Sony Phones & Tablets: Specs, Models, News & Reviews

Sony pulls a Nokia, decides to sell the Xperia ZL unsubsidized in the USA

Sony pulls a Nokia, decides to sell the Xperia ZL unsubsidized in the USA

American operators are crooks. They charge way too much, they provide inadequate service more often than not, and they’re just plain evil. But you know what? Without them, the smartphone revolution would’ve never happened. Why? Because people don’t want to spend $700 on a brand new phone. They’d rather sign a two year contract and get the best the market has to offer for $200.

Sony admits that the Xperia Z has some serious issues

Sony admits that the Xperia Z has some serious issues

According to the Xperia Blog, which isn’t an official Sony website, they’re a fan site, numerous people have been reporting that their Xperia Z just stops working suddenly. And I’m not talking random shutdowns or reboots, I’m talking full blown paperweight. Some people have reported that pressing the power button and volume up key simultaneously can bring the phone back to life, but it doesn’t work for everyone.

Video: What are the key differences between Sony’s Xperia Z and Xperia ZL?

Video: What are the key differences between Sony’s Xperia Z and Xperia ZL?

Handset companies used to announce a portfolio or three or more devices at large industry trade shows. Usually there would be one high end product, another that’s a bit more affordable, but shares many of the same features as the flagship model, and then finally a budget device that was the “aspirational” model for people in emerging countries.

Say hello to Sony’s new phones: the Xperia SP and the Xperia L

Say hello to Sony’s new phones: the Xperia SP and the Xperia L

Sony has just announced two midrange Android smartphones that are, how should I put this, rather unexciting. Before I get to my rant, let me introduce you to the devices. First up is the Xperia SP. It has a 4.6 inch 720p display, dual core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera, 4G LTE support, NFC, and it ships with Android 4.1.2 on-board. It weighs an astounding 155 grams thanks to an aluminum frame, and it’s almost 10 millimeters thick. The design language is a mix of Sony’s 2012 smartphone portfolio and the latest Xperia Z.

Video: Here’s everything you need to know about Sony’s new Xperia Z

Video: Here’s everything you need to know about Sony’s new Xperia Z

Many of the world’s great thinkers are often quoted for saying something to the tune of: “I would have written a shorter letter to you, but I didn’t have enough time.” In other words, focusing is hard. Anyone can write a 5,000 word review of a smartphone, and these days I’m seeing that happen more and more often, but it takes a serious set of skills to make something that gets the point across in a reasonable span of time.