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Sony Xperia Advance ST27A Unlocked Android Phone--U.S. Warranty (Yellow)

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  • Xperia go is a dust-proof, water-resistant phone. Sure, you can take it on a hike through the rainforest.
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Technical Details

Color: Yellow
  • Size (LWH): 7.5 inches, 7.25 inches, 1 inches
  • Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 6.3 hours
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 520 hours
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Product Description

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Ups, downs and sudden showers. We’ve designed Xperia go to handle everything life dishes out. We gave it a scratch-resistant display, a battery-save mode for when you’re running late and made sure it had the highest water and dust resistance of any Smartphone.

Product Details

Color: Yellow
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.2 x 1 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0093HKLVE
  • Item model number: 1266-4542
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,098 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By JGD on November 17, 2012
Color: Yellow Verified Purchase
At around $250 (update: but the price seems to go up and down), the Sony Xperia Advance is a great value. Why, you might ask, since one can pick up a brand new iPhone 5 for $199 and various other smartphones for next to nothing? The answer -- and the key to appreciating this phone -- is that the Sony is unlocked. That means you aren't buying a subsidized phone that ties you to a two-year wireless contract at premium rates.

With an unlocked phone, you can avoid dealing with the major carriers direct. Instead, you can go to one of the companies that resell their services at a huge discount. Expect to pay around $45 a month -- with no extras -- for unlimited talk and text, plus as much data as anyone could be likely to use on a phone without doing much in the way of streaming. Over two years, you stand to save a lot of money by taking the unlocked route. (With this Sony, it's best to go to the AT&T resellers like Straight Talk and Pure Talk. It seems that you only get Edge data speeds if you use it on T-Mobile's network through one of their resellers and it won't even work with a Verizon or Sprint reseller.)

The other benefit of an unlocked phone is that you can use it with a local SIM when you travel overseas, or with a global SIM such as those sold by Telestial.

If you're sold on the unlocked concept, this is a great price for a pretty nice Android phone. It ships with the Gingerbread version of Android, but you can easily upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (not the very latest Android version, but close). To upgrade, you need to connect it to a PC or Mac with Sony's (free) phone utility software. This upgrade method didn't seem intuitive at first, but once I figured that's what I had to do, it was seamless.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rick W on December 21, 2012
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OVERALL

I've had the black Xperia Advance for a week and am quite happy with it (it's called the Xperia Go outside the US if you're looking for more reviews). It looks stylish, is light and truly pocket-sized, feels solid and satisfying in the hand, has a great-looking display (despite the relatively low resolution, see below), and sounds good for calls and media. I also like the Sony interface for Android (it's running Ice Cream Sandwich), which I find elegant in a technological way, and smooth. The phone froze once when using the camera, on the first day, but went back to normal after a quick restart and has been fine since. The battery life is great for my (pretty low) intensity of use: it looks like it would last a couple of weeks in standby and about a day with constant use, just like the specs say.

NICHE

The niche market for the Advance isn't just people who get wet or dusty a lot, as most reviewers seem to suggest. Sure, the phone's most distinctive feature is its IP67 rating (which means it's sealed against dust and against water up to 3 feet deep for 30 min), but that isn't what drew me to the phone.

If you want a small and light smartphone (i.e. 3.5" screen) with a passable camera, up-to-date smarts, and no phone service contract (i.e. it's unlocked), then there are literally only 3 options (a search by specification on a phone review website will confirm this): the iPhone 4S ($550), the Sony Xperia U ($225), and the Sony Xperia Advance ($250). The iPhone is of course the best but costs twice as much. The latter two are nearly identical phones. The only drawbacks of the Advance are its lower screen resolution (see below) and lack of a front-facing camera (so no video calls).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By George Fargone on November 20, 2012
Color: Yellow Verified Purchase
My previous phone was an iPhone 3GS which was getting a little slow...

The ST27A is snappy! I have found an Android counterpart for all the apps I use and learning the OS was quick. I walk and ride my bike in the rain a lot (Pacific North West) so I love that this phone is water resistant, and manageable in size.

It does everything I need: calls, texts, email, online banking and music playing. I know others use their phone for a whole lot more, but I am in front of a computer 12 hours a day so my phone does not have to act as full fledged computer for me.

The one down side for me is the smallish battery capacity so I need to charge every other day, or if I use it a lot every day. Reducing the display intensity will add a lot to your talk time! For me the compactness outweighs battery life. The phone even slips into my shirt pocket without sticking out.

My carrier is StraightTalk and the Unlimited service works really well with this phone. You need the ST27A (NOT the ST27i) and the AT&T compatible SIM card from StraightTalk make things work together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By c_busta on May 28, 2013
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I got this phone because I really liked the idea of it being water ressistant. I have taken it to the pool and the beach, it is great not to worry about it getting a bit wet. I have also taken pictures and videos underwater, you just have to set the timer for the pictures or start recording outside the water since the touch screen will not work while submerged.

WIth the Jellybean update, It works even better. Everything opens quickly, Google Now is great help and you are now able to put apps in the tray into folders, so keeping everything in order is very easy. Also, it comes with Xperia with Facebook which allows you to upload pictures to facebook and sync the calendar, without the need of the facebook app. I went ahead and deleted the facebook app since it works much better from the internet browser.

Battery life is average, I get a day and a half of regular use, a day of intense use.

Overall:
+ IP67 certified
+ Compact size
+ Great video cammera quality
+ Good build quality

- Low res screen
- Ram on the low side
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