Sony are an interesting company to me, as before the Chinese dominated electronics, then Korea began their rampage with Samsung and LG, the Japanese made some of the best electronics in the world. Sony were once the pinnacle (to most) of electronics in the 80s and 90s. The Walkman. Trinitron. PlayStation. Countless other products, and they had multiple names that most households would not only remember, but they would own their products - usually more than one - or they at least, like myself, dreamt of owning one.
Sony dominated the electronics industry, but have fell by the wayside in the last decade or so with the rise of Google, Apple and Samsung. These three companies alone have poked holes in many of Sony's once dominant products, but Sony are slowly trying to make a comeback. Apple crushed, and reinvigorated the sagging smartphone market, Google came along and released a clunky mobile OS known as Android and have now refined it into one of the most powerful mobile operating systems known to human kind.
Sony have jumped on the Android bandwagon, and have slowly - but surely - been releasing quality products. Today we take a look at their Xperia TX smartphone.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Sony have packed the Xperia TX quite well, providing a 4.55-inch touchscreen with what Sony call their Mobile BRAVIA Engine. We also have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm (the MSM8260A Snapdragon), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable by microSD, a beautiful 13-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 1.3-megapixel front-facing snapper.
This is backed up by the usual connectivity options such as NFC, Bluetooth 3.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA. Sony is touting around 6 hours and 40 minutes of talk time, and standby time of up to 300 hours.
As for pricing, Newegg sell the Xperia TX for $419.99 - which puts it at a price above the stellar Nexus 4 from LG and Google. This is a big losing point for Sony, but I understand their position - they aren't Google.
Availability seems to be fine from everything I've looked at, with Newegg offering free shipping on the Xperia TX, which you can't complain about, can you?