"Maybe we could have dolphins who pick up the phone in their mouths and talk into them," said one.
"Or we could have divers chatting to each other on the phone and saying 'Hey, watch out for that shark!'" offered another.
"No, I know. Let's have some sexy women in a really large bowl of water diving in to grab the phone!!" shrieked a third.
That's when they knew they had it.
Sony announced its new flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1, putting the Android phone's camera front and center at the IFA trade show Wednesday.
The waterproof phone, which had been code-named Honami, comes with an expected 20.7-megapixel camera and a host of technologies to make the most of it.
"The Xperia Z1 offers you best-in-class imaging and a revolutionary new way to capture and share your memories," Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said during a press conference. Hirai is in the midst of a years-long effort to unify Sony's many product families and reclaim glory days … Read more
With all the top smartphones in the world boasting their quad-core processors and Full HD displays, it's harder and harder for an individual to really stand out. With the Xperia Z, Sony made a brave attempt at differentiating by waterproofing the phone so you can spill beer on it without it giving up the ghost.
The Xperia Z1 keeps its liquid-repelling credentials, along with sexy glass design and Full HD screen. Its quad-core processor has been supercharged to 2.2GHz, and its camera now boasts an impressive … Read more
There are two lines from the new Avril Lavigne video that storm the mind and capture the soul.
One comes from Danica McKellar (you might know her as Winnie from "The Wonder Years"): "No one could lick his own balls like he could."
The other comes from Lavigne herself: "Oh, my new Sony phone is ringing."
It's a curious turn of phrase, riven with a certain sense that someone in a suit might have ordered her to use it during this, the visual debut for her originally titled song "Rock N Roll.&… Read more
It's my personal belief that, across the board, gadgets should be tough enough to handle your real life. I don't think phones should require cases -- Gorilla Glass is more than strong enough to take a drop, and it's perfectly feasible to design devices that can handle bangs, biffs, and dunks without being completely destroyed. (Side note: Why does the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active even exist? Why aren't all versions of the S4 dust-proof, shock-proof, and waterproof? See what I'm getting at here?)
Anyway, the good news is that I've found over and over … Read more
Occupying the bottom rung of Sony's current Xperia line of smartphones, the $299 Xperia L has attractive styling for an entry-level handset. The device also packs a colorful 4.3-inch screen, dual-core processing, and a decent camera. If you're expecting much more from this affordable unlocked phone, though, you'll be headed for a rude awakening.
Editors' note: For a deeper dive be sure to read CNET UK's full review of the Sony Xperia L.
You don't have to be a hard-core rock climber or surfer to reap the benefits of water- and dust-resistant smartphones. In fact, our most precious handheld computers could all benefit from designs that protect their delicate electronic innards from the wet and grime.
These recent smartphones all have waterproofing characteristics in common -- to a limit. You shouldn't have to worry about them falling into a puddle, but neither should you plan on taking them into the hot tub for a nice, long soak.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean just spilled out Wednesday, but Sony has already lined up the devices slated to receive Google's latest update.
Sony's Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, and Xperia Z Ultra were confirmed as some of the recipients for Android 4.3, according to a Thursday press release. An ellipsis after Xperia Z Ultra suggests that other devices may also be in line.
No launch date was revealed for the Android 4.3 updates. Sony is still busy rolling out Android 4.2 to certain devices, such as the Xperia … Read more
Sony might have something up its sleeve, if recently leaked images and specs are to be believed.
Taiwan-based news site ePrice published images Tuesday of what it claims is the long-rumored Sony i1 Android-based smartphone. The device, believed to be codenamed "Honami," has popped up in rumors from time to time and is supposedly shipping this fall as Sony's flagship smartphone.
In addition publishing the images, ePrice reported that the device will come with a 5-inch 1080p HD display, a 20.7-megapixel camera, and a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The specs published by ePrice also … Read more