I have the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact sitting right here, next to the mouse on my desk, not more than a half-arm’s distance away from my hand. I am giddy about that. I am more giddy about that than I have been with any other phone released this year. I don’t know that Nexus review units of the 5X and 6P will even garner this much giddiness from my brain. That sounds crazy, I know it. I also know that few will share this joy because times are different and this phone is impossible to buy. I do not care, though. Ahhh, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, welcome to your new home. (more…)
Sony may struggle mightily in the US and is still relatively unknown here as a smartphone maker, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t always still watching their every move. We constantly keep an eye on Sony because they often times create really great phones, still respect the fact that some of us want smaller phones with flagship specs, and do cool things for their customers, like let them beta test big new versions of Android ahead of time. (more…)
This morning, Sony provided a list of devices that it plans to update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The list is quite extensive, so if they actually come through on this, Sony should be proud. Of course, the newly announced Xperia Z5 line is a part of this, but Sony is even going back as far as the Xperia Z2. Crazy, right? (more…)
Back in June, Verizon announced its plans to carry a semi-new phone from Sony called the Xperia Z4v. The original goal was to get the phone ready for launch over the summer, but as the summer seemed to be coming to a close, the phone had yet to surface at any store or in the hands of any tech reviewer. Our sources told us in July that it had been delayed until at least September, but pinged us again in mid-September saying that it had been cancelled for good. So this news today comes as no surprise. (more…)
There are three new devices from Sony this morning, all of which should have your attention. Sony came out swinging at IFA, announcing the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium. Each devices is loaded with top-tier specifications, especially the Z5 Premium with its 5.5″ “4K TRILUMINOS” display.
Each device features a Snapdragon 810 processor, Quick Charge 2.0 compatibility, beefy batteries, microSD card slots for up to 200GB of storage, reworked Sony-made camera modules, and plenty more.
Take a look at the full specs below. (more…)
Let’s all just forget that the Sony Xperia Z4 or Z4v or Z3+ ever existed, OK? Sony just announced the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium, and they are all you should care about from Sony at the moment and going forward. These are next-level flagship phones, one of which has a 4K screen. A 4K screen. What? Why? Who cares! 4K in a phone!
During its press event today at IFA, Sony said to expect the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact in October. The 4K-monster Xperia Z5 Premium will arrive in November.
So, what’s up with each phone? A lot. (more…)
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 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…)