Sony Unveils the Exmor RS IMX230, 21MP Next-gen Stacked CMOS Image Sensor

This morning, Sony unveiled its newest image sensor designed specifically for smartphones, the Exmor RS IMX230. Sony’s sensors are quite popular in the mobile world, being featured in many of the top smartphones today, such as the iPhone 6 and even the OnePlus One.

The updated Exmor RS is a 21MP stacked CMOS image sensor, using the same stacking technology Sony commercialized back in 2012. In the announcement, Sony highlights three main parts for the new Exmor RS; compact size, higher image quality, and improved functionality.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3v Review

The Sony Xperia Z3v is a strange phone. It’s not quite a Z3, not quite a Z2. Thinking about the Z3v reminds me of the strange Xperia Play commercials where a back ally deal resulted in human thumbs being appended to an android. This mashup of hardware with Sony and Verizon software at first glance might seem like another disappointment, but I think Sony fans and Verizon subscribers ought to find much to love about the Z3v.

This is our Sony Xperia Z3v review. (more…)

Sony Smartwatch 3 Now In-Stock and Shipping From Google Play for $249

Sony’s new Smartwatch 3 is no longer a Verizon exclusive and can be purchased from Google Play for $249.

The Smartwatch 3 from Sony is one of the newest Android Wear watches, but it seems to be aimed a little more towards the fitness crowd. Sony has packed a GPS inside the wearable, giving you the opportunity to take workouts on the go without a smartphone connected.

It also packs the latest in smartwatch tech, with features like a 1.6-inch LCD display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 420mAh battery, and Bluetooth 4.1.  (more…)

Google Announces Android Wear 4.4W.2 With GPS and Offline Music Support, New App Categories in Google Play

Two days ago, Motorola announced that a big update was rolling out to the Moto 360 that included a handful of useful tweaks to Android Wear. The LG G Watch received a similar update. In case you missed it, the update was to version 4.4W.2, which is one of the two big updates we are expecting to see from Google for their wearable platform before the year ends. Today, Google made the update official.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

I love Sony’s current approach to smartphones. They start with a flagship phone that has top tier specs to compete with anyone. But then to compliment that phone and appease those of us who don’t like oversized phones, they release a smaller, “compact” version that doesn’t lack in any department. These “compact” phones are flagship-level devices, unlike the “mini” phones that LG and Samsung tend to release each year as alternatives to their own flagships.

As you all know, I can’t stand the trend of smartphones these days, which is to constantly make everything as big as possible. (No, folks, bigger is not always better.) Sony gets that. And this year, they are proving that by releasing the Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller, but equally impressive version of the Xperia Z3.

The Compact line from Sony is not new to me, as I tested the Z1 Compact earlier this year for a month or so. All I can say after using both it and the Z3 Compact is that I wish more manufacturers would do similar things with smaller phones. They feel amazing in hand, can be used with one hand, and are a fantastic option. Let’s talk about this particular model in more detail.

This is our Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review.  (more…)