Sony’s water-resistant Xperia ZR shows why now is a great time for Android hardware

Gigaom

Has there ever been a better time to choose among the newest Android(s goog) handsets? I think not. Yes, there have been several standouts from different manufacturers over the past few years, but the stars are aligning — or maybe it’s just the competition heating up — to raise the bar for many of the major Android phone makers.

Take the new Sony Xperia ZR(s sne), for example, which is a smaller version of the company’s flagship Xperia Z. This 4.6-inch 720p device is not only safe from accidental drops in water, but it can be used to capture full HD video while submerged. Don’t get all Jacques Cousteau with it though: The Xperia ZR is only rated for depths of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. Still, it’s an amazing design feature and shows just how far smartphone hardware is maturing in general.

The current market isn’t…

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