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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1930 reviews of Sony Xperia tipo / Sony Tapioca / Sony ST21i / Sony ST21a. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The size and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the GPS navigation and reception. Opinions about the performance and battery are mixed.

usability, price, size, portability, design

screen, camera, reception, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia tipo / Sony Tapioca / Sony ST21i / Sony ST21a is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Xperia tipo / Sony Tapioca / Sony ST21i / Sony ST21a

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Sony Xperia tipo / Sony Tapioca / Sony ST21i / Sony ST21a from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the portability and size. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the battery and camera.

usability, price, performance, size, portability

screen, camera, battery

77% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony XPERIA Tipo Sim Free Mobile Phone - BlackSony XPERIA Tipo Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Xperia tipo / Sony Tapioca / Sony ST21i / Sony ST21a

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 user reviews of Sony Xperia tipo / Sony Tapioca / Sony ST21i / Sony ST21a from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price. The usability is also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the camera.

usability, price

camera

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Xperia Tipo Dual-SIM ST21A2 Unlocked Android Phone--U.S. Warranty (Silver)Sony Xperia Tipo Dual-SIM ST21A2 Unlocked Android Phone--U.S. Warranty (Silver)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: James Rogerson (techradar.com)

Sony Xperia Tipo review

 

The baby of the Xperia range offers up ICS at a low price

Android 4.0 ; Smooth and responsive ; Solid battery life ; Fast browser ; Good for music

Low res screen ; Cramped keyboard ; Bad for watching video ; Mediocre camera ; Contacts and messaging

Buying GuideBest Android phone The Sony Xperia Tipo is the latest addition to the Xperia smartphone range, and it's undoubtedly the baby of the family. It comes in at around £100 (around $160), with an 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 2.5GB...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Dan Sung (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Xperia Tipo pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

A glance of the expert's eye might miss that the Sony Xperia Tipo is an Android Ice Cream Sandwich handset, but it seems that Google's most recently released

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Xperia Tipo

 

A compact design and modest price, the Tipo packs Ice Cream Sandwich.

Long battery life, Runs Ice Cream Sandwich, Dinky dimensions

Price is relatively high for the specification, Tiny and low resolution screen, Slightly iffy call quality

May, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Xperia tipo review

 

Sony has gone for a much less square look with the Sony Xperia tipo when compared to the recent NXT range and its models such as the Sony Xperia S. All corners are rounded off nicely, as is the rear cover, giving it a pebble-like shape similar to the...

Although the Sony Xperia looks and feels nice, it offers poor performance and little in the way of features. Battery life is good but it means less when the Huawei Ascend G300 outclasses it and costs even less.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Basil Kronfli (recombu.com)

Sony Xperia Tipo Review: In Depth

 

Cheap, compact, stylised and up to date, the Sony Xperia Tipo is off the bat a contender in the budget phone category with its £89 price tag, pocketable form factor and characteristic design. What really…

Android 4.0 ; Impressive battery life ; Great design

Poor camera ; Small screen ; Occasional slowdown

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Techworld (techworld.com)

Sony Xperia tipo review

 

Although the Sony Xperia looks and feels nice, it offers poor performance and little in the way of features. Battery life is good but it means less when the Huawei Ascend G300 outclasses it and costs even less.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: James Pearce (coolsmartphone.com)

Sony Xperia Tipo - Review

 

I've had the Xperia Tipo for a few weeks now and I'm really quite impressed with it. We covered the basics of the Tipo with our initial impressions here and now we'll have a more in depth look at it. [...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: James Pearce (coolsmartphone.com)

Sony Xperia Tipo - Initial Impressions

 

The Xperia range is rather large, covering every possible budget range some of the latest Xperia phones have been in the budget range. Including the Xperia Tipo. The Sony anti naming convention Xperia Tipo. It is a tiny little thing [...

