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Sony Xperia go : hands on review and photos

I caught up with Sony Mobile at a recent Carphone Warehouse press event where I spent some time with the upcoming waterproof Xperia go.

The Xperia go is the successor to the Sony Ericsson Xperia active from 2010. This was the first mobile from the company to be water and dustproof, matching the competition’s Motorola Defy handset.

The new phone comes with a bright 3.5in reality display that has the company’s own mobile Bravia engine, for delivering brighter colours. But it’s not the screen’s brightness that stands out, but the way it stands up to the elements.

At the press event, we saw the Xperia go running a video while being placed in water – with the handset continuing to run the footage for the whole time it was immersed. The handset can even be used with a wet finger afterwards, which isn’t always the case with similar devices.

{MPU Placeholder}The go can do all this thanks to the Ingress Protection Rating or IP code of 67: the 6 meaning that it's dust resistant and the 7: waterproof, to the depths of one metre, up to 30 minutes.

The screen is made from scratch-resistent mineral glass, which helps the phone survive life's little knocks and scrapes.

The go is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor that also features in the Xperia P and U. It also shares the same Android Gingerbread 2.3 OS as those phones, and carries the same promise of an update to ICS soon.

The Xperia go features all the apps that I saw in the higher end Xperia P. It also responded well to the various tasks I threw at it, over the time I spent with the device.

The Sony Mobile Xperia go appears to be a good successor to the Sony Ericsson Xperia active, with more of a smartphone look to the device that should attract more buyers.

I have been told the go is due out in the next few weeks, or early August at the latest – with a pay-as-you-go cost of around £250.

The first five images below show the phone from various angles, to highlight is dimensions in the hand; the next group of the pictures show all the default home screens, populated by widgets. The next five photos contain all the preinstalled apps, with the last ones showing the settings menu and the Xperia go under water.

Stay tuned to ITProPortal, as we will soon be putting the Xperia go through its paces more thoroughly.


Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.