Posts Tagged ‘Sony Style’

Sony Counting Down to Google TV

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The countdown is on at sonystyle.com. October 12 is Google TV day at Sony.

Sony should be revealing the new Google TV television lineup just about 27 hours from the time of this post. Currently Sony isn’t revealing too many details. You can find their teaser page at discover.sonystyle.com/internettv. If that teaser page isn’t enough for you, there are plenty of rumors to choose from.

Sony Insider revealed some model numbers, screen sizes, and prices the other day. They have since posted an update about pricing. According to Sony Insider, there will be 24, 32, 40, and 46 inch models to choose from, topping out at $1,399 or so. If this is true, then these will be a lot cheaper than I expected. I figured the 46-inch screen would be far more expensive. Sony televisions are usually worth the extra money, but it looks like the Google TV line will be pretty reasonably priced.

To get more information about Google TV, check out google.com/tv. You can also watch the counter tick down at sonystyle.com.

Is 3-D Worth It?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I was in a Sony Style store the other day and checked out their 3-D televisions. I’ve had my doubts about whether or not it was worth the effort to get into the 3-D game. I usually don’t mind 3-D in special theme park auditoriums, but haven’t found much use for the frequent releases in movie theaters. I was even less interested in bringing 3-D into my home.

I put on the glasses and turned them on. It was weird having to turn on 3-D glasses, but I figured it must mean they do something different. A short moment later I was watching a polar bear swimming straight toward me. I could see the movement of the bear’s muscles and the ripple of fur as it moved. The picture was incredibly crisp, and I found myself pleasantly surprised at the quality of the picture.

As good as the picture quality is, I still find myself asking why I would want this in my home. There is still the problem of not having enough glasses for inviting friends to a movie night or to watch a Sunday game. There is also the issue of limited content. If the movie isn’t filmed in 3-D, I’m not too interested in a converted copy.

At the end of the day, I think if I end up with a 3-D it will only be because it happened to be a feature on the TV that is the right price and the right size for my living room. I might even use the feature from time to time, and the PS3 is already geared to play 3-D content. I just don’t see myself getting too excited about purchasing the next 3-D film for my collection. Now a 3-D hologram would be another story. I could get behind that, watching a movie on my coffee table and being able to walk around Gondor in The Lord of the Rings or some other spectacular digital world. Until then, I am still waiting and watching. Evidently I am not alone, as the 3-D televisions worldwide are offering incentive after incentive to get people to buy.

What about you? Has the 3-D bug bit you yet? Let me know in the comments.

Where to Buy Your Xperia X10

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Sony Ericsson

You want to buy an Xperia X10, so you drive to your local AT&T store, wait for an associate, and hope it is still in stock. Not quite. Times have certainly changed in the cell phone industry. While your choices of carrier are still limited (in the US at least), you can pretty much buy your phones from your favorite store, whether online or brick-and-mortar. This has added a significant amount of choice to the buyer, but it has also come with some real shortcomings, as I just discovered. One store has it at a great price for new customers only, another store has a good price for existing customers, and some stores simply have bad prices outright. I didn’t do an exhaustive search on where to buy my phone, opting to stick with the more popular firms.

Since the launch date was released, I’ve had my eye on a few sites – Amazon Wireless, Wirefly, Sony Style, and AT&T. Initially Sony Style announced the sale and the pricing but directed customers to check out their local Sony Style store in person for more information. AT&T added some information soon after as well. Wirefly and Amazon were silent. I kept checking these sites through the week and into the weekend. Sony Style added a pre-order site and added some perks. The rest remained unchanged. Just after midnight this morning I checked again. Sony Style was down for updates, AT&T had a sale page up, and Wirefly began offering the Xperia. Amazon still had no information.

Wirefly’s price was about half of AT&T’s so I tried to order online on the spot. It turned out that I was unable to purchase the correct plan for my situation and was instructed to call Wirefly with a special call code. It was closed for the night so I called it a night. I called Wirefly as soon as I woke up this morning and noticed that I was in a bit of a bind due to my status on AT&T’s account. My wife and I are on a family plan, and for various reasons she is the primary on the account. We just upgraded her from the iPhone 3G to an Android phone, and since I was off contract we waited until the Xperia was on sale for my secondary account to get an upgrade. It is the fact that I had a secondary number that caused my trouble. The price was way higher than I was prepared to pay for my phone. Discouraged, I tried Amazon again. Still nothing.

I went about the course of my day and a couple hours later tried out Sony Style again. The page looked familiar, almost identical to Wirefly’s. I intend to look into the relationship soon, but for now I will just note the similarity. I ran into the same problem with Sony Style, except the price was astronomical for secondary accounts. At this point Amazon stepped up to the plate and made the Xperia X10 available. As a secondary account holder though the price was even higher than AT&T. I was officially stuck. Having seen all the prices at all the locations it was time to work out the best deal. Here are the prices side by side.

AT&T Sony Style Wirefly Amazon Wireless
New Customer $149.99 $129.99 $79.99 $49.99
Existing Primary Customer $149.99 $129.99 $79.99 $199.99
Existing Family/
Secondary Customer
$149.99 $449.99 $149.99 $199.99
Non Contract $349.99 $499.99 $499.99 No Data
Additional Perks None 8GB microSD None None


You can see how this might be frustrating to map out. Hopefully this table helps you in your search. If you are willing to go with AT&T’s prices, it is the friendliest regarding secondary accounts. This means it is actually okay to upgrade a secondary account with AT&T. Wirefly is good for new and existing primary accounts. Sony Style has a great perk attached, but otherwise only offers $20 cheaper pricing compared to AT&T. Sony Style and Wirefly shared the same price for secondary and non-contract options.

I had to choose a pretty creative method to get the lowest price I could. In the end the best price depends on your flexibility. I was contract-free since I was waiting for this phone, so I was able to change from a secondary family customer to a primary new customer and get the Amazon one for $50. If you are not in a position to start a new account, you will need to determine which price is best for your situation. Good luck. Let me know if you have any additional tips.