After the touchscreen revolution swept the mobile world, rugged smartphones became much harder to come by. They are making a slow return now though, with Sony Mobile being one of the key players in that market.
The tradition of producing attractive rugged droids dates back to the the days of Sony Ericsson, and it's great that it continues now, when Sony is in full control of the company. More impressively, the company shows that it's not going to limit element-resistant smartphones to the mid-range anymore, and so we come to the subject of today's review.
The Sony Xperia acro S may not make the Samsung Galaxy S III shake with fear, but its specs sheet seems good enough to provide a high-end smartphone experience and that should be all that matters, really.
The difference in length between the two lists above alone points to the fact that the Sony Xperia acro S is worth a second look. Water resistance might be the headline feature, but it's certainly not everything this Sony smartphone has going for it.
It builds on the Xperia P platform, but addresses the issues of limited storage and uninspiring battery backup and employs a far superior 720p screen, which seems like a pretty good recipe for success.
And yes, the waistline grew, which is hardly a desirable side-effect these days, but if the performance is all there, we doubt many will mind. Also, we are hoping the S3 chipset, which is now looking more like mid-range material, doesn't have too damaging an effect on the great package.
But let's waste no more time guessing and get down to the actual testing - the hardware inspection starts right after the break.