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. 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...
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
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.
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.
Pros: Hot design and waterproof body, Fantastic camera, Snapdragon 800 performance, Battery life
Cons: Tad thicker, Downgraded flash compared to the larger flagship, Rear of the phone is a fingerprint magnet
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)
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 tiny, and colourful, 4.3-inch chassis - but is it as equally as good? And is it the first true iPhone-sized Android rival? Let's find out.
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...