Sony loves making stuff that's hard to break. The Xperia Active was probably the pinnacle of this obsession (see: hilariously awesome video), but now that Sony has decided to make pretty much all of its phones look exactly the same, it's out with the old, in with the new.

The Go and Acro S are the newest additions to Sony's rugged family, and for rugged phones, they don't look nearly as god-awful ugly as almost everything else in that segment of the market. In fact, the press images make it pretty hard to tell they've been ruggedized at all.



The Go and Acro S, pictured respectively, will be available in Q3 this year (so, by September 2012). The Go is the smaller and more rugged of the two, featuring an IP67 dust and water resistance rating - the highest level awarded to a smartphone. Its 3.5" display uses scratch resistant, thick mineral glass that also allows wet finger tracking. It's packing a dual-core 1GHz processor (who knows what kind), so it's not going to be terribly slow. I hope. It'll be launching with Gingerbread (Android 2.3), but a 4.0 update is promised.

The Acro S is the more quasi-rugged of the two, though it received IP55 and IP57 ratings for dust and water, respectively, so it's no slouch when the going gets... wet. Or dusty. Its 4.3" 720p display and 1.5GHz dual-core processor (baseless speculation / optimism that it's an S4 Snapdragon here) are pretty impressive - for a phone designed to battle the elements. It will be launching with Android 4.0, and features the same wet finger tracking display tech found in the Go.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/MathieuLLF Mathieu LeFrançois Ⓥ

    This phone actually looks pretty awesome. 

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    This is what I've been wanting for forever....A good looking phone that's rugged and actually has semi-cutting edge specs.

    • MikeCiggy

      agreed. with all this new technology more companies need to recognize the need for water proofing

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/424VTGKW3D2SXWCXF3RZ6ZI26Q Reality Check

    OH GOD...people will Twitter & FaceBook in the Shower now! :D :D :D (watch the Videos)

    + They look nice those phones;) I wish the Specs were a bit better tho (i.e like GS3's specs) :(

  • Aso

    But it is little thick

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I give huge credit to them on one thing, they added a design feature I am absolutely in love with on the Lumia 900.  It's a short lip surrounding the screen that is supposed to protect the screen if it falls facedown, basically it keeps sand/grit/grime from hitting the screen directly.  While it's great at protecting the screen, my favorite thing about it is that it is also makes a GREAT physical queue for when your finger has reached the edge of the screen.  It also prevents false touches that occur when you hold your phone by the edges and there's just enough folding of the skin to contact the screen (still can't understand why people want a phone with edge-to-edge screen, it would be awful to use).

  • Psychotropy101

    I currently own the motorola Defy, and I absolutely love it. This is exactly what I've been looking for as I seek to upgrade.  I'm interested in 1) How much will it cost & 2) Which carriers will it run on?