Did you have the opportunity to spend your summer holidays by the sea, with your feet buried in the sand while catching the sun? You might have preferred going to the mountains to find more comfortable temperatures for you? We are sure that, wherever you went, in addition to your swimsuits, towels or hiking boots, you didn’t forget to pack your favourite device that served all your needs during your well-deserved holiday break. Did you take your phone, your camera and a psp, dsi or xyz with you :-)? Or did you optimise the space in your luggage and you packed just the device that can offer all the features of those three?
Like every summer, our families headed south and Thelma and I did not intend to hide from the sun and high temperatures. We dreamed of a carefree lying on the beach, far away from the office, chaos and stress of everyday life.
There is some work that Technology Chicks need to do on a daily base, therefore we brought our laptops with us. We were hoping that the Wi-Fi in the camp would work well, so that every day we could quickly and efficiently arrange everything necessary and rush swimming, fishing or jumping from the pier.
Besides our laptops, phones are those gadgets that are also absolutely indispensable on our holiday, while tablets are mainly meant for children for a few minutes of daily relaxation and their fathers for monitoring daily news, sports and weather conditions. Thelma and I can live without them, when we get them in our hands however; we gladly play a game or two. The display is bigger than the one on the phone, so you can bit your last best score easily
This time, in addition to our usual gadgets, Thelma and I had a great opportunity of hosting very special guests from the Sony family. Our new adventures were to be spent in a great company of the smartphone Sony Xperia Z, tablet Sony Xperia Z and small and handy camera Sony DSC WX200.
All these years we wanted to capture as many holiday moments as we could. Sunsets, playing and swimming in the sea, laughing and joking around with our friends, kids doing this, kids doing that…Unfortunately we often preserved these moments only in our minds, occasionally we managed to record some of them with our phones, rarely we did it with a proper camera. This holiday we were full of all kinds of technology, so I believe there would be really hard to find a moment that was not recorded in some way
The Sony Xperia phone
The battle for the throne of the present flood of smart phones is severe. Which is the best is a very relative thing. Being iPhone users ourselves, we had a great opportunity to explore a new model of the Xperia family, “Xperia Z” this time. Should be for those users who do not want to compromise between durability and superior performance or appearance :-). It runs on Android 4.1 and boasts many outstanding characteristics such as the full HD 5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for exceptional brightness and clarity, which really proves Sony’s over half a century of experience in innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming. Thelma and I were absolutely impressed by the colour intensity of the photos that we took and the clarity of the little details that we wanted to record for some later times :-). The 13 megapixel fast-capture camera is great. We took many stunning photos in any light. It definitely met all our needs!
The phone spent a wonderful vacation with us, with no lack of sun, sea, heat or water :-)!. Our kids often enabled it swimming in the little pool, salt water, however was avoided ;-)! If you have 4 early promising technology lovers, then no explanation is needed, right? While they fought about who is going to take the next picture with Xperia, the phone experienced a pretty rough landing in the water. Luckily it is water resistant and its swimming was a fun experience for all of us. Our kids did not film a movie then, but later that day we did it together more than once.
Here is the proof of how wet the phone got at this vacation of ours. Diving to the water made possible filming of some really unforgettable material that will keep us smile every time we’ll be watching it!
Tech specs and T&L experience:
- One touch connectivity – technology that enabled us sharing photos, videos and music between both mobile gadgets. It’s a great feature that helps you save your time and money.
- Our kids grew up in these last years and we are able to read books and listen to the music again. Xperia can offer a good sound. It played our favourite music, one time so intense that Louise forgot she was listening with the headphones in her ears and sang a refrain or two out loud. Before realising, an older German couple was having a private party for some time already
- It has really long lasting battery, when your screen is off the battery drains apps you don’t need
- We were sceptical at first, the way we are with any other brand besides Apple, but we were pleasantly surprised with Xperia which is stylish, light, has a slim body and big screen and can boasts with a bunch of great features already described above
The Sony Xperia Tablet
Another member of Sony family spent his vacation with us. The thinnest, 6.9 mm, and the easiest, less than 500g, tablet PC Xperia Z 10.1” is made from quality materials and is available in black or white, and versions of LTE and WiFi. Like his brother smart phone, he also has the highest level of resistance to water and can of course offer the best of Sony’s technology. He is credited with knowledge of Sony’s cameras with the rear camera that has 8 megapixel Exmor R for mobile, as well as the front camera, high-resolution 2-megapixel for great pictures in all conditions.
Since Tablet PCs are slowly but steadily becoming a necessity, far more than just a fad, this companion was the one who caught the most of our attention The last few days Thelma and me needed to make a schedule and thus largely avoid shouting, tugging and arguing. This device was also immersed into the water, this time not only into the sweet one :-). We decided to test in in the salty water as well! At first we were filming fish and the beauty of our under water world :-), next time we took it to the pier and record the courage and skills of our kids. One time Louise’s husband must have switched the camera on reverse and he recorded his chest and all there is below them instead of our kids. Maybe Louise and him can use that movie as a home video now xxx
For many people, such a tablet can already fully replace their laptop or desktop computer. For those who still prefers working on their computers, a device like that can offer a full mobile help of all kind (navigation, weather and traffic reports, news, all kinds of apps), an excellent camera for recording important moments or the only true partner to play the games with, be social or listen to the music. The device is user-friendly and requires almost no prior knowledge.
It is also nice to watch a good movie in the summer evening, isn’t it! This year my husband and me had a movie theatre with a little help of Sony Xperia Z 10.1”. While outside the strong bora wind was blowing and we were forced to stay inside of our tent, we managed to capture the real marine atmosphere, and we enjoyed re-watching Gatsby and mature Leonardo Di Caprio. That evening Thelma was demonstrating children how to play Tarok with proper playing cards and without help of any electronic device ☺
The Sony Cyber-shot WX200
Sony Cyber-shot WX200 was definitely the most desirable device of our vacation. We were taking pictures as if we are on a photo shooting for a fashion show of the new summer collection:). We took many portrait photos of our children or photograph them when they were far away in the water jumping of the surfboards or climbing beach rocks. Each of those times, a small but powerful camera did a perfect job. Improved optical SteadyShot is very effective and provides very high image quality even with 20 times zoom.
Apparently our decision, that this year’s holiday memories will not be missing, was a very serious one☺ The camera accompanied us day and night.
You must know, that every woman wants to look like a model in her photos. If you generally like yourself in the picture and do not want to lose the original photo, but you are bothered with a pimple, some dark spots or wrinkles around your eyes, then the function Beauty Effects will make you smile. Instant Retouch, blink, blink can put a white film smile on your face and suddenly your FB will be full of your amazing photos :)! Without a computer to envious looks ☺. Well, the camera became even more attractive, when we realised it has a built-in Wi-Fi adapter for easy sharing of photos. Practically you do not need cables any more, which is especially convenient for those who are usually misplacing and losing them ☺.
The very existence of all the features and getting familiar with what they can offer, showed us that we should definitely consider getting this camera. It proved us that the photos we took far exceeded those that we usually take with our smartphones.
Tech specs and T&L experience
- There are many unique occasions that deserves proper attention and should not be so conveniently overcome with you smartphone. After all we are not paying big money to the photographers shooting our marriages and important anniversaries
- We can all tell the difference between a good and average photo, can’t we?
Yes, we had a truly exceptional phone, tablet and photographic experience. We recorded so many photos and short movies that we have enough of them for a season or two:) We got along with Sony gadgets very well and we are adding all three to our wish list.
With love T&L!