Sony Ericsson XPERIA active launched the USA, $340 unlocked

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The folks at what will soon be simply Sony have released the XPERIA active here in the United States this week officially, complete with protection against elements of all kinds and connectivity on AT&T – though you'll be purchasing the device off-contract at first. This 1GHz single-core processor toting Android device has a 3-inch HVGA display that's scratch resistant, Wi-fi connectivity (or AT&T 3G if you wish), wrist strap, compass widget, heart rate and pulse monitoring apps, and a lovely orange coloring around the edges of the chassis. All this and a 5-megapixel camera for $340 unlocked – seem like your next device of choice, or has Sony dropped a brand new completely impenetrable brick?

While it's important to trust your instincts on this, there's always a celebrity sports person to call up on the device you've just purchased to ask if you've done the right thing – in this case, it's tennis superstar Maria Sharapova and her strange skull-cap haircut. It was back a few months ago that this commercial first appeared, teasing us all with claims that this device would change your sports-loving life. Have a peek at what Maria has to say about this little monster:

Then have a look at a much more superior glimpse at this device, complete with 3D vibrations that'll make it seem like this device is certainly the one you want if you're heavily active on the daily. Note that what they're trying to tell you here is that this device is both dust-proof and water resistant and that it looks lovely flipping around in space. Also of note: this device is on Sony Ericsson's list of devices that'll receive the software update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich inside 2012. Fun!