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It must have been a sobering experience for an electronics giant like Sony to have spent so much time languishing among the "also rans" while your competitors romp ahead, particularly in such a burgeoning market as the mobile phone. While other tech markets seem to have stagnated or shrunk we've seen the mobile phone become the new standard barer and, from my point of view at least, it has been fascinating to see it follow a very similar evolution to that of the PC. We've seen processors move from single to dual to quad and now octa-core (kind of). we've seen a push for divergence and miniaturization followed by a complete reverse in direction with a "bigger is better" mentality and we've seen gaming performance blossom from blocky, pixelated time killers to fully immersive, graphics rich, console quality epics.

The Xperia Z is a very important handset for Sony. It looks and feels like the first of a new breed of handset free from the shackles of former bedfellows Ericsson. It's very much the premium part and, so far, the reviews have been extremely positive. It would appear that Sony at last have themselves a contender which, despite the usual foibles that accompany every Sony mobile phone release, may at last see them play with the big boys.
One of the big features that have garnered attention from press and public alike is the ip57 dust and water resistance. The Xperia Z can be dunked in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes and suffer no ill consequences as a result. This is assuming you have properly closed the various port covers of course. And if you haven't? well, the Z's innards are reportedly coated with some hydrophobic trickery but there's every chance you'll face a similar fate to that of someone dunking a regular, non water resistant phone.

The port covers on the "Z" actually have "O" rings around the edges so as to properly seal them against water and dust ingress. Naturally an initial worry is how long these ports will continue to seal properly.

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Wednesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Thursday 16th October filed under Competitions
Sunday's News
Wayne Brooker at Monday 13th October filed under Competitions
Thursday's News
Wayne Brooker at Thursday 9th October filed under Competitions
Wednesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Wednesday 8th October filed under Competitions
Mpow Mbox Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review @ TweakTown
GOTTA WYSIWYG Boost Portable Chargers Review @ TweakTown
Super Flower Leadex Gold 650W Review @ Vortez
Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H Motherboard User Review @ TechnologyX
Azza Z mITX Case Review @ PureOverclock
Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 285 WindForce OC Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB SSD Review @ TweakTown
MyDigitalSSD BP4e mSATA SSD Review (512 GB) @ The SSD Review
HiFiMAN HE-560 Release Version @ techPowerUp
Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
AORUS Thunder K7 Keyboard @ PureOverclock
VisionTek mSATA mini to USB 3.0 Adapter Review @ TweakTown
Giada D2308U Mini-PC Review @ Madshrimps
Noctua A-series NF-A9, NF-A8 & NF-A4x10 5V Review @ Vortez
WD Red 6TB NAS Enterprise HDD Review @ TweakTown
AMD FX-8350 powering GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI at 4K @ TweakTown
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 32GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit Review @ TweakTown
Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
Silverstone Raven RV05 Case Review @ Hardware Asylum
MSI X99S Xpower AC @ Bjorn3D
EVGA X99 Classified  motherboard @ Bjorn3d
Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation Review @ TweakTown
Micron M600 mSATA SSD Review (256GB) @ The SSD Review
Graphics Cards - Making The Step Up From Integrated Graphics @ TechnologyX
NZXT Phantom 240 @ techPowerUp

Press Releases 

Eurocom adds NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M to X3, X5, X7, X8 laptops
Holiday Gift Guide Idea For Executives And Golfers Of All Levels

Friday's News
Wayne Brooker at Friday 3rd October filed under Competitions
Limefuel Rugged L150XR 15,000mAh Battery Pack Review @ TweakTown
Cooler Master Hyper 612 V2 Cooler Review @ HardwareHeaven
CRYORIG H5 Universal Review @ Vortez
4K Showdown - ASUS GTX 980 4GB in Single, SLI, 3-Way SLI and 4-Way SLI @ TweakTown
Enermax Revolution X't 430 W @ techPowerUp
XFX R7 250E Review @ OCC
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ TweakTown
XFX R7 250E Core Edition Review @ Neoseeker
WD Red Pro 4TB Enterprise NAS HDD Review @ TweakTown
Samsung SE-218GN Slim External DVD Writer Review @ TweakTown
ASUS X99 DELUXE (Intel LGA 2011-3) @ techPowerUp
Corsair Carbide 240 AIR Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
Win a Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Kit @ Bigbruin
Tesoro Kuven Gaming Headset Review @ Vortez
4K Showdown - Intel X79 vs. X99 with ASUS GeForce GTX 980 4GB Quad SLI @ TweakTown
GIGABYTE GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Roccat Tyon Mouse Review @ HardwareHeaven
Supermicro X10DRC-T4+ (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
SanDisk Ultra 128GB SDXC and 64GB microSDXC Memory Cards Review @ TweakTown
Tt eSPORTS MetalCaps 38 Piece Mechanical Keycap Set @ PureOverclock
Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile Wireless External SSD Review @ TweakTown
Cougar 700M Black Edition Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ TweakTown
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
AMD FX-8350 powering GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI at 2560x1440 @ TweakTown
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Review @ OCC
Xigmatek Aquila @ techPowerUp
G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2400 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit Review @ TweakTown
Quanta MESOS CB220 Continuous Availability NAS Review @ TweakTown
Micron M600 M.2 SATA SSD Review (256GB) @ The SSD Review
Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 Review @ OCC
OCZ Intrepid 3600 Enterprise SSD Review @ TweakTown
Tt eSPORTS Ventus Ambidextrous Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ TweakTown

