Summary: The Xperia Tablet Z is a beautiful, lightweight Android tablet with a great set of value-added features that complement the idea of using it as a second screen. With an IR blaster, waterproofing, a high-definition display and responsive software, the Xperia Tablet Z is one of the best Android tablets available.
Conclusion: The Xperia Z is a great phone and one of the best options on T-Mobile. Though T-Mobile users have a lot of other choices – the Nexus 4, Galaxy S4, HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, Galaxy Note 2, and iPhone 5 – the Xperia Z is the only device that is dust and water proof. If water damage is something you fear, you may want to choose the Z. Luckily, you don’t have to trade performance for water resistance. The Xperia Z is a beauty, but it’s also one tough phone.
Pros: Beautiful glass design, Waterproof and dustproof, Powerful processor, Great button placement
Cons: Glass case prone to fingerprints, Battery life weak
Summary: T-Mobile is making it increasingly difficult for consumers to choose a phone -- in a good way. In addition to the Xperia Z, the carrier also offers the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One for the same price. (The iPhone 5 costs $149.) With its 1080p display, water-resistance and great camera, the Xperia Z should definitely be in the conversation when it comes to premium smartphones on T-Mobile's LTE network.
Pros: Design shrugs off water, Excellent 13-MP camera, Floating apps come in handy, Vivid screen
Cons: Boxy design makes one-hand use difficult, Narrow viewing angles, Back gets hot, Slower CPU than HTC One and S4
Excerpt: Sony hasn’t had a truly stunning smartphone for a while but the Xperia Z should qualify - at least on paper. It sports a 5-inch 1080p (441ppi) display on top of a 1.5GHz Snapdragon quad-core S4 processor and 2GB of RAM alongside an impressive 13MP camera that’s also HD video-capable. It’s 4G LTE 1800MHz and NFC capable as well. It has a solid understated design that’s only slightly marred by an odd power button on the right-hand side.
Conclusion: Sony's top smartphones get better with every generation, and the Xperia Z is a worthy contender to fight the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Fans of the Xperia line and Sony's software will no doubt love the phone, with the possible exception of battery life, but those who aren't loyal to the brand may find the durable metal casing and better display on the HTC One and the myriad features and replaceable battery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 more captivating.
Pros: Attractive design, full HD 5" display, pleasing UI and software customizations.
Cons: All glass phones make us nervous, no 4G LTE in US for unlocked model.
Battle of the waterproof phones: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Sony Xperia Z
2 May 2013
Summary: A waterproof smartphone is a nice idea, but they’ve always been kind of terrible. Casio has been making its line of Gz’One rugged smartphones for years, but they’ve always been a disappointment in one way or another, with slow processors, disappointing screens, and outdated software.
Pros: Waterproof and rugged, Excellent camera, Great performance, Gorgeous display
Cons: Rugged design still feels unpleasant and cheap to hold, Performance can suffer in odd places
Summary: Only a year after releasing the Xperia S , its first post-Ericsson phone, Sony has already reached the end of the alphabet with its flagship for 2013, the Xperia Z. The implication behind the name is that this handset is as ultimate as the letter Z itself, and Sony’s design and marketing teams have worked hard to amplify that idea.
Pros: Stamina mode is a boon for battery life, Rugged, yet handsome, construction, Water- and dust-resistant, Headset is excellent for bass-heavy music
Cons: Limited viewing angles, Mediocre ergonomics, Sub-par camera performance, PlayStation Mobile remains woefully underdeveloped