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Sony Xperia Miro - OS, Performance, Camera and Verdict

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

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Summary

Our Score:

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Sony Xperia Miro OS

The Sony Xperia Miro runs on Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and, as with other Xperia branded models, Sony has tweaked the user interface a bit and added some of its own apps. For example, the lock screen has a dual function slider. If you slide it from left to right it unlocks the phone, while sliding it from right to left launches the camera app, which is a neat idea.

In the apps menu you can choose to have the apps ordered alphabetically, by the most recently added or by the most often used. Alternatively you can just order them yourself however you want.

Sony Xperia Miro

There are some neat graphical effects too, such as the way the screen seems to turn off like an old analogue TV with it folding in to a thin strip of white light when you put it into lock mode. We also like the fact that Sony has added a folder of multimedia apps onto the row of default icons along the bottom of the display giving you quick access to the music payer, camera, FM radio and photo album.

The apps Sony has pre-installed on the Sony Xperia Miro include its rather good Walkman music player, along with the Music Unlimited and PlayNow apps for accessing the company's music and gaming stores and OfficeSuite 6 for viewing MS Office documents. Sony has also integrated Twitter and Facebook into the phone's contact book, although this integration doesn’t run nearly as deep as the likes of the People Hub on Windows Phones.

There are some omissions too. For example, while most handsets now have quick switches hidden in the notification pull down menu for turning off and on things like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Sony hasn’t bothered to add them here.

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Sony Xperia Miro Performance

Despite the modest processor speed and limited amount of RAM, the Sony Xperia Miro tends to feel pleasingly responsive to use. The menus flip and scroll in a sprightly fashion and apps load reasonably quickly. However, the lack of grunt is noticeable in the browser as it can sometimes be sluggish to render pages, and it finds heavier 3D games demanding to deal with. These observations were borne out in its benchmark results too. In Linpack it managed a score of 18.264 Mflops, while in the Egypt Classic 3D test in GLBenchmark it ran at a fairly pedestrian 25 fps. Its Broswermark score was a bit sluggish at 54462, while in Sunspider it was also a tad slow managing to post a time of 3541.5ms.

Sony Xperia Miro Camera

The Sony Xperia Miro camera collection sees both front and rear facing cameras line up, ensuring the handset can be used for video calling in apps like Skype. The front facing camera has a low VGA resolution, but the rear facing camera is a proper 5-megapixel snapper. It has both autofocus and an LED flash, however the shots it produces are a bit mixed. On the whole it does tend to capture accurate colours, something which most budget phones struggle with, and at times detail levels can be good. However, in lower light, detail levels drop off significantly and we found the flash tended to be overly harsh.

Sony Xperia Miro

Call quality was excellent throughout our time with the phone, though, and battery life was also very impressive. We found we could get around a day and a half out of the Sony Xperia Miro before it needed to be topped up with juice, which is better than most Android phones.

Sony Xperia Miro Verdict

The Sony Xperia Miro may be one of Sony's cheaper Android handsets, but unfortunately its low resolution screen and sluggish processor mean that it doesn’t represent very good value for money. The truth is that, despite its strong battery performance and good call quality, you can get handsets that are much better all round performers for similar money from rival manufacturers.

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Charlie Turrall

January 24, 2013, 9:11 pm

this phone is rubbish! its slow and the screen is really sensitive it looks good but its not battery lasts a long time but other than that not good

Shelly

February 14, 2013, 1:04 pm

I want to but this phone but I read that it's kinda slow. Is it true? I really want to buy this phone because I wanna access Skype. Help!

rafeeque

February 16, 2013, 7:35 am

yes,exactly the battery is not long time charge

Anas Bin Sohail

February 27, 2013, 2:10 pm

it's awesome the version the camera all the things are great!!!!!!!! i have this smart phone it's too much pretty cool.:)

Manthan

March 13, 2013, 2:43 pm

i want to buy the smart phone so, miro or xperia J who's better ?
plz help

Tamara Pownall

April 1, 2013, 8:58 pm

Just got it today, so far seems good :)

siddhartha

April 8, 2013, 11:17 am

Guys don't go for this mobile..i bought this mobile on 10 feb'13 and my speaker wasn't
working on 01 mar'13.However problem was fixed after giving it for servicing.It was a
s/w problem.Just hoping not to see any other issues in the future..Also don't go by
words of replace for your mobile in case of any problem as I was assured by MobileStore
where i bought it..

jason

April 16, 2013, 6:32 pm

i already have but nothing happen this sony xperia miro .. if u say that hp not really good . maybe didn't carefully of u phone.

shannnmm123

June 2, 2013, 4:29 pm

I really want to get this mobile but have so many questions i need to be answered, if you could help that would be great!

-can you download games like you could on an ipad etc?

