Xperia Tipo - £50
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Sony Xperia Tipo
The Xperia Tipo is the budget phone in the Sony Xperia range. It combines Android Ice Cream Sandwich with the performance and build quality that we have come to expect of a device manufactured by Sony.
This phone has a 3.2 inch touchscreen that displays in 180PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Xperia Tipo has a 3.2MP camera and can record video in up to 480p. This phone does not have a front facing camera.
Performance is provided by a 0.8GHz single core processor and 0.5GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 17 out of 100.
The Xperia Tipo has an estimated battery life of around 6 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1500mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Xperia Tipo comes with 3GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 32GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Xperia Tipo has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit) and it has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels.
The Tipo has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and comes with a data usage app installed that allows you to set limits on how much data you use, meaning that you never accidentally spend more than you want to. The Tipo comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
Sony's Xperia Tipo is a reliable, entry-level device that is well equipped and competitively priced. It would make a good smartphone for a first time user and the control that it offers over data usage means that it well suited to younger members of the family.