Sony Xperia Miro Review

Xperia Miro is one of the latest Entry Level Android smartphone from Sony. The mobile looks similar to Xperia Go but it is not as rugged as Xperia Go. In terms of performance and hardware the phone seems to be similar to Xperia Tipo with some upgrades.

Sony Xperia Miro front

Sony Xperia Miro is available in India at a best Buy price of Rs 12,990. Recently we did the Unboxing of the Xperia Miro and to know more about its retail box contents check out our Unboxing of the Sony Xperia Miro post.

Display & Design

Sony Xperia comes has a 3.5 inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a 320 x 480 pixels resolution. The screen comes with a Scratch resistant glass and Anti-reflective coating. The build quality of the device is quite decent. The phone comes with a plastic body but the rounded edges and smooth finish at the back provides it a great look and feel. A slight subtle bulge around back makes it more comfortable to hold and use.

Sony Xperia Miro

Above the display you have a front facing VGA camera, Earpiece and a tiny notification LED. The LED would glow when you have a missed call, new notification or when the battery is low.

Sony Xperia Miro above display

Below the display you have 3 capacitive touch buttons for back, home and menu.

Sony Xperia Miro touch buttons

Just below the Home Button you would find a Light strip or a Illumination Bar which glows according to the theme selected. It would glow blue if you select the default blue theme on Xperia Miro and similarly for other themes. It glows while you are charging your phone and blinks on an incoming call. There is even a dedicated app available on the Google playstore which allows you to fully customize the Illumination Bar.

Sony Xperia Miro notification bar

On the right side you just have volume rocker. There is no dedicated camera key.

Sony Xperia Miro right volume rocker

On the left there is a just micro USB port present which is used to charge your phone as well as for data transfer.

Sony Xperia Miro left

At the top you have a 3.5mm Audio jack and a power/lock key.

Sony Xperia Miro top

At the bottom there is a mic, small notch to open the back cover and a small hole for lanyard cable.

Sony Xperia Miro bottom

At the back you have a 5 megapixel camera with a LED flash, Xperia Branding at the bottom and a loudspeaker.

Sony Xperia Miro back

The phone comes with a removable back panel underneath which you have a slot for SIM card, microSD slot and battery. Both the SIM card and microSD card are not hot swappable. Though the screen size is just 0.3 inches larger than the Xperia Tipo but the difference is clearly noticeable. Overall Xperia Miro has a decent build quality and design.

Hardware & Performance

Sony Xperia Miro is powered by a single core 800mHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor along with 512MB RAM. The phone has Andreno 200 GPU For gaming and other applications which require better graphics. It comes with 4 GB internal storage out of which 2.2 Gb is user accessible. The storage can be expanded upto 32GB by using a microSD card.

You can enjoy majority of games available on the Google playstore on Xperia Miro. We even performed a gaming test on the device to see how does the device perform while playing various games. We played temple run, angry birds, dead trigger and racing moto on the device. The phone performed pretty well in this test and it was able to run majority of games without any problems. You can check out the below video to see how does the phone performs while playing above mentioned games :

Talking about the connectivity features, Xperia Miro supports Wi-fi, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA and 3G. Sony has always been known for its music quality and Xperia Miro is no exception. It has good music and video playback. The loudspeaker present on the device is pretty loud and clear. For checking the music and video playback quality of the phone watch the below video:

Software

Sony Xperia Miro runs on Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sony’s Timescape UI. The interface is same as that on Xperia Tipo. You can check out our Sony Xperia Tipo Review to find more about Sony’s Timescape UI  and various apps which comes pre-installed on the device.

Camera

Xperia Miro has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a LED flash on the back which can capture images at 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution. Camera app can even be launched directly from the lock screen by swiping the camera icon to the left. There is no dedicated camera key present on the device. The camera interface is simple and easy to use.

Sony Xperia Miro camera interface

The phone also has a front facing VGA camera for video calling. Here is a video about the Sony Xperia Miro camera interface, various settings and some tips regarding the camera so that you can capture some great images.

Here are few sample images taken with the Sony Xperia Miro back Camera:

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The camera is also capable of capturing VGA videos at 30fps.  In video recording mode camera offers continuous autofocus and video light. Here is a sample video recorded using the Sony Xperia Miro camera :

Battery Life

Xperia Miro comes with a 1500 mAh removable battery. It has a rated standby time of around 545 hours on 3G and a talk time of around 6 hours. With moderate usage the phone lasted for around one and a half days. Even with heavy usage the battery lasted for a day.

Conclusion

Sony Xperia Miro is a good entry level Android Smartphone. The phone has decent build quality and design. The 800Mhz processor and 512MB RAM can handle most of your daily tasks, applications and games but do not expect high performance from the device. The music and video playback quality on the device is very good. Usually you won’t find a front facing camera in the entry level smartphones so that is an additional advantage.

Pros:

  • Good build quality & design
  • Font facing camera
  • Good Sound quality
  • Great battery life

Cons:

  • microSD card is not hot swappable
  • Average hardware sepcification

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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