Sony Xperia Miro Android Smartphone Review
It is easy for a manufacturer to fall into a number of traps when desiging a low cost handset, leading to a device which looks or feels very cheap… or performs terribly whether that is because the CPU is lacking or because storage is so low that we run out of space after just a few additions to the software. Thankfully with the Xperia Miro Sony have managed to negotiate those issues as well as any manufacturer we have seen to date.
Whether it is through support for full size SIMs, making upgrades for those on older phones easy (while providing a free adapter for newer SIMs) or adding 4GB of storage as standard they give users a solid base device. Styling is also a higher standard than we would expect for the price range with a nice grippy back and attractive front which also includes scratch resistant glass (one of the first things to be cost cut on most handsets). The screen while lower resolution than their other handsets is vibrant and responsive and it was great to see the inclusion of a LED flash to accompany the 5MP camera, another two items which are frequently impacted by cost cutting on other devices.
In terms of performance the camera gives us quality which is more than acceptable for a low end device, ideal quality for sharing on social media basically. Elsewhere the handset, despite its single core CPU, offers a decent speedy experience around the Android 4.0 OS until we start taxing it with lots of apps and widgets and it is near identical in looks and functionality to the more expensive Xperia T. If there is any area for improvement it would be the stock keyboard which is very basic in look and feel, something that can be sorted by installing the far better Swype.
Due to all of the above, in terms of value, the Xperia Miro is one of the best devices on the market. A good out of box experience which offers a fully featured Android OS and potential to expand storage (again another area which gets cost cut elsewhere) as our needs grow.