Counterclockwise: water resistant phones

31 March 2019
There have been rugged, adventurous handsets since the dawn of cell phones. It was flagship smartphones that made the genre popular, though.

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Anonymous, 01 Apr 2019You don't take a chance on electronics when it comes to gua... more"You don't take a chance on electronics when it comes to guarantees."

Yet many people do, sooo...

"Why take the chance when there are so many other options? Sony Mobile shoots themselves in the foot for pulling out of multiple markets. Let them suffer the consequences."

Because I like the experience I get from Sony devices, it's that simple. Everyone has a preference. And that's exactly why there are so many phone makers.

It's my money, so I'm entitled to make my own choice.

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jrharbort, 01 Apr 2019Warranties are overrated and don't cover much of anything w... moreYou don't take a chance on electronics when it comes to guarantees. Why take the chance when there are so many other options? Sony Mobile shoots themselves in the foot for pulling out of multiple markets. Let them suffer the consequences.

Anonymous, 01 Apr 2019Yeah buy online and miss out on the local guarantee. Very smart.Warranties are overrated and don't cover much of anything when you look into them. Smartphones these days are very reliable. That's why more and more people are buying their phones online now. I've personally not had any issues with phones purchased from online in the past 5 years. Or ever, really.

  • Anonymous

jrharbort, 01 Apr 2019Impossible if you mean from box stores or carriers. Not imp... moreYeah buy online and miss out on the local guarantee. Very smart.

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Anonymous, 31 Mar 2019Last time I fell from a longboard like two weeks ago, bruis... moreVery true I have slipped on ice countless time this winter and broken my Vaio Duo 13's screen for crying out loud! I'm glad that my xz2 was alright.

  • Anonymous

History of water resistant phones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad8PFj9ydFY

Anonymous, 01 Apr 2019So many Sony evangelists on this website. Sorry to say that... moreImpossible if you mean from box stores or carriers. Not impossible at all from online. It's 2019, many people buy phones online now.

  • Anonymous

So many Sony evangelists on this website. Sorry to say that Sony has exited so many markets that it's impossible to buy an Xperia phone in most countries. No use promoting the Sony brand here.

After my first incident of an accidental spill (beer glass knocked over onto phone) the other week, it's certainly a big relief knowing you have a smartphone with one of the highest waterproof ratings on the market (XZ3 is both IP65 and IP68). Just rinsed it off, and it was good to go again.

Anonymous, 31 Mar 2019Someone from xiaomi said once that adding IP68 would cost 2... moreThis sounds rational, but is it true at all?
Would you happen to have any links?
Anyone here know what the cheapest IP68 phone is, based on RRP and not price cuts/discounts?

Then we can compare it to the same phone from the same brand without IP68 certification, also compare it to similar phones from competitor brands, and finally check BoM between the products.

Doing this we can extrapolate a realistic figure to how much it costs to add IP68 certification, not an unreliable % but a more standard $ value.

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Spen, 31 Mar 2019We seem to have a totally different mentality if it comes t... moreIt's not about destroying stuff by being careless, it's about buying quality stuff that is reliable and doesn't require caring for it like a chicken cares for its eggs. Just don't buy things that require extra care.

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Ali Bashir, 31 Mar 2019Go back in time with every feature then you will find Sony.... moreMotorola Defy was first Android Smartphone, Sony just copied, as usual.

  • anonymous

Re this water resitance thing, the author forgot Sony Ericsson's Active.

  • Chris_Apple

Folks, iPhone 11 or whatever the name, will have IP69K Waterproof up to 50m or 5ATM. In conjunction with that Apple might axe the lightning port in the process.

Anonymous, 31 Mar 20191. Back then we just had to tolerate that. When my $100 pho... moreWe seem to have a totally different mentality if it comes to possessions.
For me it is unimportant how much the phone costs, I will protect it equally since I care about the my stuff in general. Destroying stuff just because of being careless is a waste of money independent of how much it is. I'm from Germany and I feel like the mentality here is similar to mine. Not sure if this is a cultural thing.

euro.english.lang, 31 Mar 2019Wrong. Heat, time, state of charge and cycles kill the batt... moreSure, it depends on the usage. I am not playing any games but I charge my phone over night and fully drain it every day. I know that this kills the battery but it is how I use my phone and therefore I need a replaceable battery.

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Kajzi, 31 Mar 2019When I clicked on the article called Counterclockwise, I wa... moreExactly. But at least this time they tried to discuss something really useful, not notches or pop-up cameras.

  • Anonymous

You forgot to mention Nokia 3310
When dropped in a river, the water moves away and earth shatters.

  • jay

There are several waterproof cameras, actually rated for submersion depth. Phone should be able to do the same thing.

  • Fixxxer

Spen, 31 Mar 2019Sure. Your magical battery didn't age. Sure. You do get th... moreMy Sony Xperia SP is five years old, battery still lasts a day.