace. An AnTuTu score of 5,500 is pretty dramatic at this price level and in more practical terms games like Shadowgun and Dead Trigger run perfectly.
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Re: ICS fail points docking
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Re: ICS fail points docking
So 70 % for the new iphone ?
Forget beer proof, is it Monsoon Proof
Even though nature has been trying to eliminate the Hose Pipe Ban, that and the bbeer test are nothing compared to a real soaker in Singapore, Cambodia or VietNam.
The toll on unsuitable cell phones is high here, even when wrapped in baggies.
Some ingenious repair people fix damaged motherboards and reselling as refurbished. Authorised Apple repair shops just bin them.
I wrapped a laptop in two turkey basting bags, and two zip-lock monster bags and after a one-hour trip I had to dry everything and repack. Monsoons are hard taskmasters.
So bring on those waterproof/beer proof Androids, they are something Apple don't have.
P.S. A touch of silibcone grease around the joint faces really improves things, too.
Xperia Pro ICS update
The phone is the one with the slide out qwerty keyboard. Upgraded last week. It may be the placebo effect, but things feel faster and the battery seems to last longer. It looks nicer also.
Updated via Sony Update Service, without a hitch.
The phone has only 512MB of RAM, and I was *really* concerned that it wouldn't be enough to run ICS smoothly. There have been plenty of reports of degraded performance after the update, but there have also been reports of suceess, so I went for it.
After installation and a reset (the one that clears stuff but leaves your data and applications in place) at the very least it's certainly not slower than the previous version, 2.3.something. It could be that it's running a different mix of services.
Sony did take their bloody time getting it out, though.