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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review
2 April 2014
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).
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
Summary: Powered by a top-end, quad-core processor and featuring the best camera we've experienced on an Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best smartphone in its class. But the perks come with a premium £450 price tag.
Pros: Sleek but rugged design, powerful performance, great camera, above average battery
Cons: Screen can look slightly washed out, runs using older Android version
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