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: 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: 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 pocketable. Now that the Compact is here (and in a number of fresh colors, at that), those users will have such an option with Sony.
Pros: Stylish, compact design, Cutting-edge performance, Great camera, Water- and dust-resistnace (IP 58)