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Sony Xperia ZR: Who’s Afraid of a Little Rain?

May 15, 2013 View Comments by

Sony Xperia ZR - Who’s Afraid of a Little Rain?Smartphones are wonderful gadgets, aren’t they? Dick Tracy never had it so good. But they are such delicate flowers, afraid of the bumps, bruises, and occasional raindrops of everyday life. Nearly everyone gets a bulky protective case, even though it’s kind of like putting vinyl slipcovers on the good furniture in the living room.

Enter the Sony Xperia ZR, a dust-resistant and waterproof Android smartphone. Sony claims IP (Ingress Protection) ratings of IP55 and IP58. In English, that means that the Xperia ZR can withstand low-pressure jets of water and be submerged in fresh water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. This compares favorably to the iPhone, which can’t handle more than a couple of seconds in a bathtub (don’t ask me how I know this).

And the Xperia ZR is no one trick phony. Sony’s been making camera sensors for Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and others, so this phone’s 13 megapixel camera may take better photos and video than your average smartphone. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE 4G, and a 4.6-inch display round out the key features and make me want to throw this thing into a RAM Mount and chase the nearest thunderstorm.

The Sony Xperia ZR is coming soon in black, white, pink, and mint to a swimming pool near you.

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