You don’t need to be an active person who’s always on the go to use a tough phone like the Sony Xperia Go, if you’re anything like me or have a toddler at home, a tough phone is actually a necessity. We had a chance to review the Sony Xperia Go for quite some time now, will it withstand the torture of a careless user with a drooling child? Read on to find out.
I love how the Xperia Go comes in a matte finish for the back, apart from being dust- and fingerprint-proof, it’s not the type of phone that slips off your hand easily. It feels solid to hold on to as well and the side is very well complimented with a metal volume button control.
Review continues after the jump. Do check out part one of our review in this link.
I know it’s a must to have all the ports and such properly covered in order to protect the phone from water and dust, but it can be pretty annoying especially the USB port cover that needs to be pulled out everyday for charging. The microSD slot is, unlike its tiny size, the biggest pain – you’ll need nails to pull the cover open and even longer nails to pull the microSD card out after ejecting it.
Another thing I dislike about the Xperia Go is unlike the iPhone or even the HTC One X (I’m only using these to compare because they’re the phones I have with me) that features a unibody design so the SIM card tray is located on the device instead of in it, the phone needs to be restarted once you change the SIM. For the former 2 devices, they are able to detect SIM change and automatically connect to the network without much fuss. It’s not that big of a deal of course, but if you’re in a hurry, waiting for your phone to start up can be rather annoying.
Battery life is awesome compared to the many phones I’ve used before. It may not have the largest capacity but I’m happy that it is able to survive through a day of normal usage and can last me through the night before sleeping, trust me, hardly any other phones were able to do that; my iPhone can’t even last me through half a day.
While the Xperia go may be touted as a tough phone, it is more water- and dust-proof kind of tough so please don’t attempt to throw it around. It is, at the end of the day, made out of plastic (polycarbonate to be precise) and plastic does break of not scratched when thrown in extreme condition (or dropped onto the tarmac road landing on the edge).
One of the best feature about the Xperia Go is that the display can be used even when wet. The biggest problem I have with my toddler is while he now understands that a phone is not meant to be eaten, he still drools all over and it’s impossible to use a typical touchscreen device when it’s wet. The Xperia Go works perfectly fine under drool and since it’s water resistant up to 1 meter, you can actually use it as a bath toy. You can even bring it along when you’re out swimming and wish to take some pictures without fear of the phone slipping and dropping into the pool. Unfortunately though, if you were hoping to use the phone camera under water, we’re sorry to say that the display does not respond when submerged so there’s no way of capturing an image.
I think I love the Xperia Go a lot, unlike the many phones I’ve used before, it doesn’t break your heart in two to see it drop. With its matte plastic back cover, you’re not worried about it getting scratched or dented – it would, it just won’t be as noticeable as phones with shiny surface – and with its water resistant design, you won’t have to worry about water or drool getting into the phone. I know it’s not good to let a growing child have too much exposure to phones, but if I were to get him a phone just to keep him entertained and to keep me sane, the Go will definitely be one of the top priorities; it’s small size has its advantage as well. One last thing before I go, I love the idea of how I can just wash the phone under the tap, complete with soap, so I won’t have to worry much about the amount of germs that gets on my son when he plays with the phone; did you know that your mobile is actually one of the dirtiest thing around?