Sony Xperia miro review: Decent low-end Android

posted at 24 October 2012 by Dan

The Sony Xperia miro addresses to the young and socially active people who are looking for a decent smartphone without willing to spend a lot of cash on one. It is a low-end handset that sports a 3.5-inch screen, a 5-megapixels camera, Android 4.0 ICS out of the box, as well as today’s obligatory built-in social networking features. But is this enough to grant its success? Let’s see.

Sony Xperia miro review

What is in the box:
- The Sony Xperia miro phone
- Wall charger
- microUSB cable
- Screen protector
- User guides

Unfortunately, the Sony Xperia miro doesn’t look too exciting as it has almost no distinctive features, maybe except for the metallic plate underneath the capacitive keys on its front. However, Sony manages to compensate a bit by offering the smartphone in nice various color combinations. Fortunately, the Xperia miro feels very well built, fits nicely in the hand and can be easily operated with one thumb.

The three capacitive buttons under the screen are well spaced and prone to almost no accidental presses, the lock key is positioned on top, while the 2-button volume rocker is located on the right side.

Sony Xperia miro front side

The Xperia miro has two notification lights: a discreet RGB LED next to the earpiece, and a more common light strip at the bottom to let you know when you have a missed call, a new Facebook message, or when the battery needs a recharge. The 3.5-inch display's mediocre resolution of 320 by 480 and only 165ppi are definitely not a very pleasant sight.

However, the screen's color representation and viewing angles are decent, and if you set the brightness to the maximum (there is no light sensor), you will also have a decent outdoor visibility.

On the backside of the Sony Xperia miro we find the 5-megapixels camera lens, the LED flash and the loudspeaker just below the Xperia logo.

Sony Xperia miro back side panel