Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Z1 / C6902 / C6903/ C6906
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Review Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Smartphone
14 February 2014
Summary: Turning big into small. Already the name makes its obvious: The Z1 Compact is the handier version of Sony's Xperia Z1 flagship. These "Mini" editions are presently quite common, but the Z1 is an exception because most of the hardware is the same as used in the larger version.
Pros: High performance, Bright screen, Outstanding battery runtime, Temperature development, Picture quality, IP certification, The 4.3-inch screen is exceptionally bright, has a low black level, and consequently an above-average high contrast - great job, Sony.
Cons: Purchase price, Scratch sensitive back, Speaker quality, The purchase price is still a bit steep. Larger models are available for a bit less money, and the powerful Nexus 5 is, for example, considerably more affordable.
Conclusion: We’re happy to see Sony’s Z1 make it to a U.S. carrier in the form of the Z1S, especially since Sony saw fit to double the internal memory (16GB is pretty cramped for a modern high-end smartphone). We also think the Xperia line’s boxy design looks good, and is far more comfortable to hold in a device this size than with the similarly styled, though much larger Z Ultra.
Pros: Impressive camera, especially in low light, Waterproof, Slim, stylish design, Nice screen
Cons: Poorly placed speaker, Underwater camera ability seems niche, Splashing water activates touchscreen, Design attracts fingerprints and smudges
Xperia Z1 review: Sony's return to the megapixel wars
7 January 2014
Summary: Over the past 18 months, CEO Kaz Hirai has been on a mission to unify the sprawling empire entrusted to him into a more cohesive and focused One Sony . On the mobile front, that’s resulted in Cyber-shot cameras and Bravia-branded displays appearing in handsets like the former flagship Xperia Z. Today’s Xperia Z1 continues that cross-pollination push with an even more comprehensive set of borrowed features, including its headline-grabbing 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera.
Pros: The prettiest waterproof phone around, Has the sensor of a point-and-shoot camera, Snappy performance
Cons: Display is a clear step behind the competition, Ergonomics leave room for improvement, Software is not as up to date as the hardware
Conclusion: The Xperia Z1 is all about the camera. Anyone looking for a flagship Android smartphone with the most capable camera needs to look no further than the Xperia Z1. The 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor affords fantastic resolution and superb overall quality, and although optical image stabilization is missing from the camera setup, low-light performance is much improved.
Summary: Freshly polished. Sony presents their updated Xperia Z with the latest hardware and a Full HD screen. The Japanese company's new family member has much more to offer than just a processor update, so we took a closer look for you. Read on to discover how Sony freshened up their smartphone...
Pros: First class performance, IP certification, LTE Cat. 4 with broad frequency coverage, Good battery life, Great camera, Exceptionally bright display..., The high-quality materials and very good manufacturing are unrivaled. Also, the IP certification is a real boon.
Cons: ...that has bad viewing angle stability and a high black value, Battery permanently affixed, Bloatware preinstalled, Sony could have kept the docking station in the packaging, since the covering over the USB port doesn't need to be constantly removed when the station is connected.
Summary: This is essentially the Xperia Z's form factor, with the power of the Xperia Z Ultra. Simply put, the successor to the Xperia Z is on paper the most powerful smartphone available in India. It carries on with almost the same design tone, the water and dust resistance capabilities, but improves on the display, battery life and to a certain extent, the camera as well. It does cost a lot of money, which may make the potential customer think about the investment.
Pros: Elegant design, Excellent performance, Camera at 20MP does fairly well, Much improved battery life with Stamina Mode, Sony's new UI is growing on us!
Cons: Glass at the back catches scratches easily, Camera Auto Modes restrict aspect ratio and megapixels, For a 5-inch screen, the phone is too tall, Sony could reduce the space at the top and bottom beyond the display area to make the unit more compact.
Conclusion: The Xperia Z was already a cracking phone, and Sony has only improved it with the Z1. Top-notch build quality combined with high-end specs make for a brilliant device that can keep up with the Galaxy S4s and iPhones of this world, and look good doing it too. Some people will find a 5-inch phone too big for them, but once you're used to the full HD quality that the Z1 provides, you'll never want anything smaller again.
Pros: Sony's Xperia Z was quite a looker, but its plastic body left us wanting something a bit more robust. This time around, Sony's upped the build quality with a solid aluminium and glass design that's reminiscent of the iPhone 4. The Z1 is still extremely slim, at just 8.5mm thick. It's also fairly weighty at 169g, which makes it feel like a premium piece of kit, and puts the likes of the plastic Samsung Galaxy S4 to shame. The 5-inch full HD screen is still as gorgeous ...
Cons: As a phone, there's not a lot to fault the Z1 on. It's a top-notch piece of kit with a premium feel that screams quality. The one caveat, however, is its camera. Sony has armed the Z1 with a 20.7-megapixel shooter, backed up by the Exmor light sensor borrowed from the company's own range of cameras. While it's certainly a fine snapper, it's not perfect. There are plenty of features and options available within the camera app, but it falls short in the performance stak...
Summary: With the Z1 retailing online for Rs 41,700, it’s hands-down a better option than the Xperia Z Ultra and worth the premium over the Xperia Z . Within the Xperia family, the Z1 is Sony’s best offering yet as it fixes most of the nagging issues from its predecessor, which is always a good thing. The Z1 excels in the media department, is waterproof and dustproof, has a powerful chipset and good battery life.