Xperia Z Side-flip Leather Hard Casing (by BASEUS)

Xperia Z Baseus CoverWith the introduction of Xperia Z, the cover of Xperia Z also made its appearance recently.

This time round, we got our hands on a side-flip leather hard casing that comes in really attractive colors. The exterior of the casing is covered in leather and the interior of the flap is covered with soft felt-cloth-alike material.

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Thus, in terms of protection against dust, dirt and scratches, this case has provided satisfactory results on the inside, as well as on the outside.

However, the design of the casing does have its ups and downs. If one has seen the Xperia Z, they would know that the charging port is on the very top left hand corner of the phone, lying just right next to the corner. And this indicates a certain amount of difficulty when designing flip covers because it is a choice between sturdiness and convenience. The flip cover that is brought in this round does not come with an opening on the cover for the charging port. In other words, the cover has to be removed in order to charge the phone. However, sacrificing this inconvenience brings sturdiness, allowing the cover to support the phone fully. On the other hand, there is a plus point which lies on the flap design. The top and bottom of the flap have been tailored to expose the speaker and microphone. This would mean that users can close the flap and continue their phone call after answering the call. This removes the nuisance of having an uncomfortable grip while being on the phone!

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What’s more, the omnibalance design of the Xperia Z can continue to shine! The side of the cover has also been tailored so that it will not obstruct the lock/power button and volume keys. However, as the volume keys for Xperia Z has slimmed down, users may have to press a bit harder as the keys will seem to sit deeper in with the cover. Once again, it is convenience versus sturdiness.

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In all, this cover does serve its purpose as a great protection against all the rough treatments that our Xperia Z may face.

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Xperia Z and HTC Droid DNA (J Butterfly) SHOWDOWN *extended*

We are here to extend on our DogFight between two of the latest 2013 lineup of smartphones, the Xperia Z and the HTC Droid DNA (J Butterfly). Check out the previous comparisons between the two flagship models right here.

This time round, we’ve found a benchmark test that may arouse your interest. For those that are familiar with AnTuTu Benchmark, here’s the results from both of the models.

Xperia Z – skip to 2:51 for results

HTC Droid DNA (J Butterfly) – skip to 0:47 for results

We’ll leave the results to speak for themselves. What do you think about the two new devices? Which do you prefer?

Review of Nillkin Casing for Xperia V (Smooth Diamond)

As promised, we are here to deliver the review of the slightly different Nillkin casing that was mentioned in the previous review. This new casing works just as well as the previous matte casing, or even better. How is that so?

Firstly, it comes in an even more fitting design and also a greater variety of colors (galaxy black, baby pink, bumblebee yellow and royal blue).

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Same as the previous casing, the fitting design ensures no hindrance to the camera or any of the external ports, allowing full accessibility for file transfers and charging without having to remove the casing.

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The main difference between this and the matte casing lies in its material. This time round, the hard casing has a smoother touch and a diamond-like finish, making its colors more outstanding. For those of you who want that bit more of vibrancy, this may be the one you are looking for.

Review of Nillkin Casings for Xperia V (Matte)

Remember the Nillkin casing introduced a few days back? In order to ensure absolute satisfaction for our users, we decided to try out the casing ourselves! And it had proven itself by providing great protection against dust, scratches and even to a certain extent, shock.

The fitting design of the casing also guarantees usage convenience. It does not hinder buttons, camera, or any of the external ports, allowing users to conveniently plug in their earpieces or USB cables.

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Furthermore, the hardiness of the poly-carbonate also allows users to use their phones under almost any kind of environment without having to worry about damaging the phone body.

As for those who are worried about those occasional slips, here’s a good news. The Nillkin casing comes with a smooth and matte finishing that gives a good and sturdy grip on your phone.

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And all these come without compromising the slimness of your Xperia V. What more can you ask for? 🙂

Up next, we will be bringing you another set of Xperia V casings by Nillkin as well, but with that slight tinge of difference. So, stay tune!

We love our Xperia V as much as you do. Protect it the way we do.

We’ve got an awesome casing to share! It comes in three amazing colors: Black, Red and Brown. Be sure to check out our full review in a couple of days time. We’re sure that you’ll like it! Here’s a preview to keep your eyes feasting.

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Oh, and did we mention that the casing’s by Nillkin? P.S. it’s dust resistant like the Xperia V is!

Xperia V, Sony’s first LTE smartphone is finally here!

Branded as the “Bond phone” for the Singapore market, the Xperia V packs a bunch of new features that enhances your media experience. These amazing new features can be classified under Create, Listen and Watch.

Create

The Xperia V boasts a 13MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor (labelled as Exmor R) that is complemented by HDR and SuperiorAuto. Still images will be chosen from the best of nine scenes in-built in the phone via SuperiorAuto. Then HDR snaps another two images with different exposure and matches the best result possible to produce that wonderful work of art. The phone also spots a VGA front camera capable of internet video calls (i.e. Skype, Viber etc.) Click here and here for sample pictures taken by the 13MP shooter.

Listen

The Xperia V flaunts its soul-shaking clarity audio quality with the latest WALKMAN player. It packs features like clear stereo, dynamic normaliser and surround sounds to choose from. ClearAudio+ automatically adjusts all these and the frequency of the music to produce the best possible sound.

Watch

The Xperia V spots a 4.3″ HD Reality Display (342PPI) that is powered by the brand new Mobile Bravia Engine 2 (MBE2). MBE2 introduces two new features on top of the existing Mobile Bravia Engine (MBE), an advanced contrast enhancer and a sharpness filter with content adaptive edge enhancer. In simple terms, better contrast and sharpness. Sony also introduced two new hardware technologies to work hand-in-hand with the MBE2, a sensor-on-lens touch screen (less haze, thinner phone and a direct touch experience) and an OptiContrast Panel (minimal reflection, natural colours and all black front in standby). Put all these new features together and you get a smartphone with the brilliant visuals of a BRAVIA television, yet retaining a slim and light chassis.