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Sony Xperia go

(ST27i) & free 60 day Music Unlimited Premium trial


Sony Xperia go Overview



Our smartphones are becoming more and more important to us, so we take them to and use them in more and more places and scenarios we wouldn’t have perhaps done before.

One of the main scenarios is when it involves water.

We all know how crippling water can be to anything electronic. This is where the Xperia go stands out. It is water resistant.

Much like the Motorola DEFY and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active, the go allows us to use the phone in more situations with less fear of long lasting damage to the phone.

IP67 rated, the Xperia go can withstand up to 30 minutes submerged in water (port covers must be closed), which is more than enough for most people! So if you are out running, caught in a rain shower or you drop the phone in the sink, you should be safe. Just for your peace of mind, we have tested the Xperia go in water and it works fine when removed!

Sporting a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine technology, anything from browsing web pages to viewing photos is natural and realistic. Sensors can adjust the brightness of the screen based on the lighting conditions and you can turn it from portrait to landscape too for a large number of tasks.

A built in battery with 1305mAh capacity will be enough to keep most users powered through the day, even if you are using the on board, Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G connectivity and times.

An efficient 1GHz dual-core processor will handle the task or running multiple applications and because this has Google’s Android Operating System there is an endless amount of applications you can download from Google’s Play Store, be it free or paid for apps.

You might just download an app to edit photos or video captured on the 5 megapixel camera, store them on the internal memory (8GB or which 4 is user accessible) or on a microSD card, and then share them through social networks such as Twitter & Facebook either through dedicated apps or Sony’s intelligent Timescape system that they have integrated.

Included in this device is access to Sonys’ Music & Video Unlimited. Allowing you to stream music, videos or TV episodes right to the Xperia go. If you have a DLNA enabled TV, you can even send this content to a larger display and share with family and friends.

The Xperia go features a standard sim card slot and does too have a lanyard attachment, perfect for the more sports driven users.

Sony Xperia go Features

  • 3.5 inch touchscreen
  • Google Android Operating System
  • IP67 rating
  • Scratch resistant screen
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 8GB internal memory (4GB user accessible)
  • MicroSDHC memory card slot
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • DLNA
  • Sony Music & Video Unlimited

Sony Xperia go Box Contents

  • Sony Xperia go
  • Stereo headset
  • UK 3pin mains charger
  • Micro USB cable
  • Micro SIM to SIM adapter
  • User documentation


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version2.3 (Upgradable to 4.0)
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed1Ghz Dual Core
  • Dual CoreYes
  • Quad Core
  • Make/Model
  • Other
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDHC
  • Capacity (Up to)32GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity8GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size3.5
  • TypeTFT
  • Resolution 480 x 320 pixels
  • OtherReality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, 16,777,216 colour TFT, Scratch-resistant mineral glass
  • Frequencies850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies900, 2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies
  • Speed
  • Version3.0
  • FunctionsBluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Version
  • Version
  • DataMicroUSB
  • PowerMicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm
  • Video Out
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware Buttons
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in Software
  • Megapixels5
  • FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
  • Camera Lens
  • Other3D Sweep panorama, 16x digital zoom, 16x video zoom, Auto focus, Face detection, Flash / Photo flash, Flash / Photo light, Flash / LED, Geotagging, HD video recording (720p), Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, Send to web, Smile detection, Sweep Multi Angle, Sweep Panorama, Touch capture, Touch focus, Video light, Video recording, Video stabiliser
Front Facing Camera
  • Type
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light SensorYes
  • Formats
  • Recording
  • Formats
  • Recording
Near Field Communication
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity1305mAh
  • TypeBuilt-In
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSMUp to 6 hrs 30 min
  • 3GUp to 5 hrs 30
Standby Time
  • GSMUp to 520 hrs
  • 3GUp to 460 hrs
Dimensions111 x 60.3 x 9.8 mm
Weight 110g
OtherIP67 Rating
Warranty24 months



Will my phone work

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturers branding.

Does the phone have a MicroSDHC/memory card slot?


Does the phone have Russian language?

Yes, it has the option for Russian as a device language and as a writing language

Does the phone have Arabic language?

The menus of the phone can not be set to Arabic, but you can choose it as a writing language, so the keyboard displays Arabic characters and the message can be sent in Arabic.

Does the phone have Hebrew language?

The menus of the phone can not be set to Hebrew, but you can choose it as a writing language, so the keyboard displays Hebrew characters and the message can be sent in Hebrew.

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Overall Rating 2 Stars * * * * *
  • James 24/9/2012 Recommend to a friend? No
    Well the Xperia Go is certainly a disappointment and deffo doesn't warrant a £200 price point. It feels very cheap in the hand and it's finished in some matt effect plastic which picks up mark like a magnet and instantly looks like a worn handset. The rear cover is very flimsy, i'm sure it wouldn't take much force to break it and in the hand tends to creak quite a bit. Of equal poor quality are the small covers aimed keeping the ports waterproof which aren't a very tight fit especially the USB cover. I'm not sure how long the power button will last either - this feels very weak giving little resistance during pressing.

    Plus points..... Hmmmm, it's an easy to use handset with android gingerbread os which a little out dated but still capable. 5mp camera is ok but don't expect any great shakes! Considering this mobile is marketed as a rugged device for active lifestyle people it really doesn't give the impression you could drop it or give it any more abuse than any other device.

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