Sony Xperia Tipo is the latest entry level android smartphone from sony. Sony Xperia Tipo comes with 3.2 inches screen, single core CPU, android ICS 4.0.4 right out of the box. In this article we’re going to review Sony Xperia Tipo ST21i /ST21a. Is it worth to buy Xperia Tipo? what about the performance? will this budget phone runs HD/3D games?
You might wonder what is the different between the ST21i and the ST21a? the different is on network type other that it’s all the same. There’s also the dual sim card version, the tipo dual ST21i2/ ST21a2. This review apply for all version of tipo.
I must say the design of sony xperia tipo is quite good, i really like the curve shape of this phone. Sony xperia tipo is small and compact phone, it fits well on my pocket. When you hold in your hands, it feels comfortable.
The build quality of sony xperia tipo is quite good even though this phone is made entirely of plastic materials. The small dimension and the use of plastic materials makes this phone feels very light.
|Sony Xperia Tipo|
Sony xperia tipo measures 103 mm of height, 57 mm of width, and 13 mm of thickness. If you look at some of the pictures on web, you might think sony xperia tipo is a fat phone, well you’re wrong…this phone is not that fat, trust me.
Sony xperia tipo available in four different colours, classic black, classic white, deep red and navy blue. I personally love the blue one, blue is my favorite colour by the way .
Sony xperia tipo has a 3.2 inches capacitive display, resolution 320 x 480 pixels. Xperia tipo only has 180 ppi of pixel density which makes the display not so bright (but it’s brighter than samsung galaxy mini).
One good thing about the display, it’s already equipped with anti scratch glass, called mineral glass. So you don’t have to worry that the screen will gets ugly scratch marks. But don’t push it too hard because this display is not strong as gorilla glass.
|Sony Xperia Tipo|
|Screen size||3.2 inches|
|Screen type||TFT LCD capacitive|
|Screen resolution||320 x 480 pixels|
|Pixel density||180 ppi|
|Protection||mineral glass anti scratch|
Sony xperia tipo comes with 800 mhz single core Qualcomm snapdragon CPU (S1). It’s a cortex A5 chip (ARMv7) with Qualcomm MSM7225AA chipset. The graphics of sony xperia tipo is adreno 200 GPU (the enhanced version). Sony xperia tipo equipped with 512 MB of RAM and 2.15 GB user available internal memory (ROM), there’s also 754 MB of phone memory.
Yes, the hardware of sony xperia tipo are not so powerful, but remember this is a low end, budget android smartphone. But what about the gaming performance of sony xperia tipo? can it play HD games? well surprisingly sony xperia tipo is capable of playing HD games.
HD games like six guns, dead space, shadowgun, brother in arms 2, final fantasy 3, need for speed shift could be play on xperia tipo. Those games may not play 100% smoothly, sometimes i experience lag situation, but it is consider playable on xperia tipo.
For music playback, sony xperia tipo is really good, using built in speaker the sound is amazing. Sony xperia tipo has a xLoud technology which makes the sound louder when plugged to speakers or headphones. The sound quality is trully the key point of sony xperia tipo.
For video playback, don’t expect to play HD video/movie on this phone, remember this is a budget phone. There’s no way you can play HD 720p/1080p movie on xperia tipo, except using software rendering, like MX video player (S/W decoder).
Sony xperia tipo comes with android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) right out of the box. There’s not so many options for budget phone with ICS, other brands are still using gingerbread for low end phones. Even some high/mid-end phones are still using gingerbread these days.
On the ICS, you will get the sony’s Timescape UI, where you can get your facebook account integrated with the phone (facebook inside xperia). You can update facebook status and get notifications from inside the phone.
You can also synchronize your google and facebook account with the phone, so that for example the picture on your facebook or google plus will be accessible on the phone gallery, as if it was store locally on the phone (this called cloud computing, i think).
This features could be very useful for some people, but it could also become annoying for others. I personally think this feature is annoying, but remember you can always turn off this features any time.
Some software that already installed on xperia tipo are neoreader, astro file manager, office suite, whatsapp, trackid, live wire manager, appXtra, playnow. You could uninstall those software, if you don’t need them.
The camera on sony xperia tipo is not very good, it’s 3.15 mega pixels with no LED flash and autofocus. The photo quality is okay if you shooting outdoor during the day. But for indoor photo shooting the picture becomes terrible. The camera definitely one of the weakness of this phone.
|Sony Xperia Tipo|
|Rear camera||3.15 mega pixels|
|Video record||VGA resolution at 30 fps|
There’s no front facing camera on sony xperia tipo, so you can’t make video calls using this phone. The back camera could record 480p (VGA) resolution video at 30 frame per second. There are four camera modes or scenes, night scene, beach and snow, sports and off(no scene).
Since the hardware of sony xperia tipo is not so powerful, it’s only scores 2670 points on antutu benchmark and 1418 points on quadrant standard benchmark. For GPU test, using Nenamark 1, sony xperia tipo gets 51.9 fps. And using Nenamark 2, tipo gets 15.8 fps, amazingly above SE xperia play and HTC desire.
|Sony Xperia Tipo|
|Antutu Benchmark||2670 points|
|Quadrant Standard Benchmark||1418 points|
|Nenamark 1 Benchmark||51.9 fps|
|Nenamark 2 Benchmark||15.8 fps|
Sony Xperia Tipo small and stylish hassle free phone, that’s what they said. I kinda agree with that, it is a hassle free phone. Very convenient to carry because sony xperia tipo is small and compact, fits well on the pocket.
And also sony xperia tipo is a really good music phone, for music quality it’s equal with SE live with walkman. This phone also capable of playing both 2D and 3D games. Some of the game that we test such as six guns, dead space, shadowgun, brother in arms 2, final fantasy 3, and NFS shift.
There’s other review (CNET i think) that saying this phone is really bad, unstable, laggy, etc, well they’re absolutely wrong. It’s because they’re reviewing the prototype version of sony xperia tipo which is totally different from the release or final version.
For those who are looking android phone for the first time, sony xperia tipo is a good choice. It has better hardware and OS compared with other competitors like samsung galaxy young, galaxy pocket, LG optimus L3.