It’s 2015, Why Do All Android Phones Still Include a “But”

The year is 2015 and we still don’t have a perfect smartphone. I’d argue that there isn’t even a phone that is all that close to being perfect. I’m not saying that all of today’s phones are bad, because most are very, very good and you will probably be satisfied with whatever you choose. But every single one of them includes a big “but.” Hear me out.

Over the past few years, we have seen display technology from Samsung that looks more life-like than your TV and is mindblowingly good. We have seen processors reach PC-like power and efficiency levels. RAM is insanely fast. The Galaxy Note 5 has 4GB of it, people. 4GB. Storage is also faster than ever before. We even have fast wireless charging now! Cameras are reaching point-and-shoot territory. No, smartphone cameras are coming close to eclipsing some point-and-shoots. Metals are being used. Glass is too. Phones look like high-end watches or jewelry, yet do more than a computer in many instances. Technology is, well, pure awesome right now. So why is it that every single Android manufacturer can’t make us the perfect phone.

Why isn’t there a perfect option right now?   (more…)

Sony’s SmartBand 2 Features Advanced Heart Rate Sensor, Can Judge Stress Levels

Sony took the wraps off its new SmartBand 2 this morning, a health and lifestyle fitness band that will launch in September for around 119 EUR. The goal of the new SmartBand 2 is to not only look appealing with its variety of colors, but to provide “full-scale insights about your fitness, well-being, and stress levels.”

Sony included an accelerometer and heart rate sensor to monitor pulse and heart rate “variability,” which they think allows them to “gauge overall fitness, excitement and stress levels throughout the day.” That’s a pretty bold idea to grasp, but hey, the more data crunching in wearables we can do, the better, in my opinion.  (more…)

Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact Supposedly Make First Appearances

To say that the Sony Xperia Z4 (or Z3+ or Z4v or whatever the hell Sony is calling it today) was a disappointment, is probably a gross understatement. Because of the lack of anything remarkable with that handset, most ignored it and instead set sights on what would hopefully be a news-worthy follow-up, a phone that we all assume will be called the Xperia Z5. In a series of purported leaks from @ViziLeaks, we may have our first looks at not only the Xperia Z5, but it’s little brother, the Xperia Z5 Compact(more…)

Sony Announces Two Phones Worth Paying Attention to, the Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra

At the stroke of midnight, last night, Sony announced two new phones for “emerging markets” that I think many of you hope make it far beyond and into bigger markets. The two phones are the Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra. I would suggest to you that the Xperia M5 is the more appealing of the two because of its supposedly great new camera and smaller body, but the C5 Ultra’s non-existent side bezel almost looks too clean to be real – except that it is – and is just as interesting.

Each phone sports a 1080p display, thin body, MediaTek octa-core processor, and some unique camera setups. Sony is referring to these as “super mid-range” type phones, but they really could pass as flagships for the most part.

It’s unfortunate that most of us will never have a chance to buy either, because they really do sound quite appealing on a number of levels.  (more…)

Sony’s “Thinner Than Your Smartphone” 55-Inch 4K LED TV With Android TV is Now Up for Pre-Order

At this year’s CES, Sony unveiled a TV that got more traffic than just about every other TV I found myself in front of throughout the week. The popular TV was Sony’s 55-inch 4K “Ultra-Thin” LED model that ran Android TV. People couldn’t stop from halting in front if it to take a picture because it is insanely thin. Seriously, it was so crazy thin that even we (non-TV guys) stopped with mouths dropped to take a couple of pics (that we of course can’t find now).

Sony claims the TV is thinner than your smartphone or pencil at “approximately” 0.2-inches.  (more…)

Sony Releases Android M Developer Preview for 12 Xperia Devices

Sony has shocked a few people this week, including myself, releasing an Android M Developer Preview build for a total of 12 Xperia devices. In a blog post, Sony goes over the importance of preparing for the official Android M launch, giving developers time to test apps and play with new APIs.

To be exact, the Android M preview has been released for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3. In terms of device support, this is pretty impressive considering you don’t see any other OEM allowing for this.  (more…)