Sony Xperia tipo review: Mini just got bigger

21 September 2012
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...

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Sony what are you do, 01 Oct 2012Mobiles should be faster not slower A year passed since the min... moreXperia Mini was NOT the lowest end at its time, and for a long time it did cost a lot more than what Tipo sells for. Tipo rather takes over for the old lower end Sony Ericssons, like X8 and W8, which both had Adreno 200, superslow 600MHz ARMv6 (ARM11) processors and a pathetic 168 MB RAM.

Xperia Mini did originally cost more than the newly launched Miro cost now. Sure Mini fell to a very low price but that was because of the touch control problems and battery problems that affected some units, Mini is more or less a defective phone (but most of them seem to work fine so no problem)

Compared to W8 we have to admit Tipo is a big leap forward, and it even cost less than W8 did at its time.

  • Sony what are you do

Mobiles should be faster not slower
A year passed since the mini and we get a slower phone instead?
Most Sony phones when high end ones contain really poor and outdated specs
Come on Sony don't be cheap

They got it all wrong, tipo is not supposed to replace the mini, but the X8.
Its specs and size are much closer to the the X8, rather than the Mini.
And comparing it with the X8, the tipo is an upgrade.
Comparing it to Mini, it is a downgrade as it surclassed, in screen quality, camera quality, sound quality, CPU, GPU, etc, prety much everywhere!
And most important, to the size!!
X8 and Tipo are for the customers who may accept compromises for financial reasons, but the Mini is for the ones who accept no compromises but prefer the mobile to remain mobile and not a tablet-like laptop in dimensions!

With the increasing dimensions of the mobiles becoming a very important issue, a high quality and yet ultra compact mobile, like the Mini, should be and is extra appreciated for some ppl.
And unfortunately, there is no heir....
At least, the mini, with ICS, remains fresh enough not to need one...

  • kumar

not good, no manual or customisable equalizer.. it sucks..

  • Sat

Purchased phone five days back. Returned back to stores due to Touch Screen issues. Today came to there were couple of Tipo phones with similar issues.

  • sharma

Not worth, slow and battery consuming phone, a lot it take time a lot it take battery. hangs also, only 6 days old phone, don't want to submit it in unskilled workers of 18 service center, can sell it in 8000. You can come over to my office in sector 26 and check it out yourself only.

For $148 at Dicksmith I feel this is well worth it. If you want faster processors then be prepared to spend more money. This phone is perfect for a first time buyer of a smart phone. There's nothing wrong with it at all.

  • Reddy

Dj, 25 Sep 2012Hey friend's plz plz tell me, which one is better in term of scr... moreTipo is best. I think tipo was give the good market for the sony

  • Dimitris

Wait.. so its worst slower than MINI , has Worst camera without flash.. and its more EXPENCIVE??? why?

  • Eldamri

Anonima, 24 Sep 2012Pfft. This is not an upgrade to the Xperia Mini. I hope Sony pla... moreYeah! We're on the same boat I'm waiting for xperia ray2 hopefully there will be as I want compact phones. Maybe a waterproof ray =)

  • IceBirdie

Sony and ericson are no longer together its just a sony phone ^^

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 24 Sep 2012Tipo has a capable processor and can run the same apps as Xperia... moreEasy there, mate! You can try these games: Race of Champions, Dead Trigger, DGunners SPF. If you don't mind please give me a feedback. A friend of mine also planning to buy a Tipo.

(anyway I have posted a reply already, but I don't know where it went)

  • Dj

Hey friend's plz plz tell me, which one is better in term of screen quality, htc explorer or sony tipo.. Please frends help me to choose 1 of them. Thanx

  • Anonymous

PhoneCaptain, 24 Sep 2012Another slight downside of the screen on the new Xperia its unre... moreIt is true, but not as bad as FIRM press like on resistive screens.

  • Anonymous

PhoneCaptain, 24 Sep 2012Another slight downside of the screen on the new Xperia its unre... moreGo for sony ericsson live with walkman far better than ace plus

Another slight downside of the screen on the new Xperia its unresponsiveness to taps on occasion, requiring you to really give a firm press as you would on a restrictive touchscreen from( http://www.sonyericssonmobilen...tipo-review/ )

If this is the case I'm not getting it for sure.. Galaxy Ace Plus stands a only option so far for me.

  • Anonima

Pfft. This is not an upgrade to the Xperia Mini. I hope Sony plans on releasing a newer version of the Xperia Mini (ST15i) and the Ray. I like it small and compact, but powerful.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 24 Sep 2012Y dont u guys research about A5? Are you not aware that clock fo... moreAgain I tell you...my xperia mini pro a8 beats all android phone in BENCHMARK with processor based on cortex a-5...

  • Anonymous

marleymadcell, 24 Sep 2012A5?!?! for god sake this is 2012 (nearly) 2013 and sony decides ... moreY dont u guys research about A5? Are you not aware that clock for clock it beats Cortex A9 in many benchmarks? In others its far behind, but all in all A5 is a very capable processor.

  • Anonymous

marleymadcell, 24 Sep 2012A5?!?! for god sake this is 2012 (nearly) 2013 and sony decides ... moreIt is a.fault it is a9, however go for Sony Ericsson live with walkman