Posts Tagged ‘AT&T Wireless’

AT&T Prepping for Xperia ion?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I was searching for any current news about the Xperia ion from Sony, and found a link to AT&T’s website. I followed the link to a product page featuring a case for the ion. The product is the DualTek Rugged White/Gray Case, priced at $40. With an in-store release date no later than June 24 seeming increasingly likely, the fact that this product is on AT&T’s site is encouraging.

Interestingly, searching for ion on the AT&T site will only provide results for lithium-ion batteries. The case does not show up in the search results. It could be that Google is indexing things early, as with the initial June release announcement, or it may simply be new enough that AT&T’s search feature has not fully indexed the site.

One of Sony’s best features is the camera. Motorola is about to release a phone (Atrix 3 perhaps?) with a 13MP camera, so Sony would do well to release this 12.1MP camera phone in advance, and quickly follow up with the U.S. version of the Xperia GX, which also features a 13MP camera. It would not be good to let Motorola cut in on Sony’s primary differentiating feature.

I am looking forward to trying out the ion, and seeing how well it does against the competition. It looks it won’t be too much longer until I get the chance. Are you interested in the ion, or are you holding out for Sony’s next generation? Let me know in the comments.

Xperia Play 4G Available at AT&T

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G

The Xperia Play 4G is officially available at AT&T. Previously only available on Verizon, the Play 4G comes with some new features, both in the phone and in the box. Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4″ (FWVGA 480×854) 16 million color touch screen
  • 1GHz CPU and Adreno 205 graphics processor (GPU)
  • PlayStation Controller pad
  • 1GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB with microSD card
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • 5MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • Font-facing VGA camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP
  • 3G – UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • 4G – HSPA+
  • GSM/GPRS/Edge – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Both Verizon and AT&T offer the phone for $49, with 2 year contract. Verizon recently lowered its price to compete with AT&T. AT&T throws in a couple extras, too. It is the only 4G version available, and includes the Sony Ericsson Multimedia Dock (DK300) and music cable (MC100) in the box. The media dock converts the phone into a smart alarm clock, and the music cable can connect to external speakers.

Included Games
Verizon AT&T
  • Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior
  • The Sims 3
  • Star Battalion
  • Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
  • Madden NFL 11
  • Crash Bandicoot

  • Dungeon Defenders Second Wave
  • Tower Bloxx My City
  • The Sims 3
  • Star Batatalion
  • Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
  • Madden NFL 11
  • Crash Bandicoot
Additional Games:
VCAST Apps
Additional Games:
“Get Games” recommendation screen
www.sonyericsson.com/games

Both Verizon and AT&T have app stores in addition to the Android Market, so finding games shouldn’t be a problem on either carrier. I played a couple games on the Xperia Play at E3, and found some of the controls a little awkward, with a combination of on-screen and physical button controls being used together. I’m sure it would just take some time to get used to. Subsequent playing on the phone felt a little more natural, with the controls where one might expect them. I recently played Crash Bandicoot to contrast against the Sony Tablet S version, and found that I progressed further in the game on the tablet. The game played well on both the Play and Tablet S though. I am looking forward to seeing more games in the next few months.

With a recent upgrade adding 720p video recording capabilities, my biggest concern with the Play is the 5MP camera. With other Xperia phones sporting 8.1MP, it seems the camera was overlooked. Given that this is a gaming phone, it is understandable, but I consider Sony’s camera capabilities to be one of the distinguishing factors, and it didn’t differentiate this time.

All in all, you get quite a bit out of this phone. The bonuses in the box make the $49 price tag really attractive. If you have been waiting for the GSM version of the Xperia Play, go ahead and pick it up. It is a pretty solid phone, and will keep getting better as new games are released.

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Did AT&T Already Ax the Xperia X10?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

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There have been rumors that AT&T is planning to ax the Xperia X10 as of March 6. Axing it before even giving it a chance. It appears that AT&T may have jumped the gun a bit, as the Xperia X10 is no longer shown on the AT&T site. See the image below for the current Android offerings.

The Motorola Backflip, also expected to get the ax, is shown as out of stock. The Samsung Captivate is also out of stock, but more likely due to AT&T’s better marketing efforts for the device. As you can see, the Xperia X10 is nowhere to be found. Not even refurbished.

AT&T customers who bought an Xperia X10 have received virtually no support for the device. While the world enjoyed Eclair and two subsequent upgrades, AT&T customers are still stuck with Android 1.6. Considering the speculative March 6 end date, it would seem that AT&T never intended to offer Eclair for its customers. Those customers are going to be stuck for the next year and a half as AT&T finally starts focusing on Android and leaves the early adopters behind. With Mobile World Congress occurring next week, it is possible we will see the Xperia Arc or Xperia Play making their way towards AT&T. If that happens, there will be a lot of disappointed customers at AT&T – more than the usual amount.

AT&T has left Xperia owners no choice but to de-brand and upgrade the software themselves. De-branding alone gets rid of all the AT&T bloatware, and the phone is noticeably faster. Add Eclair to the phone, and things get even better. XDA has everything you need. You can even upgrade to beta builds of Froyo, or alpha builds of Gingerbread. There are a lot of people at XDA committed to giving us the most our phones can offer. Be sure to check out the site when you are ready to enjoy the phone that AT&T doesn’t want you to have.

AT&T is going to learn a valuable lesson this year. Poor customer service is bad for business. We’ll see the first wave when people start switching to Verizon for their iPhone fix. Next, the Android customers will be forced to de-brand their phones in order to get timely updates. Hopefully this will be enough of a wake up call that things will change at AT&T. I am not holding my breath though. I am really enjoying Froyo on my Xperia X10. I welcome you to join me.