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Full Performance Review: Sony Xperia Miro (ST23i), Smartphone Youths, Rely on Social Media

Smartphones today are not only loved by an established adults, but young people also want to use it. Sony answered by making a smartphone with fairly low budget. Prioritize social media features, Sony Xperia Miro is probably the answer.

Design

Dimensions: 113 x 59.4 x 9.9 mm, 110 grams; full touchscreen;

Design like another Xperia models, Miro distinguishes itself with a slight accent in the metal curves form below all three capacitive buttons. With dimensions that fit for youth grip, Miro fairly comfortable, well used with one or two hands. Miro are very accommodating to young people activities.

With a notification light in between the 3 buttons below the touch-screen (back, home and menu), making users will not miss any form of communication. The lamp was able illuminating when users get the missed calls, Facebook notifications, or when the phone need to charge the battery.

Using a plastic material, Miro comes with 3.5mm audio jack port and power button / screen lock at the top. The volume buttons are on the right, and a microUSB port on the left.

Display

Touch screen LED-backlit LCD, 16 million colors, 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density), multi-touch, scratch-resistant glass, anti-reflective coating

3.5-inch wide screen with a standard HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) with 16 million colors depth, making Miro looks more alive. Not only that, the display systems are still comfortable to use either indoors or outdoors. Unfortunately Miro is not equipped with a light sensor, so users have to adjust the screen brightness through the menu settings.

OS and UI

Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich); Timescape UI v4.0

Miro comes with Android ICS OS with extra Timescape interface version 4.0. Home-screen section has 5 panels with 5 icons on the dock at the bottom of the screen. Unless the icons to get to the main menu which located in the middle, you can change all icons on this dock as you like.

With this interface it is very similar to the other Xperia series. The difference is the recent apps display that appears when users hold the home button, now changed just like task manager built-ICS, which the user can move any running applications by tapping one of them or turn off any running application process by sliding sideways.

Facebook integration

As phones that cater to youth, Miro Facebook includes features that has been integrated with Xperia interface. That way the phone will connect to Facebook with more seamless. In addition, like the other phones that has a Facebook application inside, you can see your Facebook friend’s birthdays on a calendar feature and of course see the contact list of friends on the phone.

What is different is that you can not only monitor latest updates from friends via Timescape widget, but you can also see a collection of photos you have directly from the gallery. And another great you can view music or videos recommended by your friends on Facebook through its Walkman music player. It does not exist in the other Xperia. This feature reinforces the position of Miro as a social media smartphone.

Gallery Attractive

Miro also has an attractive gallery Xperia standards, could say even more attractive. How not, you can access them from application list in the main menu with album name. In it, this feature has three main tabs, respectively Pictures, Map and Online.

Options “Picture” featuring collection of image creation month based, while the tab “Map” will display photos tagged with geo information on a map based on where the photo was taken. And lastly Online tab will display your collection in several online accounts such as Facebook, Picasa, Dropbox and so on. Isn’t this really cool …?

Hardware

Processor 800 MHz Cortex-A5, Qualcomm MSM7225A chipset, Adreno 200 GPU, RAM: 512 MB, Internal storage: 4 GB storage (2.2 GB user available), external storage: microSD 32GB, battery: Li-Ion 1500 mAh Li-Ion

Rely on social media, it does not mean forgetting performance. Since Miro uses better specs compared to other phones in its class. Although not using Dual-core processors but with speed of processor, RAM and GPU which used, Miro still able to run OS and all applications smoothly. Unfortunately for 4GB internal memory, Miro only provides 2GB of space for storing data used by users.

But users does not need to worry because it can be added using extra microSD memory card. But you know you have to buy it again, because it is not given for free in sales package.

Connectivity

GSM, HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot; Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR; microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support, HTML5 browser, Adobe Flash, Save for offline reading, multi tabs browsing, incognito windows.

Support for connecting to social media facilities, not half-hearted, since high-speed HSDPA and wifi wireless connectivity already exists therein.

The browser is quite comfortable to use, especially equipped with the “Save for offline reading” where users can save articles from a site to read later.

What is interesting is the microUSB slot connections commonly used for charging or connecting mobile phone to the computer also supports USB On The Go technology so users can enable this phone to read Data on other storage media such as flash by directly connecting it to the phone, of course, with help of special cables that are not available in the sales package.

There are also features incognito tabs that can be used to browse without worrying about privacy issues because the browser will not store data such as History, tracking cookies, form auto-fill, and the like.

Camera

5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama; VGA video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer; Secondary camera: VGA

Resolution 5 MP camera is quite satisfactory. Since it will also include a variety of interesting features such as touch focus, scene modes 6 options, as well as taking Sweep panorama mode that will be very useful to capture the views of the user’s favorite tourist location.

Benchmark

Applications used: Quadrant Standard Edition by Aurora Softwork and Antutu Benchmark v2.9.2 by Antutu

As evidence Xperia Miro performance, we conducted some benchmark tests using the two most popular benchmark application. As a result, using the Quadrant application Miro got 1670 score, while the 2889 score showed by Antutu. Compare with competitors, Desire C, which scored 1271 and 2263.

Conclusion

Rely on Social media, Miro fairly successful thanks to the “Facebook inside Xperia”. With affordable prices among young people, that might be a threat to its class competitors. Not just social media features fairly competent, other features like camera, music player, and the design also can not be underestimated.

Plus:
• Android ICS with Timescape UI
• 5MP Camera
• deep Facebook integration
• Interface attractive on the gallery

Minus:
• The screen is not extra special
• Internal memory quite small

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