Product Type: Sony Mobile Communications Smartphone
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Great phone for those who are strapped for cash
Sony XPERIA Miro
Member Name: EDHarrison
Sony XPERIA Miro
Advantages: Works great with no annoyances
Disadvantages: Camera is a bit shoddy
I've had this phone for about 6 months now and I love it. I have always bought the Sony Ericsson brand before now, and didn't want to swap my beloved brand for anyone. I was initially very wary of touch-screen phones, wondering how on earth my fat thumb would not end up pressing eight functions at once, but it's not as bad as I imagined. Yes it is quite annoying when you press the wrong thing or the stupid screen doesn't detect what you pressed, but I presume the same applies to every touchscreen on the market. After overcoming my annoyance, I kind of liked playing around with the little screen and swiping this way and that (simple things please simple minds). It was fun. I haven't had any problems with it, as of yet, and it has done great, in fact, I am proud to call it my phone *wipes away a tear*.
Price: I purchased this phone from the Carphone warehouse on a 24 month contract at £15.99 a month with O2. Of course what this really means is £20 something a month, because the buggers never add on VAT. But never fear, it was the cheapest contract I could find on O2 that allowed you to pick a free gift :D which I chose the Kindle Fire. Excellent bundle. So this package allows me 100 minutes a month, unlimited texts, 50mb data charged no more than a £1 a day, and this all suits me down to the ground.
Aesthetics: Looks cool. It's slim and light weight, and not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be bigger and bulkier but it fits quite nicely in my pocket (and I am small so have small pockets). I bought a cheapo rubber phone cover and screen protector off eBay straight away to protect the little guy. Don't ever buy branded phone protection - what a rip-off! Think I paid no more than £5 to protect my phone and it doesn't have a single scratch on it.
Specification/techy bits: Apparently it is 4.45 x 2.34 x 0.39 inches (which I stole off a phone spec website) and weighs 110 grams. Excellent. The screen is 3.5 inches and that's plenty big enough in my opinion for all my phone needs. Apparently it's multi-touch (?) and you'll be pleased to know it has anti-reflective coating, yay! No more sun getting in the way of my texting... It vibrates, it has a loudspeaker, GPRS, Bluetooth, 5 mega pixel camera, Android OS, all the usual's for a phone nowadays.
How I use it: I predominantly use it for texting, I admit, I am a text junkie. I mean, why bother phoning someone and actually talking to them when you can text, hahaha... So yes, it is great for texting. It divides your inbox into conversations between people, which is great, because then you can see what your last text was, in case you forgot. But I have used it for phone calls, and had no problems apart from the usual signal issues, but that is no fault of the poor phone, nope, I blame the near-middle-of-nowhere place I live. I use the WiFi on it regularly, which works great. It automatically connects to routers and remembers them when you input the security key. I also use the data when I am out and about and can't find a WiFi hot spot - and it works fine too. Sometimes it adds a chunk onto my phone bills, but that's my own fault for urgently (!) needing to check my emails. I don't use the camera function very often, as I haven't figured out how to zoom in, if indeed this is a function on the phone. So it is pretty useless to me as a camera, but then again, it isn't a camera, it's a phone. The speaker on it is fab, I actually prop it up in the bathroom and blast it out whilst I'm in the shower sometimes, and I can still here my drums over the rushing shower water. I also use the alarm function every morning because you add your own song to wake up to - I have had no problem with this at all.
Performance/Quality: I think it's pretty good quality considering it's meant to be one of the low-end budget Sony's. Compared to my partners' Xperia Arc, it is clearly not as powerful, but this doesn't bother me at all. I am not someone who plays games all day on my phone and uses it excessively for what it was not originally designed for all those decades ago when the humble mobile phone was invented. So it is sufficient, in my opinion. The battery lasted 5 days when I took it camping, but I had to turn the WiFi off to achieve this, which was fine anyway, because there wasn't really a router or hot spot in the field with which I was positioned. So great lasting battery.
Recommend: Yes I would recommend it to those who don't want to pay loads for a 'special' phone that they want to show off to their friends. It does everything you need it to and then some. I haven't broke it yet (which says something about the phone, and about me), and I have dropped it a few times. It hasn't frozen on me yet either, which is nice.
Summary: Great brand, great phone, low price, quality.