Sony Ericsson Xperia active available in the US, yours for $340 off-contract
So, you are looking for an affordable smartphone, but all you see on the market are flimsy handsets that won't cut the mustard? The Sony Ericsson Xperia active might be what you are looking for. The rugged Android smartphone is now available in the U.S. through third-party reseller Newegg, and although you will have to drop $340 on the table, at least you know that there is no 2-year commitment in tow.
What you get for your money is a device that is resistant to water and dust, so you know that it can handle far more abuse than your average handset. It also offers a 3-inch, scratch-resistant display with 320 by 480 pixels of resolution, 1GHz single-core processor, and a 5-megapixel camera that can record your adventures in 720p. In terms of connectivity, there is Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 3G radio compatible with AT&T's network. Besides, even though the Xperia active comes with Gingerbread out of the box, Sony Ericsson promises that an Ice Cream Sandwich update is due next year.
Is anyone thinking about picking this one up? If in doubt, our Sony Ericsson Xperia active review might help decide whether this is the right smartphone for you.