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The Xperia Advance (known elsewhere in the world as the rugged Xperia Go) is now available to Americans through online retailers like Newegg for a scant $249.99. Beyond being pretty dang tough, here's what you can expect spec-wise. 

  • 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean is on the way)
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording
  • IP67 dust and water resistant ("the highest level of dust and water resistance available on Any Android smartphone" as of October 29)
  • UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • DLNA and USB host connectivity

So, entry-level, but a decent, affordable unlocked phone with a fair bit of ruggedness to boot. Good enough for any of you, or does it make more sense to sign on to a contract for something higher-end? Is the IP67 rating an attraction at all? Anyone in the UK pick up the European version? What do you think?


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Sony Xperia advance on sale unlocked in the U.S.


these rugged phones don't make a whole lot of sense to me. you can just go out and get a shockproof/ water proof case. that way you don't have compromise on specs, because the specs of this phone are rather low-end.

Why should there be any compromise? There doesn't need to be.

Cheap rugged phones do make some sense though because if you need a rugged phone, chances are you don't want to expose a $600 device to those conditions even with a case.

This might be a good phone to pickup as a dedicated ipod touch replacement for android or as an affordable backup phone. For $250, I definitely going to take a look at this phone.

I know right, All I keep wondering is just how many more entry level phones Sony are going to keep pushing out. Most of them are shit and feature woeful specs and cameras, nothing has come close to my Ray in terms of size, camera, music or performance even with their dual core processors ... That's of course the majority of the new phones by Sony, not the Xperia T etc which obviously do have better specs but imo I wouldn't entertain any of these new, shit Sony devices when I can pick up a sim free Ray for £150.

Why won't somebody, anybody, make a rugged high end phone?

EVERY phone should have these rugged specs, considering the price of new phones, two-year contracts, and how they are used. Obviously by the price of this one we can see it can't cost that much more to manufacture them that way.

Buy the vastily superior Nexus 4 in the same miniscule 8gb configuration for $50 more.

God you disappoint me Sony. Your easily capable of so much more yet you continue releasing device which make you virtually irrelivant. What gives?

I would put no thought behind this and immediately buy this if the screen was a higher resolution. I'm not even trying to be unrealistic by wishing for quad core and gigs of ram here, but the screen itself is what you look at and that resolution is muddy even for that screen size. Such a shame