Sony Xperia Go -- One tough little rugged smartphone
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Sony Xperia Go — One tough little rugged smartphone

My idea of a rugged smartphone is a big clunky black thing that has about as much style as a hockey puck. So I was pleasantly surprised when I took a look at the new Sony Xperia Go smartphone that in addition to being tough,waterproof and dustproof it is sort of cute.

Out of the box the Xperia Go is a tiny little thing compared to the flagship phones coming from most manufacturers today…At a shade under 10mm thick it’s pretty slim, and thanks to its conservative 3.5in screen it’s one of the smaller Android smartphones we’ve tested in recent months. Oh yes it’s white…not hockey puck black. It certainly is the smallest phone I have tested in a while with it’s 3,5-inch, 320×480-pixel touchscreen.

Under the hood..the electronics of the Xperia Go are encased in a solid block of plastic with sealed covers on all the ports…in addition to the headphone and USB ports visible from the outside you will find sealed ports for the SIM card and a SD card of up to 32GB. It is all powered by a a dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 512MB of RAM and 8Gb of internal storage. Running Android 4.0.4 “Ice Cream Sandwich” on the low resolution screen means generally snappy performance and despite it’s puny 1,305mAh battery you can expect to get better than a day of use on a charge.

There is no front camera and the rear 5 MP unit is OKdecent pictures in good light but struggles in low light conditions and the puny flash doesn’t help much. It is fine for snapshots and sharing on Facebook but don’t expect any big enlargements to work very well. It also takes decent 720p video under good lighting conditions.

Now to the durabilety: This rugged smartphone is certified to the IP67 standard, meaning it’s completely waterproof to 1m depth and is impervious to dust. It also features wet screen control so you don’t need dry hands or a dry screen to operate the phone. Sony claims it can also be dropped…check out this official video.

If you need a durable and waterproof phone is what you need and features are not an issue…the Xperia Go is not exactly loaded with features…it is a basic phone with a small screen…then this is the phone for you. It sells unlocked for $299 at Sony Stores and is also available from Fido for $0 with selected 2 year plans.


Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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