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?