-is it good? in your opinion?
-is the camera on the front and back decent?
-can you get snapchat?
&instagram?
-how tall is the phone? length and width?

anil kumar Chatakonda

July 27, 2013, 4:12 pm

worste phone.. i using this phone plz dnt buy this one

chalkcl

August 26, 2013, 2:41 am

I must ask how people have problems with this phone. At least with mine, hasn't been malfunctioning, it's never slow (even when the cpu is just a 800mhz one), screen is really sweet (anti-reflecting) and crisp, camera works great, neat sound quality and walkman player is really damn good.

I really wonder how people manage to find problems and stuff in this phone, which only gives me 1 answer: the average user doesn't know about the apps staying on the background unless you maintain pressed the home button and how to use an android phone overall.

Manav

September 14, 2013, 6:15 am

This phone is epic it fell from the 2nd floor and nothin happened to the phone except a small dent

liam

September 17, 2013, 5:07 pm

i have this phone for like uhhmn... 2 or 3 months and its a nice phone the screen is perfect , the battery yeah it could be better but its not bad , the camera works realy good , but wen i call or text he sometimes just falls out

overall is it a good phone for the price u pay :)

Dannyboy

October 1, 2013, 9:00 pm

This is the worst phone I have ever had and has had 2 major problems in one year. Firstly, for absolutely no reason at all (I had kept the phone in very good condition as it was my first touchscreen phone) after 2 months it refused to charge; no matter what kind of charger I used it would only stay at 1% and then die. I took it back and they could not repair it, and so sent me a NEW phone of the same model. This new phone only lasted 4 months, when, again for no apparent reason (it had not got wet and was still in perfect condition) it stopped recognising any SIM cards had been put it. This phone is unreliable, slow and often freezes (texting on it is unbelievably hard compared to the itouch I own, it often crashes or gets stuck on one letter). The camera is terrible too, and the touchscreen is appalling; attempting to view snapchats causes you to press several at once, and navigating google maps is an impossible mission when the touchscreen does not respond to your touch, so that you cannot angle correctly the maps. I could go on about the flaws for ever. Even though this phone was still in warranty I couldn't bear to have a THIRD version of the same awful phone, so I bought a £5 nokia which does the trick of texting and calling a hell of a lot better than the miro.

Jayk6284

October 12, 2013, 9:28 am

DONT BUY THIS PHONE. by FAR the worst phone I've EVER had. its just awful. If someone calls me, I cant hear them unless I have speakerphone on, but if I do that then they cant hear me. I've had it 3 months, and its been nothing but trouble the entire time. If its charging, it cant be used at all because the touchscreen goes mental every time you touch it, text messages either dont get sent, or get sent repeatedly. This morning it notified me that an important message i sent 2 WEEKS AGO 'couldnt be delivered', the clock cant even keep time!! 3 months. and I've NEVER gone a day without having some issue with it. It freezes, turns itself off for no reason whenever it feels like it, the alarm function doesnt work for the time you set it for, but loves going off at random points in the day (most often picking the least convenient times), the battery life is APPALLING, the 'camera' is worse quality than on my partners £8.99 piece of crap, and thats if it opens at all, which is rarely. its appalling and ive been stuck with a mis-sold contract (i wanted a year, that i clearly stated, and have a 2 year contract, and was also lied to about the price!) and its genuinely the worst purchase I have ever made. I'm never going to buy another Sony product of any kind after this.

Satish

October 22, 2013, 3:05 am

Hi,
I am using this phone since 9 months gradually phone performance decreases. even I start internet in my phone it is very slow some times I cont dial in my phone key are not activate. I know my mobile couldn't have any virus because I am export on.

I never suggest this phone.....

RAM - 512 MB

CPU - 800 Mhz

Satish

October 22, 2013, 3:09 am

Don't go for this mobile all are disadvantages. Only one is battery backup is excellent.

1) Poor performance (Mobile processing is very slow)
2) Poor Camera quality.
3) Mobile restarts frequently.
4) Mobile generates heat while using.
5) Price became high.

John #TeamFollowBack

November 13, 2013, 1:50 pm

I think there are some people on this page who haven't understood Android properly. When using Android, the apps do build up in the RAM and the cache fills up, when that happens, the phone slows or even "soft-bricks". The way to sort that out is to use one of the cleaners from the Google Play - it clears out the background apps and clears the cache. In extreme cases you may have to do a full system reset - if so, back up the contacts and SMS etc to the external SD card - the internal storage gets wiped on a full system reset and without external backup you would lose all contacts details meaning you would have to manually re-enter them all.

chalkcl

February 8, 2014, 9:14 pm

"I am using this phone since 9 months gradually phone performance decreases."
I can assure you, that's a problem in all phones (same thing happened in my previous Samsung Galaxy). Solution: wipe cache.

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