By Ogunleye George
Imagine the practicalities of taking photos in the rain or answering calls in stormy weather without the fear of water damaging the phone. Xperia Go by Sony Ericsson comes decked out to compete with other latest mobile devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy and Apple iPhone Series.
The Google Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) powered handset is stylishly designed to be tough and respectable mid-range device worth having. It weighs 110g with 3.5-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen of 16 million colours and 480 x 320 pixels.
The display is further equipped with Mobile BRAVIA Engine giving it a reality display. The screen is coated with mineral that makes the glass anti-reflective and capable of wet finger tracking.
The hardy stature smartphone has dual cover thus making it well sealed internals offering a physical barrier against water and dust ingress, and on removal of a connector you'll get a pop-up reminder telling you to close the flap.
The microSD card slot is similarly protected, while the SIM card tray slides safely into the body, so there's little to see under the covers. It’s more or less unibody, as the battery can’t be accessed, because it is encased within structure that lies beneath the back cover.
Sony Xperia Go lacks physical keypad, however, its on-screen QWERTY keyboard offers a conceptually rich and finger friendly features. The Internal phone storage is 8GB with up to 4GB user-accessible memory and also with microSD expansion slot for up to 32GB storage capacity. 1 GHz NovaThor U8500 Dual-core Cortex A9 processor runs the core of the devices with 512 MB RAM.
Xperia Go is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and features Auto focus, 16x digital zoom, 3D Sweep Panorama, Fast Capture, Face detection and Smile detection. Its WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality expands it connectivity options coupled with the webkit web browser with pan & zoom features and gives room for Synchronization via Exchange ActiveSync and Google Sync.
When it comes to mobile entertainment, Xperia Go is got a couple cool features, which makes the device a very good leisure companion; it has a 3D surround sound system, Clear stereo and clear bass with xLOUD Experience for audio filtering.
Pre-loaded applications on the Go includes Google Voice Search, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude, Google Talk, Walk Mate, Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa, Twitter, Document viewer (Office 2007, Office 2003, PDF), Flashlight, Calculator, Stopwatch and to cap it all is the MiCoach which is a personal fitness coach app created by Adidas, it offers training plans (or create own), track workout progress and get feedback, it uses GPS and real-time voice coaching.
This smartphone has standard battery, Li-Ion 1305 mAh that has stand-by time of up to 520 hours on 2G Network and up to 460 hours on 3G Network; Talk time (up to): 6 hours and 30 minutes, Music listening time of 45 hours and Video playback time of about 6 hours.