Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Z Ultra / Xperia Z Ultra LTE / C6802 / C6806 / C6833
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Sony Xperia Z Ultra
4 October 2014
Summary: The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a top-end phone with the price and specs to prove it. It’s also a massive attention-grabber. As well as being absolutely huge, it’s seriously slick-looking. However, don’t try and convince yourself this is just like the Sony Xperia Z but bigger. It may look like that phone, but using a phone this big takes a lot of getting used to. If you’re willing to put that commitment int, there’s a lot to love - just please, try one out in a shop first.
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Z Ultra leaves us with mixed feelings. Its components and performance are in line with the best phones we’ve tested so far; its screen is gorgeous and huge, making for great gaming and movie watching; it certainly looks and feels the part of a high-end smartphone or tablet; and it delivers unique features like a waterproof shell and the ability to use a pencil as a stylus.
Pros: Huge 6.4-inch screen great for games and movies, Top-notch specs make for snappy performance, Touchscreen works with a standard pencil, Premium look and feel, Impressively thin
Cons: Disappointing camera with no flash, Glass over the screen is to reflective, Poorly placed speaker doesn’t get loud enough, Awkward to hold due to size, slippery-ness, and square edges
Summary: For an asking price of Rs 46,990, we expected a lot more than just a good display and waterproofing. The Z Ultra makes an excellent waterproof PMP, but sadly, it does not make the cut as a phone. In fact, I really hope Sony launches a PMP with same feature set as the Ultra (minus the calling function) for under Rs 20,000 as it would easily give the iPod touch a run for its money. The Z Ultra is simply too unwieldy to be used as a primary phone.
Summary: The basics The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a new breed of phone. These are phones so large that they can double as tablets – but won’t slip into most pockets all that easily. This is Sony’s first giant phone, and it costs around the same amount as the Sony Xperia Z1, which has a better camera. But is a larger screen worth the sacrifice? And can it compare to the Galaxy Note? Let’s take a look.
Pros: The back and front of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra are shiny plates of glass, and it’s ridiculously thin at just 6.5mm thick. Phones don’t look much slicker than this – it has all the class of a sharp, tailored suit. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s size is sure to win more attention than anything else, but one of the best bits of the phone is how Sony has improved its waterproofing. As with the Sony Xperia Z, the Z Ultra uses rubber-sealed flaps to cover its ports. This time aro...
Cons: A phone as big as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is not that easy to live with. Keep it in a pocket and a swift move in the wrong direction could end with a hole in your trousers or an uncomfortable jab in your leg. A 6.5mm-thick phone may not be sharp as such, but you still wouldn’t want to be stabbed with one. It’s more than a handful, too. Used one-handed the Sony Xperia Z Ultra feels awkward. It’s much better used with two mitts – more like a tablet. Not useful advice if...