Press Releases 

Cs:go Major Tourney At Dreamhack Winter 2014
Newertech Announces Wireless Numeric Aluminum Keypad For Bluetooth Enabled Macs
All Systems Go For Fanfest 2015
Zaark signs agreement with ttrumpet
The Connection Between Bruce Lee and Lee-Long: Conquer Online Storyline
Apple Inc. File Last Minute Opposition For 'TCM Big App Store' Trademark Application
ID TECH's Contactless Readers Support Apple Pay
EVE Online adds French language support and other features in newest release

Monday's News
Wayne Brooker at Monday 29th September filed under Competitions
Wednesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Wednesday 24th September filed under Competitions
Monday's News
Wayne Brooker at Monday 22nd September filed under Competitions
Sunday's News
Wayne Brooker at Sunday 21st September filed under Competitions
Andromedia Supersonic-P Bluetooth Vibration Speaker Review @ TweakTown
QNAP TS-251 High Performance NAS for SOHO and Home Users Review @ Madshrimps
Enermax EMK3201 Dual-Bay 2.5-inch HDD/SSD Internal Enclosure Review @ TweakTown
Andromedia Supersonic-X Bluetooth Vibration Speaker Review @ TweakTown
MX Technology ES Ultra 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ TweakTown
QNAP NAS Memory Upgrade Guide - Quick tutorial on increasing your RAM @ TweakTown
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC Video Card Review @ TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ TweakTown
Logitech UE Boom Wireless Bluetooth 360-degree Speaker Review @ TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review @ Neoseeker
NVIDIA GTX 980 Review @ OCC
NVIDIA GeForce GeForce GTX 980 Maxwell Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
GeForce GTX 980 Review @ HardwareHeaven
GeForce GTX 980 SLI vs GTX 780 SLI at 2560x1440 @ TweakTown
Maxwell is here! GTX 980 is now revealed! @ Bjorn3D
NVIDIA GTX 980 Review @ Vortez
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card Review @ TweakTown
ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC 4 GB @ techPowerUp
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 4 GB @ techPowerUp
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI @ techPowerUp
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB @ techPowerUp
ASUS Maximus VII Formula – Top End ROG Gaming For Z97 @ Bjorn3D
Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC3200 Wireless Router Review @ TweakTown
Return of the Athlon: AMD Brings Kabini to the desktop  @ Bjorn3d
Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ OCC
Win a Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Tower CPU Cooler @ Bigbruin
Super Flower Leadex Gold 650w PSU Review @ HardwareHeaven
BIOSTAR HI-FI Z97WE Review @ Vortez
Humble Indie Bundle 12 Review @ OCC
ASUS Z97-A (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp
ZOTAC ZBOX CI320 nano Budget SFF Desktop PC Review @ TweakTown
Patriot EP Series Micro SD Card (32 GB) Review @ TechnologyX
Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Tower CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin
Cammy Camera Monitoring Software Review with the D-Link DCS-930L @ TweakTown
ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SSD Review @ TweakTown
The Samsung vs Apple War Continues (Or is that Apple vs Samsung) @ TechnologyX
SanDisk Ultra II SSD Review (240GB) - TLC Memory becomes Mainstream @ The SSD Review

Sunday's News
Wayne Brooker at Sunday 14th September filed under Competitions
Alpenfoehn Brocken ECO CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
NZXT Kraken G10 Review @ OCC
UMI C1 Smartphone Review @ Madshrimps
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3200 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Review @ TweakTown
Overview of GIGABYTE's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards @ TweakTown
MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC (Intel X99) Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
TP-Link AV500 Powerline Review @ HardwareHeaven
Corsair Graphite 780T @ techPowerUp
ANDROMEDIA AM Bluetooth Speakers @ PureOverclock
Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset @ PureOverclock
COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad Review @ OCC
BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket External SSD Review (512GB) @ The SSD Review
Overview of Supermicro's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards @ TweakTown
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket 512GB External SSD Review @ TweakTown
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD Review - SanDisk TLC NAND Flash takes shape @ TweakTown
MP4Nation Brainwavz Delta In-ears @ techPowerUp
VisionTek Radeon R9 290 Video Card - Circuit and Overclocking Guide @ TweakTown
ASRock EP2C612D16FM (Intel C612 and DDR4) Server Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
Thermaltake Urban T81 Review @ OCC

Press Releases 

Cloudio TV announces agreement with leading Smart TV manufacturer TPVision
Mythborne Launches First Open Beta Server
EKT launches HEVC Hybrid PowerPlug STB during the IBC in Amsterdam
Eurocom breaks 8 TB storage barrier in high performance Panther 5 Mobile Workstation