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Sony Ericsson & Telus Launching Xperia Ray Tomorrow In Toronto

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Looks I will be heading to another event tomorrow this time, a tech event. The newest addition to the Sony Ericsson Xperia line, the Android powered “Sony Ericsson Xperia ray” will be officially launched tomorrow evening in Toronto by Sony Ericsson Canada and Telus. Telus will be having the exclusive rights to sell this new device in Canada.

You can follow all the goings on of the party tomorrow with the hashtag #XperiaRayLaunch on Twitter.

Now, on to the actual device. (Can we even call them “phones” anymore?) It comes in at a slim 9.4 mm according to the tech specs from Sony Ericsson and its frame is made of aluminum. Its screen, like all of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia devices, uses the enhanced contrast and richer colors via the ‘Reality Display’ of the Mobile BRAVIA Engine. (Yes, essentially the same BRAVIA technology as you have in your Sony TVs). It has a 8.1 MP back camera with Exmor R for mobile technology which is what is used in Sony’s camera division and a front facing 1.3 MP camera for video calling services such as Skype. It also runs Android Gingerbread right out the box which is a welcome change as the newer versions of Android have so many more features available.

I am looking forward to playing with this device tomorrow night as it looks like a very interesting beast of a phone in a small package. While I haven’t had a chance to play with the device itself as of yet, my friend Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup has already written a full review of the device available here http://mobilesyrup.com/2011/10/31/telus-sony-ericsson-xperia-ray-review/. However, after reading Daniel’s review I will say this about the phone – it look like it’ll be a really hot phone to be carrying in your pocket once Telus releases it. I say this because of two things which stood out for me reading Daniel’s review:

  • The battery life has me salivating. From Daniel’s MobileSyrup review “The Xperia ray comes with a relatively large 1500mAh battery for the device’s size, and we got excellent, multi-day battery life as a result.” And I can be fairly certain that Daniel used the phone as I would so those words have me impressed quite impressed.
  • Daniel gave it an 8/10 overall. Like I said above, I know Daniel put this phone through its paces because I know Daniel and if he is giving a phone an 8/10 that means this thing is well worth looking at more than once.

I swear I am not biased because I share the same first name as Daniel does…OK, maybe a little bit of bias but read his review and you’ll see how thorough he is!

Looking forward to being introduced to this little device tomorrow in real life. I’ll let all y’all know what I think of it and the event via Twitter. If there are any questions about the phone you want me to ask Sony Ericsson or specific aspects of the phone you’d like me to inspect IRL let me know in the comments below.

Until then, for more information on this phone and for the price when it is announced:

Learning About MLG And Meeting The @SonyEricssonCA Xperia PLAY & arc From @RogersBuzz

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Tonight I came down to Toronto’s historic Distillery District at the invitation of Sony Ericsson Canada and Rogers Wireless for the launch of the new Android phones the Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc.

I really came here in a capacity from a different blog I write for and I had already played with these phones at a sneak peek for them which happened a few weeks back. However, I was more than happy to play with them again tonight and see a whole bunch of friendly faces and even some new ones. Both devices are really cool, and, in fact they are almost exactly the same except the PLAY has slide out gaming controller keys akin to the PS3 (Playstation 3) controller. That aspect of the PLAY was even designed by the guy who designed the PS3 controller itself! The other difference is that the PLAY has a separate processor for gaming so your phone won’t slow down and neither will your gaming. This will give everyone the full experience of gaming and Android. Pretty cool!

The 2 new Xperia devices will be available in Canada exclusively from Rogers on April 28th.

Also, because the PLAY is a gamer’s phone and Sony Ericsson just recently became a sponsor of MLG (Major League Gaming) one of the top Halo players in the world who competes in the MLG, Tom Taylor aka “TSquared” was here along with a couple of other MLG personalities who I do not know. I actually wouldn’t have known who TSquared was if not for David Akermanis’ friend Alex. Alex explained the whole MLG thing to me after I was done joking about how he must watch it on ESPN 8 “The Ocho” (he didn’t get the joke because he didn’t remember the movie Dodgeball, I hope you got it).
Stepping back I realize that these guys who play this game at high levels must be the same as any one who plays any sport. There is a high level of skill and practice associated with playing these games even though all of our parents would look at them and say, “Uch, they’re playing video games?!?!? THIS is a job?!?!?

But when you think about it I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that when Babe Ruth decided he was going to be a pro baseball player his parents probably said the same thing to him. In those days people didn’t make money from playing baseball. It was just a sport and a past time the idea of playing for money was unheard of.

Who knows what will be the new league in another 100 years!

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