The entry level market of Android smartphones is steadily crowding itself like a rush hour train home, and that’s not a necessarily bad thing. It gives device makers a reason to push standout devices amidst the throng. So that people looking for a cheap, practical alternative can have their pick of solid choices. The question is: does the sony Xperia miro rise up well in the crowd?
It’s quite apparent that the miro is made as affordable devices for the younger crowd. The design is not afraid to be a little trendy; our unit has a gold strip indent at the bottom, which fits well with the white. Above that, a blue light sparks to life when the phone is in use. It’s a cool phone, for all its worth. And solidly built, too, for something its price range.
You can’t fully expect the device to house the best components, but the Xperia miro certainly hold itself well. The 3.5-inch screen, while having a tendency to display things rather smaller than usual, does a decent job at brightness and vibrancy. The audio ,perhaps unexpectedly does a mighty fine job. It plays music loudly and clearly, and certainly reminds us of the music-centric Sony Ericsson phones of old.
The phone is powered by a 800MHz Qualcomm processor. This is enough for day-to-day smartphone processes, through the miro does get hit with some performance hitches. Huge lags could happen while switching home pages , and sometimes apps takes awhile to start. It does run Android 4.0 out of the box, however, which is good. Battery life is also impressive. Even with excessive use, the phone could last till tomorrow with juice to spare.
The 5-megapixel camera could do better, though. While images come out clear, the camera has quite some trouble with balancing: some of our outdoor images even turn up in tungsten hues, and pictures come out rather soft.
The Sony Xperia miro does not offer much, and is certainly hampered by performance hitches and a lackluster camera. But for its price point you get a well featured smartphone. That has a trendy design and audio performance to make the music lover happy.