Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Z1 Compact / D5503
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Good battery life & water resistant
Captain Crank, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: Use the phone to track my bike rides, so battery life and water resistance were critical to me. Bought the compact device because it fits better in a pocket and can be used in one hand. Phone lasts two days for me (a call or two, the odd text, mostly running GPS tracking when riding) Should be more than adequate to use GPS for up to 12 hours. didn't give 5 start due to inconvenient charging port.
Pros: Battery Life, Good size, Great Camera, Water Resistant
Summary: Overall this is an excellent phone, works absolutely perfect on a normal day, giving me the opportunity to use all my applications heavy to be and to do so without difficulty and reach bedtime with even after take advantage of everything that brings . Annoyed that comes with a European charger with an adapter that disconnects easily from almost any outlet because of the weight, plus the first battery recharged at first refused to move from 67% until I changed to another...
Summary: I wanted this phone to be my favourite phone. It is good, but a couple things hold it back. 1) The camera is quite good. This was a main selling point for me. However, in low-light conditions it REALLY struggles. I have never had a phone that does this poor in semi-low-light conditions. The Galaxy S4 seems to have a better overall camera quality and faster shutter speed. 2) This is not the phone for you if you want to install custom ROMs. Particularly anything AOSP.
Excerpt: I bought the phone for two reasons, the camera and the apparent waterproof capability. Unfortunately those seem to be the main things I have a problem with. Camera is ok but freezes more often than not especially when needed, I have tried several things safe mode etc nothing seems to help, night shots are poor and I feel as though the camera quality has been over exaggerated to promote sales.
Pros: Good size, Easy to use
Cons: Camera freezes, Not waterproof both in fresh and salt water, SD card unmounts
Summary: Great phone. Everything it says it is. Not complaints about the software, features, or functions. Unfortunately, after two months the screen broke and it had no warranty and would not function with the crack. It cost $150 minimum to replace the screen and I debated whether to do this or buy another. I ended up fixing it and am very happy with the phone again. Though the waterproof function likely wont work with the repaired screen.