Sony Xperia Go pictures and hands-on

The Sony Xperia Go is no ordinary smartphone. This rugged, dustproof and waterproof Android-enabled device is one tough cookie, and Pocket-lint was on hand to test out just how much pain this smartphone can take.

It's not often that a device is fully waterproof. The Xperia Go - which we dunked into a tank full of water - can operate between depths of 15cm down to 1m and operate for up to 30 minutes. Better still you can continue to use the device - assuming there's reception! - to its fullest.

The 3.5-inch screen offers a lowly 480 x 320 pixel resolution, but the fact it can be used underwater, thanks to its wet finger tracking technology, may well make up for it.

For the moment the device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so it's not the most up to date system, but it works well nonetheless. The bigger news is that future compatibility with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will happen - but Sony couldn't tell us when. Hopefully for the phone's launch date? But we doubt it.

The Xperia Go packs a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, the modest-yet-capable power behind the device proves it's not all just about the ruggedised feature set.

Jumping in and out of apps was painless, though we'd like to see how well the device will perform when Ice Cream Sandwich becomes available.

There's a 5-megapixel camera to snap away with and shots can be stored on the 8GB of internal memory, or you can expand the device's storage by investing in an extra microSD card (up to 32GB).

The battery is said to survive some five and a half hours talk time, or 260 hours standby, but we didn't have enough time to test this out to the fullest. Sounds reasonable enough, though is about half that of the Samsung Galaxy S III.

The Xperia Go's £250 price tag may sound fairly steep, but those rugged features may be worth paying for if you're an adventurer or just accident prone.

As well as the yellow version we played with, the handset will also come available in black and white options too. The release date is still sketchy, but is anticipated for a September 2012 launch.



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