Casing Review: X-Doria Bumper

The long-awaited X-Doria bumper has arrived!

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Different from the previous bumper introduced, the X-Doria bumper provides greater support and protection for your Xperia Z. The outer rim of the X-Doria bumper is made of silicone, providing flexibility and elasticity for easy mount on and removal. And the core of the bumper is made of clear hard silicone which provides great support and framing for the phone.

Other than the audio jack, usb port and speakers being unobstructed as well, this bumper has a beveled design designed specially for the power/lock button and the volume keys, granting easy access.

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The bumper fits the Xperia Z perfectly and provides a good fit around the edges of the phone. The combination of flexibility and strong core support makes this bumper the perfect fit for your Xperia Z.

Colors available: Purple, White, Black.

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Sony’s 2013 new additions: Xperia SP and Xperia L

Sony is coming back strong in 2013. They’ve just bolstered their line-up with two new additional Xperia smartphones, they Xperia SP and Xperia L.

Xperia SP

The Xperia SP is Sony’s new addition in the mid-range smartphone segment and spots the iconic transparent strip, similar to the ones on the Xperia S/P/U. On top of this, it’s built upon an aluminum frame (weighing in at 155g). So we’re expecting a premium feel from the device. Spotting a 4.6″ HD Reality Display (protected by corning gorilla glass) powered by the all new Mobile Bravia Engine 2, the Xperia SP seems to be the successor of the Xperia ion. The Xperia SP is also equipped with the latest Exmor RS sensor, shooting at 8MP resolutions capable of capturing full HD videos. This device has the standard NFC, LTE bands, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and is MHL ready. Powering all this is the latest S4 Pro processor clocking a dual core processor at 1.7Ghz, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard memory (expandable with a microSD). As for battery life, we’re expecting an adequate daily usage with the addition of Battery Stamina Mode. Interesting enough, the phone supports Sony’s “Glove mode” where you’re able to navigate the phone even when wearing a pair of gloves!

Xperia L

The Xperia L is Sony’s new addition in the entry level smartphone segment and spots the iconic arc back, similar to the ones on the Xperia arc S/V/J. The Xperia L’s focus would be on the all new Exmor RS sensor, an upgrade from its successor the Xperia J. It spots a dedicated camera button for easy access to the camera function, and allows for a quick snap from sleep mode in just over a second! The Xperia L spots a 4.3″ Reality Display on scratch resistant glass (weighing in at 137g). This device has the standard NFC, HSPA+, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 and is MHL ready. Powering all this is a dual core processor clocked at 1Ghz, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard memory (expandable with a microSD). As for battery life, we’re expecting an adequate daily usage with the addition of Battery Stamina Mode.

How do you find the new line-up from Sony? The design sure is unique as compared to most smartphones in the market right now.

Casing Review: TourMate (for Xperia Z)

The TourMate casings have arrived!

The TourMate casing comes in two versions. Both versions are available in black, white, pink and blue.

Version 1

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For this version, the back is matte translucent with clear transparent sides. It is of silicone material and is thus quite flexible, making removal and mounting of the casing much easier. And because of its material, it provides a much stronger and better grip for the phone.

Same as most of the casings introduced, all the charging and audio jack ports, lock/on-off button and volume keys are exposed and unobstructed.

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And this is how your Xperia Z will look like with the casings on:

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Version 2

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In general, there is not much difference between this version and Version 1. The main two differences are its material finishing and the design of the sides. This version is also made of silicone, but it comes in a gloss finish. Grip wise, it works as well as Version 1’s.

The design of the side is slightly different as the opening on the left side (reference from front view) has all its usb port, microSD slot and charger dock access left exposed and unobstructed. For those who plans on getting a charger-dock station, this will probably be the one that caters to your needs.

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And this is how your Xperia Z will look like with the casings on:

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Camera shootout: Xperia Z or HTC One?

With the announcement of the new UltraPixels from the HTC One, many people are eager to test out this new technology. But does less mean more? Does the UltraPixel technology on the HTC One beat the Xperia Z’s Exmor RS sensor. We’ve chanced upon a comparison done by GSMArena, and here are the results. All images taken are from GSMArena. For more pictures, please refer to the link above.

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Xperia Accessories Pricing

We’ve been busy lately, henceforth not being able to reply the comments! However, we’re here to disclose all the pricings in detail.

Xperia Z accessories

X-Doria Bumper (mid to late march): SGD30 (TBC)

iBUFFALO Bumper (mid to late march): SGD16 (includes front + back screen protectors)

TourMate Back Case (mid to late march): SGD10 (TBC)

SCREEN PROTECTORS (ready stock): matte/clear SGD5 (front + back), diamond SGD5 (front only)

Xperia V cases

Nillkin Back Case (ready stock): SGD15 (includes front screen protector)

SCREEN PROTECTORS (ready stock): matte/clear SGD2 (front only)

 

**LOCAL SINGAPORE POSTAGE**: Screen Protector SGD0.5, Cases SGD2.5

**OVERSEAS POSTAGE TO BE ADVISED UPON ENQUIRING**