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Sony's water-resistant devices will catalogue Tough Mudder 2015 endurance events

Devices such as the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the SmartWatch 3 will be used to catalogue, provide highlights and track fitness levels of participants during the event, which involves team-based challenges in grueling conditions.

Wondering as to what tough Mudder is? Here's a brief introduction of the endurance event:

Several Team Mudder events are conducted in various locations across the globe, with a series of obstacles spread across a ten to twelve mile course. Sony's involvement in the event is to highlight the dust and water resistance offered by its devices, with the Xperia Z3 boasting an IP68 certification that allows it to be waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1.5m.

Tough Mudder 2015

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Cool. I'm a scrawny wimp, so this doesn't directly affect me, but it's nice to see Sony Mobile actually trying to get some kind of media presence in the US.
  • As I know someone who died while running this event I don't feel this company should still be running this race and I urge others not to continue to support them for the lack of concern they had.
  • Its sad that a mother lost her son in this event. But she will have an uphill battle as her son signed a waiver...but no money in the world will bring her son back.
  • Very true but the big issue was that after realizing he was missing the rescue diver was not ready to go and took nearly 10 minutes before he could get in the water after he was notified about a missing person. The question is should that diver have been ready to go?
  • That's the diver's main be ready to go. If I were suing I would sue to make sure that this doesn't happen to anyone else by asking the courts to make them have people ready to help those that are in life threatening danger.
  • They've already made those changes Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • In the link you posted, it said the diver was in 2 minutes after the participant hit the water. That's different than 10. I have ran in these prior to, and after this person died. Each time, there were 3 people at the top, watching below, and 1 person in the water. It was always safe. Asking for lane dividers wouldn't be practical, as someone would hurt themselves on those. That particular obstacle does have its issues, and people need to be paying attention. Had he jumped further put, maybe it wouldn't have happened. I don't know... I chose to run these on Sundays, as it's a smaller crowd and there isn't that build up at each obstacle. I find some of the walls far more dangerous. By your logic, there are an awful lot of activities that should have no sponsors....
  • It was an accident. Preventable - most likely. Have they revamped the safety guidelines? Absolutely. Now there are several people at the top keeping the next person waiting until they get the all clear from the bottom. There are divers in gear in the water at all times. Someone could die falling off a tall wall, but it doesn't mean they should shut it down. There are inherent risks, and anyone doing the course should accept that. I did one last year, and am doing it again this year...
  • Now if only there was a lifeproof case for my Nexus 6...
  • I was about to write something similar to this(except for the part about participating in one... I'm not that tough of a mudder). It's tragic that someone died, but to say they didn't care is preposterous. They've worked to make the event safer and as long as informed adults continue to want to do this, they should be allowed. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • I'm going to try this year - first time.
  • Sorry about your loss, but no one is going to take you seriously if you think voluntary competitions like this should be closed down. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It will be interesting to see how many of these devices don't make it through the competition. But I'm guessing Sony won't promote those, but I'm sure they'll be many videos on YouTube about them. Posted via Android Central App from a beautiful Ebony backed Original Moto X or the amazing Nexus 10
  • You'll probably be very disappointed... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, I'd like to hear how the devices survive the experience.
  • Just got back from a short trip in Orlando. Z3 Compact did horribly with being "water resistant." All ports were closed and secured but less than 2 minutes in the shallow end of the pool my phone was dead. When looking at reviews online and on Amazon this isn't a one off situation either, in fact there are entire threads on XDA blasting the waterproofing or lack thereof. Great craftsmanship Sony. :-/ good thing I had just gotten the phone and was able to return it defective for my money back.
  • What are you crying about then? You got your money back. Not all phones come off the production belt perfectly. I dropped my Z3 in my pool and it sunk to the bottom. It was in there for 10 minutes before I fished it out. When I got it out, the water resistance held true. Posted from the Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z3, or the Surface Pro 3
  • Stating a fact is crying? Sorry I'm not riding Sony and calling them out on shoddy build quality. They are marketing a phone as waterproof that has shown time and time again to not be waterproof. Congratulations on having a phone that does what it's suppose to do but that's not the case for everyone. Next time you feel the need to proclaim your love for Sony ask them to use lube so you don't need to be angry at others for the pain they're causing you.
  • They make a rather large amount of these phones, there will be quite a few duds. They took care of your problem did they not? They promised water proofing, failed, and covered that failure professionally and hopefully punctually. That's better than you could hope from many companies brother. I'd say take what you got and drop it. At the very least we know the majority of those phones are properly waterproofed and excluding the few duds that's perfectly acceptable to market them as waterproof. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • Actually Sony did not return and refund me the purchase of my phone. They in fact pretty much said it's my fault and that they can repair it for a fee. I had to get the return processed through my credit card company's return plan. It's not just a few that seems to be the problem. Review units since launch have this problem and it seems nothing has changed about this since then. So between poor customer service from Sony and a poor product. I'm not going to drop it. They failed at their job and expected me deal with while providing deplorable customer service.
  • Ah, that wasn't stated before. Feel free to do as you please. At least you manged to get your money back. Personally still think the z3c is the best phone of 2014 "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • I've done similar races and used a disposable waterproof camera...old school. Pictures came out great and I didn't need to worry about a $300 device getting destroyed in the mud and water. You can't zoom, but everything came out clear. Not sure I'd want to try out an expensive device on these.
  • hey've already made those changes Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone