Sony Xperia Miro – A Budget Phone with Style
Those who are looking for a quirky little handset can opt for the Sony Xperia Miro. It has many great features including a quality camera and an up to date operating system. This is one of the premium handsets in the range. It has a small screen at just 3.5 inches but this is more than enough for those who just want to check the occasional email.
The overall design is sleeker than the Tipo model and there is a range of colour options available for the casing. Those seeking an elegant design will want to opt for the black version though. It sits neatly in the hand and has all the connections that you would expect including a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a micro USB port. Reviewers have been pleased with the design of this phone overall.
The phone has a low resolution on the screen which means that the images are not the sharpest around but are more than enough for most people. However, there are handsets out there with more in terms of pixels and size, so those who want a serious smartphone experience might want to shop around a bit. Despite the resolution problems there are some great viewing angles and the touch screen is very responsive.
Using the Phone
The user interface is similar to that found on the Tipo and it is the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. This means that users can take advantage of all the apps that are available as well as the touches added by Sony themselves. It is a good idea to clear out any widgets from the homescreens that you may not use as this will help with the speed of the phone. A handy power saver app will help you to get a little more life out of the battery.
Given the low price tag, the 5 megapixel camera is a bonus and it takes a fairly good quality photo. The in-built flash helps with poor light situations. The photo quality is perfect for those who want to upload to social networking sites. The video function has a VGA resolution which may not be enough for those who are looking for HD function. There is a music player and video hub which are good but the screen is not the ideal size for watching movies.
Power and Memory
Storage is just 2GB on board but expandable to 32 GB which is perfect for those who want to use this as a music player too. Connect with the help of Wi-Fi and GPS and use the Chrome browser to surf the net. The slower processor is not ideal but this can be a great smartphone for the newbie. A moderate user will get a day or more out of the battery but a light user will get far more.[review]