15 Jul Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Now how cool is it to have a mobile phone that can go under water? Sony has been manufacturing such phones for a while now, only most of such phones were either flagships or too expensive. Now they are producing a smartphone that is located in the mid-range, is inexpensive and can be submerged under water up to 1.5 metres for half an hour, certified. Just right in time for the holiday season, this gadget comes with plenty of other goodies, making it the perfect vacation smartphone.
This smartphone comes with an octa-core CPU with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, can be purchased with either 8 GB or 16 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, storage expandable per microSD. It has a built in FM radio – very important for the beach – and has also GPS, which means it can be used for navigation as well. The camera is 13 MP, capable of recording 1080p HD video – yes, underwater shooting is possible – at 30 fps.
The battery is non-removable and unfortunately only 2400 mAh, which may not last the whole day of frolicking in the sand and under water. Yes, the IP68 certification makes it not only waterproof, but also dust proof, so sand is not going to enter into the delicate electronics and ruin your fun. It is pretty light, only 136 grams and only 7.3 mm thick. The nice five inch screen manages a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, which amounts to some 294 ppi pixel density, well within the range of HD.
The large display also allows for the phone to dub as an eBook reader, something that has not been mentioned enough. Vacation is a great opportunity to read up on all the releases you were not able to go through because of the harsh working hours and other scheduled annoyances and duties. You can port all your Kindle purchases to your Android device per Kindle app and read as much as you want, while getting scorched in the sun.
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a solid mid-range smartphone with all the right features you need in a device you can take down with you to the beach. At around 200 quid contract free you can take this phone even abroad and load it up with a pay-as-you-go local SIM – some countries have pretty open Wi-Fi policies, as well as SIM plans that feature extended data traffic.