Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Z Ultra / Xperia Z Ultra LTE / C6802 / C6806 / C6833
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Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Z Ultra Google Play Edition review
20 December 2013
Excerpt: If you’re looking for the biggest smartphone you can get, without regard for portability and price, then you needn’t look any further than the Sony Z Ultra. Available in two flavors, one with Sony’s custom Xperia branding, apps, and services, and another straight from Google with an unmolested...
Pros: Great display, Fast performance, Water resistent design, Great display, Fast performance, Water resistent design
Cons: Awkward handling, Average battery life, Software could make better use of screen size, Awkward handling, Average battery life, Software not optimized for large display size
Excerpt: Positioned somewhere between the Z and the Z Tab, the new Xperia Z Ultra is Sony’s latest flagship phone. Actually, calling this thing a phone (or even a phablet) is a bit of a stretch, given its whopping 6.44-inch display.
Pros: Water and dust resistant. Spectacularly bright display with great contrast and wide viewing angles. 3050 mAh battery easily lasts all day.
Cons: It’s crazy big. Odd dock connector location on the left-hand side. Like on the Xperia Z, the tempered-glass front and rear panels are still huge fingerprint magnets. Grainy low-light photos.
Conclusion: The well-built, beautiful Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the biggest, baddest Android smartphone you'll find, but at 6.4 inches, it takes things to such a ridiculous extreme that we're not even sure it actually qualifies as a phone.
Pros: Big, beautiful 1080p display. Slim, refined design. Fast Snapdragon 800 processor. Incredible battery life. Waterproof.
Cons: Enormous. Really, it's too big. Average camera. No multitasking.
Summary: Ultra-huge. 6.4-inches, Full HD resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. These are the impressive specs for the combination of a smartphone and a tablet. We are not concerned that the Xperia Ultra Z is not powerful enough to handle all upcoming tasks - but we are not so sure about the ergonomics.
Pros: High performance, Bright display, Thickness of the device, Build quality, Port variety, Expandable storage, The performance and the overall impression are excellent. Working with the Z Ultra is a joy, although handling the device with one hand can be tricky.
Cons: Price, Operation with one hand can be difficult, Black value is too high, Non-removable battery, Pictures of the 8 MP camera could be sharper and Sony could improve the brightness distribution.
Excerpt: DO YOU find your smartphone screen too small? Don’t like the hassle of carrying around a tablet? Sounds like what you need is a phablet: a hybrid of phone and tablet. It’s larger than a phone, yet smaller than a tablet.
Excerpt: With no less than 30 devices in their Xperia smartphone range, Sony certainly doesn’t shy away from releasing multitudes of Android devices. This year’s Xperia Z flagship is competing well against the heavyweights from Samsung, HTC and Nokia, while other phones such as the Xperia SP and Xperia E...
Summary: The phablet war is heating up as more phone vendors race to outdo each other. We've seen devices beyond the 6-inch screen size from the likes of Huawei ( the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate ) and Samsung ( the 6.3-inch GALAXY Mega with LTE ).
Pros: Stunning Full-HD display, Ultra-slim chassis, Great design, Good build quality
Cons: Major fingerprint magnet, Below average battery life, Overwhelming size and weight
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Z Ultra looks gorgeous but its size makes it very much a niche product. Too big to fit in a pocket, and too big for many to feel comfortable holding it to their ear for a phone call, it certainly isn't for everyone.