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Aug 30, 2012
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They were dropped, showered with dust, and even repeatedly submerged in water, and yet they came out without any damages and nary a scratch. We're talking about the all-new Sony Xperia go and Xperia acro S, two of the toughest 'Droids we've seen so far. The good news is, they've just been launched today here in the Philippines, and are all ready to take on the bumps and grinds of our active lifestyles.

Durablo duo (even when wet): The Sony Xperia go (left) and Xperia acro S

Both the Xperia go and acro S have durable, dust-, water-, and scratch-resistant shells. This basically much means the duo can handle the rigors of everyday use, and more. Matibay! In fact, the acro S is said to have the highest level of water resistance in an HD handset. Also, both have a feature called Wet Finger Tracking, which lets you use the touchscreen even if your fingers are wet. Yep, these are phones built for those who do more than just lay on the couch all day. Think dudes doing active stuff like swimming and surfing.

Aside from their toughness, the Xperia Go and arco S have enough tech goodies to make even geeks excited. Check out what they have under the hood.

Sony Xperia go


The Xperia go sports a combo of a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB RAM giving it enough power to handle your everyday mobile smartphone needs. It also comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen with Sony's own Mobile Bravia Engine for superb viewing of multimedia files. And since it's on Android, you'll have access to hundreds of thousands of apps.

For sporty boys and girls, this one also has built-in fitness and sports apps you can use to help burn extra calories. On its back is a 5-megapixel shooter if you want to, say, take photos and boast of your Camsur escapade. Full wireless connectivity over Bluetooth, 3G, and Wi-Fi is part of the mix, too.

Sony Xperia acro S


You could think of the Xperia acro S as the more well-endowed version of the Xperia go. It has the same toughness as its sibling, but with upgraded specs like a 4.3-inch 720p HD touchscreen. And this is one speedy and powerful phone, too, coming with 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It also packs a 12-megapixel camera with ExmorR tech for top-notch mobile phone photos, even in low-light scenes.

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But we think the acro S's most patok feature is its Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which it comes with out of the box. The Xperia go has the older Gingerbread OS although an update is expected to come soon.

Pricing and availability

The Xperia Go is now locally available for P14,490 while the Xperia acro S is set to land on store shelves next month for a more expensive (as expected) SRP of P26,990. These phones are obviously tough as nails although we still recommend not intentionally subjecting them to hardcore torture test for those who'll buy. They're not made of diamonds, you know.

WORDS BY NEPS FIRMALAN
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