We all know what it is like to drop your mobile phone into water only to fish it out seconds later with little or no life left in it. Well those days could be over with the introduction of the Sony Xperia Go. Perhaps the biggest selling point of the Sony Xperia Go is the fact that it is IP67 certified. This means it is dust-proof and waterproof. This handset can be submerged in water to a depth of up to one metre for up to 30 minutes without sustaining any damage. This review of the Sony Xperia Go aims to discover whether the technical specs of the Xperia Go match up to its strength.
It may be built to be a tough handset, but Sony have not forgotten the importance of design and the Xperia Go oozes style. The polycarbonate rear casing looks sleek and the squarer shape with rounded corners is pleasing to the eye. The Xperia Go goes against the current trend of larger devices and is compact and slim-line. With a profile of 9.8mm it is only slightly thicker than the Apple iPhone 4S and despite being built to be tough it weighs only 110g, lighter than other competing models such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace. That is not to say it feels flimsy as it feels secure and robust to hold.
The 3.5 inch LED-backlit LCD display of the Xperia Go has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels with a pixel density of 165ppi. Whilst these are not the most spectacular specifications the screen was responsive and given the market position of this handset the display quality is good. The screen has a scratch resistant coating giving another facet to the ruggedness of the design.
The Sony Xperia Go is powered by a 1GHz dual core Nova Thor processor with 512MB RAM. It comes with a meagre 8GB of on-board storage and only half of that is available to the user. However the storage capacity can be expanded by up to 32MB via the microSD card.
As a device with a mid-range price of £229 you may not be surprised that the Sony Xperia Go does not come with the newer Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, but instead runs the more dated version 2.3 Gingerbread. This gives a fuss-free but smooth operation.
There is no secondary front-facing camera on the Sony Xperia Go but there is a rear-mounted 5 megapixel camera which has an LED flash and autofocus function. The camera also has the capacity to record 720p video at 30fps.
As you have seen from this Sony Xperia Go review this smartphone is equipped with the technology you need for everyday use and with the added bonus of being a hard-wearing device built to withstand some knocks. The Xperia Go is priced at slightly less than the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and its sibling the Sony Xperia P and it is true to say that comparable handsets would not fare well if they were submerged in water. If you are looking for a smartphone built to last perhaps now is the time to recycle your old mobile and consider the Sony Xperia Go.