Setup and OS
Setup of the Xperia Miro follows the standard Android process of connecting us to Wi-Fi and signing us into our Google account however Sony have applied their own style to the process as well as adding in additional screens which explain a little more on how to use the phone as well as migrate to it from our old handset.
After completing our setup wizard we are presented with the Xperia home screens and find that Sony have applied their own Skin to the OS, very similar in appearance to the other recent Xperia handsets. Always present at the base of the home screens a folder for key items along with direct shortcuts for muisc, apps messages and phone. Starting on the left most home screen we have Friends, a widget which summarises our favourite contacts updates from social networks. This sits above Feed, the Timescape Feed which lets us manage communications from each contact (in chronological order) in one place, regardless of their source. Tapping the Infinite button within Timescape then allows us to smart filter the content by person. Next up is a screen with weather and Sony recommendations, and to the right of the main screen are locations for music related widgets and on our handset a Vodafone branded widget for quick access to features and info.
The lock screen on the Xperia Miro has a large clock and we slide right to unlock or left to open the camera quickly.
Hitting applications takes us to the list of software on the Xperia and it is very much packed with pre-installed software. Key items are apps such as YouTube and Chrome with all the standard Google items present such as Books, Maps, Navigation and Google+. We can also access the previously mentioned Timescape along with LiveWare and Music/Video Unlimited, Sony’s online centre for media. Rounding things off are EA games and popular apps such as Facebook.
The usual selection of widgets is also available, allowing us to add useful versions of key software/apps to our home screen without needing to launch the full screen equivalent.
Upon connecting the phone to our PC with a USB cable we have full drag and drop functionality within Windows. The second connectivity option is to install the PC Companion software.
Within PC Companion we have the option to update the phone operating system, transfer contacts to the phone, play/transfer/organise media, sync our calendar and backup/restore the handset. Sony also provide links to their Music/Video Unlimited sites and the support forum from this application.