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Sony Xperia Go – what you need to know

Boasting durability and a ‘budget’ price tag in one fell swoop, the launch of the Sony Xperia Go is the latest in a long line of practical yet recession-friendly smartphones.

This follow-up to 2010’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is the latest addition to Sony’s revamped Xperia range. So what do you need to know about this mid-range handset?

Sony Xperia Go:  built to last

With the recent spell of heavy downpours, users will be glad to know that the Go’s 3.5-inch Reality display with wet finger tracking ensures that the smartphone’s display is still functional even after it has been exposed to the rain.

The device’s defence system doesn’t just stop there. According to Sony, the Xperia Go offers the highest protection to the elements of any phone on the market.

Defence features includes resistance to scratches, dust and water, while a rubber casing and flaps also help to keep ports clean and dry.

Sony Xperia Go specs

The Xperia Go has a 1GHz dual-core processor, and utilises the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.

This may be a disappointment for some smartphone fans, as many leading manufacturers have moved on to Android 4.0. Having said that, rumours abound of an ICS upgrade in the future.

But the Gingerbread OS does have some redeeming features including an App manager, front-facing camera support and a refined keyboard with multi-touch support.

The Xperia Go also packs a 5MP camera, and its internal storage space of 8GB can be expanded to 32GB with a microSD card.

The 320×480 screen resolution, although not high, is still above that offered by other smartphones, such as the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Chat (240×320).

Reviews of the model have been mixed so far, with some suggesting that the smartphone falls too wide of the mark. But if you’re after a durable phone that won’t break the bank, this is the device for you.

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