Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.
But if there's one thing we all know helps to sell phones (and damn near everything else), it's sex. Samsung knows this well, which is why, to sell the Galaxy S3 they unveiled an ad featuring a naughty wife. Now Sony is jumping into the fold, with an exhibitionist marketing stunt that pits a shower and a near-naked model against their latest and greatest phone: the Sony Xperia Z.
At a T-Mobile CZ store in Prague, Sony has hired a few super models to take phone calls with their Xperia Z smartphone in a makeshift shower built into the store. Whether or not you think the Sony Xperia Z's water-resistant feature is a gimmick, you have to admit this is brilliant advertising.
As I've written about before, phone owners in Japan really do like to take their calls in the shower, so it could be that this kind of marketing is totally normal in that area of the world. "In Japan, you can't sell a phone if it's not waterproof. About 90 to 95 percent of all phones sold now are already waterproof," Panasonic executive Taro Itakura told AFP at the Mobile World Congress.
Think Americans will want play Temple Run 2 while shampooing their hair? I guess we'll have to wait and see. That said, Sony has certainly grabbed our attention.