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Sony Xperia TIPO

alaTest has collected and analyzed 527 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and usability. The battery and responsiveness also get good feedback. There are mixed views on the camera and screen, and many are critical about the features.

value for money, responsiveness, battery, usability, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia TIPO is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 527 reviews)

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Sony Xperia tipo dual (ST21i2) Review


The entry-level Android space has only recently become rife with excitement as the newer models are actually something worth considering. When Android first started out, the cheaper variants were nothing but horrid and you wouldn't want to go anywhere...

The Xperia tipo dual gets the familiar skinning we’ve seen on other handsets, although this is similar to the lower-end handsets like the Live with Walkman rather than the higher-end Xperia phones. The UI is very smooth and you can quickly swipe...

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Sony Xperia tipo review: Mini just got bigger


The NXT line gave Sony the strong start they needed after returning to the smartphone game on their own. The Japanese then focused on filling the lower ranks and, yet again, we see them look for inspiration in the old Sony Ericsson scrapbook.

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band UMTS support ; 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; 3.2" 256K-color capacitive TFT touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480) ; Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ; 800 MHz Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm...

Fixed-focus camera, No LED flash ; Mediocre screen quality ; No front camera ; Non-hot-swappable microSD slot ; Loudspeaker performance is so-so ; No DivX/XviD support

The Xperia line can be tracked down to the days when Ericsson was in the mix and some may go as far as calling the Sony Xperia tipo a snapshot of that time. The tipo is based on a certain model in the Sony Ericsson lineup and there's no denying that...

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Sony Xperia tipo Review


Sony isn't as shy to go downmarket with Android as HTC used to be, and the Xperia tipo is a proud proof of that strategy. Codenamed as the Tapioca (we wish they kept the edible name), this is the first truly entry level Android from the Japanese. Has...

Good call quality ; Capable loudspeaker

Subpar camera quality

The Sony Xperia tipo is a very decent foray in the world of entry level Androids. It has the performance and stability of Android Ice Cream Sandwich going for it, as well as a pleasant to hold, and comfortable to operate with one hand chubby chassis...


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Sony Xperia tipo dual


Sony Xperia tipo dual is a low-end Android smartphone suitable for first-time smartphone owners. It comes in a dual-SIM flavo and has a 3.2-inch HVGA (320x480) display made out of scratch-resistant mineral glass. Inside it runs an 800MHz single-core...

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Sony Xperia Tipo mini-review


Sony has released more smartphones than ever before 2012, hoping that strength in numbers will help it overcome Android competition from the likes of Samsung and HTC. One important, but often overlo...

As for video, you’re limited to 640x480 resolution with plenty of compression, and output quality that’s not much use for anything. See our sample shots below for a few examples.

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Sony Xperia Tipo Specs and Features


Recently a new set of handsets introduced on one of their official website by Sony Mobile Communications that named Sony Xperia Tipo and Sony Xperia tipo dual. The tipo dual has two SIM cards that is provided with the key ...

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Amazon review summary for Sony Xperia TIPO


alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Sony Xperia TIPO from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

value for money, battery, portability, responsiveness, screen


65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony Xperia Tipo Dual-SIM ST21A2 Unlocked Android Phone--U.S. Warranty (Silver)

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What the reviews didn't cover


The standard ICS photo gallery app only displays images stored locally while the included Xperia gallery includes photos from cloud sources (e.g. Facebook). - Apps can't be moved to the removable storage card in ICS, but if you add storage for media...

Works great on T-Mobile's refarmed 1900mhz HSPA+ (4G-) service ; Small enough to mindlessly toss in shirt pocket (a bit longer than a deck of cards.) ; Battery charge lasts several days with GPS and bluetooth radios off ; Suprisingly responsive and stable

The fixed focus camera works best at close range and low dynamic range. It's not up to capturing bar codes, but you can grab a typed document in a pinch. Photos are not suitable for printing, but look pretty good on the phone's screen ; The "scratch...

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Best of Cheap Smartphones


It is really the "BEST" of the cheap smartphones. It had been only onthes since release :) With Jellybean etc... It is pretty awesome!

Product Specifications


Autofocus: No
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:640 x 480 (VGA)


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:262.144
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Operator:3 / EE / LIFE MOBILE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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