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    Sony has been really pushing water resistant phones as of late, with many of its latest phones featuring flaps everywhere in order to secure the interior from water damage. But according to Sony, its flagship Z2 can only be kept "under 1.5 m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58" -- a far cry from six weeks at the bottom of the ocean. Apparently though, in a wild Xperia Z2 survival story, that's exactly what the phone managed. It goes like this: Alexander Maxén found his phone accidentally dropped into the sea to a depth of about 10 meters. Maxén wasn't exactly in a ...

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    Sony's recently been one of the best OEMs with regard to Android updates, providing updates to its flagships (and other phones) quickly after the source code hits AOSP. The latest phones to get in on the fun are part of the Sony Xperia E1 line, with the Sony Xperia E1 Android 4.4 update rolling out as we speak. Apart from Android 4.4 (we're not sure what version of Android 4.4, but it's likely we're talking either 4.4.3 or 4.4.4), Sony has thrown in some goodies of its own. Take a look at the full changelog below to check those out: Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing ...

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    Sony has already begun teasing what we should expect from the company at its IFA event in Berlin. We've seen numerous rumors of a Sony Xperia Z3 in the works, and we've even learned of a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact that's also making the cut. Today we see that Sony is already making preparations for these devices to be sold across Europe. Leaked certification documents show that there are three models that Sony is preparing for a probable launch at IFA. The three device model numbers are D6633 / D6603, D5803, and D2403. The D6633 / D6603 reportedly correspond to the Sony Xperia Z3 that we know ...

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    One year ago, almost to the day, I received the Sony Xperia Z Ultra in the mail from Negri Electronics. Brandon and Michael decided I would be the one to review the massive 6.4-inch smartphone from Sony, likely because I've always had a penchant for extra large smartphones – excessive smartphones. Just two months before the Xperia Z Ultra landed on my doorstep, I had reviewed the Galaxy Mega. All things considered, I really liked it. Its specs and display could have been better, but Samsung did a pretty good job at keeping the Mega's physical footprint reasonable – more like the Galaxy ...

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    Smartphone owners are used to pledging their allegiance to a platform – are you an Android man, cozying up with Google and all that Play Store content, or do you find Apple and its iPhone series more your speed? Hell, maybe you've just got to be different and you're backing Windows Phone. Gamers face similar decisions, committing themselves to the latest console of their choice, and reaping the benefits of (or feeling the pain of missing out on) exclusive titles. Well, if you've been on the fence about going with Sony or Microsoft (or Nintendo, if you've just got to be contrarian), we'd ...

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    Late last month, word got out about Sony's schedule for its IFA announcements, revealing plans for a press conference on September 3. But while sometimes an invitation will take the opportunity to give us a little tease of what news to expect, all we knew about Sony's shindig was the time and date. Would we be left to speculate on our own about what might new products might be taking the spotlight? Maybe not, as now an image of a Sony IFA press invite has surfaced, and it seems to confirm some of our expectations. Now, we're not sure we're already seeing any new products, or anything like ...

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    Sony has won a lot of praise for its recent smartphone offerings. Our reviews of devices like the Xperia Z2 make it clear that the company is doing a great job in making Xperia smartphones very competitive. Xperia tablets haven't gained that same level of fame, but it doesn't mean they aren't good, and rumors have it that there is more to come. Listings are now showing a model number SGP621 being traded around through Indonesia. If you all remember, the code for the Xperia Tablet Z2 was SGP521, and the code for the Xperia Tablet Z was SGP321. This clearly hints to the company working on ...

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    You'd think that for a company like Sony, and because of the success of the PlayStation, selling phones that are "PlayStation Mobile certified" would be a huge plus, right? Well, the reality is quite different, and we predicted this would happen when we reviewed PlayStation Mobile a couple of years ago. It was hard to find a sense in the ability to play games from 1997 in today's market, and because of this and many other issues, the story has come to an end. Sony has just announced that it will ditch the PlayStation Mobile platform in some future KitKat and Android L software updates. ...

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    We have previously compared the camera performance of the Galaxy K Zoom with the incredible shooter on the Nokia Lumia 1020, and now it's time to continue are detailed look at the performance of this camera/phone hybrid, with our Samsung Galaxy K Zoom vs Sony Xperia Z2 camera comparison. It was very clear to some of you which one of the aforementioned performed better, taking the camera as the single factor, so now make sure to watch these samples closely. On one hand, we've got the the Galaxy K Zoom, which relies on physical lens to offer up t0 10x optical zoom to images it captures using ...

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    I remember a time when I was switching phones every other week. Literally. I would buy a phone without a contract from an AT&T or Verizon store (or my place of employment), use it for a week or two, then turn around and sell it to the highest bidder on Craigslist. In most cases, I would trade the new phone for a slightly older phone plus some cash. Then I would sell the phone I had just received through the trade for its full value, thus walking away with more money than I had put into the original phone. It's not like I was making money hand over fist, but I was playing my cards ...

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    The past month or so's been a relatively busy time for Sony and its mobile lineup, as we've tackled rumors looking not just at new phones, like the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, but also at accessories for those handsets, like a new lens-style camera add-on. While formal announcements could come at any time, the odds are good that the company's gearing up for a big event at this year's IFA expo in Berlin. Today we learn just when that will occur, as the company reveals plans for a September 3 press conference. This time last year Sony had already teased its IFA event, but it would still be a ...

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    Late last month a leak outed what were claimed to be front panels for the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. While a little hard to believe at first, a series of subsequent leaks detailing the Z3 have really brought us around to the idea that this is a model Sony's working on. But what of the smaller phone, the presumed Z3 Compact? We haven't heard much of it since then, but now a new series of photos has arrived alongside some hardware rumors – the question is, is this the Z3 Compact or not? Here's the problem: while the basic shape of the phone is a close enough match to that front panel ...

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    By the time you folks are reading this, I'm probably half-way to my destination at the Adriatic Sea. Taking a vacation for the first time in years was one of the most difficult decisions I had to recently take, but I'm leaving -- for a tad more than a week -- knowing that Pocketnow is in good hands with my dear colleagues I couldn't be more proud of. The Nokia Lumia 1020, with its camera grip case, is the main phone I'm packing, and you know why that is: pictures. I don't plan on taking a lot of pictures, but those that I do choose to take, I want them to be good, and the Lumia 1020 is my ...

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    About a month back we came across a rumor discussing a possible follow-up to some of last year's weirder smartphone accessories, the Sony Cyber-shot “lens-style cameras” that affixed to existing smartphones to give them high-quality image sensors, big lenses, and optical zoom capabilities. The QX10 and QX100 models we have now give us a 10x zoom and 3.6x zoom, respectively, but word was that this year's edition would bump that figure up to something like 30x zoom. Now we've got some new evidence that might just support that idea. A new listing at the South Korean National Radio ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z3 is still very much an enigma; looking at the hardware specs that have leaked, it's difficult to appreciate how Sony intends to make the handset a meaningful improvement over the Xperia Z2. Maybe the most obvious changes have emerged in some of the leaked pics we've seen, and even then they've seen minor: stuff like how the Z3's edges appear to be much more rounded and lacking the Z2's metal accents. Today we get a closer look at that hardware, with the arrival of a couple new supposed Xperia Z3 shots. The edge shot here appears to be a perfect match for last week's leak, ...

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