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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: Not Your Ordinary Mini
6 June 2014
Excerpt: We review the Xperia Z1 Compact! There has been no shortage of amazing, hi-end smartphones announced in the previous months. But while flagship offerings of international and local brands has been increasing in both features and specs, they’ve also been steadily growing in size.
Conclusion: Apple has long argued the merits of its perfect-sized iPhone that you can comfortably hold and use without requiring two hands. If you buy into that, then the Xperia Z1 Compact is easily your best option on the Android platform right now. Sony is the first manufacturer to understand that people don’t want a mini mid-ranger that only shares a name with the latest flagship; they want as many of the same cutting edge specs packed into a smaller phone as they can get.
Pros: Manageable size, Speedy performance, Premium design, Waterproof and dustproof, MicroSD support, Battery life
Cons: Fingerprint and dust magnet, Big bezels above and below screen, Flaps on ports, No selectable macro mode, Pre-applied ASF
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: high end Android goodness
5 April 2014
Conclusion: Overall, I liked the Xperia Z1 Compact but as with any other smartphone, it isn’t perfect. It has a very good screen, a decent camera, premium design, marathon battery life and Android KitKat. If you want a high-end Android smartphone with compact screen, the Xperia Z1 Compact should definitely be considered as a possible solution.
Summary: The Xperia Z1 Compact offers a perfect size, exceptional hardware and a powerful performance package. The smartphone is definitely the most powerful mini-version of a flagship smartphone and it has the potential to stand up against major high-end Android smartphones available today. In our books, the Xperia Z1 Compact is one of the most desirable smartphones to own.
Pros: Premium look and finish, Fast performance and high-end hardware, 20.7MP camera works great, Waterproof and dust proof certification, Great battery life
Cons: Glass finish is prone to fingerprints, Flaps for water protection do not seem reliable, Average loudspeaker performance, Not as slim as the Xperia Z1
Conclusion: The Xperia Z1 Compact occupies an interesting area of the market with little competition, positioning itself as high-end device in a compact body. Some may see it as nearly a win by default for Sony, but there are genuinely many reasons why you should consider this handset for yourself. Inside the Z1 Compact you’re getting a powerful, top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC that monsters any tasks given to it.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: The best ‘mini’ Android flagship by a mile
8 March 2014
Summary: At Rs 36,990, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is nearly the same price as the Xperia Z1 , which makes it a bit too expensive. Other than the smaller form factor, there’s no reason to buy this over the Z1, which has a higher resolution display and a bigger battery. We reckon a street price of around Rs 32,000 would make the Z1 Compact a very good buy. Sony has a little Catch 22 situation on their hands right now and we can see why they’ve priced both phone so closely.
Summary: Recently, most manufacturers' flagship smartphones have partnered up with compact variants, so instead of a 4.7-inch, 5-inch or 5.2-inch screen, they offer a more practical 4.3-inch display. Despite the similar screen size, Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact is in a completely different league due to its powerful hardware platform - it's very much the powerful Sony flagship in a much smaller body.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: small phone, big performance
20 February 2014
Conclusion: For any other 4.3-inch smartphone, we’d call that asking price a pretty steep one. As it is, we’d expect nothing less than premium-level performance from the Z1 Compact, petite package or no.
Pros: The Xperia Z1 Compact isn’t currently available from any U.S. carrier, but it can be had unlocked from destinations like , Clove Technology, . Clove’s current price for the Z1 is £332.50, or £399.00 with VAT included (about $550 in US dollars).
Cons: The Xperia Z1 Compact isn’t currently available from any U.S. carrier, but it can be had unlocked from destinations like , Clove Technology, . Clove’s current price for the Z1 is £332.50, or £399.00 with VAT included (about $550 in US dollars).
Conclusion: 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...
Pros: This is what happens when you do a 'mini' version of a phone right. We've seen lacklustre efforts from the likes of Samsung and HTC with mini versions of their flagship phones before, but Sony has spared no expense while zapping the Z1 with the shrink ray - in fact, practically every tech spec remains the same in this premium handset. You're still treated to the snappy 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, the same beefy 2GB of RAM, the incredible 20.7-Megapixel camera...
Cons: There's not much to fault the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact on, as somehow, Sony has managed to cram in a ton of top-notch tech into such a small chassis. You could argue that it's a tad thick compared to an iPhone 5s at 9.5mm deep, but that's down to its waterproof aluminium and glass chassis. It won't win any awards for the thinnest phone on the market, but it's still pocketable and it's robust enough to take a few knocks too. Unfortunately, you won't find the latest and g...