Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Z1 Compact / D5503
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5 February 2014
Summary: Sony's crafted the best 'mini' Android smartphone you can buy, and it's the first time we've seen a handset maker get a downsized flagship absolutely right - not to mention that it's a brilliant piece of kit on its own right too. If you've been considering the Xperia Z1 and have been put off by its size, it's worth giving the Z1 Compact a look, as it's not just the best mini phone we've seen, it's simply one of the best Android blowers on the market - this pint-sized...
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: when smaller is better
5 February 2014
Summary: For the longest time, the prevailing trend with mobile phones was to take last year’s handset and make it smaller. Shave a few millimeters off, shed a couple of grams, and give users the same experience but in a leaner shell. The rise of smartphones and their incessantly improving spec sheets derailed that habit, but now Sony’s returning to the old ways with its new Xperia Z1 Compact . In all the important ways, this is still the Xperia Z1 .
Pros: Best screen on a Sony smartphone to date, Battery is a gift that keeps on giving, Flagship performance in a compact size, Waterproof and built to last
Cons: Not as friendly to the palm as curvier phones, Camera is hindered by over-processing of images, Doesn’t ship with the latest version of Android, but does include bloatware
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: a good thing in a small(ish) package
30 January 2014
Summary: There's no point in beating about the bush: Sony's "mini" flagship is what companies should have been doing all along. If you want a top-spec Android phone, but don't want a finger-stretching screen, this isn't just your best option; it's your only option right now. To call it a good all-rounder might sound like we're playing it down, but with the camera, software, display and processor all putting in equally solid performances, there isn't one aspect that stands out...
Pros: Flagship-caliber specs, Premium build quality, Excellent performance, long battery life, Great camera, Improved display offers better viewing angles than older Sony handsets
Cons: More expensive than other "mini" phones, Minor software issues
Conclusion: The recent trend of increasingly large phones has been somewhat of a concern for many; the satire of Dom Jolly’s giant mobile phone sketch turning into some horrific reality, but the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact pulls us back from the brink. Undoubtedly this handset is a feat of engineering, but it also boasts a great user experience, fixes the problems we encountered with previous Sony flagships and fills a gap that many users might not have realised needed to be filled, but...
Pros: Incredible engineering & design, Best-in-class camera experience, Great HD IPS display, Waterproof
Cons: Sony services can be pervasive, A little thick, No IR blaster
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the first phone to give up the name but rightfully claim the true title of a flagship mini. It took a while too, considering we've had "minis" for a couple of generations now. It is, without exaggeration, unique in its category thanks to the powerful chipset, 20.7MP camera and water-resistant body. A lot of the five-or-so-inch flagships can't even cover two out of three of those.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with 42Mbps HSPA; 150Mbps LTE, 4.3" 16M-color 720p capacitive touchscreen Triluminos display (342pixel density); X-Reality engine; shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass, Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean with custom UI, Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 20.7MP autofocus camera with a 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor and F/2.0 Sony G Lens; Info-eye, AR effects, 1080p video recording @ 30f...
Cons: Weak LED flash, Non-user-replaceable battery, Below average loudspeaker performance (probably due to level of waterproofing)
Excerpt: The best Android phones come in three sizes: Large, Extra Large, and XXL. They’re just massive, with screens starting at 4.7 inches and going all the way up to the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega and the 7-inch Asus FonePad , which is literally a tablet with a phone in it.
Pros: Powerful processor, Fantastic 20.7MP camera, Able to be used with one hand, Waterproof design, MicroSD card support
Conclusion: If you want premium performance in a more compact package, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the phone to buy, as in terms of raw speed it easily outclasses the likes of the HTC One Mini and Galaxy S 4 Mini. There are niggles, including the iffy Wi-Fi reception and the fact it doesn't run Android KitKat from day one, but these are largely outweighed by its blistering performance, excellent screen and top-notch camera.
Pros: Great Screen Waterproof to 1.5m Long battery life Speedy performance
Cons: Wi-Fi reception could be better Not yet Android KitKat Lots of Sony bloatware pre-loaded