Just a few years ago, 4.3-inch smartphones were considered to be big. My, how things change. Somewhere along the way, having the biggest screen became a selling point, and thus began the great screen size arms race. Now we're to the point where we can have a gigantic phablet like the Galaxy Note 2
completely dwarfed by the upcoming Xperia Z Ultra
. Are they bigger and better, or just out of control? Let's take a look, as we compare the two gigantophones from Sony and Samsung.
If you thought the explosion of Android smartphone screen sizes had finally hit the ceiling, think again. Sony just pulled back the curtain on the Xperia Z Ultra, a phone with a cutting-edge processor, an incredibly-thin design, and waterproof capabilities. The only catch? You'll have to lug around a device that's closer in size to a Kindle Fire
than it is to an iPhone
In the unpleasantness stakes, dropping your smartphone in a bucket or water is right up there with bread landing butter-side down – only much more expensive. Sony has unveiled its Xperia ZR that, if it lives up to expectations, will mean you’ll not only be able to drop it in the pond, but take high-definition videos while doing so.
Shopping for a new smartphone can be overwhelming. Even after you’ve chosen a wireless carrier, there are so many phones – many of which look almost the same – that you might not know where to begin. The choice is made even more difficult by the constantly shifting sands of the smartphone marketplace and this year has already seen a number of major new players enter the fray. So how do you sort through it all? Look no further, as Gizmag breaks down the top smartphones of (early) 2013.
Sony has announced two new smartphones in London – the Xperia SP and the Xperia L. The SP offers an impressive 1280 x 720 display, while the lower-end L model provides a more camera-centric experience. Both handsets are a little lower down the spectrum than the company's flagship Xperia Z
device, but will come with a more wallet-friendly price tag when they hit shelves in Q2 of this year.
Every smartphone maker dreams of iPhone-like success, but only Samsung's Galaxy S series has approached the iPhone's popularity. One company hoping to move in that direction is Sony, with its high-end Xperia Z. Does it stand a chance next to the iPhone 5?
Samsung phones may rule the Android roost, but the platform's biggest fans hold a special place for Nexus handsets. The latest, the Nexus 4, has been selling out as quickly as LG's (limited) shipments can stock them. But is the Nexus 4
a better buy than 2013's first big release, Sony's Xperia Z
? Let's take a look.
Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S III
was the undisputed King of Android. Many expect its inevitable follow-up to repeat in 2013. But one company hoping to carve out its own piece of the pie is Sony. Its Xperia Z
is the Japanese company's most serious foray into smartphones. How does it stack up against 2012's best? Let's take a look.
In the smartphone wars, Apple and Samsung reign supreme. Companies like Motorola, LG, HTC, and Nokia are struggling to stay above water. Then you have Sony. Despite its history, many customers don't even know that the Japanese company makes smartphones. Sony is hoping to change that, with its most serious mobile device yet, the Xperia Z.
Sony's Kazuo Hirai bounced up on stage for his very first IFA in the capacity of his new role as CEO. Hirai presented the company's new direction, stating: "There have been more changes in the last 10 year than in the previous century's combined... Now is the time for Sony to change. This company cannot stand still."
One of Sony's core focus areas to keep it moving is (no surprises here) Mobile, and Hirai announced three new additions to the Xperia range. the Xperia T, Xperia V and Xperia J, all of which will be brought to market over the next few months.