DUAL HAP­PI­NESS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - G&G MOBILE -

Sony Mo­bile is try­ing to get back the smart­phone game with its new baby, the Tipo. This is a cute look­ing, com­pact An­droid run­ning on the lat­est oper­at­ing sys­tem along with sup­port for two SIM cards.

Sony has been clever enough to ven­ture into the dual SIM smart­phone seg­ment with the Tipo. Priced ag­gres­sively, the Tipo has a standby dual SIM sup­port. This means that when a call is ac­tive on the first SIM, the sec­ond SIM card will be not avail­able dur­ing the time, and vice-versa. Also, the smart­phone runs An­droid 4.0 Ice-Cream Sand­wich out of the box. Strangely, even the com­pany’s high phones like the Xpe­ria S op­er­ated on Gin­ger­bread and was only up­graded later.

The Tipo also has a 3.2-inch ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play that is re­spon­sive, though the low res­o­lu­tion dis­play isn’t per­fect for en­joy­ing mul­ti­me­dia con­tent. Also, due to the small dis­play, the on­screen key­board ap­peared to be a bit cramped. But we got used to it soon enough. We put the Tipo through the brows­ing test and it passed with the fly­ing colours. It smoothly man­aged to fetch our emails along with Face­book and Twit­ter up­dates. The Tipo comes across as a good de­vice for play­ing mu­sic as the sound out­put was loud and clear.

How­ever, imag­ing is not its forte. The phone has a 3.15MP cam­era with fixed fo­cus. The im­ages ob­tained were just about av­er­age. Un­like other sub 10,000 smart­phones that

` have 1GHz pro­ces­sor on­board, the Tipo man­ages to per­form with just a 800MHz chip. There wasn’t any sig­nif­i­cant lag ei­ther. In­ter­est­ingly, the 1500 mAh bat­tery lasted a day and a half with ease.

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