Xperia Miro – Another budget phone from Sony – does it pack enough?

For those who are unable to purchase the likes of Sony Xperia U or Sony Xperia P, the Sony Corporation looks to capturing you with their new offering, the Sony Xperia Miro. You can purchase it SIM-free for the very modest asking price anything between £150. Seems like a good bargain? Well, looks can be deceiving. Our readers might remember the Sony Xperia Tipo. The Miro is just a slightly better looking (first look) and minimal specification improvements version of the Tipo.

The first impression of the Miro doesn’t pack any punch really. Not that it is a bad looking handset; it’s just that the design lacks imagination. It has a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 displays which in today’s market, seems a bit on the smaller side. Cheaper handsets offer 4-inch displays.

It has an 800 MHz single core processor and 512 MB RAM and a 5 megapixel camera. It comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which isn’t the latest android version anymore, but isn’t quite so old to be obsolete.

Xperia Miro dimensions make it not a small handset but it’s very light, weighing in at a mere 110 g. So the weight to size ratio doesn’t really feel right when holding on to it. This, combined with the cheap, plastic feel of the phone makes it feel like a toy.

Overall, it seems to fall in that odd gap between the Sony Xperia Tipo and Sony Xperia U, exhibiting characteristics that connect it to both. However, the phone seems unable of defining an identity of its own, which is not a good thing in today’s ever growing smart phone market.