The Xperia Go is a mid-range smartphone with a rugged design. We've managed to get some hands-on time with the handset so here are our first impressions.

We’ve seen all of Sony's NXT range of smartphones including the Xperia S and now the firm is focusing on some more mid-range and entry-level devices like the Xperia Go.

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Sony Xperia Go Yellow

The Xperia Go has been designed to withstand the elements – Sony says it has the highest water and dust resistance of any smartphone. It has a rubbery casing and flaps covering ports. The Xperia Go is available in the typical black and white options as well as a more vibrant yellow.

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Solid is a good word to describe the Xperia Go, the handset feels super strong and durable. It survived a dunk into a tank of water and continued to work – great if you get caught in the rain or want to go swimming with your phone.

At around £250 SIM-free, the Xperia Go isn't exactly a budget phone but it also won't break the bank. The middling price is reflected in the hardware.

Sony Xperia Go

At first the specifications seem pretty good with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage and a 5Mp camera. However, the 3.5in screen has a disappointing resolution of just 320 x 480.

The Xperia Go was responsive enough to satisfy us and there's a microSD card slot if 8GB doesn’t suffice. We'll talk more about performance when we get the handset in for a full review.

In terms of software, the Xperia Go sports the well out of date Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony's customised interface. The firm will update the device to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but, as usual, there's no timeframe for this so it's a bit disappointing.

We obviously haven't been able to test battery life so stay tuned for the full review.

Sony Xperia Go: Specs

  • 1GHz NovaThor U8500 (Cortex A9 dual-core)
  • ARM Mali-400 graphics
  • 3.5in (320 x 480) TFT
  • Google Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB flash storage
  • microSDHC card slot
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3
  • GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
  • HSPA/WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 1900MHz
  • SIM slot
  • A-GPS
  • 5Mp rear camera with LED flash
  • 1280 x 720 video capture
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Micro-USB
  • water and dust proof to 1m
  • 4.8Wh, non-removable lithium battery
  • 60 x 111 x 9.9mm
  • 108g
  • 1GHz NovaThor U8500 (Cortex A9 dual-core)
  • ARM Mali-400 graphics
  • 3.5in (320 x 480) TFT
  • Google Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB flash storage
  • microSDHC card slot
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3
  • GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
  • HSPA/WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 1900MHz
  • SIM slot
  • A-GPS
  • 5Mp rear camera with LED flash
  • 1280 x 720 video capture
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Micro-USB
  • water and dust proof to 1m
  • 4.8Wh, non-removable lithium battery
  • 60 x 111 x 9.9mm
  • 108g

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