Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Z1 Compact / D5503
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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
4 October 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.
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.
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
Summary: With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.
Pros: Its small size makes it comfortable to use, it has a searingly powerful processor, a good camera and decent battery life. It looks brilliant too and its waterproof design means you don't need to worry about dropping it in the bath.
Cons: It's not running the latest version of Android and some of Sony's software tweaks don't really add anything to the experience.
Conclusion: With the Xperia Z1 Compact , Sony has made an important move that will make its smartphone line-up considerably more approachable. The Z1 is a powerful and well-rounded product, but its imposing size meant that there will undoubtedly be a lot of people who'd prefer to go for something a bit more...
Pros: Stylish, compact design, Cutting-edge performance, Great camera, Water- and dust-resistnace (IP 58)
Summary: The Xperia Z1 Compact is exactly what its name suggests - a compact version of the Z1 superphone. Unlike the HTC One Mini or Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, it's not a compromised version in any way except screen size and battery size.
Summary: Is the solution to the Z1 conundrum to make it smaller?
Pros: Flagship specs, Waterproof, Decent battery life, The biggest draw of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has to be its flagship power. Packing four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 2GB RAM into a shell that fits snugly around a 4.3-inch screen is something that can't have been done all that easily, yet all tha...
Cons: Poor bundled services, Awful low light photography, Glass back prone to smudges, One of my biggest gripes with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has to be that keyboard. It is far too fiddly, the spacebar in particular isn't long enough and results in every other space being a full stop. For a keyboard ...
Summary: The basics Sony's current top-notch handset, the Sony Xperia Z1 is one of our favourite Android phones, but it might be a bit too big for some due to its five-inch body. Enter the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, a downsized version of the full-metal flagship, which packs in almost all the same specs in a...
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 re...
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...