Over the next few weeks we’ll be trying everything possible with the Tipo. Possibly even trying to write a few articles on this site. So if you can think of anything you want trying out let us know in the comments below.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: (3g.co.uk)

Sony Xperia Tipo Review

 

At just over the £100 mark, the Sony Xperia Tipo is great value.

Compact, light chassis; Android Ice Cream Sandwich; nice design; excellent battery life ; Cons ; Sufffers from the odd stutter; basic snapper; screen not always responsive

Sufffers from the odd stutter; basic snapper; screen not always responsive

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Mobile Choice UK (mobilechoiceuk.com)

Sony Xperia Tipo review -

 

Small and light frame, Ice Cream Sandwich OS, smart design, great battery life

Occasional stutter or widget issues, basic camera, screen occasionally unresponsive

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1500
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:30 / 36.3 / 36.5
Continuous video playback time:3 / 8.18
Standby time (2G):350 / 470
Standby time (3G):360 / 545
Talk time (2G):5
Talk time (3G):4.3 / 4.5 / 6 / 6.18

Call management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:No / Y / Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:No / Y / Yes
Built-in Camera:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:N / No / Yes
Camera resolution:2048 x 1536
Digital Zoom:4
Front Camera: No
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):3.2
Rear Camera Resolution:2048 x 1536
Rear camera resolution (numeric):3.2
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second Camera:N / No
Self-timer:No / Y / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):2048 x 1536 / 640 x 480
Video recording:Y / Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes
DLNA certified:Y

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, White / Blue / Red / Silver / White
Form factor:Bar
Standard colour:Black / Black, White

Display

Display diagonal:6.6 / 8.13 / 81.3
Display number of colours:0.262000 / 262144 colours
Display Resolution:320 x 480
Display Type:TFT
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen:Y
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5 / 512

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GPP, AMR, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, WAV / 3GPP, AMR, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, M4A, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, AMR, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, WAV / AMR, MP3, MP4, OGG / AMR, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AMR, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA / MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / MP3, OGG, WAV
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, PNG, WBMP / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP / BMP, JPG, PNG, WBMP
Radio Data System (RDS):Y / Yes
Video compression formats:3GP, H.263, H.264, MP4 / 3GPP, MP4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3GP, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / 3GP, H.263, MPEG4 / 3GP, MP4 / 3gp, MPEG4 / H.264, MP4, WMV / MP4
Voice codecs:AMR / AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Position location: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS / EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE, GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:1900, 2100 / 1900,2100 / 2100 / 850,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA / HSPA / HSPA, UMTS
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, OPP, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HSF, OPP, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HSF, HSP, OPP, PBAP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Data network:3G
Security algorithms:128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP, SSL/TLS, TKIP, WEP, WPA, WPA2 / 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP, TKIP, WEP, WPA, WPA2 / 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP, TKIP, WPA, WPA2 / 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, PEAP, TKIP, WPA, WPA2 / 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, PEAP, TKIP, WPA, WPA2 / 64-bit WEP, PEAP, TKIP, WPA, WPA2
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included:Y / Yes
Connection to PC: Yes
EDGE:Y / Yes
GPRS:Y / Yes
Java technology:Y / Yes
Music player:Y / Yes
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Polyphonic ring:Y / Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating:Y / Yes
Video Playback:Y / Yes
Voice Recording:Y / Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Connection:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

Battery charger included: Yes
Bundled software:Google Voice Search, Google Talk, Google Mail, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude / Google Voice Search, Google Talk, Google Mail, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude\n
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Direct printing: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Office support:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.0 / 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich / 4.0 ICS
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups: Yes
SyncML:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A5
Processor family:QUALCOMM / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:0.8
Processor Model:A5 / MSM 7225 / MSM 7225A

Software

Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.0 / 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich / 4.0 ICS
SyncML: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Included memory card size:2.9
Internal RAM:0.5 / 512
Internal storage capacity:2.9
Maximum memory card size:32
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Talk, Google Voice Search, YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.3 / 10.3 / 13
Height :1.3 / 10.3 / 103
Weight:99 / 99.4
Width:5.7 / 57