The sleek and durable Sony Xperia Go became a TechPinas Favorite this year - along with a handful of other amazing 2012 releases including Nokia 808 PureView, The New iPad (my #NewTattooiPad), and Sony VAIO T ultrabook - on the merit of its stellar specifications, gorgeous and slim design, affordable price tag, IP67 certification for being both water-resistant and dust-proof, and for being practically the handset to beat in the midrange Android smartphone category.

For those who are planning to purchase this smartphone this Yuletide Season or as soon as next month, here's how the packaging looks in the flesh:

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Available in Black, White, and Yellow, Sony Xperia Go has an official suggested retail price of only Php 14,990.

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sony xperia go, sony xperia go unboxing

Quoting TP, "Despite only having a 3.5-inch display - quite small for an Android phone these days [even for a midrange release], Sony Xperia Go nonetheless runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS - to be upgraded eventually to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - skinned by TimeScape user interface with a [rather powerful] Dual Core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 NovaThor processor and handles multitasking with a decent 512 MB of RAM. Users also get 4GB of internal memory, which is easily expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 32 GB; That should provide more enough storage for photos and videos taken using the Go's 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and back-illuminated sensor, and its 720p video recorder."

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Totally not to be babied, Sony Xperia Go was actually crafted by the Japanese company to match its user's active lifestyle.

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The cute handset ships with these accessories:

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You'll get a charger with two rounded prongs -- so you'll need an adapter to use it in the Philippines. I believe you can also charge the phone using other standard microUSB chargers.

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Of course, the package comes with earphones from Sony, which - while not as powerful as the company's more expensive headsets - delivers crisp and clear sound for an enjoyable music-listening experience.

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Here's the microUSB to USB cable for connecting Go to your computer.

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sony xperia go, sony xperia go unboxing
You can use your regular SIM card with Sony Xperia Go. But in case you're already using a microSIM, Sony included this tray in the package for you.

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So there you go! The water-resistant and dust-proof Sony Xperia Go, TP Friends! One of our true TP Faves this 2012.