The durable, but pretty, Sony Xperia acro S is now available in the U.S. in Sony Stores and selected online retailers as an unlocked device for $600, meaning it isn’t ‘locked’ into a single wireless carrier. Unfortunately, this also means that no U.S. carriers will subsidize the phone and offer it for less money if you sign a two-year contract. If you’re looking for a more affordable Sony phone, the Xperia Ion is being sold by AT&T.
This Android 4.0 device has a 4.3-inch HD “Reality” display (LCD) with a 720p resolution, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, and an impressive 12.1-megapixel camera. It is also tougher than your average premium Android smartphone with a scratch-resistant screen and a high level of water resistance. Outdoors types often have to settle for lower end smartphones when it comes to specs so the Xperia acro S should turn a few heads. Additional features include HD video recording and chat, HDMI out, NFC support, 16GB memory, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, and Bluetooth. So what’s missing? Well, there’s no support for 4G LTE.
The IP55 and IP57 ratings mean you don’t need to worry about dust and if you drop your phone in a puddle you’ll be able to pick it up, wipe it off, and keep right on trucking.
It is available in black or white and has a decent-sized battery, rated at 1910mAh, so it should last a full day in the great outdoors between charges, we hope.