Sony Xperia Tipo Review

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Sony Xperia TipoThe Sony Xperia Tipo serves up Ice Cream Sandwich at a very low cost, but is it any good?

Sony have priced the Xperia Tipo aggressively, with Amazon listing it around £100 SIM free at the time of writing.  The handset itself is a compact unit with a plastic feel to it.  However, don’t let this put you off as the overall finish looks great and the operating system runs brilliantly.  Running ICe Cream Sandwich, the Xperia Tipo has 5 home screens and comes with only minor modifications from Sony.

The Xperia Tipo comes pre-loaded with Sony Track ID, an excellent alternative to Sound Hound or Shazam.  There is also the Sony Timeline feature, which you can take or leave, it didn’t really add anything for me, but others will love it.

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The 3.5 megapixel camera is fairly low spec, and there’s no flash, but at this price point there has to be some compromises and in this case the camera will be good enough.  Fortunately Sony have’t scrimped on the processor and the Tipo comes with an 800MHz process, giving it more power than the more expensive HTC Desire C.

In practice the handset is nippy and responds well.  This makes for an excellent introduction to smartphones and the Android operating system.  Some have said the small makes typing a problem, but this wasn’t something encountered during the time with the handset.  There are many alternative keyboards available on Android that could offer a solution for those who find the stock keyboard problematic.

Overall this is a fantastic value handset, perfect for a Christmas present for anyone who hasn’t yet entered the world of smart phones.  The build quality is OK and given the rate of development it is expected that the Tipo may quickly be surpassed by a better, more powerful handset for the same price.  But for now, this is one of the best budget android handsets you can buy.

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  • Original Sony Stereo Headset MH-730 Handsfree Earphone
  • Standard audio plug - the MH750 connects to phone, computer or other device
  • A longer call - press the answer key when a call comes in and enjoy comfortable handsfree calling on the go with HD Voice
  • A bigger sound - a 9.2 mm dynamic speaker driver behind each earphone and advanced micro audio technology combine to deliver an impressive audio experience
  • Color :- Black , Warranty :- 12 months

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mic, up to 32 Hours Battery Life, Stable Bluetooth Connection, Wearing Detection with Alexa Built-in - Black

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  • Industry-leading noise cancellation* to block out unnecessary ambient noise (*As of June 1st 2019. According to research by Sony Corporation, measured using JEITA-compliant guidelines in Truly Wireless style noise cancelling headphones market)
  • Up to 8H battery life per single charge + additional 3 charges from carrying case
  • Stable Bluetooth connection
  • Ergonomic Tri-hold Structure for secure fitting
  • Alexa built-in devices let you instantly connect to Alexa to play music, control your smart home, get information, news, weather, and more using just your voice.

Sony Genuine Black Type C USB Data Cable Xperia XZ/Xperia X Compact/Xperia L1 / Xperia XZs/Xperia XA1 / Xperia X Premium Compatible With Other Type C Models (No Retail Packaging)

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  • Official Sony Product
  • Genuine Sony Type C Cable
  • USB Type A to Type C Cable
  • Reversible Connector as USB-C is a user-friendly design that lets you insert the connector the right way, every time
  • For Charging and Data Transfer at high speeds

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.

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