With the kind of weather we're having these days, our gadgets might as well be element-proof.
When I played with Sony Ericsson Xperia Active during its launch in the Philippines last year, I got thoroughly impressed with how well it lived up to being called waterproof. Remember that TP video? I submerged the phone in water, took it out of the fishbowl after around 10 seconds and it worked as if nothing happened. Talk about the perfect handset to have in your pocket when going out on a rainy day.
Active was one of those phones that can take a beating and still deliver a great Android experience. And I'm expecting the 2012 follow-up to that, the Sony Xperia Go, to be even better.
Bearing the same 'made to resist' genes of its predecessor, Sony Xperia Go is dust, drop, water, and scratch proof. Not to be babied, the phone was made to actually match your active lifestyle.
Ever ready to be drenched in sweat and to withstand bumps, Go can be worn 'round the neck or on the arm while jogging or working out. In fact, it even comes with pre-installed fitness apps like MiCoach and FigureRunning, which truly make the handset an ideal companion whether at the gym or around your usual running route.
But if there's anything that can match the phone's tough shell, it's definitely Go's stellar innards and multimedia features. Despite only having a 3.5-inch display - quite small for an Android phone these days, Sony Xperia Go nonetheless runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS - to be upgraded eventually to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - skinned by TimeScape user interface with a Dual Core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 NovaThor processor and handles multitasking with 512 MB of RAM. Users also get 4GB of available internal memory, which they can easily expand via microSD card slot supporting up to 32 GB. That should be more than enough storage for photos and videos taken using the phone's 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and 720p video recorder. Users can then share and enjoy content online via Wifi or 3G connectivity.
So how much does it cost and when will it be available in the Philippines? Great news! Sony Xperia Go is now available at all authorized Sony Mobile retail outlets the Philippines. It comes in three colors, namely Black, White, and Yellow, and it has an official suggested retail price of Php 14,990.