Full Performance Review: Sony Xperia Go, The Elegant Tough

Mobile phone robust seems to have a special place for Sony, while still using the name Sony Ericsson this vendor also briefly presents outdoor mobile operating system Android, the Xperia Active. Long before that, when the company has not joined Ericsson, there are two products are quite popular even selling price is still quite high for early technology in the 2000s, Pro R250s and R310 are known as the Shark.

Today again presents tough product through Sony Xperia Go that retains the elegance that’s become the hallmark of Sony’s latest line of smartphones including families NXT Series.


Dimensions: 111 x 60.3 x 9.8mm, 110 grams; full touchscreen; plastics material; button power / lock; microUSB port, volume rocker; hole mic; 3.5 mm audio port (around the phone from the top), 3 buttons haptic below the display (back, home and menu), IP67 certified

Length and width physical dimensions of Xperia Go is greater than its predecessor Xperia Active, but Sony managed to cut the thickness of the Xperia Active into Xperia Go up to about 40%.

Despite having title robust phone, the Xperia Go far from outdoor impression that usually appear on similar phones. Even Sony looks to maintain the impression of a premium thread stripped the newest product line from Ericsson name.

Unlike other similar phones, this phone backcover can be removed easily without troublesome to loosen bolts and to remove any doubts about the toughness of this phone, Sony also stated that this one product has received IP67 certification, which means Go Xperia mobile phone is dust and water resistant with a depth up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.


Touch screen LED-backlit LCD capacitive, 16 million colors, 320 x 480, 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density), multi-touch, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine; scratch-resistant glass

The length and width of Xperia Go is more than Xperia Active seem reasonable especially to accommodate the mobile screen which also larger than its predecessor. And like Active, Go is also equipped with Mobile Bravia Engine which will improve the quality of the display screen that owned this phone.

Although more broadly, but the screen resolution Xperia Go still HVGA (320 x 480), the same as the Xperia Active. This means, the pixel density of Go screens smaller (loose), 165 ppi (pixels per inch) versus Active 192 ppi owned.

Part of the screen is equally robust, because this vital area is protected by a scratch-resistant glass, so at least you can eliminate plastic anti-scratch from the list of accessories that must to purchase.

Operating System and UI

Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), possible upgrading to v4.0

Beyond the toughness and elegant design, the Xperia Go has some drawbacks. The phone is still using the Android Gingerbread version, while for an update to ICS, Sony recently merely promised it. And look at availability ICS updates for Xperia P, it seems updates to the phone will be attendance for at least 2 months.

Xperia Go equipped 5 homescreen panels with 5 icons on the dock at the bottom of the screen. Unless the icons to get to the main menu which is located in the middle, the icons on the dock can be a shortcut or folder application and of course can be personalized according to your needs.

The composition of applications in the main menu can be sorted in Alphabetical, by the frequent application is used, the time sequence of the installation or users can sort themselves. For this, we feel the presence of the search feature will be very helpful especially when your installed applications more and more.


Processor Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9, NovaThor U8500 chipset, GPU Mali-400, RAM: 512 MB, Storage: 8 GB storage (4 GB user available), external: microSD 32GB, Li-Ion 1305 mAh

Opened at a price not much different from the Xperia Active, Xperia Go were still at increased ability especially on the hardware being used. For example, the processor, the Xperia Go has been equipped with a dual-core 1GHz clockspeed, compared with Active which was still using a single core processor.

While for internal storage space, Xperia Go has a capacity 8GB, 1GB compared with the Xperia Active owned can only be used even 320 MB amount.

Compared to outdoor phone competitor’s which also recently attended, Motorola Defy Mini, Xperia Go necessarily superior specifications on all fronts.


GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 900/2100, GPRS Up to 107 kbps, EDGE Up to 296 kbps, HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR; microUSB v2.0, support for USB On-the-go

According price, Xperia Go certainly give everything a good fast connectivity options to connect to the Internet or to another device. Interestingly, this phone also supports USB On The Go technology, which means users can connect a flash drive or other device such as a mouse and keyboard to the Xperia Active. Unfortunately, the USB OTG cable specifically for utilizing this technology is not provided in the sales package.


5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama; Secondary camera: none; Record video: 720p @ 30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer

Xperia Go camera equipped 5MP pixel with a number of distinctive features Android Smartphones. Interestingly, you can use it in the water, but remember nothing more than a depth of 1 meter.

There are also features Sweep Multi Angle shooting was performed as 3D sweep panorama mode which was already known, but produces images that are more attractive. Users can tilt the phone left or right to see the object at different angles.

Camera Results

Underwater II

Internet Browser

Multi-tabs, Flash player, HTML, bookmarks, history, downloads, pinch zoom, print, share page.

With the standard Android browser, smartphone users can now get most features commonly found on desktop browsers, such as browsing multitabs and capability to play flash content.

However there are a number of other features that are not available in this version Gingerbread as owned Xperia Go, one of them incognito browsing mode 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.


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

Although an outdoor phone usually does not give priority to performance, but what is shown by benchmark tests results on the Xperia Go isn’t. Xperia Go record 2340 score while using the application Quadrant and 5671 on Antutu Benchmark app. These results are even competitive enough to be paired with the Galaxy S2 and Optimus 2X which also uses a dual core processor and has a price tag that is still higher than the Xperia Go owned.


• IP67 Certification (dust and water resistant)
• Elegant design
• Performance qualified class

• Old version OS
• The display quality below standard

Xperia Go offers a toughness that makes you not have to worry to bring in any outdoor activity that you like. On the other hand, you also do not have to worry about looks sloppy when removing the phone from your pocket in a formal event because this phone has a classy elegant design.

Not only robust and elegant, Xperia Go also has a competent performance for a dual-core phones in the price range 3 hundreds dollars. And all these advantages will be more perfect when ICS update is available for this phone, not now but soon. We just to wait.

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Muhammad Azam

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