Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been virtually drowning in Sony goodness. The Japanese electronics giant not only released the smooth and shiny Tablet Z for review, they also threw in the new NEX-6 compact system camera to record it on. Then the mobile division managed to provide some “hot off the press” units of the new Xperia Z1 smartphone which had just been announced at IFA 2013.
As if all that weren’t enough, Sony NZ then held an open house and showcased their upcoming products, from 4K TV’s, through portable boom boxes, action video cameras and head mounted 3D viewing screens all the way through to the unique and innovative QX100 lens cameras. Phew!
All of this goes to show one thing, Sony is not sitting back in the face of stiff competition from the likes of Samsung and Apple. They have upped their game with some very desirable technology and applied some much needed consistency to their product family.
We don’t have time to cover off all of the above so in this post I’ve included two video reviews (for the tablet and new smartphone) and a few images from the open home event. Hopefully this gives you a taste of what you’ll find in your local Sony store (or in leading electronics shops nationwide) and I encourage you to go in and have some hands on time with any of the products that take your fancy.
This photo: If you want to show people how loud your car stereo is, this is the perfect venue. (Sony Open Home at Orams Marine Village, Auckland)
Photo: A first hands on with the innovative QX100 lens camera. Yes that’s an Xperia Z1 Android phone, and that zoom lens on the front? Well yes that is the lens camera which transmits the photo to the phone by wifi direct.
(more photos after the jump).
Photo: Standing to attention, this is the 2013 Vaio Tap 21 – not a monster tablet but an all in one portable PC.
Photo: Laid flat and ready to passed across the table – the Vaio Tap is a family friendly touch screen PC.
Photo: Sony personal 3D viewer. Much lighter and brighter than the 2012 model. Now you can watch those video podcasts on your phone immersively while catching the Outer Link from Unitec to Three Lamps (just because you can).
Photo: Fear not the disembodied hand, it is merely a model used to display the wrist mounted remote control for the 2013 Action Cam. Much easier than than removing your snowboarding helmet every few minutes.
Photo: Here are the very loud music docks for 2013, the Wireless Speaker and the Portable Party System. The even louderer system next to these was impounded by noise control (proving it’s effectiveness, some would say).